Camera thieves had to trespass first in order to steal it
Dear Woods-N-Water News:
I own property in Kalkaska County. I have been using a deer-cam for the last four years to photograph deer. In February of 2006 one of my pictures graced the cover of the Michigan Bow Hunter Magazine.
This year I have taken three rolls of film. There have been three small bucks coming in regularly. I was looking forward to seeing the next roll to see how their antlers had progressed. I drove to my property on Wednesday the 15th. I arrived in camp right at dusk and decide to wait until morning to check my camera.
I make my way to the camera, which is just off my food plot. What a sinking feeling, "the camera was gone!" I know there is a bear in the area, but there is no sign of a camera, no sign of the steel cable, and there is no sign of the lock. I am disgusted. Not only was my camera gone, the thieves had to trespass to steal it.
I later talk with a friend of mine and he tells me that's the fifth camera he knows of being stolen, all within a 20 mile area of Kalkaska.
Last Tuesday at Perch Point Conservation Club, where I shoot the walk-thru 3-D archery, one of our members told me about his camera being stolen. Luckily he got his back. I'm hopeful I'll be so lucky.
I called the Kalkaska County Sheriff's office to report the theft. A state trooper came out and took my information. If you see a Deer-Cam 35mm camera at a yard sale or on E-bay with the serial number 6679747 it was stolen from me.
Is there a market for all of these stolen cameras?
There must be. In the end result, if you buy a camera and the deal looks "too good to be true" it probably is. Please do not support these thieves and purchase stolen cameras.
All of this makes me wonder why I have to work for our hunting rights and gun rights, only to be so disappointed to have a camera ripped off.
Michigan Big Game Hunters Association
Michigan United Deer Hunters
September 25, 2007