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Old 12-18-2013, 11:22 AM
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I have a Bushnell TC that had been functioning great for quite awhile, just went and checked it and it appears the old runaway trigger is back (I had to send the thing back three times to get it working right).

Any chance the extended period sub zero (like -20) could have triggered this? Any chance it will return to working normally once the temps get closer to normal (above zero, below freezing) or is it screwed?
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:29 AM
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I have the same issue with the same cam. I just pulled it yesterday to warm up inside for a while and see if that help. I haven't sent mine back in ever and it has been working perfectly all fall. Just started to act up like your when real cold weather hit. I am leaving mine inside for a couple days, then putting new batteries in it and try it. I'll let you know.

I have run BTC all year round in the past and this has not been an issue, so not sure what's going on.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:52 PM
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I have the same issue with the same cam. I just pulled it yesterday to warm up inside for a while and see if that help. I haven't sent mine back in ever and it has been working perfectly all fall. Just started to act up like your when real cold weather hit. I am leaving mine inside for a couple days, then putting new batteries in it and try it. I'll let you know.

I have run BTC all year round in the past and this has not been an issue, so not sure what's going on.

Me too...throw in I just bought two more..and at least one of them is the doing the same thing. I have to check the other one yet, but I have a feeling it'll be the same deal.
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Have you tried doing any of the updates from the Bushnell site? I may give that a try, but this one is less than or right at a year old.
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Have you tried doing any of the updates from the Bushnell site? I may give that a try, but this one is less than or right at a year old.

I can't download the firmware updates for some reason. I guess I should rephrase that. I can download the updates, but cannot "do anything" with them once they're downloaded (technical idiot)
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I have an 119547 that did the same thing, but it was before it got extremely cold. Firmware update has seemed to fix it. It's been back out for about 3 months now with no issues.

$20 worth of batteries starts to get old when the things run away on you...
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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Any chance the extended period sub zero (like -20) could have triggered this? Any chance it will return to working normally once the temps get closer to normal (above zero, below freezing) or is it screwed?

Yes, & yes. I run 5 Bushnell cams and experienced this w/ one of them last Dec/early Jan last year. Pulled the cam as the season was over. Put it back out this spring w/ fresh batt's and it's performed flawless. Just pulled it yesterday - was still going strong. Your batteries could be weak too. Most issues occur from low voltage that I've experienced.

This was off a Bushnell Natureview a week or so ago. All that's left on this place is 4 fawns and 2 coyotes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXTbTSRktTk
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:14 PM
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Thanks guys. The batteries were brand new when I put the new cam out. It didn't run the batteries dry, but did take a few hundred pics of nothing. The other cam had been out since the end of November and the batteries were dead. They're dead because it took 2500 pics straight on 12/5....then died

I should have known better than buying 2 more of the darn things.

I'll pull the last one tomorrow and see if it too is in runaway mode. Might as well send them all back at the same time I suppose.
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i've got 5 bushnell cameras and at 3 of them started fire like crazy when it got down under 13degrees. as soon as it warmed back up, the slowed down to normal.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:19 PM
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i've got 5 bushnell cameras and at 3 of them started fire like crazy when it got down under 13degrees. as soon as it warmed back up, the slowed down to normal.

Good to know. That'd mean mine would have worked for most of today...and not again for quite awhile

Maybe I'll set 'em aside until towards April and then try 'em again
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