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Old 12-18-2013, 12:22 PM
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:29 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.
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:04 PM
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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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Old 12-18-2013, 03:34 PM
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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, 03:49 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.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:08 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.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:32 PM
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I have two TC that I bought this summer. I hope mine don't have the same problem with this cold weather. I'll be up Saturday hunting and changing cam cards. I'll post an update on how mine are performing.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:45 PM
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Maybe I'll set 'em aside until towards April and then try 'em again


If this is the case, What a major bust for me . I set/change batteries in my cams for the last time, the last weekend of muzzleloader. I count on them for winter pictures when I head back up in March.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:37 PM
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I did the upgrade on mine last night and used the dog for a test dummy. When I checked it this morning there were 21 pics of her all at separate times through the night...no wonder she sleeps all day Anyway I am going to put it out in the cold and see what happens.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:07 PM
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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

Exact same thing happens to me. I run my cams from J to J. July to Jan. No need to run them anymore as I am only using them for deer. Mine does the same thing every single year and I it's usually a sign to say that the season is over.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:25 PM
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Ditto. Same issue here in Kansas. Temps hit single digits and negatives and the cameras start to trigger like crazy. I turn my sensitivity down to "low" and that helps a little, but doesn't fix the problem.
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:42 PM
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Supervisor at my work is into Bushnells and complained about this same issue when it got cold. I sent him over the link to Bushnells website about the updates.

Didnt see the link posted, so here it is :
http://www.bushnell.com/global/custo...hycam-software
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:52 PM
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No runaway pictures on either. It has been darn cold in mid michigan. The only thing I noticed is the cam pictures sometimes are a purple and white tone. Its at sunrise and sunset.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:53 PM
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It is not a camera issue. It is a battery issue. The cold zaps the voltage on the batteries. When this happens the voltage drop decreases the resistance to the PIR sensor therefore the false triggering begins. SOLUTION: Use all lithium batteries in the sub zero temps. The cold has minimum effect on lithium batteries. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:33 PM
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I got here too late, but that's it. Any time winter or summer, I have traced it back to battery issues.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:38 AM
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3 days running with the update and new batteries and no issues. Temps have been single digits at night and mid 20's during the day. Looks like it will be getting below zero tonight so that will be a good test. I have the cam in the back yard on some apples trees that still have fruit so I check it every day. Will report if the runaway happens again.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:29 AM
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Keep the BTC inside when it's cold. I did the software update put new batteries in the cam and deployed it on 12/20/2013. On 12/23 the temp dropped to -10 by 2 am and the camera went back to the run away trigger. Took 215 videos by 9 am on 12/24 and killed the batteries. I put out one of my Moultries with the same fresh batteries at the same time. On 12/25 it had 5 videos of deer and still had 93% battery life. I also have another BTC on the property that has been out non stop for 3 weeks and working normal and still had battery life of 50%, but this is an older BTC. I really wanted to believe it was the batteries, but this proves without a doubt that's not the case.
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Checked my 2013 Bushnell again last weekend. Same batteries since July and they have 2/3 life left. Camera working like it should. Im feeling lucky
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I'm gonna give them a shot. Got a few coupons for the Energizer lithiums


the coupons that came with the Bushnell camera are you talking about? If so they expire end of 2013.
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Good on you....my three all in runaway mode. Conversely, my old SG550 just keeps on going. 2/3 battery life left despite brutal temps. Feeling like a fool for buying two more "problem" cams

The new scoutguards are just so much better in about every aspect:
1. detection range;
2. weather and water tolerance;
3. picture quality;
4. reliability.

Now in 2014, all scoutguard cameras have Long Range, HD video, and black IR (true 940nm invisible IR) except 1 or 2 models by customer demand.
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