Bushnell Scouting Camera Security Boxes
i bought 2 of these boxes and they have had big ontario bears all over them my trailcameras dont even have a scratch on them 1 camera box is mounted 6 feet up a very small tree and this bear loves playing with it
September 2, 2010
As mentioned, poor lid design, just remember to bring a knife so you can shave some bark down.
I mainly wanted to say, USE WASHERS WHEN MOUNTING WITH LAG BOLTS!!!!!!!!!!
I had a Trophycam stolen that was mounted in this box, look at the pic.
Good news, as you can tell from the picture the camera was recovered.
The tool that stole it is facing a class D felony charge for theft, and a class A misdemeanor criminal trespass charge.
If someone really wants your camera, they'll get it.
But this is a good deterrent for random trespassers, however if they live nearby and have access to tools, look out.
Remember WASHERS FOR THE LAG SCREWS.
December 25, 2010
The Good and the Bad
I just got my Trophy Cam security box.
Upon opening the box, I noticed that the lock was tiny. The thickness of the loop was so small I thought for sure someone could cut it with some side cutters. Thankfully the hole for the lock is big enough to accommodate a real lock. I'll use the tiny lock provided for a paper weight maybe.
All the holes are provided for the bottom of the game camera, including the 6V adapter and the tree bracket. I haven't used the tree bracket, but it looks like an easy way to let people steal your camera. They just have to unscrew it from the tree.
When sliding the camera in and out of the box, it's easy to see why lag bolts are going to be hard to use. The back of the camera has (3) three plastic tabs on the back. (2) are used for a strap to fit through, and (1) one is used to keep the camera a bit of a distance away from a mounting surface. These tabs line up perfectly with the holes in the back of the security box, making 4 of the holes completely useless. See the attached photo to understand this problem.
To fix this, you can either cut off the plastic tabs on the back of your camera, or drill the other holes on the sides bigger to be able to use a decent sized lag bolt. If you cut off the tabs, you're going to need something in the box to keep the camera in one place. I'd suggest some self adhesive rubber stand-offs. Just make sure you place them so that they don't catch on anything.
Next is the lid. The design of it is good enough to do what it needs to. But if you are mounting the camera and box to shoot photos at a horizontal plane, you will definately have a problem trying to open it up. It closes around the front and back of the main box. Typically, these boxes are mounted high up in a tree and shims are used on the top half to point it down to the ground (some reviews mention using washers on the back which would do the same job). If you are mounting it horizontally, you will need to use shims on the top and bottom of the box to keep it offset a bit from whatever you are attaching it to. This is bad, as a thief now has a space to insert a pry bar to tear the box off your mount.
I wouldn't suggest this product to anyone else. There isn't much else out there to choose from though.
January 28, 2012
Needs work before you bring in the woods. First of all, spray it up better to conseal with black highlights. Needs at least 2 washers on the back to keep it away from tree, so lid will close. Newer cameras will need the center moulded bracket grinded off camera so it will not interfere with your lag bolts.
Not too criminal proof, but better than nothing.
October 17, 2011