Bushnell® Scouting Camera Security Boxes
When on a tree, can't simply get to camera to switch out the card. Original design needs the cable lock put through the camera as well, so have to remove whole set up off of tree to do anything. Ended up drilling holes near top, but the extended lock/strap bracket on the camera keeps it from sliding out, so next step is welding a pair of brackets on to actually try to make this thing usable.
Also had to drill out the lock hole on the top for a real lock.
Great if you want to put your camera up and not check on it ever.
June 18, 2012
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
We bought this security box to keep bears from stealing and tearing up our cameras. They are decent boxes but if you bolt them to a tree with a heavy lagbolt and washer, which to me is best way, the camera wont slide down into case. So we ended up having to use regular wood screws to make it work, which isn't very strong. Also, word of advice would be to use washers between security box and tree to create enough space for lid to slide on easily.
January 11, 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