Our deer in Pennsylvania are the same. The trail cameras only give you the ability to pattern them, you could never use a cell phone camera to plan a stalk at that even moment because they can’t be stalked. Our problem in Pennsylvania is zero trophy deer management, nearly all hunting is free and everyone has access somewhere, so we have very few deer live past 3.5 if they even make it to that age.the downside to the land/game management here is deer hunting has gotten quite expensive. i don't have a problem with them asking, but I ain't paying north of $5K for a 3-day white tail hunt. I can hunt nilgai or aoudad for that price or less.
we use "traditional" trail cams and this year started using cell cams on our place in St Francisville, LA. My B-i-L lives a 10 minute drive from our hunting place, and my best friend and I are in Texas, a solid 4.5 hr drive away on a good day, and 7-8 hrs away on the less good days. From our camp to deep in the woods, it's a good 45 minute walk. We can get there faster on our ATVs, but our deer have gotten wise to ATVs. Even if it were possible to sneak up on deer there (years and years of hardwood leaf litter on the ground), by the time we might get there, the deer are long gone. Not to mention that the hardwood stands, vines, and undergrowth are so thick, visibility is rarely any more than 30-40 yards. Water is plentiful (we have a sandy bottom creek running through our place, and it always has moving water in it), and except in the worst of winters, there is always forage for them.
all the cell cams do for us is to allow us to pattern deer without having to get out to the hunting spots to pull SD cards.
Tags in Arizona are issued through a lottery draw. Permit numbers are a set amount.Assuming everyone one those cameras represent a hunter I wouldn’t want to hunt in the area anyway. It seems like cross fire could become a real problem.
how are public land hunts and tags allotted? Is there any consideration given to hunter density or is it just a free for all?