Trail Camera: Hide & Seek | Darren Choate

Hide & Seek


Trail Camera: Hide & Seek

by Darren Choate

For me, checking trail cameras reminds me of what Christmas as a kid felt like — you never knew what you would unveil while unwrapping gifts. Now, it’s the long wait or anxious moments of viewing the images written on an SD card. Of course, I am usually expecting and looking for a big Coues buck to show up, which doesn’t always happen. Nevertheless, every now and then you discover a unique, candid image of wildlife interacting in their environment. That is true of this image taken of two bear cubs that I titled, Hide & Seek.

In reality, I’m sure the front cub is merely scratching its head on the sapling ponderosa, the second simply looking for a snack. Still, it’s easy to conjure up the scenario of the closest cub counting down from 100 while the second cub searches out a nearby hiding spot. One can also imagine the sow foraging close by, as well as keeping a watchful eye on the two playful cubs.

When arbitrarily assigning an anthropomorphic metaphor to such wildlife, it’s also easy to forget the daily struggles of wildlife — even one on top of the food chain. What could be forgotten is the real need for the sow to keep a watchful eye out. Though it may not be a common occurrence, bear cubs can be the prey, even succumbing to death by other bears (almost always a boar).

If there is a message to be taken from this image, I guess it’s Read Between the Lines. It’s human nature to create a relationship with all things — trail camera images included — that can be understood in human terms. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with doing that; as I stated, it’s human nature. That said, it’s also my opinion that we should try to realize the complexity of nature and take it a face value for a better understanding of the animals we love, and love to hunt.

Trail Camera: Hide & Seek

This image, as well as many more,  can be seen in our Trail Camera Picture gallery. If you would like to WIN a Stealth Cam, be sure to enter our Trail Camera Contest.

Darren Choate

Darren Choate is the founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his writing career, he served for four year in the USAF. He has been hunting and guiding other hunters in the West for over 30 years. Choate is a voting member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), and his articles have been featured in magazines such as Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Quality Whitetails and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish. Additionally, Choate is the Editor of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World and Archery Business for Grand View Outdoors.