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Old 09-23-2018, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Browning camera bit the dust

After several years (4?) one of my Browning cams is dead

No fault of the camera other than they have a crappy external battery port cover made of silicone rubber that fell off and allowed some ants to get in

They had set up house, shook all kinds of trash and ant eggs out of it

I bet the camera would still be going strong if those stinkin ants hadn't got inside it

Still think Browning is the best cam for the money
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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Best camera on the market. Sad it happened but still the best for the money.


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Old 09-23-2018, 06:25 PM   #3
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My love for the browning cam is fading. I own 6 strike force cams, 2 quit taking pics after about a year, one has been out for 2 months and has card reading issues and eats batteries. I'm not certain I will buy any more.
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:31 PM   #4
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Best on the market hands down! We run 4 each year, and one is going on itís sixth season!


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Old 09-23-2018, 07:07 PM   #5
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I dislike the fact there is no delay setting between 1 and 5 minutes. That’s my biggest complaint with them.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:12 PM   #6
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I had ants ruin one of my Moultries. Where I had it set on a hog trap there was no avoiding the ants, but I found a solution. Mounted it to a metal stake and smeared it liberally with vaseline below the camera. Never had a problem with ants after that.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:50 PM   #7
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Call Browning, they helped me out, no questions asked.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:07 PM   #8
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My love for the browning cam is fading. I own 6 strike force cams, 2 quit taking pics after about a year, one has been out for 2 months and has card reading issues and eats batteries. I'm not certain I will buy any more.
Wildgame innovations has plenty of deal alerts on here !
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:09 PM   #9
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Tascos lasted me this long and I got them on clearance for 13$ each. I think I will always buy these now! I can't afford brownings
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:14 PM   #10
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I dislike the fact there is no delay setting between 1 and 5 minutes. Thatís my biggest complaint with them.


All of ours are set to a 30 second delay.


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Old 09-23-2018, 08:57 PM   #11
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Wildgame innovations has plenty of deal alerts on here !
I'd sooner give my money to the Beto campaign than I would the WGI clowns.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:09 PM   #12
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I'd sooner give my money to the Beto campaign than I would the WGI clowns.
I totally agree
WGI products Suck !!!!
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:53 PM   #13
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Call Browning, they helped me out, no questions asked.
If I had a receipt or even a clue when I bought it I might

Unless they have a lifetime warranty I wouldn't expect them to repair it and since they are probably made overseas I doubt there is anyone who can work on it

I may just decide to pop the case open and see what I can do with it

Probably never get it all back together
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:05 PM   #14
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If I had a receipt or even a clue when I bought it I might

Unless they have a lifetime warranty I wouldn't expect them to repair it and since they are probably made overseas I doubt there is anyone who can work on it

I may just decide to pop the case open and see what I can do with it

Probably never get it all back together
I didn't have the receipt.
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Old 09-23-2018, 10:44 PM   #15
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If I had a receipt or even a clue when I bought it I might

Unless they have a lifetime warranty I wouldn't expect them to repair it and since they are probably made overseas I doubt there is anyone who can work on it

I may just decide to pop the case open and see what I can do with it

Probably never get it all back together
You don't have to have a receipt. Just contact them, and send it in for service. They'll most likely tell you they don't have the parts to fix it because of its age, and then offer you their 'out of warranty' discounts on a new camera. Those prices are better than any sale prices you'll find on them. I just went through this this summer (coincidentally with a 4yo camera that had also gotten crazy ants in it).
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:33 AM   #16
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If you are not using external battery port.
Pop open port and put a dab of silicone, sealing port. For cams that don't have issues yet.
This seems to be a weak spot in the design.
No Ants yet in my browning cams. They are mounted on Apple trees. Ants are busy else where. But I am, after reading this, gonna dab may cams with silicone or some other sealant. Maybe even nylon reinforced shipping tape over port. Thinking scent.

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Old 09-24-2018, 08:49 AM   #17
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My favorite even though one of my Strike Force cams crapped out.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:05 AM   #18
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You don't have to have a receipt. Just contact them, and send it in for service. They'll most likely tell you they don't have the parts to fix it because of its age, and then offer you their 'out of warranty' discounts on a new camera. Those prices are better than any sale prices you'll find on them. I just went through this this summer (coincidentally with a 4yo camera that had also gotten crazy ants in it).
Well I guess I will try it
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:47 PM   #19
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You don't have to have a receipt. Just contact them, and send it in for service. They'll most likely tell you they don't have the parts to fix it because of its age, and then offer you their 'out of warranty' discounts on a new camera. Those prices are better than any sale prices you'll find on them. I just went through this this summer (coincidentally with a 4yo camera that had also gotten crazy ants in it).


I did this with one of mine. And they will sell you more than one if you want to buy more.


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Old 09-24-2018, 08:30 PM   #20
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Well I guess I will try it
Good luck! All they can say is no. I get told no all the time!
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:42 AM   #21
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Forgot about the camera, walked out in the garage this morning to go to the truck and caught a red glow. Turned around and walked back a little and the IR array was lit up.

I thought I turned it off but maybe it is just the display is out and the camera still works.

Going to investigate when I get home this afternoon
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:49 PM   #22
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Update

Camera was sporadically working in the garage

Kept forgetting about it, finally remembered to email Browning, explained what I thought was wrong, that I did not have receipt and that I was unsure how long I had owned camera but it was well past a year (warranty period) and simply asked if there was anything I could do to possibly revive it.
Got a simple email saying to fill out this form and mail it back with camera.
So I sent it off last week thinking I might get a discount offer on a new one. Forgot about it and had to mail something yesterday and lady at post office asked if I had any luck with camera. Laughed and told her I had already forgotten about it.
Got home this afternoon and as I pulled in drive the FedEx guy pulled up. I wondered what he had.
Turns out it was a package from Browning, had a note that the camera I sent was found to have a defect and they had sent me another one to replace it
And, it has a one year warranty on it

Browning cameras have been great and the customer service gets top marks from me

Thanks Browning
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:28 PM   #23
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Update

Camera was sporadically working in the garage

Kept forgetting about it, finally remembered to email Browning, explained what I thought was wrong, that I did not have receipt and that I was unsure how long I had owned camera but it was well past a year (warranty period) and simply asked if there was anything I could do to possibly revive it.
Got a simple email saying to fill out this form and mail it back with camera.
So I sent it off last week thinking I might get a discount offer on a new one. Forgot about it and had to mail something yesterday and lady at post office asked if I had any luck with camera. Laughed and told her I had already forgotten about it.
Got home this afternoon and as I pulled in drive the FedEx guy pulled up. I wondered what he had.
Turns out it was a package from Browning, had a note that the camera I sent was found to have a defect and they had sent me another one to replace it
And, it has a one year warranty on it

Browning cameras have been great and the customer service gets top marks from me

Thanks Browning
Good deal! Youíre welcome.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:51 PM   #24
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Good info Bryan, I have 2 of their cameras
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:12 PM   #25
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Excellent customer service!!

I bought an original model BTC-5 strike force refurb for $48 on eBay and it never worked right from the get go.
I sent it in and they sent me the newest version strike force within a week or so for free!


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Old 11-16-2018, 08:43 PM   #26
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I bought one used on here about three years ago and it's still working well, but I like the pics from the Bushnells I have better. One thing I've noticed though, the Bushnells don't catch everything. I've proven this to myself several times because I've been in the stand thinking I'll have some pics of this buck or that, and when I run the cards......he ain't there. The Browning has never missed a pic that I know of.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:04 PM   #27
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:26 PM   #28
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And, you're welcome from me, too!

Glad that worked out for you.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:31 PM   #29
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Ants are crazy like that and will cause all kinds of problems inside electronic equipment... Sounds like browning did you right.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:48 PM   #30
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And, you're welcome from me, too!

Glad that worked out for you.
Thanks to you too
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