‘Two ‘elephant-proof’ boxes

Tuesday, February 26, 2013posted by Bruce 9:21 PM

Custom made protective boxes for my Bushnell Trophy Cams

Finished boxes for my HD Bushnell Trophy Cams.

After using a couple commercial protective boxes with thin steel sheet metal and getting them bashed in by elephants, I thought it was about time to make-up some of my tough aluminum ‘elephant-proof ‘ boxes for my two 2012 HD Bushnell Trophy Cams. These are great little cams and I use mine exclusively on video as the HD clips are quite good but the photos only fair.

 

Tapping the 10mm threads.

First off, I got my welder to construct two boxes from 3mm thick plate aluminum and had him weld in some 1-1/2″ long aluminum octagon dowels in each corner. These would except 10mm ‘power torque’ machine screws. I machined the boxes flat and drilled and tapped the corners. The  6mm thick faceplate was installed and milled out for the  sensor, lens and LEDs, plus a 10mm hole at the bottom for the mic.

Boring out the faceplate for the sensor.

Boring out the faceplate for the LEDs.

Milling out excess.

These boxes use two 3/8″ x 3″ stainless steel lag bolts from the inside for securing the box to the tree before putting the cam in and securing the faceplate. This alone keeps elephants at bay. The back is beefed-up with heavy duty plate and what I call ‘shark teeth’. A ‘Python’ locking cable is also installed for back-up.

Finished box in the raw.

These boxes have stood the test of time….! All my cams use this system. The tremendous power of Asia’s largest land mammal is nothing to sneeze at. They can tear them off the tree if only a cable is used. My close friend and fellow wildlife photographer, Paul Whitehead has lost quite a few cams already over in the East using only cables.

Back-end showing beefed-up holes and ‘shark teeth’.

Needless to say, I’m confident when I leave my cams in ‘elephant country’ using this system. Tomorrow I leave for the forest to set-up these two Bushnell’s in a new location in Huai Kha Khaeng, Thailand’s premier tiger country. I am hopeful that loads of good video footage will be forthcoming. Hope this helps those with elephant or bear problems. A welding and machine shop is of course needed for this job…! Good luck.

Newly finished box next to an older one.

 

 

 



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