In the world of hunting and nature, trail cams have become a popular way of tracking an animal’s activity when the camera detects activity nearby. This is a really cool way to see what is happening at night or just in general. While most of the time, there isn’t anything too exciting, sometimes the camera catches something that shows the true wonders of nature.
Here are different rare pictures caught by trail cams that are sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny and sometimes truly spectacular. Come look at these insane pictures caught on camera.
This camera caught a deer with a barrel on its head. It’s uncertain whether the deer got into a war with the barrel or whether the barrel is filled with delicious food that he’s bringing home to his family.
Whatever it is, if the deer will be unable to remove it from his head, he’s looking at a long road ahead of him.
Buck With A Hat
Being a young Buck can sometimes bring with it some struggles. Sometimes things get trapped in your antlers and your poor hooves are unable to get it out.
This young buck has tumbleweed stuck on his antlers. We’re hoping he finds a deer mate that will help him bite it off.
Watch Out! The Bear Is Running AT Us!
How scary! It’s a good thing that this charging bear is on the camera and not real life.
The bear looks as though it’s coming right at me. How cool is it that the camera caught this image?
How many deer in one picture! While deer are not actually particularly frightening animals, this picture of so many deer together looks pretty scary.
It looks as though they are staring right at the camera. Perhaps they know it’s there? Or perhaps they are possessed by a devil?
Otter Eating a Fish
The otter is fulfilling his munchies with a fish it caught in the water. This otter looks pretty stealthy.
Considering that otters are generally quick and sly, it seems about right. Trail cams are so worth it for images like this one, of an otter with his fish prey. Bon appetit!
How amazing is this picture of an owl which is about to strike this deer? There goes this deer’s affinity of owls for the rest of his life!
Do you think this owl is trying to pluck the whole deer and eat it? It should probably target a smaller kill, considering the size of its tiny mouth. Perhaps the deer got in the way of something else the owl was trying to take? Ill-timing!
This photo is mind-blowing. Capturing an eagle is very special. But capturing two bald eagles mid-fight?!
Unbelievable. It is very rare to have captured these two magnificent creatures at such a specific moment.
Flying Squirrel Attack
This trail cam captured a squirrel flying over a deer. It’s unclear whether the squirrel is about to pounce on the deer or if he’s just flying, but one thing that is clear is that the trail cam caught the perfect moment.
Flying squirrels are amazing and this picture is too.
This photo is hilarious. Do you think that this raccoon was attempting a solo selfie and that these two bucks photobombed his picture?
We’re sure he texted this photo after to his raccoon friends. We’re also sure that this photo blew up his Instagram because, with awesome content like this, it’s obvious that he’s a major influencer.
Raccoon And Fox
This raccoon and fox look like they are about to battle it out. I hope that the raccoon has what it takes to fight and doesn’t try and doesn’t think that’s a taxi behind him, because that car looks like it’s out of service.
If the raccoon doesn’t have the guts to fight, then he’s in deep water.
These raccoons look like they struck gold or some food that they shouldn’t be eating. Two of the raccoons are sleeping while the others go to town on the food.
It’s seems like they have a long night of celebrations ahead of them.
Super Cute Fox Kits
The trail cam caught this super cute picture of fox kits feeding on their mom. Foxes of all ages are cute, but as babies, their cuteness is too much too handle.
The mom’s smiling face is also quite adorable and the trail cam caught this all. What a spectacular shot that brings a smile to my face!
Cat On A Buffalo
In this picture, a cat is riding a buffalo. Maybe buffaloes are the Uber of the animal kingdom?
I wasn’t aware cats ride buffalo's, and not so sure the buffalo does either, as its bottom is giant and there’s a good chance it doesn’t even feel the weight of the tiny cat. I wonder what other animals use buffalos for a means of transportation?
Coyote Deer Stand-off
This incredible photo captures what looks like a coyote trying to fight off two deer.
The deer do not look at all alarmed by the coyote’s gnarl, but maybe the coyote has some coyote friends joining in soon and the deer don’t know. It’s a great shot.
This person’s trail cam was broken. There is a hole in the center, perhaps from a bullet.
This photo is the last one taken by the camera. It looks like it could be a woodpecker or maybe a new species of bird called the “camera-pecker.”
This tiger is drowsed in mud, probably as a means of cooling himself from the boiling sun.
I’m sure the mud bath cooled him off, but once that mud dries it will be a pain to walk around like that. I am guessing that he will soon be sorry that he did this and feel trapped in his mud cast.
Raccoon Riding A Feral Hog
Sometimes it’s nice to hitch a ride from a friend, and this raccoon must be needing a rest as he rides on a feral hog.
The huge swine doesn’t seem to be bothered by it and perhaps they are going to collect one of the raccoon’s friends, who knows where they’re going. It looks like a fun time.
Giant Deer Buffet
It looks like the deer family might be celebrating a special occasion as they feast in the middle of the forest.
Pretty cool that the trail cam was right in front of this. These deer look like they’re enjoying the meal, although it looks late at night and they’re probably ready to ask for the check.
Raccoon Has Some Moves
What a cool capture by the trail cam pf a raccoon evading the jaws of what looks like a very hungry coyote.
Talk about sneaky.
This picture shows a raccoon and deer fighting under an automatic feeder.
The feeder often makes animals aggressive toward one another as you can see here.
We are not sure why in the world a creep clown went in front of the trail cam.
But it needs to go away.
Poor Bunny Rabbit
Poor bunny rabbit doesn’t realize that the mountain lion is about to attack him.
What a terrible surprise that he’s about to have....
Did We Catch These Deer Making Out?
Did we just catch an intimate moment between the two deer or are they just cleaning themselves?
For the sake of romance, I hope it’s the first.
These two birds of prey are having a showdown over this sweet tree limb.
Clearly, that is a delicacy in the woods.
This raccoon doesn’t seem to stand a chance against this wild boar. It is known that boars are aggressive to humans, so it’s no surprise that it is also aggressive to this little guy, even if the little raccoon didn’t do much to make it mad.
It looks like the raccoon notices the camera and is ashamed to be losing the fight!
This could be a wolverine, although because of its position on its back two legs it is hard to tell.
A Wolverine is a very muscular carnivore, it resembles a small bear more than anything. The wolverine has quite the reputation, it is ferocious and its strength is out of proportion in comparison to to its size.
This bear is definitely getting coal for Christmas this year.
He’s going on next years Christmas bad list for wrecking Santa’s hat.
Giant Moose Coming Through
This moose looks seriously possessed. Is there such a thing as devil moose? Watch out!
The Giant Moose male can stand over 6.9 ft and weigh over 1,400 lb. The largest Giant moose was shot in western Yukon in September 1897; it weighed 1,808 lb, and was 7.6 ft tall at the shoulder!
Making It Rain
That raccoon is one good friend to have - spreading the love in seeds from the bird feeder.
That raccoon can seriously jump, or did all the raccoons organize themselves in a pyramid so he could get up there? I wonder how he’ll get down.
The camera caught the deer at quite a funny angle. Or is it that the deer is being plucked by some ghostly spirit?
His friends seem to have no idea. They are in for a surprise! What a crazy capture.
Haunt OF The Flying Squirrel
The flying squirrel looks like it’s coming straight at the deer. The deer thought it could get away with all these apples, but it seems that the squirrel will not allow that.
The deer knows he’s in trouble and seems like he’s looking to flee the scene fast.
This cat looks like it’s on a mission, and not a friendly one at that.
I wouldn’t want to meet this cat on a trail in the middle of the night, or at any time for that matter.
It’s so cool when the camera catches a fight right in front of it. Here are two porcupines who are going head to head.
They seem to be in the middle of a pay-per-view boxing match. It’s unclear who will win but they both seem eager to take home the gold medal.
These deer look like they are having quite the night together. I’m happy they chose this location to do the deed.
Pretty soon, maybe this camera will catch their little fawns running around.
Tasting The Camera
What an adorable picture of this deer who has come to see how the camera tastes!
! I’m hoping this deer doesn’t like the taste because he won’t be able to find more of this expensive delicacy.
These two animals are getting buck wild smack in front of the camera. They must be fighting over a doe.
This fight would be pretty wild to watch in person, but at least we can catch a glimpse of it in this shot!
Buck Standing Tall
This buck seems to be fighting some sort of hunting dog or cat. There are visible bites on the back of the buck’s legs.
But now that the buck is face to face with the creature, it seems nervous.
Girl Among The Deer
This picture is super bizarre! What in the world is this girl doing in the middle of these two deer?
Does she live in the wild? That’s a fancy outfit if that’s the case. What is happening?
When a deer stands up, it sure is tall! Do deer stand when there isn’t anybody around? I didn’t know that they could walk on two legs like this.
Maybe the deer saw a human doing it and they are trying. We just need to set this deer up with a faux mustache and a coat and this deer can blend right in with humans.
Is the deer making fun of us and sticking its tongue out? I can almost hear him saying HA HA to me.
If this trail cam belongs to a hunter, this deer might want to watch where it places its tongue.
This trail cam must be right in front of a great view of the moon because the coyotes are a-howlin’ into the dark night sky.
The frame captured all three wolves in the middle of their howl. Coyotes do travel in packs so it’s not surprising to see them here together.
Is this predator cat about to attack a deer? It can probably do it!
There is definitely something sinister in this predator cat. No wonder we admire it so much..
Bear Giving Her Cub A Lift
What an adorable parent-child moment! It looks like the bear is helping the cub get a bite of something.
It must not be an easy task for the bear to lift a cub up with its paws. What is this bear helping her child with? Maybe eat some honey? Yum!
What a cool picture of the wolves looking at us and vice versa!
They seem to be very curious about the camera that just popped out at them. They don’t seem to be a fan of the camera.
Bear With A Mouthful Of Salmon
Bears are known to be good fishers, and you can see this in the picture. This bear must be excited to eat his salmon lunch.
The salmon must have been less excited when the bear attacked.
There are a few deer in this picture that for some reason are stacking up on each other.
I think one of the deer needs to wait their turn and take a step back. Deer mate like crazy, so it’s no wonder why there are so many deer in our country.
Coyote VS Cat
What a cool shot caught on camera of a coyote defending itself against a big predatory cat.
So cool that they did this right on camera!
Drunk Guy Party
It seems like this drunk guy is having a dance party with the deer. Sometimes you just need some deer around when you’re feeling in the mood to groove.
He looks like he’s having a blast, I wouldn’t mind joining him!
Buck & Dog
Here are a buck and dog caught on camera having a showdown.
I would run fast if I were the dog because that deer’s antlers aren’t to be dealt with lightly.
Apparently, this otter took his little fish snack in front of the camera. How cute is he?
The person who saw the photo was probably super excited by it. It cannot get any cooler than this little dude feasting on his fish in front of the camera.
Deer That's Been Hit
This buck has been stabbed by an arrow.
It seems to be running still despite the sharp arrow and perhaps it will manage to escape.
Buck & Fireworks
Looks like this buck showed up for the fireworks show.
Perhaps it was the Fourth of July and the buck is partaking in the independence festivities. Happy Fourth of July, buck!
Mountain Lion On The Chase
Looks like the camera caught the mountain lion while he’s preparing dinner.
The deer seems to be running as fast it possibly can. What an amazing picture!
Hawk With A Kill
The camera caught this hawk consuming its prey. The little buck in the back has arrived just in time for the viewing.
It’s not too often that a buck happens upon a scene like this, it must be amazed.
Coyote With Its Kill
Looks like mom or pops is bringing dinner home for the family. It looks like dinner of choice tonight is fawn... yum.
I’m sad for the fawn but the coyote does need food for its pups. It’s the food chain!
Glowing Eyed Buck
This buck looks possessed and it is super freaky! Eek.
Deer can definitely feed any time of the day, but since they are also considered dinner for predators, they tend to prefer feeding at night.
Deer Up Close
This is a hilarious picture of a deer taken very close. How the trail cam managed to capture this is crazy!
Maybe they put food on the trail cam to make it come close?
Bear Doing Its Business
The bear chose right in front of the camera to pop a squat.
I guess he’s not such a fan of the trail cam.
Wow! That's one scary-looking anteater.
If this was my trail camera, I wouldn’t want to go back to that trail!
Another deer with a barrel stuck in between its antlers.
If somebody lost their bucket, I’m sorry to say but they aren’t getting it back anytime soon.
Poor buck thinks that it has won a fight with a pig. It doesn’t realize, however, that the pig is fake.
Now the fake pig is stuck in the buck’s antlers, that’s embarrassing. I hope he can let it loose or he’ll be a pig head for life!
Polka Dot Moose
Is that a moose cow? I have never seen a moose with fur like that! What is that?
Moose have a diet consisting of terrestrial vegetation forbs and shoots from trees. moose require a daily intake of 9770 kilocalories (32 kg)!
This snowy white deer is so beautiful! It sticks out in the nature like a sore thumb.
The visibility of white deer makes them easy prey for hunters and natural enemies like coyotes, and such a herd would not survive in the wild.
I have no idea what could have happened to this deer but it seems to be in bad form. I think he needs to get right to the emergency vet.
That looks like one gross looking infection.
The Bear Necessities
Everyone can relate to what this bear was going through when he got caught on this trail cam. Hey, when you’ve got an itch, you’ve got to scratch it, right?
And let’s take a moment to talk about how tall this bear is. On his hind legs, he’s almost up there with the tree – and he’s not even standing upright all of the way!
Wild Doggy Style
It’s not enough that these two coyotes got caught in the middle of their intimate encounter, but they’re also both staring directly at the camera.
It’s almost as if they knew it was there and they were posing for it. Or, it could be that they were surprised by it. Give the dogs some privacy!
The owner of this property set the trail cams up to catch the wild animal that had been running a muck in the middle of the night. But when they checked the footage, what they found confused them.
It seems like 2 grown adults in head-to-toe gorilla costumes. Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.
What would you do if you were loading up your gear from your hunting trip and you came back to the truck to find this? This buck is obviously feeling bold after making it out of the forest alive that day.
Yeah, it was an unsuccessful hunting trip, hence the deer’s “ha-ha, you didn’t get me,” stance. Let’s hope he made it out of there before the hunter got back, though.
This trail cam caught something that any homeowner would be terrified to see. Just imagine checking your footage and seeing this creepy…whatever it is. What on earth is this person doing?
I would be super freaked out if I saw someone in this mask roaming around my backyard. Please go away now, mask man!
These two bears were obviously in the middle of a heated argument. Maybe it’s a husband and wife bear arguing about who’s to stay home with the cubs and who’s going out to catch dinner. It doesn’t look like either of them are backing down.
But we all know who’s going to win that argument (hint, it’s the wife bear.)
The Bat’s Apples
This poor doe thought she was going to have the time of her life eating the apples she stumbled upon. But before she could eat the first one, this bat came flying at her out of nowhere and scared her away. Do you blame her?
That noise would scare me if it flew at me in the dark woods, too! Hopefully, she went back and got some apples when the sun came up.
The security cameras on this house captured the very moment this black bear ran away with the delivery of dog food that was sitting on this porch. That bear really hit the jackpot getting its paws on a whole box of canine treats.
And now that he knows where the good stuff’s at – he’ll probably be back for more next time! Better ask your delivery people to leave it in the garage.
Creepy Forest Creature
Several people have tried to debunk this trail cam photo, saying that it was either some type of prop, or CGI, but they haven’t quite been able to do it. So, what exactly is this creature crawling on all fours late at night through the woods?
Maybe it’s a Halloween gag or something for a horror movie? In any case, it’s disturbing and I definitely wouldn’t want to see it anywhere near my house.
These 2 brown bears were caught with their bear-pants down by the camera on this man’s property. He probably didn’t expect to see anything like that when he checked the footage that day. I feel bad for the bear couple.
They were just trying to have some romantic couples time on the water.
Run Away Fast
If only this deer could see that terrifying ghostly face behind him, he wouldn’t be standing in place. He would be running, just like anyone else unfortunate enough to see that thing hiding behind some trees in the middle of the night.
And why does that thing look like it’s shrinking? Run, deer, run! I know I would be.
This bear was caught on camera rolling down a hill at Denali National Park. Entertainment isn't just a human concept. Animals get bored too. There's only so many things you can do to have fun in the wild.
It's awesome this little guy found his own rollercoaster. Maybe he'll show the other bears how it works and start a whole amusement park.
What Is That?
This is another case of someone’s trail cam unintentionally picking up something that looks like it’s come straight out of the nightmare world. Sure, it may be the hunter decked out in camouflage, sneaking around trying to catch something in stealth mode.
Or, it would be the boogeyman looking for his next human victim. Let’s not stick around to find out.
Go Home, Sally
What is this little girl doing roaming around outside during the night? And why does it look like she’s wearing clothes from a few centuries ago? Come to think of it, it really looks like she doesn’t have any feet.
Could it be that’s because she’s a ghost?
We hope that’s a distorted image of a bear running after that deer and not some type of deformed forest monster. Although it definitely looks more like a monster – some kind of weird winged bear/bat demon thing.
The deer would be running away in either case, so I guess we may never know – which may not be such a bad thing.
Are We There Yet?
No one is 100 percent sure what exactly is happening in this image. This fawn looks like it’s had enough walking for one day, in my opinion. It decided it was just going to hitch a ride on mom, instead.
Poor momma deer looks like she has about had it, too.
After all of the reindeer caught on camera, you have to start to wonder where Santa Claus had gotten off to. Well, there’s finally proof that he exists, thanks to this random camera set up in someone’s yard in Canada.
And is it me, or is Santa holding a beer? He’d better not get behind the reins afterward.
If you’ve ever come face-to-face with a hungry raccoon, you know that it pretty much will stop at nothing to achieve its goal to eat. In this case, the goal was to reach the bird feeder full of delicious seeds. Let’s just hope they all got equal shares.
After all, they’re each working pretty hard to reach the munchies.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and pretty much all of those words have something to do with being smelly. Of course, the other end of the animal is actually adorable. Some people even keep skunks as pets.
Although the end that’s facing the camera can be silent yet deadly.
This cow looks like it’s doing the over-the-shoulder glance that celebrities like to give the cameras when they’re on the red carpet. She was definitely ready for her close up when she got caught on this yard cam.
Or maybe she’s looking over her shoulder because there’s a predator approaching?
Creepy Little Kid
What is it with these scary looking kids wandering around the woods at night? I’m not sure if it’s the lighting or lack thereof, but this sure seems like one ghostly image.
Do these children have parents? Or did they die over 100 years ago as well?
You 'Otter' Follow Me
How cute is this bevy of otters moving through the woods behind this guy’s house? And yes, a group of otters is called a “raft.”
It looks like they’re on an important otter mission – part of which is to be insanely adorable.
The Back Scratching Tree
It looks as though this family of bears has found themselves a favorite tree. Maybe it’s because there aren’t too many low branches or anything else to get in their way.
Or maybe it’s just scratchier than the other trees. Hey, bears can have favorite things too.
This deer looks like it has a few screws loose or something. It’s the perfect example of a deer caught in headlights look…okay, maybe it’s not exactly the norm.
But who are we to judge him, he’s just trying to do his best, right?
This is a pretty amazing image that got captured by this trail cam. Not only did this gorgeous bird come super close to the lens, but he decided to spread his wings and give us his best pose.
Work it, little guy! Birds of prey really are majestic; this is photo proof of that.
Are these two polar bears fighting over dinner? Or perhaps they’re fighting over their favorite back-scratching tree? You know, when a bear goes up against any other creature in a fight, you pretty much know who’s going to win.
But when it’s bear verse bear, it’s a toss-up.
If that beak doesn’t look like it could tear smaller animals into kibbles and bits, I don’t know what does. Of course, it could also be the angle this bird has on this lens that makes it appear more menacing than he actually is.
Birds of prey are awesome, but they can also be dangerous – even for humans, but especially for other animals.
Hugging it Out
The picture of these lizards makes it seem as though they’re in the process of making up after a bad argument they had. “No, it was my fault, really.” “No, no, it’s all on me. It was my bad.” If you look closely, it even looks like the one that’s eyeing the camera is smiling a bit.
I’m glad they were able to work things out.
This charming little bear cub got caught on film sitting upright with the cutest look on his face. He’s probably watching his mom. Or maybe a butterfly or something caught his eye because he does look kind of curious.
I would want to pet his fluffy little tummy if I wasn’t so sure he could rip my hand right off.
A fox, a possum and a rabbit all walk into a bar… okay, just kidding. But for some reason, they did all wander into this spot at the same time. The fox must have already eaten his dinner, too, because otherwise, he’d probably be lunging after the bunny instead of walking away from it.
Apparently, they’ve all got important animal stuff to attend to.
Seagulls can get pretty crazy when they want to eat, though. That’s why restaurants on the ocean sometimes put up wires over outdoor seating areas to keep them from divebombing customers for their French fries.
But hey, you can’t blame a seagull for trying, right? Wouldn’t you rather have fries than bugs for lunch? Yeah, same here.
Now this one is just way too cute. The lens of the camera stole this squirrel’s attention, and he’s looking right at it as he munches on his lunch. Maybe he’s worried it’s somehow going to try and steal his stash? You know how squirrels can be about their nuts.
It’s okay, we’re just admiring your face, little guy, you can hang on to your food.
Be Cool and Blend
Apparently social behavior can rub off on birds, too. This duck is acting like he thinks he’s supposed to be standing on one leg.
Maybe he’s been hanging around the flamingos for so long that he believes he’s one of them? The other duck is hiding her face like, “I don’t know him, I swear.”
The Cat Cam
This neighborhood cat was out for a stroll this day when he decided to come and check out this shiny thing he hadn’t seen before. Then he found out he could scratch his face on it, and the camera caught him mid-scratch before he went back in for another round.
Cats getting caught on camera with their mouths open is one of the most delightful things in the world.
As cute as cats maybe – even large cats – this is not something you want to see on your security footage from outside of your home, especially if you’ve got cats (or dogs) of your own. And if you do happen to see something like this, keep your animals indoors and under your watch to keep them safe!
Look how cool his glowing eyes look in the dark, though!
This guy is ready for his closeup! He’s looking directly at the camera, more than likely because he’s wondering what that weird-looking thing is that’s pointed at him.
Can you imagine having those things sticking out of your head? Poor thing must get headaches a lot.
There’s a very good chance that this image has been photoshopped. But some speculate that something insane was going on in this part of the woods that night and this rodent actually went Kamikaze on the snake.
It’s still a pretty great picture no matter what the explanation for it is.
I Just Can’t Bear It
Does anyone else just want to go pat this bear on the back and ask him how he’s doing? It looks as though he’s had a rough day and needs to talk about it, and maybe even a bear hug.
The poor thing obviously needs a friend.
This image must be the reason people use the term “foxy” to describe someone they think is attractive. I mean, how cute is that face?
This fox looks like it’s enjoying some sunshine. So much, in fact, that he’s smiling about it.
That Looks Lovely on You
This is another perfect example of an image that will probably never happen again in a million years but was caught on camera in this 1 perfect moment. Not only did it catch the rhino walking towards it, but there’s the random bird standing directly in front of him.
Not to mention the peacock behind him that makes it look as if he’s wearing some type of costume.