That really sucks that we have to worry about stuff being stolen!! I put up a tree stand this year in A22. Hopefully it'll be there when I go down next week. I think it would be harder to steal but you never know these days.
I ended up using trigger cable locks to lock it up and really just break the plastic tabs off it you want it that bad. It was in plain view and like I said even captured two hikers passing by. They both had heads turned the other way so they may have not even seen it. Oh well for 1st trail cam pics it was fun. I left it up for almost 2 days.
Game cameras are fun to put out. It keeps me wondering when I go to check, hoping to catch something big. Try setting it on a game trail away from where people are, or a water hole. Not sure on the California game laws but if it's legal, dump out a bag of corn and see what comes into it. I know it is illegal to hunt over the corn(bait), but not sure on the laws about feeding the wildlife there. Never reasearched it when I was living in the state. Good luck and hopefully you catch something nice on the camera
You can't hunt over bait but is there something in the code which would prevent a handful of corn in front of a fixed game camera for the purpose of taking pictures of wild animals? What if the dirty deed were done out of season?