NASHVILLE, Tenn. ---With the help of a camera and a little luck, a Nashville man captures images of wildlife roaming in his backyard overnight.
After years of hearing odd sounds in his Cherokee Park neighborhood at night , Gil Lackey decided to find out who his nocturnal neighbors are. The result was everything from coyotes, to possums, to raccoons.
"We have a railroad track that has a lot of shrubbery around it," said Lackey. "I think animals coyotes and foxes eat are there, so they are there too."
Lackey has captured tons of photos and videos over the years, and has shared his work with his neighbors. He said it is amazing to know what roams in his backyard, just feet from where he sleeps.
"I just love it, because you never know what you're going to get."
Lackey, an avid outdoorsman, continues to perfect his hobby, and uses different bait to lure the animals.
"Most of it has been a complete failure," said Lackey. "Over the years, I've gotten better and better. A lot of luck helps."
Lackey sells some of his photos to calendars and magazines. He also teaches seminars on how to use game cameras. His next seminar will be at the University School of Nashville Feb. 26.