I have been using Trail Camera’s for a few years now and find that there’s nothing more exciting then to check your camera’s and find that you have pictures of animals visiting your hunting area. These Trail Camera Basic’s will surely improve your hunt and will teach you how to use your camera. The camera’s that I use range in price from $59.00 to $200.00 but there is no limit on how much you can spend on these.
* The purpose of a Trail Camera is to keep an eye out for you, providing vital information on the deer or other animals hanging around your hunting area or stand. This info is great to use when hunting or for placement of your stand. It will help you to put together a good plan for harvesting your game.
* Whether your just getting started or already a skilled hunter these Trail Camera Basics will always hold true. Use these tips to make the most of your time in the field.
How Does Your Trail Camera Work
* The first thing to do when you take your Trail Camera out of the box is to read all the instructions on how to set it up. Practice with it at home until you have mastered it.
* The Detection Range is the range in which your camera can detect passing game and shoot a picture of it during daylight hours. The Flash Range is the range in which your camera can detect passing game and shoot photo’s of it during the nightime.
* Any camera used in the right fashion will give you good scouting knowledge that you would not have otherwise. Quality Counts. Camera’s with higher resolution capabilities and faster trigger speeds and recovery time will capture the best images.
* The camera Flash Type refers to how your Trail Camera will take pictures during the night, and how it will illuminate passing game.
* White Flash camera’s generally produce the most colorful images at night, however, the flash given off by the bulbs can easily be seen by the naked eye and can easily spook your game.
* On the flip side, the no flash infrared cameras are much harder for game to detect, but produce grainy black and white night time photos.
* Infrared trail cams, also know as IR cams, can also be further broken down into no-glow, also called black flash, or low glow types, referring to the slight amount of glow given off by the camera when it is triggered.
Trigger Speed is the amount of time it takes the cameras to detect movement in front of it and then take a picture. Recovery time, on the other hand, is the amount of time it takes the game camera to properly take the picture, store it, and then be ready to take another follow up shot.
* A trail camera with an ultra-fast trigger speed and recovery time may be beneficial on a highly used game trail where the deer will only be in front of the camera for a split second.
* On the other hand, fast trigger speed and recovery time may not be as important on a camera set up on a food source where game is likely to browse for extended periods of time.
Finally, think about the image resolutions and Video capabilities of your camera. Your camera’s MP rating denotes the nimber of pixels in your camera sensor. The more pixels, the higher quality photo your camera can deliver.
Not all cameras have video capturing capabilities, so if this is something you are looking form be sure to double check the specific camera specs before purchase. The same is true for audio, always check product specs before purchasing, as not all trail cams capture sound.
Where To Put Your Trail Camera
Early in the year, deer are social animals, often frequenting the same locations over patterned, daily routines. The opposite is true later in the year during the peak of breeding season, known as the rut. Knowing when these pattern shifts occur helps you choose where to set up your camera.
Spring And Summer: This is a great time of the year to get an inventory on your local deer herd as well as what kinds of buck you will have available to hunt once fall arrives. Focus your trail camera efforts on food sources, such as summer food plots, alfalfa, soybean fields, Heavily used travel corridors, and if legal mineral licks. Mineral licks and corn piles are excellent trail camera location at this time of year because they allow you to set up in easily accessible, low impact locations, such as field edges. Watering holes and other water sources are great cam locations during hot summer months.
Late Summer And Fall: As fall arrives and cooler temperatures take hold, bucks will shed their velvet, usually in early September, and their travel patterns will begin to change. Wait until late summer or early fall, and then begin transitioning your trail camera. Focus on heavily traveled trails between bedding areas and food sources. During this time of year, deer are suckers for acorns, apples chestnut and beechnut trees. Think staging area, outside of bedding areas, pinch points and naturally accurring terrain funnels that allow deer to pass through.
You can also try placing your camera over scrapes, pawed up ground below low hanging tree branches frequented by bucks. You should pay attention to scent control, exit and entry routes, as well as the timing of your camera set up. Be sure not to place cameras directly over scrapes but rather 20-30 yards away to avoid spooking camera-shy deer.
Winter And Late Season: When the rut is over and hunting season is coming to a close, begin moving your trail camera location back to food sources and heavily traveled deer paths. At this time of year deer are returning to their social nature, and their attention turns back to food. As winter progresses, your camera gives you a better idea of how your deer herd is surviving the cold, which deer lived through hunting season and when deer begin to shed their antlers.
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