Whether you’re out in the rugged Australian Outback on safari, or trudging across a backcountry road in search of deer or other hunting game in your own local area, a game scouting camera is a necessity. These cameras take big, clear photos of game on the hoof or wing during the day, and brilliant flash abilities allow for great action shots at night too. In fact, they are invaluable in scouting the areas you wish to hunt and find elusive animals that elude you during the daylight hours.
In a perfect world, one single camera would do everything you need, and if you’re really good, plan well, and know exactly how to set your camera in a hurry, maybe one will do for your needs too. However, most people do not have such coordination, This is especially true for night settings. However, if you can only have one, here are some things to look for to make sure you have the most capabilities with one camera:
• Multi-shot ability. The ability to snap several quick shots in a row assure you will actually capture a moving target. A camera that takes too long between possible shots is likely to miss the action, and you’ll end up with a blank frame of pretty nature, but no animal.
• Various video settings. The ability to set a variety of resolutions from high to low.
• Good tag systems that allow you to stamp pictures with date, time and even a specific camera ID. This is extra useful if you use pictures as proof of trophy in a catch and release program, or if you sell nature shots to professional sources.
• Menu display that shows functions such as battery levels, how many pictures are on the memory card and how much room is left.
• A delay timer is a fantastic feature for a scouting camera. It allows you to set up a shot, get in position, and even more into the picture for those super trophy pictures when no one else is around to lend a hand.
It is possible to find a single camera with all of those attributes and more, but often times it is just as good to have several to use for different circumstances. A scouting camera with excellent night flash, but no delay timer will deliver all the night time scouting abilities, and you can carry a daytime camera with the delay for the actual hunt, or trophy pictures.
One further feature that is very helpful is a scouting camera that runs on rechargeable batteries as opposed to standard alkaline batteries. Scouting cameras are large, and often use as many as four “C” batteries. That can make for very expensive pictures if you have to replace those batteries every trip.
Scouting cameras range in prices from the mid 90’s to several hundred dollars. That makes getting those cameras with every option a little tough to handle for some beginning enthusiasts. For avid hunters or wildlife seekers who want to capture their game on camera, or scout out the surroundings before a big hunt, it is helpful to buy a less expensive camera that has enough options for the time being and build their arsenal of photography slowly over time. That can mean having quite a collection after a few years, but the experiences and the ability to get out there and enjoy the pastime while they build their equipment supply is worth the extra luggage.
For the hunter looking to make improvements now, and lighten their load with just one camera that will do it all, there is the Trail Watcher 4220, the Treebark 4.1, Swamp Ghost SG-N60 or the Bigfoot SLE all of which take impressive pictures, are easy to use, allow picture viewing and have time delays. You’ll pay a premium price, but can rest assured you have a camera that will do everything and then some with speed and ease.