Optimize your trial-cam setups

Trail cameras have a huge role to play in hunting. They are normally used to find where certain type of animals pass for hunting. They also help in monitoring wildlife patterns for non-hunting reasons in a particular area. They are now considered as standard equipment rather than just a technological excess. Hunters have a wide selection available for selection from over dozen manufacturers and 50 models.

Trail cameras can shoot in day or night with the help of motion sensors. They normally have an infrared flash for capturing images at night time without disturbing the wild life. Trail cameras help you to know the animals that dwell in your hunting area more closely. We can find all kinds of trail cameras in the market from the simplest ones to the most sophisticated cameras with wireless transmitters that not only upload pictures but also transfer them to a website from any part of the earth.

Setting up the cameras with about three minute intervals will give us a range of time when animals are within the range of camera. The camera can be set for multiple shots once motion sensor is tripped. We might not want to set up the camera in the most sensitive range if the camera has the option of multiple sensitivity settings since we might end up picking unwanted motion from birds, blowing leaves and flying insects.

Important features that you need to take care while purchasing a new trail camera are night shot, photo resolution and the ease of use. Following these few tips would help you in using the trail cameras in the most optimal and best way to give us some awesome pictures of animals (specifically deers).

1. First select the spot for placing your trail camera. Look for places of interest for the animals. Placing your camera is the key. A good solid tree is a suitable place for mounting your camera.
2. Facing your camera to the south or north will avoid direct sunlight that can ruin your pictures when the sun shines directly on the lens.
3. Fasten the camera at the waist level to the tree. The ideal position would be from 24” to 36” off the ground. Few cameras come with a laser to help you in judging the correct height for the camera. Secure it tightly. You can also use bait in case you don’t see a good number of animals like corn feed.
4. Position your camera perpendicular to a trail. Many cameras are not quick at capturing animals moving perpendicularly. Avoid placing the camera down a trail directly. The best placement would be at 45 degree angle to the trail.
5. Place your trail camera at about 15’to 20’ from the designated photo area. Cameras do detect motion at almost 30’but some flashes may not reach past 20’.
6. Remove all the vegetation that block the camera’s view and also from the sensing area.
7. Switch on your camera and ensure all settings like date and time.
8. Fix a pack of Zorb-it inside the camera case.
9. Make use of test mode for checking and verifying motion detector’s range.
10. Double check the attachment and secure all the locking systems. Few animals might bump or sniff your camera. So, double checking ensures that camera would not be knocked out.
11. Place the camera in live mode, wait till the time out period expires and trigger the camera to ensure camera is working.
12. A SD card can be used for additional memory. These can hold about 500 to over 1000 pictures.
13. Determine the delay times. Delay time should be shorter when used on trails and when animals just pass by. Delay times need to longer when used on mineral licks, food plots where the animals are expected to linger.

Using these few tricks would help you in getting the best of pictures of wild life.