Trail Cameras are not just for hunters. Although most people use them to bag that monster buck, they have helped some catch a thief. Others, enjoy nature when they can't get in the woods themselves. Cameras come in a wide variety of prices. Bass Pro can help you determine what you want and expect from the camera. The people at Bass Pro have the knowledge to help you find what price range you are looking for, as well as what camera will suit your purpose.
Lets start off with the Hunting Master. Like most hunters, my husband starts scouting right after muzzle season ends here in Upstate New York. He places cameras in different spots way before hunting season and waits for the chance to catch a glimpse of a monster. That buck knows you are out there and you have to be creative in order to find him.
The most common game camera that people like have infrared technology. Infrared prevents scaring the animal, because a flash does not go off, and scare them. Not to mention if you have unwanted guests (people or animal) on your property they also will not see the flash and you can figure a plan from there once you get a good shot of them. Now this is also good for those who are not looking for their trophy buck. Bird enthusiasts can take pictures of their feathered friends, or forest animals they normally would not sit in the woods to watch and wait for. What about that bothersome raccoon getting into your garbage? Well with the infrared you can figure out his strategy without frightening him then figure out how to get rid of him.
The battery life with a trail camera is important. First, batteries are expensive not to mention if you have to run back in to the woods you waste your time and disturb the area making the deer/animal apprehensive about coming back to that site for a while. The other thing to take into consideration is a lot of the smaller game cameras take AA batteries. They tend to be less expensive and have a longer life than the larger batteries.
If you do decide to go with a expensive model, I would suggest getting a security box . It just makes it harder for thieves to get at your camera.
If your camera does not have a on-board viewer (high end) then you want to get a SD card. Most people recommend two. The extra allows you to study your pictures way before hunting season begins. Once you find a good spot you can get it set up and then not disturb the area again.
Now it's time to find that spot. For deer, focus on high volume areas. Where they bed, feed, thick cover, deep woods. Heavy cover is good because the mid-day sun won't trigger the sensor.
Found that spot? Make sure you spray scent control on your clothing, gloves, and wear rubber boots. Then spray the scent control on the camera making sure your don't get it on the lens. Scent control leaves a residue and will blur your photos.
Make sure the lens area is free of twigs, weeds, vines and especially leaves. Anything that may blow in front and trigger a picture. This will waste your batteries, and most of all your time.
Place the camera in a tree higher than the deers' sight. Keeping them unaware of the camera's presence.
If possible face the camera northward or southward to prevent the sun from backlighting your subject and making it a silhouette in the photo.
Now here is the hard part, Get out of there and leave it alone! For mature bucks leave the camera for 8-12 days. This gives enough time to let human scent disappear. The deer gains security and starts using that spot again
So - You got a great picture! Here are two questions to ask yourself!
1. Where do I think he is bedding down. You can go on earthgoogle.com they have aerial photos and maps to help you gather information and find him.
2. Did I get any pictures in the morning? If yes, you need to go further in and up trails you suspect he is using. You want to find his day spots before he beds down. Mature bucks move during darkness.
By preparing, and watching you will be ready for hunting season. Not hunting? you will enjoy your pictures for hours on end, or get rid of the pesky animal or thief by being smarter than they are.
Bass Pro has a large variety of Game Cameras to pick from. The Bushnell Trophy Cam, Moultrie Game Spy M80xt, and Stealth Cam Archer's Choice are just a few that our people in Archery recommend.
Bushnell is 8.0 megapixel, has a easy to read LCD display. A time/date stamp to keep track of when the picture was taken in case you journal year to year. It has up to a one year battery life and takes 4 AA batteries. The case is weatherproof and has infrared technology.
Moultrie Game Spy has a night range up to 60 feet. It's a 5.0 megapixel with motion freeze technology. This reduces infrared night time blur of your photos.
The Stealth Cam Archer's choice is a 8.0 megapixel with infrared technology. This camera takes great night and day pictures. This camera also takes AA batteries.
So whether you are going after that monster buck, enjoying birds, catching troublesome animals or humans who should not be on your property, a game camera comes in handy.
Stop in to Bass Pro Shops and check out the wide selection of cameras. Ask as many questions as you need, you will never be disappointed. The know how and skill of our associates will make you feel confident with your purchase and how to execute what you need to do.
Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator