Hunting trail cameras have increased in popularity among many hunters. Trail cameras are meant to help hunters know that they have the prey they want to hunt in their area. Trail cameras help hunters monitor times of movement of their prey. Although trail cameras offer all these benefits for hunters, they can only be the best help if they are set up correctly says DeerHunters.net.
Tips for Setting Up Your Scouting Cameras
- You should set up as much as you can before heading out to the field area. You want to set your date and time and all other information before you head out. Make sure your memory is empty as well as set to send to your mobile device if applicable. The reason you want to set this up before ever heading out is that you want to avoid your scent being picked up as much as possible. The amount of time in the field increases your chances of human scent being picked up.
- You need to pick a decent location for the trail camera. You want it to be in an area that will get a clear view of the prey. Location of the trail camera placement is best if placed overlooking feed plots, salt licks and water holes. These locations are best due to the fact prey will need to eat as well as drink. If you place a trail camera overlooking these places and still have issues finding prey movements you may need to find a new spot.
- Remove external elements. Removing elements that may cause the trail camera to be less useful include removing branches that can cause unwanted use of the camera. Branches moving can cause your memory to fill up, batteries to die due to constant pictures of movement, as well as can cause unclear views of the field area.
- Set up your camera so that it will get less exposure from the sun. The sun can cause bright spots that make pictures unclear to see. Setting up the trail camera in the right angle to protect it from sun exposure will allow better pictures of what is in front view rather than having white pictures that you can’t make anything out in.
- This is the simplest step that can be easily forgotten. Remember to check your cameras as well as if you have multiple trail cameras out write names on them and their memory cards for easy tracking and information keeping. Having names on the cameras and memory cards can also help with knowing which way to face when hunting as well as where to be at which time of day.
Trail Camera Features and Brands
Each brand of trail cameras offers different technology. Some are capable of sending photos straight to your phone as well as video. This helps keep you out of the trails to ensure your scent can’t be picked up. Your scent alone is enough to scare the prey away for good; covering the “human scent” is a major step in setting up trail cameras.
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