With trail cameras getting more affordable each year, almost any hunter can now own a trail camera, but not every hunter knows how to use these cameras efficiently. Here are some trail camera tips for lethal performance.
Tip 1: Be Discreet
Daily intrusion into the hunting grounds or the grounds under surveillance tells the game more about the hunters and camera owners than those hunters will ever learn about their game through photos and videos they take. A trail camera should be placed in a transitional discreet area where its easy to enter and leave without being detected by the game and other human beings.
Moreover, avoid visiting the surveillance area often; do not leave human odor by touching the camera components with bare hands and even better, use a scent-blocking spray on your camera unit.
Tip 2: Mount the Camera Higher
Mount the camera at a height of about 24 to 40 inches. If you mount at a low height, small game like squirrels, birds, rabbits, rats, snakes even mice will trigger the camera. Moreover, the camera may be prone to damage by large animals and theft by human beings. At a good height the small game/rodents will not trigger the camera.
Tip 3: Distance is also very important
Be aware of your cameras the sensor distance capability so that you can place your camera within a suitable range. Too far or too close will result in missed pictures or capture parts of the animals. 10 to 20 feet is the ideal distance to place most cameras which will allow you to take perfect shots.
Tip 4: Angle camera to trail
You should hang your camera at an angle of 45° to the trail. This significantly increases the trigger response time allowing you to take better and clearer shots. On the other hand, if you hang the camera perpendicular to the trail, the trigger response time may delay for a second or two which may result in a partial shot or even worse a missed shot.
Tip 5: Place Camera South Of The Targeted Area
In other words, point the camera to the North. This avoids sun glare that can trigger your camera even in absence of game. It will also prevent exposure blow-out due to the suns strong backlight.
The sun will ruin west and east shots at least once a day, while a north placement will be exposed to the sun throughout the day. Placing the camera to the south guarantees that the quality of the game photos will not be affected by the suns glare.
Tip 6: Remove All Obstructions
Remove all obstructions such as twigs, leaves and branches that are close to the camera because they can block the camera’s view or can trigger the device when blown by wind.
Tip 7: Protect Your Property
You must accept that any trail camera is at risk of being stolen and all you can do is to try to minimize the likelihood of it being stolen. Avoid hanging the in an obvious location such as close to a road or next to a feeder. Consider hanging them in a less obvious location such as higher in trees.
You can as well use other theft deterrents techniques such as security cables, security boxes, passwords camouflage and more.
Check out our Buyers Guide for more tips and trix.