Trail cameras play a major role in scouting for game and offers huge benefits over conventional scouting methods. Determining how much game you have on your property or in a particular area is critical for proper management and hunting success. Trail cameras allow you effectively to do this from a distance leaving the game less disturbed.
Good quality game cameras will not only record videos and take pictures of the game that happen to wander by, but can also indicate the number, gender, size, and trophy quality of these animals. The more sophisticated game cameras can even show the date, location, time, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and the moon phase at the instant a picture was taken. With ability to collect this information you can have excellent data over the animals on your property.
With a trail camera, conducting a survey is not only cheap and easy but also can be fun.
Trail cameras placement is a key factor while conducting a survey. Placing one trail camera per every 100 acres, and running a survey for 5 to 9 days or an extended period of 10 to14 days, can get you excellent results. The cameras need not be evenly placed.
One of the most strategic areas to place cameras is on trail intersection and most of these intersections are situated in transition zones to and from feeding and bedding areas. Other strategic areas to place cameras include primary feeding areas such as food plots, agricultural fields, and fruit trees.
Trail Cameras and Supplemental Feeding
Placing cameras on an established mineral site or bait is one of the most effective ways of producing quality game pictures in large quantities. Supplemental feeding can attract targeted game from long distances and will have the parade to take their photos taken like are on the red carpet at the Academy/Oscars Awards.
The more game traffic, the more pictures the camera can take and the more accurate your survey results will be. This is by far the most effective way of taking inventory of the game on your property on a particular area. Ensure you check the local regulations regarding the use of Supplemental Feeding before and/or during the hunting season.
You should then analyze the information you have gathered from your about your deer herd. Analyze antler growth potential and age structure. By analyzing photos taken and then taking a record of the numbers, you can calculate deer density, fawn-to-doe ratios, buck-to-doe ratios and deer per square mile and deer per acre. From this data you can establish which deer to hunt, where and when to hunt and the ones that will be spared.
Besides monitoring the game, trail cameras are thrilling to use. It is exciting to see what your hidden camera can capture. It could be anything – from a predator stealing your valuable deer’s supplemental feed to large buck you had no idea even know lived in the area, or a trespasser who is not even aware that he or she is being watched. Conducting a survey based on a reliable procedure will not only give you accurate results but will also ensure that you will have a successful hunting season.