The phrase “You get what you pay for” has never been more true than with motion- activated trail cameras. At first glance, it would seem that owning a bunch of cheap cameras is better than a few quality models, yet once you add the cost in gas, time, and batteries (not to mention the frustration of poor performance), a quality purchase is a much wiser decision. Trail cameras are great for scouting, and they also serve a host of other purposes such as home security, camp security, and entertainment. Post a trail run of your camera by a bird feeder or bath and capture nature at its funniest. As summer turns into fall, deer are very pattern-able and trail camera technology can tell you when and where they’ll be. Fortunately, the price of trail cameras has recently decreased, so rather than focus on price, set your sights on these four qualities to ensure long-term satisfaction.
Infrared over Flash: Perhaps deer become used to a camera flash. Infrared is less disturbing, and won’t reveal the location of the camera should some two-legged dears come snooping around.
Still and Video: Today’s better cameras offer the option of both. A brief video clip creates more interest and can capture information that a still may miss.
Ease of Viewing: Higher-end cameras often allow you to view your photos or videos at the site, eliminating the need to travel back home to see what’s happened. That also means less activity and human scent at the camera location, an important element as the season approaches.