Motion-activated and time-lapse trail cameras have revolutionized deer hunting, but if you only use these cool devices a few months of the year, you’re missing an exciting hobby and could lose out on a wealth of great outdoor information.
Many hunters use cameras near a food source to evaluate the quality and number of deer in an area. That’s great, but don’t overlook interesting outdoor happenings at other times of the year. If you find a stump where a bear has been rubbing, a dead animal in the woods, turkey dusting bowls, and the like, set up a camera. Today’s motion activated cameras frequently offer infrared photography, which won’t scare wildlife or humans with a visible flash. For the best results, keep these three things in mind.
1. Spray your camera with scent-elimination spray and use rubber gloves when handling and installing the device. Your scent may spook game, and the salt from hand perspiration is a magnet to bears. Otherwise, you may get one great image of bruin tonsils, but that’s all.
2. Test the camera once in place. Even better, practice at home on a bird feeder or bird bath to make sure you know where the camera shoots and how it operates. You may want stills or video and you must know how to adjust for each. Such projects are great for keeping youngsters entertained in summer months.
3. Finally, invest in quality batteries. I love the dollar stores as much as the next guy, but you want batteries that will last a long time. The gas from one trip will easily pay for the difference in battery cost.
Need more convincing? Enjoy these recent trail camera shots taken with Stealth Cam cameras and see what kind of visual goodies might be awaiting you.