Game cameras are a great way to monitor the health of your deer herd, as well as to keep an eye on buck movements through out the season. Use these tips to get better pictures this season.
Most all game cameras conserve battery life by going in to a type of sleep mode when not actively taking pictures or video. When setting game cameras along trails, be sure not to place the camera too close to the trail or it won’t have enough time to come out of its sleep mode for a clean picture. This will often lead to pictures of rear ends versus the whole deer. Instead, try placing your camera looking down a trail rather than perpendicular to the game trail. This setup allows the camera to wake up and snap the picture as desired.
It is important to keep your camera from reading false positives and to keep your pictures from being washed out from the sun. Many hunters go in to the woods and think about travel corridors, food plots or even scrapes. But they don’t think about whether the camera is facing the sun. The best angle is to have your camera facing north so that the sun doesn’t affect your picture quality.
In early season, trail cameras are a great way to see the new fawns you have, but also which bucks made it through last year. Just because you aren’t hunting doesn’t mean scent isn’t a problem. Wear rubber boots and wash your hands thoroughly with an odor eliminating soap to reduce odor left on cameras while getting them set up.
Usually we all get excited about scouting a new area or seeing antler growth in the early season. But by checking the cameras too frequently, we can pressure the deer and push them off their pattern. Cameras are great along corridors leading to and from food or bedding areas, but by being aggressive and checking these cameras too frequently we can push off the deer we intend to photograph. So let them sit 7-10 days.
Most new trail cameras come with multiple features – one of the most important is time lapse photography. With larger food plots and fields, deer may not move in front of the camera; they may be too far out in front or off to the sides to trigger the cameras’ sensors normally. By using the time lapse feature, your camera will take a photo every 5-30 seconds, depending on the camera, throughout the day – all day. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to watch over the food plots on your property.