High-speed trail cameras used now make it lot easier to find that ideal tree to secure your trail camera to.
Most of the higher quality trail camera can be tested and aimed with accurate precision on most well traveled deer trail. You of course need some openings through the bush that won’t hinder your trail camera from being triggered.
Getting out in the forest after that first fresh snow will often pay big dividends when you find crisp tracks cutting across the main trail. I head out after a leisurely breakfast with some comfortable hiking boots and a few layers of clothes to shed as I hike.
Most times I after walking into a forest for ten or twenty minutes I’m far enough away from the road and the deer are more at ease wandering back and forth from bedding area to find feed. Of course if there is a farm near crown land I will walk in that direction if the trail permits.
Snowmobile and ATV trails are great to travel along to dissect a forest in sections and find those deer tracks if they haven’t been used by anyone yet. I find more wolf or coyote tracks traveling down the main trail with deer tracks crossing perpendicular.
My daypack carries one of my SpyPoint Pro X scouting camera with a set of fresh batteries and a locking cable. Also packed away are my Navionics GPS, plastic gloves and set of clippers.
I will set up my SpyPoint Pro-X camera about 100 meters deeper in the forest often where it opens up. As mentioned earlier today’s high-speed cameras will trigger less than two seconds so getting that buck or doe in the frame is easier. Depending on how you set up your camera is also important. Keep it facing north to avoid false detections. I have found if you just want a photo for information on what deer are traveling down that trail set your camera at a lower setting to get as many photos as possible.
Myself I like a full resolution photo that my SpyPoint Pro X provides (12 MB) as often they may be published in magazines. With a one and half second trigger video or photos are easily captured. Also the camera’s case small size is easily concealed when attached to a tree.
Do a test walk by, then lock it up and leave. I usually wait for at least three days before returning to check for activity. Wait longer if you don’t plan to hunt that area.
Keep it simple, get in and out and you may find that trophy buck you’re hoping to find looking for. At the very least your photos will make you smile.
Using a quality scouting trail camera just adds another dimension to your hunt, It’s also a great way to scout 24 hours a day year round.
Lessons learned the hard way – keep you expensive camera secured and locked no matter where you use it!
Having lost an expensive SpyPoint Pro-X trail camera is no fun.
When used on public lands I always use a lock box and python cable to secure it to a large tree.
Sadly one camera was stolen on private land where it was locked up.
It was well marked with my name and property of RippleOutdoors
The THIEF has yet to be caught and charged as a tresspaser on private property as well as a common criminal.
SpyPoints new smaller Tiny-W unit will be used
SPYPOINT Tiny-W game camera. The Tiny-W includes a unique, separate “Black Box” radio receiver that receives backup copies of the images captured by the game camera. The ultra-compact Tiny-W is only 4.5” x 3.5” x 2.7”, so it’s easy to conceal anywhere. Choose from video recording mode or multi-shot mode takes up to 6 shots in a row. Take crystal clear 8.0 megapixel color images and 640 x 480 video by day. At night, 38 powerful infrared LEDs allow recording of black-and-white images and video. Seven zone detection sensors are fully adjustable from 5’ to 50’. Date, Time, temperature and moon phases are stamped on each photo. Store footage on removable SD/SDHC cards as large as 32GB or output through USB or to a TV. View all images on the Tiny-W’s 2” viewing screen. Runs on 6 AA batteries or a rechargeable lithium pack(not included). The Tiny-W includes Black Box receiver, 12V/solar panel power jack, mounting strap, USB cable and video cables.
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The big feature about the Tiny and Tiny-W is that these cameras have 0 sec trigger time. These cameras have 2 extra detector 120 degrees to wake up the camera and the other 5 sensors are to take the photo. This is why you have no trigger time ! The Tiny-W was developed for all people lost their camera in the field because somebody stole it. The camera takes photos and records them on the cameras AND on a receiver you can hide anywhere around 50ft. So if somebody stole your camera, you’ll get photos of him on the receiver!