When choosing a hunting camera price and features are important. However, the setting where the camera will be utilized is also a significant factor. Cameras placed along a trail require different characteristics than a camera placed at a food plot. To make sure hunters choose the best trail camera for capturing deer images they need to look at the criteria for each type of scouting location.
With feeder sites most hunting cameras will be just fine. The deer are attracted to a precise area so hunters don’t have to be concerned about having a hunting camera with an excellent detection device. If the camera has a short flash distance, hunters can position the camera accordingly. For feeding areas, hunters don’t need to pay extra for a fast trigger time.
When selecting a hunting camera to scout a deer trail a fast trigger reaction time is vital. Some deer will be moving fast enough that a slow trigger time will prevent the capturing of their images. Most of the time a trail location does not allow hunters to place the camera far enough away from the trail to utilize a hunting camera with a slow trigger time.
Spending extra money for a fast trigger time is worth it for scouting trails. Infrared flashes are also a good choice in this close situation since they don’t scare deer and they react quicker than incandescent flashes.
When taking pictures at a food plot the hunting camera will typically be functioning in a broad area. Choose a camera which features a wider than average detection zone and a long detection zone. Hunters using cameras which produce a weak flash often are disappointed with the images taken at a food plot.
Remote Hunting Areas
A hunting camera with a long lasting battery is essential unless you have time to frequently replace batteries. Select a trail camera which includes an external battery jack. Hooking up a 12 volt battery provides the camera with an extensive amount of functioning time. Solar chargers have become popular with hunters.
Unfortunately, hunters have been known to loose cameras due to theft. It’s important to properly camouflage the camera. Using camouflage tape made for archery can be helpful. Wrapping a bungee cord around the trail camera and placing some vegetation near the trail camera can be effective. Make sure the vegetation and the bungee cords are not blocking the sensors or the lens.
Quality locking devices and cages are also good choices. Usually, a security box can be bought to fit a hunting camera. Cables can be utilized to secure the camera, however, if a thief is determined to steal the camera he can use bolt cutters and other devices to detach it from its location.
Use an infrared flash to prevent attracting the attention of a thief. Due to the possibility of theft in public property, it may be best not to use an expensive camera.
Before selecting a hunting camera it’s important to determine the specific type of location the camera will be operating in. The scouting site will play a major role in deciding the type and quality of camera that is required.
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