One of the important parts of using a trail camera is its proper setup. It’s not just throwing your camera up on the tree and expecting a deer or other game to walk past. By taking just a little more time and following some small steps the outcome will guarantee a more enjoyable scouting experience. You will have better images and will have a better idea of the game on the property you are watching.
First of all, you want the camera to be in an area that is frequented by the game that you want to watch. Try to find high traffic areas. It can be a trail leading to food or water. Try to find animal tracks. Your main focus should be to set up the camera at a location that the game will most likely cross.
In order to avoid the sun washing out the light from the taken pictures, mount the trail cam facing north or south. Make sure that it is not facing the sunrise and sunset. This simple step will eliminate any blurred and whited-out photos.
Since on most cameras the trigger time varies between 2 to 5 seconds, if you aim the cam directly across the trail, you might get a lot of photos with the game already out of the shot. So mount it at a 45 degree angle to the trail instead. This gives the camera wider viewing and after being triggered there’s more potential that the animal will be captured in the frame. The second benefit of this position is that it won’t be directly facing the animal, so there’s less chance that it will spook it.
It’s also important to choose the right background. It shouldn’t be too busy with too many shrubs, trees and such. If there’s such cover around the camera, it might be difficult to clearly make out an animal in the photo. It’s better if the background is contrasting. A good background would be an open field with an open skyline, with water and with distant trees.
The animals are always on the look out for potential danger. They are always on high alert and you don’t want to spook them with your camera. So what you want is to capture images of the animals without them knowing it.
All the trail cameras that you will find on the market (top ten best trail cameras) come in a camouflage case that has the texture of tree bark. When setting up in any location, make sure that it does not stick out as a sore thumb. Mounting the trail camera on a single tree will still make it stand out, even though it has the camouflage. You can hide the cam in a pile of brush. However, make sure that the twigs don’t obstruct the view of the camera.
You should also keep in mind that there are many different features you can choose from when it comes to trail cameras. You will therefore have to do some research into which features fit your needs, so make sure to do some research (you can read trail camera reviews) to make the process of finding the best fit for your needs as easy as possible.
After mounting the camera, the final step would be adjusting the settings. This also plays a big part in the outcome of the image capturing. Depending on the situation, the settings that would be best for you may vary. For example, if your camera will be mounted on a high level and out of the animal’s main line of sight, you can choose to use the burst or video mode. However, if your camera is mounted in a position that could get easily picked up by the animal, these two settings would not be suitable since they would spook the animal.
Some trail cameras allow adjusting the sensitivity level of the IR sensor. If your camera does support this feature, put it on high for open areas and on low for areas with a lot of brush and grass around.
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