As technology advances more features are introduced on trail cameras. Most deer hunters have a common practice of monitoring deer before and during the hunting season. Unfortunately, some hunters miss out a lot on the opportunities of keeping an eye on the deer in winter. Setting the trail camera properly will help you identify the bucks that remained and signal the start of the shed hunting season. While the purpose of using trail cameras remains the same, some small changes on how you set your trail camera and a few tactics are required to help you get the most out of your trail camera. Here is a guide on how to set up your trail camera perfectly and other trail camera tips.
Purpose of purchasing trail camera
Define your purpose of purchasing the trail camera. Hunters purchase trail cameras with a purpose of retrieving information such as food plot, scouting for deer, mock scrape, trail, and capturing important photos of other wildlife. Research all these objectives clearly because they will influence your trail camera setting tactics. The purpose of the camera also determines the exact features you should look out for in a trail camera and can help you satisfy your specific needs.
Trail camera location
Once you define what you intend to achieve with the trail camera will guide you in deciding where to set it. It is a very important requirement in setting your trail camera. Research widely about the mineral licks and feeding sites before you decide on where to put your camera.
Trail camera installment
Every trail camera location has its own limitations. For example, you may encounter trees either too small or too large in diameter for your camera in the preferred locations. You should consider using other tools other than a strap in hanging or installing your trail camera. Think beyond using a fence post or a tree for setting your trail camera.
The field of view (FOV) of your trail camera
It is important to think about how far the trail camera can detect and take pictures. What is in the FOV will determine the kind of information you gather from your trail camera setting. Bushes, branches or feeders in the FOV and frame will affect the quality of photos you take or block the images entirely.
Night photo distance of trail camera
Consider the flash range of your trail camera during night events when you purchase your trail camera. The flash range also determines the way you set your trail camera. In most cases, night flash range is forgotten and ends frustrating hunters because they end up missing out on great opportunities. Remember, a majority of wildlife including deer move around during night-time hours. So be sure to consider this feature when purchasing and setting your trail camera.
Trail camera direction
The direction of the sun will have a major impact on the information you receive from your trail cameras. The sun can have a blinding effect on your images. Make sure you avoid aiming the trail camera west or east, but rather choose north for the best photos.
Using the right tools and strategies in setting your trail camera in winter can make organizing all your trail camera photos a cinch. The information you gather will make you a successful hunter in summer. Having your trail cameras set strategically on your property in winter will help you learn a lot about the deer and other wildlife.