What should I do with a hunting camera?

A modern digital hunting camera is great for keeping an eye on your prey. When working, it can be kept very quiet, unlike older film cameras that make noise and prey can go unnoticed. It can also be equipped with an extra large memory card that can store thousands of photos at a time. The hunter can come back and check the card every now and then. Thanks to technology, these cameras also have longer battery life and shorter trigger times to preserve every precious moment for you as long as possible.


However, with so many different types of hunting cameras on the market today, it’s easy for hunters to get distracted when choosing. Therefore, it is important to consider your needs before you begin. After purchasing a camera, it is also important to spend some time researching how to use it to maximise its effectiveness. Here are some general tips for setting up and using a hunting camera for those who need it.
Angle the camera to the walkway
Hunting cameras usually take a certain amount of time to trigger, so when the prey is walking straight (non-stop), it may not be able to capture it, or it may only capture a small corner of it, and then make you mistakenly think that there is no prey here. To avoid such problems, when setting up your camera, it’s a good idea to tilt the lens slightly to capture longer stretches of road, rather than pointing it directly at the road in front of the camera. This gives the camera enough time to switch from energy-saving mode to the image you want to see when prey passes by.
Set up at a certain height
Hunting cameras facing direct sunlight can ruin your photos, so it’s a good idea to set them up in a way that avoids direct sunlight, with the lens facing north and avoiding south. Generally, placing the camera in a tree about 10 feet (3 metres) off the ground and tilting the lens slightly down at an angle to the direction of the walkway produces the best shots. This setup method captures a wider field of view than setting the camera at waist height.
Trigger fast enough
A camera with a shorter trigger time will capture more photos when prey is present. Some people like to use decoys and other things to slow down prey as it approaches so the camera has more time and opportunity to take more photos of the prey. However, many people feel this method is not very effective because prey often patronises decoys at night. In addition, once the decoy is used, it cannot be stopped. Therefore, experienced hunters tend to capture better images by cleverly choosing where and at what angle to mount their camera.
Continuous shooting is important
When choosing a camera, it depends not only on whether its trigger start time is fast enough, but also on whether it can shoot continuously. A camera with continuous shooting capability can capture images of prey appearing, passing and leaving in succession, allowing you to see more details. Of course, the memory card needs to be large enough to hold continuous photos. You can also selectively delete some photos after viewing them.
Night observation
If you are using an infrared camera to capture prey while checking your camera at night, it is best to move quickly. After checking the condition of your camera, quickly replace the memory card and leave. If checking more than one hunting camera, reflective strips can be installed in the path between camera mounting points to make movement easier. If carrying a torch for supplemental lighting, it is a good idea to add a red or green filter to the torch.
Planned distribution of mounting points
If the locations of hunting cameras are relatively spread out and random, you may be able to capture some beautiful scenes, but you may not be able to get a sense of the daily behavioural habits of specific prey in a particular area. Therefore, it is advisable to choose where to set up your cameras in a planned manner.
Closely monitor important events
During the hunting season, closely monitoring important events of your prey can make it easier for you to earn rewards. In the case of deer, for example, they begin to shift from nocturnal to daytime activity, but it’s not easy to predict when this shift will begin. With hunting cameras, we can get a better handle on the specifics.
Mating is also a major event in the animal kingdom, and with the onset of the rut, animals will behave very differently than usual. If you simply don’t understand this, or are not prepared for it, it’s easy to miss some key clues. In this case, a hunting camera can also help you learn more about your prey’s favourite hot spots, making it easier to find your target.

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