If you didn’t already know. Using a trail camera to help you scout your hunting land can lead to huge improvements in the way hunt. It’s like having eyes at your spot 24/7 to find those crucial tips that can lead to huge success. Here is a few tips on what you need to look for when you decide to purchase a trail camera.
[adsensesquare] In today’s market, there are lots of different electronic devices — and that includes trail cameras. Let me say right off the bat, that according to guide Phil Schweik, who works for a major outdoor retailer, there is, to use his words, “a lot of junk for sale.” He strongly advises doing very detailed research, speaking to hunters you know who have experience with these devices, and go to a reputable seller, where you can actually “see and feel” the equipment and get demo lessons. These types of electronics are always present at hunting trade shows as well. Do your homework before spending a dime!
As time has progressed, these electronic devices have improved – and today’s main “attractions” are trail cameras. These cameras can be absolutely amazing. The quality of the imaging is incredible. And infra-red laser beams are incorporated to “trip” the mechanism in real time. By the way, guide Schweik says that you should make sure that there is no “delay” when the photo or video begins. Finding out the “reaction time” on these cameras once they’re tripped is essential. If there’s a delay, as with some point-and-shoot digital cameras, you may end up missing the animal and just see empty space. Trail cameras will take a single photo. They will take streaming video. They have batteries that can last for days. They have those little, simple SD cards that you can pull out of a slot in the camera in a nanosecond and then “read” on your computer or TV at home; OR they can be read right in the field. You’ll know exactly the type of animal, its size, time it was there, and maybe some “habits.” It’s like something out of the History Channel show, “Modern Marvels.”
And now — the “cost.” Phil Schweik says you can get a still-photo trail camera for as low as $60. Then you can get video, or a combo of both still and video. His particular retail outlet has trail cameras running to around $600 — and if you want to go totally nuts, you can buy a commercial camera which can run into the thousands. Phil suggests the “KISS” theory: “Keep It Simple Stupid.” By that he means buy only what you really need. You can always upgrade. You can usually add on “bells and whistles.” Remember, you’re not doing work for National Geographic. You want it simple. You want it to work. You want accuracy. So be cautious and be slow before you buy.[adsense]
As we usually do, we like to pass on “real world” moneysaving ideas for everything that we talk about: Guide Schweik says, when not using these cameras for hunting (which is most of the time), set them up in or around your home or valued storage areas as “security cameras.” They work beautifully, are rugged, and will prevent theft – or worse! Remember, these cameras can and will trigger an alarm on your computer or other simple electronic set-up.