As the Early morning sun continues to rise and the intensity grows, the never ending beads of sweat continue off my forehead and down the side of my face leaving me the reminder that summer is in full swing and fall is not just a distant memory anymore, it will be here soon. I continue my early morning trek into an old haunt from the past as the mercury continues to rise, and today’s journey is the first trail cam set up of the year. Each of us are filled with anticipation of what fall will bring us, and the potential of the animals that are in our area. We will be spending many days a field and knowing this many of us have looked to setting up Game Cameras in these areas to capture the quality and quantity of game for our pursuant…
Knowledge of your Camera
Trail cameras come in many varieties of styles, sizes and with different functions for the areas that they will be placed. Knowing the environment where the camera will be placed will greatly influence the type and placement. Most Trail cameras come fully equipped with multiple settings for flash, no flash, trigger speeds, digital formats, and motion sensing and infrared capabilities, along with remote monitoring for some later more expensive models. Any new purchase should be tested thoroughly at home prior to setting it afield. This will insure that you will be not wasting time a field and have a quick setup in the area placed without laying down to much of your scent.
When you are using your camera’s to scout the area for fall the location is essential to your success on photos.
I place cameras near bedding areas, water sources, food sources such as plots, natural meadows, and placed bait piles where legal [please check your local state regulations], game trails, downed and even standing fence lines, and rub lines that are used frequently. When placing your camera make sure brush and other natural obstacles are clear from your prospective camera’s view. I usually place most my cameras at waist height for optimum photos. It may be that an individual will have to place multiple cameras at one location; this usually applies for setting these on a hard used game trail. I set one camera looking down the trail in one direction and then the second in the opposite to catch the frequently used direction of the animals for patterning.
I suggest not aiming your camera into the setting or rising sun if it can be avoided, as this will backlight any photos that are taken during that time. I try to avoid heavy traffic areas of well known human trail usage, not only to keep from taking photos of unwanted sources but for concealment for the sake of the unfortunate ever growing theft problem of game cameras. Place your camera far enough away from the mineral lick, food sources’, watering source or wallows, so that you can actually obtain the whole animal in the frame of the picture.
Once you have chosen your desired location of setting up your camera the need for properly mounting the camera is a must. The most popular method of mounting a trail camera is to attach it to the trunk of a tree. While this is convenient, this can also be a consistent problem for clear images if the tree is not large enough to be able to compensate for swaying of the tree during windy periods, especially during when the foliage is still abundant on the tree. A good tree to consider attaching your camera too is a tree that is available with a trunk of 10 inches or greater in diameter. Some companies offer a Metal post, free-standing or driven for mounting your camera. Remember to place these purchased stands in the clear so the trees, brush and branches don’t interfere with the angle of the camera when the wind blows. If you are setting a camera, which most of us are now days; be mindful of where you place the camera and secure it properly with aftermarket locks or encasements that are offered to protect your equipment from being stolen. Most of all have fun and it is a good idea to be thoughtful of people’s privacy and property, and please share pictures from your trail cameras this year so we all can enjoy seeing the antler growth and trophies that are awaiting us this fall!!!