5 Helpful Tips to Setting Trail Cameras
Summer scouting is an important step to helping you be successful in the woods come fall. Do you have some trail cameras that you are looking to set up so you can effectively see what’s walking around your hunting land? I want to talk about some helpful tips that will get you quality and quantity out there in the woods. We all want great pictures of the studs that are walking around our property and to be able to pattern them into hunting season. Use these tips to do exactly that!
Tip #1: Face your cameras North!
Looking into the sun definitely sucks and makes it very hard to see doesn’t it? Well, a camera lens is the same way when it’s facing the sun. Lens flares and over exposure can ruin your photos in a hurry. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West, thus any camera’s facing those directions will at some point throughout the day be flared. This will result in random camera triggers or sun flared photos. Memory card space is valuable, use it wisely and keep those game cameras facing North as much as possible.
Tip #2: High Traffic Areas!
You can’t just strap one of these cameras to a random tree and expect to see deer. Although you may get lucky and gather some nice footage, take your time and find a good spot. Yes, this means you may have to look around a little bit and do some scouting. Look for deer sign such as trails, tracks, poo, rubs or even scrapes. By finding these signs you will be setting yourself up for much better success than just by finding a random tree.
Tip #3: Let It Be!
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it be. Once you’ve hung that trail camera up try to leave it there for a few weeks before going back and checking it. The more often you’re back there looking at pictures the more scent and traffic you’re putting into that property. You want to keep everything as natural as possible, so deer continue to feel safe, especially when it gets closer to hunting season. Batteries will last longer than you think, trust me. Leave those cameras alone and let them do some work.
Tip #4: Try It Up High!
Try getting that camera elevated in the tree a little more and get that thing out of sight. Not only are you getting it out of the line of sight for deer, but also the line of sight for humans. Now, if you’re on private property you don’t really have to worry too much about someone intruding on your property, but if you’re risking it on public this is definitely a tip to follow! In my opinion elevating the camera gets you some better photos and will keep it out of the way of any growing weeds or plants that could cause false triggers. Just raise it up a little higher than normal and make sure you have good angle down to capture movement on the ground.
Tip #5: Format SD Card!
Imagine you set your trail camera up on a perfect spot and you are following the Let It Be rule. You walk back in there 3 weeks later to check your photos only to realize the SD card was corrupt and you have a total of 0 photos. It happens, trust me. Technology sometimes like to bite you right in the… well you know. There is a way around this to be sure this doesn’t happen to you. On almost all cameras you can simply “format” your SD card. What this will do is set the parameters on the card to work with the camera it got formatted to. Thus, eliminating the chances of an epic failure and waste of time. Just be sure to format your SD card before walking away from any new set up and you will be a lot more efficient!
I could go on and on with tips on setting trail cameras, but I feel these are the most important to get you started. Obviously to gather great pictures you also need a quality trail camera. TideWe has released a new trail camera that is built to impress and reveal high quality photos and video of wildlife. You can check out all the details of our trail cameras on our website to help you order one or two to get you started. At an affordable price you can’t go wrong! I hope this article helped you get those first couple trail cameras set this summer. Those who put the time in learning pieces of property and how deer move through them are always more likely to put one on the ground come fall. I wish you the best of luck this season, and good luck with those cameras!