Thanks to modern-day technology, like the trail camera, scouting wild animals from afar is possible. Not only is it possible, but it is also fun!
One of the best ways to prepare for your hunt is to go scouting. While scouting is a great hunting tactic, it is not always possible because of everyday responsibilities and obligations.
Learn more about setting up trail cameras below.
What is a Trail Camera?
If you are new to hunting, you may not be familiar with trail cameras. A trail cam is a modern hunting tool that uses motion sensors to take photos when animals walk by. They boast excellent battery life and, depending on the storage capabilities of your SD card, can store thousands of pictures. You can easily upload the images to your computer or, if your camera can, send photos via cellular network.
Where to Set up a Camera
Location, location, location. Like real estate, location is everything. A camera is best set up near a food source or mineral site. A well-placed cam will allow you to survey animals from afar while giving you a decent idea on the herd’s size, age class, and surrounding area.
PRO TIP: An exceptionally ideal place to set up your trail cam is at an intersection of several trails. Setting up here will allow you to obtain valuable information regarding animal movement patterns as they move from bedding to feeding areas and back.
Camera Placement and Settings
Most trail cams have different settings or “modes.” Find a setting that best suits your needs and select that mode. A common choice among hunters is a single shot with 10-15 seconds between each picture. However, if you find a place to set up your camera next to a food source, you may want to extend the time between photos to avoid filling your memory card with duplicate images.
Mount your camera at about waist height. This puts the sensor at just the right height for deer and will give you the best pictures. However, if you are on public land, you may want to place your camera well above eye level, pointing downwards to avoid unwanted attention from other hunters.
PRO TIP: For better images, make sure you do not set up your cam directly facing the rising or setting sun. You will get higher quality images with a north-facing camera since your pictures will not be as overexposed.
Checking Your Camera
Checking the images on your camera is nearly as exciting as Christmas morning for outdoorsmen. However, it is essential to practice self-control. The more you check it, the more disruption you will cause. Too much disturbance and human activity can cause deer to change their habits and travel patterns.
PRO TIP: The best time to check your camera is midday since deer are most active during the morning and evening. Even better, check it on a rainy day so your scent washes away sooner.
Contact R & K Hunting Company
Using a trail camera is a great way to scout from afar and is a great hunting tactic that all hunters should use. Another useful tactic is to book your next hunt with a professional guide from R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable and skilled guides have years of experience in Utah and Wyoming and are trusted by hunters everywhere. Book your next hunt with us today and learn why hunters come back season after season.