Try these game camera tips the next time you get out to your hunting area. If you just bought a new trail camera chances are you have been disappointed in the pictures that you have received so far. Try to use these tips and watch your picture quality instantly improve!
Angle your camera
This is the most common mistake. If you have your camera mounted to take photos at a target like a feeder or a buck scrape, mount it a bit farther away from the target and at a 45deg. angle. Why? This will allow the field of view in the camera to capture the entire body of the animal instead of a cut-off picture of it’s head or butt. Most cameras have a built in delay when it senses movement and by placing the camera at an angle and farther away from the target, this gives a much greater chance of the animal remaining in view during the delay sequence before the camera fires.
Don’t over-check your camera!
I know it can be very tempting to go out every day and check to see if pictures are showing on your new game camera! I’ve been guilty of this myself. The fact is though that each time you show up, you disturb the natural surroundings and leave scent traces everywhere. The less that you visit your camera, the more good pictures you will record. That is one great reason to use the new cellular trail cameras that send pictures instantly to your cell phone when they are triggered.
Get a SD card viewer for your phone
I personally use the Boneview SD card reader for my I-Phone to view my photos in the field. This is so much more convenient than lugging along a laptop or worse changing out cards and bring back the card to camp to view. By using a viewer on your phone, you can tell instantly if your camera is working and aimed at the correct spot, and you can make adjustments while you are still there. Nothing is as frustrating as getting home and realizing that all your pictures are obstructed by a tree limb in the way.
Secure your camera from thieves
Concealment from view should be your first deterrent from theft. You should also use a locking cable or better yet a full lock box on your cameras especially if you place them on public land.
Mount your camera higher
By mounting you camera higher, you can avoid blinding wary bucks and does during the flash. This can also help prevent “red eye” in the pictures. Usually about 10 feet off the ground does the trick, but you have to keep in mind access to the camera when you are checking it.
Trail cameras are fun to mess around with and they can take very good quality pictures these days. By using the simple tips, you chances of capturing that once in a lifetime buck on film will improve considerably. Good Luck!