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 Posted: Sun Sep 20th, 2015 01:06 AM
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Need some expert advice on game cameras. What to look for, pros and cons. All info appreciated.



 Posted: Sun Sep 20th, 2015 12:36 PM
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Reconyx all the way!

Trailcampro.com has an excellent source of tests, information and the best pricing.



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 Posted: Tue Sep 22nd, 2015 03:40 PM
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Don't waste your money on the $50 Trail Cams they sell in Wal Mart. You'll be disappointed and will have wasted good money on junk.
I won't settle for anything under 8 mega pixels. Look for something that will take good pics at night as well as day. You'll spend some hard earned money on a good one but won't be disappointed.



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 Posted: Tue Sep 22nd, 2015 04:48 PM
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There are literally dozens-probably hundreds-of choices.

One thing to look for is the delay between movement triggering the camera and the time the camera flashes.  Smaller delay is better but note how the price follows speed.

Another item is the speed of the memory you stick in the TC.  Slower memory is less expensive but faster memory means the camera can reload and take the next picture faster. 

Plot watchers and similar innovations are helpful but you will eat your memory up quickly, requiring daily or near daily refreshes. Still, they can serve a purpose. 

Thievery is rampant.  Have every camera watched by another one HIGH up and hidden as much as possible. 

For every camera, get at least two memory chips each.

Try every camera at home before you install in the field.  And I mean in the dark, bright sunlight, etc. 

I think camera flash scares the deer.  Whether or not they can see the black flashes, I don't know but in my mind that is the way to go. 

I always use akaline batteries.  Get something reliable, dollar store stuff is in the dollar store for a very good reason. 

Get your PC or laptop set up so that you have folders that are named to match camera locations.  Have other folders with Deer you can identify, like badrightear, or bad leftleg, stuff like that.  Copy the identifiable deer into their own folder and you can watch their growth over time. 

Again, there are tons of variations out there.  I would create a chart with models down the side and features across the top.   Life gets a bit easier once you find a make/model you know up front will do what you want. 

Believe it or not, I have 3  WGI trail cams.  They are cheap.  They work remarkably well.  I seem to be the only one on this planet who uses them as the failure rate is apparently over 400%.

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Trigger speed is critical! Try to buy it from someone with a good return policy (LL bean). The first two I had craped out after a couple years. I have Moultrie now that has lasted 4 years so far. Set it so the deer are walking toward it rather than broadside.



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I have had a Moultry almost 9 years, inexpensive, lasts a LONG time on a set of batteries and gets good pictures, day or night.
I believe it was $80 when I bought it, still have it, it still works,the built in memory is rather small, but it also uses SD cards and you can get a bunch of memory on the high capacity cards

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I mostly agree with others suggestions, however.... I think you need to ask: " Do I need the very best camera to take pictures of hogs and does", "how will I feel if i discover my new camera trampled in mud by cows, (and ruined).
I use cheapies...and they take a beating every year.

I also have lower standards than some folks......but my cams provide valuable intel.....but I don't budget more than 80-90 bucks.
Also practice in your house or yard to get s feel for how it works, what it can see, etc. try to avoid user error as much as possible...



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I have several camera's set up. I don't have any real expensive ones but find the Moultrie camera's work well for me. I just bought a cabelas 12mp hd ir camera but haven't had it out long enough to give it any type of review.



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Some great advise above. The only thing I can add is get a good bear safe. Mine have stopped bears and thieves. I use safes from Custom 1 Enterprises. Heavy 11 gauge steel boxes that I lag to a tree and lock with locks.

Here is a post from my blog that I never update anymore about bear safes

http://scoutingforwildlife.blogspot.com/2010/09/bear-safes.html



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12semi wrote:
There are literally dozens-probably hundreds-of choices.

One thing to look for is the delay between movement triggering the camera and the time the camera flashes.  Smaller delay is better but note how the price follows speed.

Another item is the speed of the memory you stick in the TC.  Slower memory is less expensive but faster memory means the camera can reload and take the next picture faster. 

Plot watchers and similar innovations are helpful but you will eat your memory up quickly, requiring daily or near daily refreshes. Still, they can serve a purpose. 

Thievery is rampant.  Have every camera watched by another one HIGH up and hidden as much as possible. 

For every camera, get at least two memory chips each.

Try every camera at home before you install in the field.  And I mean in the dark, bright sunlight, etc. 

I think camera flash scares the deer.  Whether or not they can see the black flashes, I don't know but in my mind that is the way to go. 

I always use akaline batteries.  Get something reliable, dollar store stuff is in the dollar store for a very good reason. 

Get your PC or laptop set up so that you have folders that are named to match camera locations.  Have other folders with Deer you can identify, like badrightear, or bad leftleg, stuff like that.  Copy the identifiable deer into their own folder and you can watch their growth over time. 

Again, there are tons of variations out there.  I would create a chart with models down the side and features across the top.   Life gets a bit easier once you find a make/model you know up front will do what you want. 

Believe it or not, I have 3  WGI trail cams.  They are cheap.  They work remarkably well.  I seem to be the only one on this planet who uses them as the failure rate is apparently over 400%.


I experience the thievery and trespassing poachers year round guys. I've purchased several tcams over the years, and had several stolen as well. I've eventually settled, at least at this point in time, on the cheap Tasco Mini 3 and 5MP cams. They have a factory 2 year warranty and get the job done for me. Granted I'm not in a brutally cold area of the country so I can't judge them on how truly cold temps may affect them, but over the past 3 years I've gotten 8 or 9 of them, and had two kick out near the end of the two year warranty. Sent them back to Bushnell (they service Tasco tcams) and was sent a new replacement 5 mp cam in its place. I actually had one stolen earlier this year as a matter of fact, but the other cams I have spread out across my property netted no less than 4 different trespassers during that time. Pics are pending identification by my local investigator as to further legal avenues against them. I've got two on 1st offense criminal trespass from a year ago pending now even. It's a major problem on my place, but I'm not turning over my land to these methhead thieving thugs. Hope this helps. :)



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