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How many of you out there use trail cams in addition to your usual scouting routine?

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I have never used a trail cam, although I have never hunted black tail either. I hear they are rather willy....

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Did any of you know you can build your own trail cams for half the price? About 100 bucks each, thats cheeeeeeap! Check out http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com

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Wow Jesse has written up a lot info, thanks for posting the link.

Come to think of it, would be nice be able to have some sort of IR (infra-red) link attached to the switch so that when motion is detected the camera would shoot, instead of just a random "hit or miss" attempt. Save some money on film/developing but would cost more to setup, plus low battery time...

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The MS20 sensor is an infra-red type detector.When I built my cams I always check them With a heat source to make sure they are working. They only time the cam has taken shots of nill is when the outside temp. reaches about 100 degrees or above.

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Interesting, what is the range on the IR? A few feet?

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It has a range of 70 feet and a 110 degree of view that can be narrowed

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Ok and what kind of temperature difference between the object and the air tempature is needed?

Seems that on hot days where the air and body tempature are roughly the same the cam would not work.

BTW: It would be interesting to rig up a digital video system instead of taking single shots. Check out: this

While this isn't a big game cam (he uses it to take period photos of the flatirons in colorado), the guy uses a CCD camera to an sgi indy (a computer) to take shots, although full motion video is possible too. The biggest problem in using this for a "cam" is the power requirements and being able to put the thing is a small enough container that roaming people wouldn't get into it, there is the weather to worry about too... The full details on the setup are here

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i dout you know this but balcktailed deer dont follow trails at least where i live so you could use one but that deer could ber 100km away by the time you try and hunt it

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Do they help come hunting season?

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I would use one but i dont know witch one to buy and witch on is best for my money. any help? and i do thing they come in hany for hunting season my buddies have them.

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