Texas8point, which way is the camera facing? We photograph a lot of deer around feeders and get some great pictures. The following link shows some pictures we took with a Stealth Cam. http://www.nativeoutdoors.com/TGL2.html
For better light gathering, position the cameras in open areas (if possible) approx 15-25 feet from the desired target area facing North. Try not to obstruct the cameras 'view' (bushes, branches etc). A camera angled to far down decreases the flash effectiveness dramatically.
Light wash (too much light) is not uncommon during the mid-day hours on very sunny days.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...