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Trail cam bear photos??

Thinking about getting a trail camera to use at bait sites.
What brand works best?
If anyone has trail cam photos, I would like to see them.

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I have purchased 2 trail camera's brand name of Moultree and been using them for 3 years now. Stay with digital as you can view the photo's immediately with an sd memory card. Cards are inexpensive and you can leave the camera on the tree and just swap cards. They use a 6 volt lantern battery as the power source and I purchased 3 rechargeable batteries with ac charger so you can always have a fresh battery ready.
You should look at one with at least 1.5 mega pixel's or more for nice quality photo's. I have mine set at one minute with a 3 photo set flash. So when something comes by and triggers the motion sensor 3 photo's are snapped for every minute it is set off.
There are different schools of thought on setting the flash on or off . Does it scare off animals. Yes sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't so it's up to you. I have awesome photo's I'll try to post with flash on. Also you can get them with infrared to avoid flash flare now.
You may want to purchase a lock for it as well to avoid it being taken from the tree and for bear a cage to protect it. They are a great investment and you actually get hooked on the hunt for great photo's. There are many brands so take your time and purchase something with quality. Note you can also set them to video for samll bursts of video but it burns up memory fast.
Hope this helps.

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Awesome pics meda sounds like Ill take some of your advice to the store with me when I do end up purchasing one. Ive used one just never found the need to buy one I might try one this year for moose hunting.

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Meda
which moultrie cam did you use? Any problems with battery life in cold weather?
I have 2 of the gamespy 100's 2.1 mp and had horrible battery life when the temp got below 40. Bought a rechargeable batt. and a solar panel and they work GREAT!

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No worries the first one I bought wasn't a Moultree and I didn't know much about them back then. I went the cheap route but it was brand new and took 4 "c" batteries to power it. I used it a bit and the quality sucked with no date time stamp on the photo either and no options. I was actually lucky to sell it at a yard sale( I won't say the name of the brand but they are still being sold ) DON'T WASTE YOU'RE MONEY ON JUNK. I did a lot of homework after that on what to buy. Now good quality digital game camera's have come down in price. You can even get them at Walmart and that's brand names. Ensure you have a date time stamp on the photo, sd card or similar option with other program options and either flash, led or infrared. Mine have the 6 volt like I said and you have to buy quality batteries as the (heavy duty one's suck) . That's why I went to rechargeable. The person whom has gone to solar made a wise choice as they simply get trickle charged all day. You shoulld drain them completely every 6 months and then fully charge to get the max benifet from the batteries. You will get such pleasure seeing what has been captured.

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Awesome trail shot meda! Thumbs up

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Thanks for the advice on draining the batt. every 6 months. Hopefully I'll remember Thumbs up

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I will just throw in that you might want a gard for your Cams around bear baits....cause when we were baiting with a friend in Idaho both of his cams were ripped off the tree by bears. We built plates and steel gards and chained them to the tree with locks; which also keeps other people from wandering off with them as well.

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Ridgerunner, where you been? Graduated and out celebrating this whole time, Right? Good to hear from you again Thumbs up

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posing for the camera

This one is neat

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meda, have you ever had a problem with bear eating your camera? Yes

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