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Trail Camera question

I'm new to using a trail camera. This is my first year. I'm wondering how you guys set up your cameras to take pictures i.e.

1 picture and waiting period 

Multiple pictures and a waiting period

Have your camera set to take a picture each time it senses motion

I'm looking for any advice and what has worked for you in the past

Thanks everyone

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Well, I am a little late this

Well, I am a little late this year in getting mine out, but maybe this weekend.

I, and most guys I know here, like the 3 shot bursts, and then a reset.  That will give you a chance at seeing multiple animals walking by. If you do one shot, then have the timer reset, you may have an animal or 2 sneak through.

Of course, it also depends on whear you trail camera is set up.  The 3 shot scenario works on a trail, or somewhere that the animals are in motion.  If you are using them over bait, or at a watering hole, where you think the animals will be at a still position, then you could use your one shot and reset scenario.

Also, look at battery life, and memory card space.  Do you have lots of animals, and are worried about too many photos?  What kind of animals make a difference too.  Deer tend to slip by really fast, while moose and bear, even though they can move fast if they want to, tend to lumber along. All of those things go into deciding how to set it up.

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I put mine on 2 or 3 shot

I put mine on 2 or 3 shot burst with a 30 sec delay. also when i put it on a trail i put it pointing up or down the trail not across. that way i tend to get more and better pictures. even over bait or feed i keep in on a shot burst. i've gotten some pretty god pics over the past couple years. good luck with your set up, cant wait to see your results.

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if you've got the memory...

And if your camera will do it, I prefer video.  Let's you get more angles as the animal moves around, also lets you see if it's injured too.   Especially useful for trail situations (where I'd otherwise use a burst).  Video is nice too over waterholes because you can see how the deer or elk are behaving, in terms of how relaxed or nervous they are.

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Thanks for all the comments

Thanks for all the comments and help. 2 cameras are going to be placed over 2 different wallows. And 1 will be placed along a came trail to see hopefully how many elk are using the area. How long do you guys typically have your reset till the next picture? We are using the bushnell trophy cam and it has multiple settings from a few second reset to I believe up to 5 minutes.

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short

On a trail, I like a short timer, but if you're going to do that, I'd return to check on it quickly to make sure it isn't firing blanks due to high winds or something like that.  Something around a minute feels good after a burst or video.  Wallows, 5 minutes is probably fine, but if you've got the memory and battery power, I can't see any harm in taking a lot of pictures.

 

My main use for them was in grad school when we had 48 of them out, plus 6 video cameras.  We needed a lot of pictures of the bucks in order to use the unmarked ones as unique bucks for mark/"recapture" studies for population estimates.  You can do that too if you're able to ID individual bucks, then look at the buck:doe ratio, you should get an idea of the total number of deer or elk in the area.  But thats the data geek in me going overboard.

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I have never used a trail

I have never used a trail camera as until recently never looked at them as a western thing. I do plan to get one soon as I have read many good reports here and seent he pictures that some of you guys have put up. I'm pretty excited to get one buy will probably be next year before I get the chance. The biggest thing I see is also being careful where you put them as they are stolen do easily if someone come across them. Just too tempting for some people I guess.

Good tips here that I will be able to put to good use when I get one or more.

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