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Trail cameras tricks

It seams that trail cameras are all the rage... my question is what is your trick to getting great pic on your camera.

I have a 2mp wildview trail cam, not top of the line but very easy to use. It is more for feeder pics but does very well on 3 shot burst and just finding out what is in the area.

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Most trail cameras are not

Most trail cameras are not going to give you that great of a shot since all it can do is take a picture of what ever walks into the area.  As for pictures you have to decide if you want the camera up hight pointing down or at ground level.  The best pictures that I have seen are ones with a good background with no tree limbs or bushes in front of the camera.  Then just hope that the animals show up and like their pictures taken.

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Critter, I believe I have

Critter, I believe I have posted this one before, but he really liked the camera!

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Trail cam Tricks

Whistlepigwa, I'm a trail cam newbie myself, I'm actually only in month 2, but have found some things that have helped so far.

I am using a Bushnell 5.0 trophy cam, overall it takes nice photos but if it picks up direct light the photos get white washed, so I try to aim it north. If the light it too low (under heavy tree cover even in the middle of the day) it takes all black and white. So I look for a spot with some open sky. And rather than aiming it across a trail, I have found that a 45 degree angle produces fewer empty photos. Once I get an idea of how the animals move through an area, I set the camera up to take advantage of their habits. I also try to find an area that tends to funnel the animals.

Because my camera has IR rather than a flash, it seems to take the best night shots when there is some trees or brush 30'-40' out. I discovered this after several different shots that I could barely make out of a bobcat, after a slight turn toward brush, I got some great pics of him.

What a great hobby for the off season, best of luck to ya!

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I dont hang my cam in direct

I dont hang my cam in direct light, I also point it down a game trail not acrossed it, also clear out the branches and shrubs that could trigger it, I've had some pretty good sucess with mine.

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good tip

numbnutz wrote:

I dont hang my cam in direct light, I also point it down a game trail not acrossed it, also clear out the branches and shrubs that could trigger it, I've had some pretty good sucess with mine.

These are the main points that I've learned by trial and error over the last two months. Good tips.

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