i have been takeing a few pics with my trail camera. Do u think the flash may be scaring the deer so they may not come thur that way a gain. i set the cam up in one spot i seen no more come from ther while hunting. what u think thanks ken
I've taken lots of pics with the trail cam and it seems that some deer don't mind at all and others you never see again. I think it may depend on what mood they are in I try to set a camera close to the area I hunt and not right under a stand. If they do spook they will just avoid the camera, but will remain in the area.
I agree with Red, even with the infrared camera I have, they see the red lights come on and some spook. While I have had others decide to get up close and personal with their noses touching the camera while taking a picture. So I too never put it within 50 yards of my stand but still in the same area to see what is around. Also learned something from a friend that I will do next year and that is to set it up on an active scrape to see the bucks in the area working that scrape. He showed me how it has worked for him plus he says you get a good feeling for most of the bucks in your area over a period of time.
I think it really depends on the area you are hunting. When hunting pressured deer, I don't even like getting near the woods I'll be hunting with a trail camera for fear of spooking the mature deer I hunt.
When hunting pressured whitetails, it doesn't take much to turn them nocturnal or move them to another area. That's why I have all of my scouting and stand setups finished by the month of May. That keeps me out of the woods to prevent spooking the deer.
Personally, I'd much rather get pictures of the buck with my hands wrapped around his antlers.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...