Setting up Trail Cameras

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I recently just captured over 900 pictures on my trail camera that we set out for my sons Bull Elk hunt. The best advice I have for setting out your camera.

#1 Find a well used trail/water hole etc,

#2 Make sure that you set camera facing the north whenever possible during the summer months. You will not get any false pictures taken from the sunrise or sunset.

#3 If the surrounding area is flat, put approx 3 feet up off the ground. If you set it too low, all you will get are legs.

#4 Clear all the branches/grass etc away from the camera or you will get pictures from the wind

#5 Spray scent control around the area after you are done setting up

#6 Leave the camera out for at least 2 weeks at a time. The more you leave the area alone the less scent you will have in the area.

#7 Don't check the camera early morning or late evening. Check it in the middle of the day when the animal you're after will most likely be bedded down somewhere.

#8 Lock the camera up. You never know who might try to take your memory card with them.

#9 Carry a card reader with you. Even a small laptop will work. Alot of inexpensive cameras out there will read the same memory card you use.

Good luck!


numbnutz's picture

Great tips, thanks, and nice

Great tips, thanks, and nice bulls good luck this season

ManOfTheFall's picture

All great tips, I pretty much

All great tips, I pretty much do the same thing.

groundhog's picture

Good tip

Thats some great tips and I find every time I go out I learn something new! I take a hand weed wacker to knock down the long grass.

Trail Cameras

Hi there


Great results from your camera and a great set up guide for people first using these trail cameras also.


Would love to see some more of the 900 shots you captured.


Best Regards