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Trail Camera Testing

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Trail cameras are the primary scouting tool for the modern hunter, capturing footage of the wild game in your area that you can use to give you the edge.

There are dozens of trail camera brands and models to choose from.  Each one has varying capabilities and setting that you can configure. While some are easier to setup and use than others, you want to make sure the model you’re using is setup to take the best images/video possible.  There’s nothing worse than spending all that money and timing setting up a trail camera, only to find out later that it wasn’t properly configured. So to ensure you don’t miss capturing that elusive trophy, spend 20 minutes and test your setting.

This is a quick test that will guarantee your flash range; focal point, image clarity and trigger speed are dialed in and ready to capture the perfect shot.

  1. Program your camera as you would before taking it into the field (use default settings, gives you a solid starting point)
  2. Now mount it 4-6 feet high on a tree, telephone pole or tripod. Try to do this in an relatively open area.
  3. Stand next to the camera and measure 10 feet directly in front of the lens.
  4. Place a stake or easily visible object at this spot.
  5. Measure out another off another 10 feet and repeat until you have a straight line of stakes/objects every 10 feet, for 50 feet.
  6. Turn on your trail camera and let it arm itself.
  7. Go behind the camera and loop around, outside the camera field of view but in line with the 10 foot marker.
  8. Now walk past the camera at the first 10 foot marker (make sure your camera has time to capture your image)
  9. Then allow it to rearm and repeat this step for each of the stakes/objects.

This test will provide you if visual evidence of your cameras following capabilities:

  • Maximum Detection Range in Distance (the farthest stake at which the camera can detect you),
  • Maximum Detection Width (how far into the field of view you had to walk)
  • Image Clarity (will tell you the ideal focal distance)

If you’re also interested in testing your  Trigger Speed you can reuse this setup and try running by your camera at the various distances. If running isn’t your thing you can drive by on an ATV, or have a family pet do the running.  This test allows you to determine whether you are happy with your current systems trigger speed or whether you believe it’s time for an upgrade.

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Wild Game Innovations Nano 22

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Wild Game Innovations Nano 22 delivers when it comes to offering quality image capturing performance in a compact frame.

Wild Game Innovations Nano 22 delivers when it comes to offering quality image capturing performance in a compact frame. This trail camera is designed to be one of the most versatile cameras on the market with a number of stand out features that will help optimize your crossbow hunt.

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SPYPOINT SMART Camera: Brains & Brawn

Trail camera technology has revolutionized hunting big game but actually using that technology if often very difficult. Most cameras require the hunter to spend time learning how to program and configure settings before they can deploy them in the field. SPYPOINT is changing that with the introduction of their new intelligent SMART trail camera.

Instead of having to program a trail camera before you take it into the field, the SMART camera comes already configured with predetermined settings. Of course those presets can be changed later but there is no initial setup required. It comes with simplified one touch wheel interface that allows you to control the camera with a single action. You just turn the camera on, set it to video or pictures, and walk away.

What makes it is so easy to use compared to other units. This innovative camera utilizes their Intelligent Triggering Technology (I.T.T.), which allows the camera to analyze movements and capture better photos and videos. It does this by monitoring the animals movements and not just simply taking photos/videos, but using the movement to modify how often an image is taken or how long of a video is recorded. This not only improves the images that are captured but it reduces the wasted images taken which in turn save battery life and time spent sorting through empty files.

The SPYPOINT SMART trail camera is perfect for anyone that isn’t technologically inclined or rather spend more time out in the field than sitting around configuring their cameras. Don’t forget that now matter how good the technology is, setting up this camera properly is still the key to attaining the best images possible. Here are some tips that will help you do just that.

TRAIL CAM BREAKDOWN :    SPYPOINT SMART

PHOTO   –    10 MP
VIDEO –     480 P
# LEDs   –    36
LED TYPE   –    Invisible
BATTERIES   –    6 – AA
POWER JACK (12V)   –    YES
DETECTION RANGE   –    5-65 FT

 

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Top 5 Trail Camera Tips

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A Trail Camera is an invaluable scouting tool for all hunters that give you edge which is why it is important to ensure yours can perform to the best of its ability.

  1. Power Up. Lithium batteries perform better but are considerably more expensive than their alkaline cousins. Also, be aware that some off brand batteries and particularly rechargeable batteries will not last as long as a better quality alkaline (Duracell is an excellent choice). Depending on your ability to access the camera you will want to consider this before investing in one or the other. You may also consider hooking your camera to a larger 12v battery or utilizing solar power to keep the charge. Just be sure your camera is compatible.
  2. Organize those pics. Even if you only have one trail camera you could be looking at thousands of pictures in a year. By setting up folders with dates and then naming the files with the deer recognize, you will be able to better use all that collected intelligence. This will come in handy if you want to keep better tabs on deer population in your area. Their is some new software from DeerLab that can help out as well.
  3. Approach like a hunter. Don’t spook the deer while setting up or checking your camera. There are two schools of thought. You can sneak in and try to make as little noise as possible in order to not spook the deer. Or you can drive in an ATV or other tractor equipment that the animals in your area may already be familiar with. The sounds of this equipment will alert the deer you are their but not frighten them in way that they may feel pressured. If your lucky enough to have a cellular enabled trail camera you only have to go in once to set it up so your one step ahead of the game.
  4. Bring them in. Setting up on a rub line or established trail yields good trail cam result but if you want to maximize the images on your camera setup a bait pile, mineral lick or plant a food plot to attract deer right in front of your camera. Alternatively you can also trying setting up a man made watering hole if your hunting in a dry environment.
  5. Camera placement. Try to aim the lens of the camera so it’s pointing north or south. By doing this you can avoid the annoying glare will distort images or accidentally trigger your camera.  You can also try placing your camera higher in a tree and then aiming it down. This will keep your gear out of sight of other hunters which is important if your land is public or near public land. It will also give you an optimal viewing angle, especially if you want to capture every tine on that trophy rack.