Hunting trail cameras are a valuable tool with many different purposes. They are essential for the avid hunter, and a great item to have even for those who want to see the critter that may pass by a particular area. For those new to using a hunting trail cameras, it may be a bit confusing getting it set up or even how to use it. Following this quick guide will help get your trail cameras setup so you can get enjoy viewing the pictures!
Setting Up Your Hunting Trail Camera
- To start, take everything out of the container it came in and make sure nothing has been left out. Double check the included list of box items, and go ahead and check if the firmware needs to be updated on the camera (sometimes the firmware needs to be updated right away, if so it can be relatively pretty easy to update through the computer). Before setting up your camera, scout out the best location for it. Depending on what you’re trying to get pictures of, look for positions based on your knowledge to determine the best spot for your camera.
- We recommend using Lithium Ion batteries, they will last a lot longer than the standard batteries. Once you have your batteries, install them. As well, you will need to install an SD card into the camera. Without that SD card, any pictures taken will not be stored, so this is one of the most important parts Don’t forget it, or you’ll be kicking yourself when you come back to check your camera. During this time, you should also consider testing different camera functions. This includes the speed and frequency of the trigger, as well as the settings for the flash and timer. All trail cameras vary, but the newer cameras on the market have many different settings, video or photo, multi-trigger, etc.
- It’s time to mount your trail camera! This can be done in various ways. Typically there is a strap that comes with the trail camera. Another popular method is to use bungee cords and wrap it around the tree and the camera itself. There are also trail camera mounts that can be purchased online or in hunting stores if you want to go with that option. However you decide to mount your trail camera, it is essential to make sure that the camera is fixed securely. You should also make sure that the camera is set so that nothing is obstructing the view of the lens.
- While mounting the camera, it’s recommended to position it facing in a North direction to not succumb to overexposure from the sun. East or West may work too, but with the Sun rising in the East and setting in the West, facing the trail camera to the North ensures you won’t have blurry sun pictures. As figuring out your tree, hang the camera approximetely waist high. Some avid trail cammers will hang it high and angle it down, you can do that but is a bit more complex. If you are hunting where you are worried about theft, you should also purchase a secure box to protect the camera. This will serve two purposes – protect people from stealing it and protect animals, such as a bear, from disturbing it. We have actually had trail cameras pulled off trees by black bears!
Using Your Hunting Trail Camera
Once the camera is all set up, it is best to test it out to ensure the settings are to your liking. You can test it by activating it yourself during different daylight and nighttime hours while using various settings. Each time a photo is taken, make a note of the time and which configuration was used when the camera was activated. After you’ve made your notes, check the images on the SD card located in the camera to make sure they check out to your liking. You can find fast and reliable trail camera readers here.
After you’ve made sure the settings are up to par, you are all set to go! Before leaving the area, do a final review of the area and mark down on your GPS or hunting app of where your trail camera is! We sometimes forget.