Summer is here and if you’re anything like me, you’re just counting down the days until the start of deer season. But, don’t just sit back and wait. Now is the perfect time to start scouting out that big buck! Yep, it’s time to dust off the trail cameras and get them out so you can see what’s out there. If you don’t own a trail camera, I would recommend investing in at least one. There are so many options out there, so you may want to do a little homework before buying.
Incandescent versus Infrared
Better picture quality & resolution
Full color night time images
High energy/decreased battery life
Slow trigger speeds
May spook game
Attract attention of other humans to location
May produce blurry images
Black and white night time images
Fast trigger times
Less likely to spook game
Less likely to draw attention of humans
The type of camera you choose basically comes down to a matter of preference. I use both. I love the higher quality night time images from the incandescent flash and the stealth of the infrared.
Setting Out Cameras: What to Take
There is much more to setting out your camera than just walking out into the woods and putting it on a tree. You should always be prepared. Fill a bag with all of your trail camera supplies. There’s nothing worse than getting ready to hang your camera just to realize you don’t have everything you need! This bag will also come in handy every time you go to check your cameras. So, what do you need in this bag? This is what I keep in mine:
Straps or cable to secure camera
Lock (if you choose to lock camera down for security purposes
Trimmers to remove branches that may be in the way
Attractant manufactured scent, corn, apples, or any scent of your choosing)
It is also a good idea if you are placing several cameras out to mark their locations on GPS. I have heard of other hunters placing their cameras and then not being able to find their location again. I know I wouldn’t want to lose any of mine, and I wouldn’t want it to happen to you either!
So, you have your bag filled with all of your supplies and your camera is ready. It has new batteries and a fresh memory card. You’re all set! Now, where do you put your camera? You don’t just go out and stick it on any ole tree! Believe it or not, there is a science to deer scouting. If you pick the right locations, you are more likely to catch that big buck on camera. So, here are some of my suggestions for summer camera placement.
Food & mineral sites (you may have to create these yourself)
Scrapes & rubs
It is a good idea to put multiple cameras in a concentrated area. What one camera misses, another one may capture. I know many times where I have had multiple cameras out as close as 100 yards apart, one camera will have nothing but doe pics, while the other one may be full of bucks. It’s hard to explain why this happens, but believe me, it does!
Cameras are a great scouting tool if used properly. It’s always exciting to check your camera and see what’s out there. Who knows, maybe you’ll capture that buck of a lifetime!!