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The Best Locations for Your Trail Cameras

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For success this season, you need to pattern a buck. Use these trail cam tips to find out his routine.

Trail Cameras are some of the most leaned-on equipment for scouting deer. You can plan a season based on what you catch and when. That’s when they work. We have all put a camera in a bad location, but with these trail cam tips, you can never again find yourself disappointed when you pull a card.

Early Season

The deer are thinking about two things: food and Water. Guess where you should put your cameras? Avoid placing a camera near known bedding areas; getting too close to the bedding areas can put pressure on the deer. You don’t want them to catch onto you this early! As an alternative, find the routes from the food to the bedding area and place a camera overlooking a trail they might take on the way back.

Pre-Rut

The bucks are breaking up, starting to show interest in showing their dominance and marking out their territory — which is what you should be paying attention to as well. Leave your cameras up on your food-to-bed trails, and point your other ones at scrapes and rub lines. This will allow you to figure out who the dominant buck is. As the pattern has changed since the early season, these new positions will allow you to re-establish the deer patterns in the area.

The Rut

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The rut is like a deer hunter’s Christmas, with guns. I am guilty of not paying as much attention to my cameras during the rut. I’m more focused on hunting and less concerned about patterning deer that don’t really have much of a pattern. However, if you are trying to capture a picture or tag your neighbor’s deer, now’s your chance. Focus on natural funnels: saddles on a hillside, or where ridges meet.

Post Rut

After the chaos of the rut deer have two things on their mind. That’s right, put your trail cameras back on the food sources and water. This is also the time to sneak a camera into bedding areas. By now, the deer are pressured anyway, so there’s not much to loose from this gamble.

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The Best Locations for Your Trail Cameras