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Location, Location: How To Position A Trail Cam

Going hunting without a guide to assist you can be challenging. If you haven’t been to that location before or have limited hunting experience, you may find it difficult to outfox your prey. One of the best tools available to you when hunting deer is the trail camera. Known commonly as a trail cam, it allows you to capture images of the deer in their natural habitat. You can make accurate observations regarding their behavior, movement pattern and places they are most likely to be found in based on the videos and images you shoot. This makes it easy for you to set a trap and score a kill.

However, you need to know how to use the trail cam and more importantly, how to to position a trail cam right. Over the years, deer hunting has become a popular pastime for many people and a fair few of them use trail cams. Thus, the deer themselves have become wary of being looked on and can get spooked if they spot the camera. So, you have to keep it out of sight and ensure it doesn’t spook the deer out. Here are some of our best tips to make sure you best position a trail cam:

Will Jenkins of captured the trail cam photo in VA.

Know the Cam Inside Out

Before you can actually position a trail cam, it is crucial that you know exactly how to operate it. You cannot just take it out of the packaging and set it up in the thick of the jungle. In fact, it is better if you use it at home before you leaving on your hunting trip. This way, you will have a clear idea of all the settings, functions and controls that have to be used to obtain clear pictures of the deer. Also, you should check out the picture quality the camera produces in the dark. If the images are clear, you can even hunt deer after sundown.

Get the perfect the distance.

The first factor that comes into play when you position a trail cam is your distance from the hunting area. You have to keep it close enough to relay clear pictures but also far enough to not be easily spotted. The ideal distance you should place the camera from the hunting area is around 15-feet. Prior hunting experience has shown that animals are less likely to see it then.

Keep it stable.

The next thing to keep in mind is that the camera has to be stable at all times. Otherwise, the entire exercise can prove to be futile. You cannot attach the cam to a branch which moves with the wind. Jerky camera movements can be nauseating, as you would have seen in Paranormal Activity. Plus, any movement can lead to the lens going out of focus. Find a stable and solid tree to position the trail cam.

Avoid the sun like a vampire.

It is important to keep the lens of the camera away from the sun glare. For this purpose, the ideal direction to position the trail cam is towards the north. This way, the images won’t be affected by the rays of the sun.

Make sure your view is obstruction-free.

The distance and stability of the trail cam are important considerations to make but that doesn’t mean you position it in a spot where there are several obstructions blocking the view. When you are setting up the camera, make sure there are no leaves, branches or trees in the way. You need to have a clear view of the deer if you are to form an effective hunting strategy.

These are some of the tips you have to follow when determining the location at which you should position your trail cam. This way, you can obtain clear pictures of the deer you want to hunt and obtain the information you need to hunt them easily.


Photos via The Will To Hunt

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Location, Location: How To Position A Trail Cam