There are many different game cameras available that will provide the hunter with the perfect opportunity to scout out a potential hunting location.
Uses For A Game Camera
The primary purpose of a game camera is as a scouting tool in preparation for hunting in a certain location. When the camera is set in place it will monitor the movement in the area and will allow you to learn important factors about the game. Important points such as the time of day they use the location, the gender of the game, how long they linger in one spot and in which direction they leave.
It may also be possible to set up a game camera around the home for use as a security device. The fact that they operate based on movement in the area they can be very effective as a frontline home defense system.
It is important to use a quality game camera that works well in all light conditions, has a good range, produces sharp quality images and contains a long battery life. They will also vary in cost too.
There are many different brands and models of game cameras being produced and placed into the market today. As with all types of products the quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer so it will pay to compare the different models available.
Features To Look For
The differences that are built into the various types of game cameras are where we should look when trying to differentiate one from the other. Things that may be important to one person could be irrelevant to another.
So what features should we look for when buying a game camera?
Image Resolution: Certainly the quality of the images that are produced is a crucial part of the puzzle. The image resolution is going to be a good indicator for determining this.
Date/Time Stamp: Knowing exactly when the shot of an impressive buck was taken will be an important factor, particularly if you can work out that it comes by the same spot day after day.
Focus Range: You want to buy a camera that has a longer focus range to ensure the shots taken are clear even over longer distances.
Passive Infrared (PIR) Width and Range: this refers to the cameras sensing mechanism. The majority of cameras have an infrared beam with a narrow range, often around 10 degrees which means the target must be near the center of the field of view for it to be detected and captured. A camera with a wider PIR angle will be able to sense activity over a much broader field of vision.
Trigger Time: the speed of the time it takes between detecting movement and the photo being taken is very important. It can mean the difference between getting a clear shot and missing out altogether. You want to find a game camera that has as quick a trigger time as possible.
IR Flash: the need for a flash in low light conditions is pretty obvious for the sake of trying to take a picture that provides you with any meaningful feedback. The reason why an IR Flash is a preferred type of flash is because the IR flash uses very little battery power. The infrared flash also fires quicker than an incandescent flash and when it goes off it won’t be noticed by the animals.
We have created a list of trail cameras that are proving to be very popular in recent times. The most current list can be found on our page that displays the Best Selling Trail Cameras of 2015.
Not only does the size of the game camera matter but also the weight matters. Before the camera can be placed in its scouting location it must be carried to position. In some cases this process can mean some rugged and inhospitable terrain has to be covered. A heavy and bulky camera is going to add to the difficulties of setting things up, not to mention the fact that the camera also has to be retrieved when you’ve finished.
A very important design feature of these cameras is that they must be able to be set up in a tree or other high location where they can discreetly do their recording.
The primary role of the game camera is to record when something moves into its range so you want that range to be reasonably long to ensure everything of interest is picked up. The camera is going to be left out in the open for long periods of time so it must be capable of withstanding potentially poor climatic conditions.
Game Camera Brands
As mentioned earlier, the number of manufacturers producing good quality game cameras is growing. They all provide a range of different qualities and will provide us with a variety of features to choose from.
Some of the better and most highly respected brands to look for include Bushnell, HCO Outdoors, Moultrie, Primos, Day 6 Outdoors, Simmons, SpyPoint, StealthCam and Wildgame among others.
A Taste of Three Top Game Cameras
Featured below are three of the most popular game cameras that are currently available and offer some of the most necessary qualities in a good game camera.
A particularly popular game camera, and one that is regularly recommended by hunters is the Primos Truth 35. The Primos Truth Cam 35 Game Camera is popular due to the clarity with which it takes its shots. It comes in both still and video and can easily be adjusted to suit whatever conditions you will be leaving it in. The camera has 35 infrared LEDs to ensure the night vision is clear and precise. The night time range of the camera is 40 feet. This particular camera has been around for a number of years now and has been replaced by a new model, but the price is impressive and it still operates perfectly well. Check out the Primos site.
This is a covert game camera of the highest quality and the model continues to be one of the most popular available year after year. The PIR detection range of the camera is advertised as being 60 feet with tests showing that it can be as much as 70 feet. Look at the Bushnell site for the various other trail cameras that are available.
The camera will take quality pictures with its 5MP resolution capability as well as perform video surveillance as well. The Scoutguard 560 also has a remote control for fast operation which can also be used as a viewer for the trail camera. There is quite an extensive range of game cameras that are made by this manufacturer and they can be found on the HCO Outdoors site.
Get It Date and Time Stamped
One of the features that should be considered closely is the inclusion of a date and timestamp feature. While you can appreciate the fact that the deer was in the spot where you were planning to set up it would be extremely useful information to include the time of day that it used that particular piece of land.
Most but not all game cameras come with a date and time function so check that it exists before buying.
As well as the date and time in which the picture was taken, some cameras provide additional information too such as the barometric pressure, the moon phase, the temperature and, in some cases, the GPS geotag that will tell you the precise location of the camera at the time of the photo.
Quite frankly the only time the image resolution is going to be really important is if you want to put the photograph up on the wall to admire. The most important part of recording the activity in the area is to identify whether the game that you are hoping to hunt will be frequenting the area.
The image resolution talks about the quality of the image that is produced from the camera. Some cameras have an image resolution of 3.0 megapixels, others might be 6 megapixels and higher quality might be 8 megapixels. The cost is going to go up depending on the image quality. But the question is, do you really need the highest quality images to work out that...yes, whitetail deer frequent the trail every day between 4 and 6 in the afternoon?
Of course, if you are planning on keeping some of the photos that are going to be produced by the camera, you are going to need to look for one of the expensive high-resolution models.
Scouting Has Changed
With the use of these increasingly high-tech pieces of equipment, the scouting business has changed considerably. It is now possible to get an extremely accurate picture of what your planned hunting site is going to look like. You should be able to get an accurate picture of the game that will be frequenting the area as well as the time of day that they are likely going to be there.
With a good quality game camera you can be confident that your chances of success are going to be high. You can find an extensive selection of reviews and informative articles at the Trail Camera Guide site.