Aside from your bow, or whatever your preference, one of the most important aspects to hunting is your scouting.  It is the single difference between a successful season or a bust. Thinking you can rely on what may have worked for you the prior year is a surefire way to end up pulling your hair out.

Ideally, you would want to get as many people as you could into the woods sitting in blinds and taking notes. You can then compare what you all have found and form a strategy.  We all know how unlikely this is.  I mean, it is hard enough to devote the time out there yourself, let alone getting a size-able group on the same schedule. Even you were able to pull it off somehow, you could never be out there 24 hours a day year round.

In comes the trailcam!  Even a small arsenal of trail cameras strategically set out can give you more information about your hunting plot than you would have thought was ever possible.  It all happens while you go about your life too!  Just a little time spent hanging and then going back sporadically to collect the memory cards and check the batteries, vs. days spent out in the woods.

It is important to note that trail cameras are not a substitute for scouting.  There are a lot of people who think that the old ways are the correct ones in terms of scouting.  That you have to get out there and connect with nature.  I agree with that completely.  My philosophy, however, combines the old and new methods.  You still have to get out and look for signs where the deer might be hanging out, you just don’t have to sit out there and see nothing for days anymore!  Let the cameras do that for you.

With cellular technology, it is now possible to have pictures emailed or texted to you as they are taken.  Some of them can even be programmed to send out to 4 separate email accounts and phone numbers.  You and your hunting buddies could even pitch in for one, as they are still a bit pricy at this point.  (Though, as with all technology, the price comes down as time goes by).

On this website, I provide in depth reviews and information you need in order to help you find the best game camera possible, for your situation and budget.

Gamecams have had an interesting evolution.  Believe it or not, they got their start in the late 1800’s; though they were used more for wildlife photography. They would set up their Whitetail Deerhuge box cameras with trip wires and somehow managed to get at least a couple decent pictures (considering the time) for magazines and such.

Fast forward to the 1950’s and wildlife photographers were able to hide 35mm cameras with much the same set up as their ancestors. (Trip wires).  The difference is that they would be able to take 36 shots from that version of the trailcam.

The real advancements started in to 1980’s-90’s.  Motion detection was added, but they were still using 35mm’s.  To say the detection circuits of that era were primitive would be the understatement of the year.  More often than not, the rolls of film would be mostly filled with pictures of air or passing leaves.

Today’s technology has really opened up the doors for some actual help in the scouting department. Motion-sensing capabilities of today combined with digital photos combine for some really spectacular shots of that elusive buck in his element.  The most amazing thing is that as great as the cameras are that are out right now, they just keep getting more impressive and better with each passing year.

This is pretty much a “set it and forget it” type of thing now.  Just leave them up there and let them do their thing.   If you haven’t tried one yet, you are not going to believe all of the info you can collect about habits and patterns of the deer.  Even if you aren’t a hunter, but live in an area with wildlife you may be curious about, you can benefit from installing one on your property.

There are plenty of options available as well, and you can customize them as much or as little as you need to suit your own situation.  The upgrades can come over time too, no need to break the bank right away.  Just a little here and there.

Taking the time to really understand what is out there and available to you is the most important thing you can do.  Especially considering how fast the technology evolves.  If you already own a camera from say 2011 or earlier, you can not assume you know what is on the market.

It’s pretty fun though, just take some time to look around and familiarize yourself with the different options.  For example, recently a panoramic camera hit the market.  It takes a panoramic picture of fields or open areas, essentially doing the job of 3 cameras in one case!

Trailcam on TreeOnce you have narrowed down your search of “the options”, you can go ahead and start researching the different models that are out there. You can get HD, video options, night vision, mini cams and even the panoramic model.  Spend some time doing research.

It doesn’t end with the purchase though.  You should give some consideration to the security of your new camera too.  Most come with the ability to add locking cables. There are also security boxes for each model as well.  At the very least you must try to hang in an inconspicuous place and possibly camouflage with some brush.

Learning how to use your trailcam shouldn’t be overlooked.  And I don’t mean how to put in the batteries or turn on the video option.  (Though I do recommend you figure that out at home BEFORE heading out into the woods).

Basic scouting principles apply.  For example, if you find a rub, you may have a good place to hang your gamecam.  But you should hang it somewhere facing the rub, because that is likely the direction the buck came from.  You will be able to find more tips on Be sure to check out (and please submit to!) the photo gallery as well.

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