Trailcam Hanging Tips

Once you narrow it down to that perfect area, the next challenge is to mount the trail camera to the tree.  This is not too difficult to manage, but there are definitely a few things you should keep in mind.

I have wasted a lot of time out there and learned a lot along the way, so hopefully you can benefit from some of that experience.

The first tip I have mentioned before, so I’ll be brief.  In all of your dealings with trail cameras remember this:  quicker is better!  You should aim to be “in and out”.  Spraying yourself with some scent eliminator can never hurt either, and it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to hit the camera with a couple of shots on your way out.

With all that in mind, here are a couple of my best trail camera hanging tips:

  • Face your camera to the North.  (Or South).   A lot of folks will face them either due east or west.  You are essentially staring them straight at either the rising or setting sun.  Neither of which is a very good idea.  You will always have a period of the day where you end up with useless pictures.  South would be OK, but I say north because you also avoid exposures blowout from strong backlight.  Bring a compass.  It’s worth the little extra effort in saving you from false positives and empty or ruined photos.
  • Make sure there is a clear view.  Whenever possible, I try to hide my trail cams in some brush.  Helps to keep it out of the face of the animals as well as deterring thieves.  Be sure you have some way to test the location.  An LCD viewing screen or small digital camera works well.  Bring clippers with you just in case.  Never set up a camera without testing, as you will go back and find a bunch of useless pictures.
  • Hang about 3 feet off the ground.  Whenever possible.  You get the best results from 3 feet.  Security needs may dictate otherwise, which is fine. Hanging higher and angling downward is going to result in more trial and error.  Again though, if you test in the field you should be fine anyway.
  • Angle towards the trail.  So simple it is often overlooked.  Hanging at a 45 degree angle to the trail will increase the trigger time of your device and give you a better quality of the entire animal.  Just increased chances of the money shot!

You will certainly pick up more along the way, this is just a couple to get you going in the right direction!  If you don’t have one yet, you can check out the best value trail camera here.