Knowing where and how to place your trail cameras can mean the difference between great images or missed opportunities. When monitoring wildlife with a trail camera you will no doubt learn through trial and error. Here are 3 hard to beat trail camera setups to help get you started.
Follow the Trail
Placing your trail camera on deer travel routes seems logical, but don’t setup on just any deer trail. Find the most used trails between bedding and feeding areas.
Preferably, you want a deer trail that runs east and west so you can set the game camera on the south side of the trail facing north. This will eliminate sun glare in pictures taken at sunrise and sunset.
Find a tree that is 5-10 feet off the trail and is big enough that it won’t sway in the wind. Set the trail camera 24-36 inches high depending on the terrain.
Place your camera facing the trail at a 45 degree angle. Some trail cameras won’t trigger fast enough when perfectly perpendicular to the trail.
Monitor a Food Plot
Set your trail camera up higher than the typical 24-36 inches to monitor a larger area like a food plot. This is perfect for a trail camera like the Moultrie Panoramic 150.
Set the camera on a time lapse mode so it takes pictures every 5, 10, or 15 minutes. This will allow you to see when and where deer are entering the field. This is our favorite trail camera placement just prior to hunting season when deciding our tree stand locations.
Bring Them to the Camera
During the off season you should be less concerned about deer travel routes but more interested in the new bone bucks are sprouting. Place a deer attractant or feeder 15-20 feet in front of your trail camera.
Face the camera to the north and use a level and somewhat open area, though you still want some cover so the deer feel comfortable.
We have used different mineral licks and feeders with corn to bring bucks of all sizes into camera view.
It’s common for deer and turkey to come into these sets and stay for awhile as they feed. It isn’t unusual to get dozens of images of a single buck using this method.