Trail cameras have no doubt modernized the average hunter. The use of cameras has increased significantly in the past decade and for good reason. Trail cameras capture animals in their natural habitat without alerting them. Hunters can pattern deer more easily and learn valuable information about their travel and feeding patterns. It’s also nice to see what bucks are roaming your property and to keep tabs on them. To better increase your odds of trail camera success follow these 6 quick tips.
1. Normally we don’t set any trail cameras until July. Most of our bucks don’t start sprouting new antlers until this time anyway so there is no reason to risk bumping them off the property.
2. We like to set our trail cameras in easy access low impact areas preferably along a field edge or lane where we can drive the UTV right up to the camera. Because of all the farm activity in our area, driving around doesn’t spook the deer like foot traffic does.
3. To draw deer out of cover and in front of the camera we will throw down a salt lick or mineral block. This helps keep the deer in the picture frame longer and makes for some great images.
4. Don’t check the trail camera too often. Limiting the amount of interaction with the deer is always a good choice so don’t overdo it by checking cameras every other day.
5. When we do put a camera in a more remote area or sanctuary, we will suit up and spray down with scent control just as if we were hunting. These cameras will also only get checked once a month and preferably during or just before rain to help wash away any human odors left behind.
6. When we do capture a picture of a good buck we back off a little and give him some space. We may check that camera less frequently or even pull the camera completely. We don’t want to run him off just so we can get pictures of him all summer.
Following these trail camera tips will help increase your odds of getting better pictures without over pressuring the deer.