With hunting season around the corner, understanding the movement and behavior of your game improves your chances as a hunter. This is where game cameras have become very popular especially with property owners. Game cameras provide the necessary information to track specific animals and offer several other advantages.
As a hunter, a game camera can help you determine what food plots are working for what animals and when is the best time to to hunt and where. As a property owner, a game camera can help you determine what animals and people frequently visit your land.
Game Cameras Provide Valuable Information
I am guilty of visiting some private property behind my house on a regular basis. I enjoy cross country trail running and every morning I jog the private property behind my house and have been doing it for years. One morning while jogging I noticed a salt lick block that I had never seen before. Curious I went over for a closer look and as I am bending down to look at it I looked up and there was a game camera strapped to a tree.
Realizing I had been caught on film and that the owner was preparing for hunting season I avoided that area completely on my next run. The following week there were “No Trespassing” signs put up on the property. I have since respected the owners wishes. The point is game cameras can be very useful.
When Selecting a Game Camera You Need to Understand:
- Flash Type – Incandescent Flash or Infrared Flash
- Flash Range – The range at which a camera’s flash is able to effectively illuminate an object at night.
- Trigger Time – The time elapsed between when the camera first detects motion and when the camera takes the picture.
- Detection Range – The furthest distance at which a game camera is able to detect motion.
- Setup/Programming – How easy is the camera to setup and program.
The most popular flash type is the invisible infrared flash as it does not spook the animals and uses very little energy thus prolonging battery life. For security reasons infrared flash will not draw the attention of someone who might want to steal the camera.