If utilized correctly trail cameras can give you invaluable insights into the local deer population. They can give your average hunter who doesn’t have time to constantly monitor the woods in person a 24/7 live look at deer.
Once you look at the first buck captured on your trail cam you are going to be addicted. The thrill of knowing what’s out there is a major motivator for many hunters like the Dream Chasers.
The biggest mistake that hunters make when putting out trail camera is placing them too low to too high. You need to make sure that the trail camera is at the same height as the animal you want to capture. Place your trail camera about 3.5 feet off the ground to capture images from the shoulder up.
Another mistake hunters often make is not securing the strap properly to the tree. A loose hanging strap can obscure your camera view. A loose strap can also flap in the wind which can scare off deer.
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You also want to make sure that your camera is oriented level to the ground. Trees are not always straight, and if you camera is on an angled tree the pictures it captures can be distorted. If your desired tree is not at a 90 degree angle from the ground you can use twigs or other debris you find on the ground to shim it.
Featured Image Courtesy Western Arctic National Parklands