September 7, 2023
Hunting season is almost here so it’s time to check those trail cams and start patterning wild game! Checking my trail cameras gets me excited for my first sit of the season, AND it gets the kids and me OUTDOORS! What could be better?!
I’m going to give you the details on my personal favorite trail cams, followed by some tips & tricks on where to place your cams.
But first, here’s a little message from me! 👇
My family is a Stealth Cam fam. They’re all my Dad ever used, and now they’re all the Brent family uses too! The quality and ease of use are top-notch, and their wireless/cellular option?! GAME. CHANGER. I’m talking about looking at big bucks LIVE from the comfort of your couch.
Okay. Okay. Maybe that is being lazy (or is it?), but there are a lot of benefits to utilizing this option. The Stealth Wireless Cellular Trail Cameras are truly changing the modern scouting game forever, and here’s
Getting high-quality photos and videos uploaded straight to your phone is amazing! Yes, this miiiiight sound lazy, but I promise there are actual benefits! For example, the more you hike to your cameras and check them in the field, the more you disrupt the grounds. And tracking in your own scent each time you check your cameras could decrease the wild game traffic. With the Stealth Cam Wireless Camera option, you can eliminate the chances of that happening, and for me, that’s a win! And here’s another bonus for ya – With the Stealth Cam app, you can view ALL of your camera’s photos from ONE place! So nice!
With the Stealth Cam app, you instantly receive pictures on your phone! Having multiple cameras during your hunt lets you see if a deer is heading your way. Modern luxury? Yes, maybe. Do I love it? Also, yes. Those extra eyes in the woods could be just what you need to harvest that deer!
This one can really be a pain. Have you ever checked your cameras to find that you have 1 MILLION pictures of tall grass or shadows? Well, as frustrating as that could be, it’s even more frustrating to find that your SD card is FULL and can’t take any more photos! Womp, womppp! Buuuuuuuut, by using the Stealth Cam app, you’re able to manage your storage and delete images right from your phone so that you never max out on storage.
In the off-season, I like to use our Stealth Cams for security around our property. Setting these up in our driveway or places we wouldn’t typically get any traffic is a great way to keep tabs on the home.
Now, in order to get a shot (pun intended) of those big bucks on cam, placement is KEY! ⬇️
If you plan to monitor your cam all year round, it’s important to remember that a deer’s pattern will change throughout the year. In the spring and early summer, deer are more social and might follow the same pattern over and over. In this case, placing the cams near a water source or food sources like corn fields, food plots, or minerals would be most beneficial. This is an excellent time to get a feel for what’s coming this fall!
Once fall approaches, you can swap locations! This is when the weather cools, and the rut is about to start. Now is a good time to find those heavily used trails between bedding and food/water. Remember, as the seasons change, so do their food source. During this time of the year, deer love acorns, so that’s also a good thing to keep in mind when placing your cams. You can also place your cams near scrapes or rubs!
When you have your cam location picked, it’s time to find a tree! Be sure to place the camera about 10 feet away from where you think the deer will cross; this gives you a better chance of catching the whole deer on cam. If you place your camera right along a path, there’s a preeeeetty good chance that you will get a nice close-up of the deer’s side or back (not exactly what we want)! You also want to place the camera level with a deer’s height!
Make sure everything is in working order: Before leaving your camera out in the wild, ensure it’s working properly and has new batteries/SD card. If you are using the wireless Stealth Cams, you should get notified as you’re setting up with a nice close-up of yourself, ensuring everything is working correctly. SAY CHEESE!
Remember the tall grass we talked about? Be sure to clear the area around the camera by cutting down any hanging branches or clearing tall grass. This will reduce the chances of those pesky pictures of weeds. In this case, wireless cams come in handy. In the summer, when everything is overgrown, having images sent to your phone daily lets you know when it’s time to manage your trail cam area before it’s too late!
Now while the wireless feature is great, using cameras that are NOT wireless is still better than nothing! To be honest, I really enjoy taking a hike with the kids to check my cameras. It’s the perfect reason to get OUTDOORS, with or without the kiddos.
Stealth has just completely redesigned its Command Pro App, compatible with all their trail cameras! Here are just a few of the amazing new features:
Head over to Stealth Cam for more info!
Have you caught any big bucks on your trail cams this year?! Let me know in the comments below!
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