Placing An IR Trail Cam?

Placing An IR Trail Cam?

chattahoocheebigfoot
chattahoocheebigfoot

April 19th, 2011, 11:33 am #1

Well, my trail cam I placed out a few months ago produced NO results. In fact, I only got a possum and a heck of alot of birds. But alas! no bigfoot pics. I don't know why i went out there to expect any anyway;(

I need some tactic suggestions from you guys (and gals). I am thinking of using faux rocks, rusted paint cans - anything to conceil my camera in but yet at the same time for it not to appear so obvious as just simply strapping it to a tree.


Any thoughts on conceilment?


-jeff
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April 19th, 2011, 1:01 pm #2

First...the cameras, some, will go into a sleep mode and not wake up in time to activate....My nephew called me last week complaining of his...several months over a food plot...several pictures until he started to his truck...carrying the camera with it on it took pictures all the way back to his truck with him thinking the batteries were dead...

Trails and not crossings...unless you have expensive cameras a crossing is not for most game cameras...place them on trails where the camera has time to activate with the animals either coming or going...or place them over food plots...some of the hunter forums talk about game cameras...before I buy any game camera I read the different forums and not the manufactures web site on how wonderful their cameras are...

Buy cameras with an IR flash and not a light flash...if you have a regular flash camera hang it outside at night...activate it and you'll understand when I say it looks like a lightning strike...

Killing the UV on the camera box...since doing this I do have some interesting pictures and pictures of a group or family of Monsters...simple process...dollar store flat black spray can of paint...tape the windows and spray the cameras box...the paint will dry in minutes...BTW...by painting the camera box will kill any warranty but IMO the camera is worthless to me if the Monsters or animals can see it...

Hanging the camera...make sure and secure the complete strap...don't let the strap blow in the wind or freely hang...I use my cordless drill with sheet rock screws to fasten the cameras and straps to the trees...

Hanging the cameras on trails...find where trails join or cross...try and locate a good tree that can partially hide your camera...this time of year it's difficult because of the budding and growing foliage...I do at times remove some of the vegetation that would cause the camera to activate when the wind is blowing but I'm also careful not to remove to much exposing the camera...
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April 19th, 2011, 1:24 pm #3

Looking at the camera from the north side it is very visible but...the Monsters were walking the trail from the south to the north on a trail in this open area but there were also used trials inside the pine thicket...walking south to north the cedar concealed the camera...trees and limbs concealed it from the thicket...I also poured some corn for hopefully a brief food stop...


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SCSquatcher
SCSquatcher

April 19th, 2011, 5:08 pm #4

I have an older Stealth Camera, flash version. Using it to survail my property/home. Have it hanging on the garage at 16 feet and it takes too many pics during the night with no subject/s in frame. Any suggestions?
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April 19th, 2011, 5:47 pm #5

Flying through and activating the camera...any trees close by with the wind can also cause it to activate...then sometimes I think mine just goes nuts at times...hard to hang game cameras this time of year because of the wind unless it is heat activated...infrared heat...
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April 19th, 2011, 5:59 pm #6

Looking at the camera from the north side it is very visible but...the Monsters were walking the trail from the south to the north on a trail in this open area but there were also used trials inside the pine thicket...walking south to north the cedar concealed the camera...trees and limbs concealed it from the thicket...I also poured some corn for hopefully a brief food stop...


three different occassions...the last pictures they noticed it hanging and was smoking it over from a distance when caught on camera...I have one picture of two Monsters at least 40 yards away...a crow landed at the corn plot activating the camera as the Monsters were headed into the pine thicket behind the pond...crow was either getting a bite of corn or maybe was attempting to expose the Monsters on camera...

Speaking of crows...they give the Monsters the blues at times IMO...and I had a killdeer with four eggs in my yard I noticed while mowing...both male and female would do that wounded bird deal every pass I made...I mowed around the nest but noticed two crows at the nest...they got one egg before I could run them off but yet came back...I covered the nest with the top of a plastic dog box but have no idea if the crows got the eggs or they hatched...
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