Game cameras for those who do not know, are motion activated cameras mounted on trees or other surfaces where you want to monitor wildlife. They’re generally used by hunters but are also great for wildlife enthusiasts!
Where To Put Them?
If you are familiar with your property, you probably already have an idea of where you want to place the cameras. Places you have seen deer tracks frequently. Near a water source like a stream. Or of course, the most fun place is at a feeder or corn pile.
You can put up a game camera at your existing tree stand, or you can use the photos you get from your cameras to help decide where to place your stand.
Place Them Before The Season Starts
You should place your cameras before the season starts. That way you have time to experiment with where the best hunting spots will be. Once you know where you think you want to put a stand-up, place your camera in that spot. Start feeding corn or apples in that spot. Something to get the deer in the habit of coming to your spot.
Even if you are not a hunter, you will see more wildlife if they find something to eat at your camera than if they just pass it randomly walking down the path.
Schedule Days To Check Cameras And Put Your Corn Down At This Time
Have a plan in your mind of when you are going to check your game cameras. If you have a camera with a memory card that fills up quickly, you may need to switch it out for a new card. You can always get the fancy kind of game camera that sends you texts on your phone of the pictures that it takes. That eliminates the need for remembering the memory cards, but those bad boys are pretty pricey!
When you check your cameras make sure to always bring extra batteries with you just in case your batteries are running low. Nothing is worse taking the card out of a camera and switching it out just to realize your batteries are dead. So bring extra batteries just in case!
Checking your cameras regularly and baiting your spot with corn or apples at the same time, will encourage the deer and other wildlife to keep coming back to your spot.
Obviously, you want to try as hard as you can to not make too must noise as you come in and out. You don’t want to scare away the wildlife, especially if you are a hunter.
Looking At Your Game Camera Photos For The First Time
Maybe I’m a wildlife nerd, but I get so excited to click through game camera photos on my computer screen. You just never know what might be on your property.
Remember, the big bucks don’t get big by being stupid and coming out during the day. Setting up a game camera will allow you to see what is coming out at night and at what time.
Use Your Game Cameras To Help You
You might find that you have one camera that gets no action at all, ever. Obviously, that isn’t a good spot, you should experiment by putting it in a new spot.
Using game cameras you can figure out where on your property should be your morning hunting spot as opposed to where you will get the most action in the evening.
Now would be a good time to mention that you need to make sure when you set up your cameras that you set the date and time correctly!
It’s Fun To See What’s Out There
You might be surprised at the number of deer on your property. They are just coming through really early or really late and you aren’t seeing them.
On our property, we have tons of deer. We live on a peninsula and our farm property is right next to many acres of parkland. Seeing as that we are in suburbia, the deer love living on our property.
We have has as many as three cameras up at a time at the different ground blinds that we hunt. We learned a lot about the behavioral patterns of the deer between looking at the photos on the three different cameras. This, of course, will give you a better chance of being a successful hunter.
We were shocked at the size and number of the doe that was passing through at our spots. We were also interested to find we have quite a few piebald deer on our property. Which are super cool looking. Not necessarily a good thing since from what I understand that is caused by inbreeding. They are cool to look at and venison is venison as far as taste goes!
My favorite thing about game camera photos is buck stalking. We have quite a few mature bucks on our property. Big bodied, big antlered deer. Last season, I stalked the game cameras so much that I learned to be able to tell most of them apart. Buster, was the real monster, the biggest of them all. Then there was prancer who was a smaller version of Buster. We had Rudolph, who had goofy antlers like a longhorn cow.
We only got big bucks on the camera at night time, but they were at our corn piles every night. It was so cool to see which ones run together and which ones are always alone. It is cool to see which direction they came from, and which direction they head next. If we saw one on all three cameras that means he made his way around the perimeter of our property and hit all of our feeding spots.
Seeing what is out there can be a real motivator to make you want to get out and hunt. Especially if you know their patterns, where to be and what time.
If you aren’t a hunter rest assured, you will enjoy getting to know more about the wildlife on your property and their habits.
If you have a concern of any other hunters being on your private property a discretely placed game camera can help put an end to that.
Never Know What You Might Get A Picture Of
The motion sensors on your game cameras will take pictures of anything that moves past. Monster bucks, little fawns, the neighbor’s dog, trespassers, kids skipping school. We have seen all of the above and more on our camera. Things like foxes, geese, and of course, tons of raccoons.
By using game cameras you can become a smarter hunter, and increase your chances for success.
If you are a wildlife watcher, seeing photos of wildlife on your game cameras will just get you more excited about spending time in the great outdoors!