Getting The Most Out Of Your Trail Camera

An occasional hunting session can do you and your predatorial instincts a whole lot of good – especially if the outing turns out successful and fruitful catch-wise. Still, capturing both your prey and the thrilling hunting experience on film can be even more gratifying: in addition to your trophy, you can claim bragging rights for the adrenaline-pumping footage, starring role and video editing at the same time. If you don’t know how to get the best – and the most – out of your trail camera features during a feral game pursuit or just an odd prey scouting spree, we have some convenient tips for you right here to help you make the hunting or wildlife video of your lifetime.

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Picking the best location

To capture amazing pictures and videos of your hunting sessions, you will first need a perfect camera mounting spot. Most people often opt for one of the three rule-of-thumb camera mounting locations: a high traffic game area, specific hunting location or a place they believe the animal is likely to show up such as bedding, watering place or food sources. If you have a highly sensitive camera, avoid locations that abound in false triggers such as thick bushes, large branches or tall grass that may set your cam on during a windy day and compromise your footage. Also, avoid camera placement with optics focused on sunset and sunrise lines as light can also trigger the filming system at the wrong moment. All in all, the best spot to plop your camera is an easily accessible place frequently used by game – this will allow you to install and remove the filming device without scaring the animals or making them suspicious.

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Choosing the best camera position

For cool angles and perspectives, you can try and experiment with the camera position at your location of choice. Placing the trail camera up in the trees (at heights of up to four feet) will render decent footage of animals and the surrounding landscape if you’re aiming to shoot large game, but for smaller prey you should definitely position your recording device closer to the ground. Still, you should avoid positioning your filming equipment at the prey’s eye level because it may considerably impact the animal’s awareness of strange, manmade objects in its natural habitat and prove unproductive in the long run. On top of that, perspectives and angles can play a major role in the final video editing stage – instead of risking to get a series of blanks and/or clips or pics displaying only the game’s butt or its front part of the body, a carefully chosen filming perspective at some distance away from the prey’s route will help you get optimal, centered and focused footage of the entire animal captured from an innovative angle.

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Have some extra battery and SD juice to spare

For stunning pics and videos of your game, you’ll have to invest a little extra time and nerves – as well as a pinch of added battery power and SD card capacity. To extend the runtime of your tail camera, buy lithium batteries instead of the regular alkaline ones. Similarly, a larger SD card will minimize the need for regular replacements and the odds of your game nosing your odor out after or during the memory card swap visits. The fewer times you risk exposure, the better the outcome of your filming – and hunting – sessions would be so don’t be a cheapskates when it comes to camera accessories: saving a few quid by getting a weak pair of batteries and an undersized memory pack can cost you an arm and a leg game-wise.

Whether you’re aiming to shoot your game with an air gun, crossbow or just your filming gear, camera location, placement and accessories are essential – so make sure you carefully choose each one of them to get the most out of your game-oriented hobby.

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