Trail cameras are one of its kinds and pose a great example of transforming devices. It has not just changed the way people hunt but has enabled deeper penetration into the wildlife which manually might not be possible and safe. Although, the trail cameras are a beneficial way of hunting and researching the wildlife, it is not a magical device that just records and presents everything in front of you. There are techniques and tricks that would help you achieve better results in terms of quality of pictures and videos recorded and accuracy in terms of being close to your expectations. So let us reveal a few techniques that might sound and look simple, but would result in amazing changes in the way you use and get results out of trail cameras.
- Away from sun: Never place your trail cameras facing towards sun. This is because constant exposure to the sun leads to change in temperatures along with the summer or spring breeze which leads to movement and game changing, resulting in clicking pictures of falling leaving and moving vegetation. You shall waste a lot of time and space on your memory card with junk pictures and videos.
- Software and firmware: All trail cameras work on software like computers or laptops. When you plan to deploy any trail camera for your hunt or research, always make a point to check the authenticity and accuracy of the firm ware it is working on to prevent regretting later.
- Manualtime stamp: Now all the cameras come with time stamp in each of its pictures and videos, but earlier, there were no time stamps. In case you planning to fix multiple cameras, better would be to number them and their SD cards so that you do not get confused later on and have the chronological order ready.
- Minimize visits:We all know our enthusiasm and interests would attract us to the cameras to check if they are placed properly and are working correctly due to which we have an urge to visit the place periodically. But this constant check might actually backfire because your frequent presence is vulnerable to be detected by animals which might make them alert and they would not behave in their natural ways. This would render the entire effort and planning useless. Also, when you really need to visit the place, try to be as odorless as possible like without scents, no shoes odor etc.
- Ideal locations: Depending upon which animal you are hunting or researching, there would be certain pre-established concept about them, like wandering in the night around food or water areas. So you could place your cameras in areas that are close to food or water sources which would enhance confrontation of these trail cameras with the animal you are looking for.
- Placing cameras at angle of trails: Older areas would have pre-determined or found trails of existing animals. Instead of focusing on the animal source, place your cameras focusing on the trail, which would give longer time to click them while they are still walking on their trails instead of just covering a few wide animal locations.
- Reduce lens and sensor obstructions:Obstructions like bushes or trees right in front of the lens or sensors might hinder their performance and the pictures might not be clear enough to be useful. Even sensors might not detect till the animal comes near as compared to their original capability.
- Target the same: If you are trying to understand a particular animal kind, then by using the time lapse cameras try and identify the possible trails. Once you have identified the trails, then target only one particular animal on that trail for deeper and distinct understanding using trail cameras.
- Cover up:To save the cameras from possible thefts, you now get many enclosures that cover the devices and make it look like the surrounding area. This might save the theft and also the animals from detecting the presence of the camera which would offer better results.
These are few extremely intricate details but if followed correctly would offer you very accurate results beneficial for hunting or wildlife researches.