New Hampshire is a great place for outdoor lovers due to plenty of chase opportunities during hunting and fishing seasons. With the various places to visit for outdoor fun, White Mountains is one of the areas that provide diverse options for outdoor activities. Whether you want to experience pleasurable hiking or real game hunting, this can be your ultimate destination. Turkeys, crows, and coyotes are some of the birds to hunt during springtime, while deer species are found during wintertime.
However, hunting can be chaotic if done without the appropriate tools. Of course, you have a gun and protective gears while in the forest. But did you know that trail cameras are quite essential tools for any hunter? The daily monitoring of animals’ behavior is not easy without the use of these devices. They are just diminutive devices that have changed the method through which we explore and down bucks.
Before we look at the ways to mount a trail camera, you need to understand the factors to consider while buying one. Once you buy the right camera, you can now start learning how to mount is appropriately. Alright, choosing the right camera is no easy given the enormous number of them in the market today. Therefore, here are the aspects to help you find the best camera for your next hunting activity.
Reliability and lifespan
There are many trail cameras available but not all are reliable. Reliability incorporates both functionality and lifespan, bearing in mind that an unreliable device will just waste your money and time. It should be working properly and must be able to serve for a longer time before you consider a replacement. Ensure that you pick a model that has been featured in most unbiased reviews, with minimal user complaints. Reconyx Hyperfire SC950 has been on several top lists, but still, there are other versions to choose based on your needs and budget.
This feature is determined by where and how you want to use the camera. If you want to mount a camera over a bait or food, this feature may not be so necessary. Both fast and slower camera trigger will have an equal impact because the animals will likely hang around the food for a while. A fast camera trigger will be more important if you want to mount the camera over the game trail. The deer or elks will probably move faster through the field especially if they are after another female one! A slower trigger may miss the buck, while a faster trigger will definitely capture that running deer. Therefore, the place you will hang the trail camera will decide on whether or not to go for those ultra-fast trigger cameras.
This is the time a camera takes to get ready for another shot, and reliable cameras take up to 5 seconds to take the second photo. A camera that has up to 60 seconds recovery time might not be suitable for cameras that are placed over the game trailing. Slow recovery time indicates that you will miss photos of a distant deer following in the trail.
Flash or no flash
If you have been a longtime hunter, probably you know the behaviors of different bucks. White flash produced by ordinary cameras may spook deer, and therefore infrared or no-flash cameras are more ideal. Even though these cameras may cost you more compared to regular flash models, they are worth the investment.
How to Mount a Trail Camera
Find a suitable place
Best places to place your camera is on the major game trails, food sources, or at trail joints. These are ‘hotspots’ where perfect footages can be obtained.
Mount on a strong solid
Secure the camera with lag bolts on a tree or log post and ensure it points at the trailing field. To prevent regular repositioning, use a security box or strap and python lock so that it remains in position even when unlocked while checking the photos.
Choose a perfect height
This should be done according to the terrain and target animals. Mount the camera in such as a way that it can focus on a wider view, especially at the chest height of a buck.
To get the best footage or shot, ensure that the buck will be captured before leaving the detection zone. The trail area should be centered within the device’s focus. Mount the camera on a tree post while pointing down, especially in areas where game trails are invisible.
Untrustworthy people may steal your camera, but you can prevent theft by securing it with a security box or strap and python lock. This makes it difficult to remove the device, and therefore a ‘thief’ will not have time for that.