Hunting Tip #1: How to Pick a Trail Camera for Hunting Trips

Make no mistake about it, hunting is a raw hobby that is about how the man can control its environment, and win over the game. If you look back and think about how it used to be for survival today this is all about having fun. Hunting equipment have become an even bigger part of making the most of your hunting trips.

One of the most important tools for any hunter today is a game camera that keeps an eye out for the game while you do other things and reports back to you what has been going on in the location of the camera. In this article I will guide you through the most important aspects to think about when it comes to game camera’s and what you need to know before you go and buy one.

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Various Types Of Trail Cameras

Cellular trail cams

Cellular trail cams can prove to be the best hunting partners if one happens to be going for a game in the woods. Cellular trail cameras use a text-only SIM from a GSM provider and can text or email pictures it takes over the network.

Cellular trail cameras are scouting devices and most of them send pictures to a remote device about 60 seconds after the photograph has been taken. The pictures can be sent to email address or a cell phone number. Cellular trail cameras come bundled with MMS modules so that the camera can transmit videos or pictures through the carrier. The best thing about cellular trail cameras is the fact that they consume less energy while transmitting pictures and also while on standby as well.

A number of cellular trail cameras used for monitoring events or animal observation are motion triggered and they can be used as security cameras for homes and offices as well.

Motion Activated Trail Cameras

trail camera buckThese trail cameras, detect movement or heat from a body to activate the camera trigger. There are a number of motion activated trail cameras in the market that have a trigger speed of about a fraction of a second. These cameras thus allow users to capture images of animals in action, for example, with a motion activated trail camera, a hunter can capture the image of a doe running away from a buck just a few feet behind it. The use of motion sensor or heat sensor trail cameras is a bit tricky. They need to be placed in open areas where there isn’t anything blocking the view of the camera. Nobody would want to end up with pictures of leaves and weeds instead of the game they so intended to capture on camera.

Motion activated trail cameras can also be great for home security usage as well. Since these cameras can be activated automatically sensing motion or heat, they can be used effectively for surveillance and as CCTV cameras as well. Motion activated cameras that have heat sensors in them can be great for night time game and security surveillance as well.

There are various varieties and brands available in the market, selling motion activated and heat sensing trail cameras. There is a wide range of information and trail camera reviews online that can assist you with finding the best trail camera (e.g. but in this article we will take a look at some important features to be considered when it comes to trail cameras.

Wireless, Wi-Fi Trail Cameras

Wireless trail cameras are similar to cellular trail cameras as they transfer pictures and videos over a cellular network. The network coverage is provided by a number of leading cellular companies and the cameras have built-in antennas to catch and strengthen the signals in areas where coverage or reception is not that great.

However, the latest in technology are the Wi-Fi enable trail cameras. Wireless cameras work best in concentrated urban areas but Wi-Fi enabled trail cameras can be great when you go to remote areas for hunting. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled device, such as an iPhone, an android cell phone, a laptop that can be use your Wi-Fi or be converted to a Wi-Fi hotspot you can use your trail camera and access pictures from about hundreds of feet away, depending on the technology and model of the Wi-Fi enabled trail camera that you have. You will be able to access, view, download, edit, delete or do whatever you want to do with the images without having to be physically present near the camera with the help of Wi-Fi enabled technology. Because of a Wi-Fi enabled trail cam, users will never have to worry about swapping SD cards from the camera and the hunting area will never be disturbed once the camera is set and ready to shoot.

Infrared Trail Cameras

trail camera deerIf one wants to observe nocturnal activities and also daytime activities of animals such as deer, foxes, squirrels or any other game, infrared trail cameras are a great option. Because a traditional flash can scare off animals in the wild during the night, infrared trail cameras are more preferred by hunters around the world. Also the infrared trail cameras come very handy as security and surveillance devices as they are more or less invisible to the human eye and therefore can capture still images and footages of the subject without alerting them to the presence of a camera nearby.

The only problem that is associated with infrared cameras is the fact that they take grainy pictures at night. Low quality infrared trail cameras will allow you to just judge the outline of the subject in the images or just track the movement of the silhouette of the subject in the dark. The picture quality will be grainy at night but will improve in the daytime.

If you want a high end trail camera with an infrared flash you can try getting the more expensive ones. Although they are going to cost you more, but they will give you high definition pictures which will enable you to determine the color of the subjects as well rather than giving a grainy, colorless, black and white image.

Flash/ Incandescent Trail Cameras

Incandescent or flash trail cameras as they are commonly known will allow you to capture colored images of the subject even during the night as well. Resolution and picture quality is definitely better as compared to infrared cameras. However there are various drawbacks to using an incandescent flash trail camera. First of all if you use flash during the night there is a 100% chance of spooking the subject. The animals will definitely be scared and will not enter the camera area again. Also they use up more energy and more battery life as compared to infrared cameras. The trigger time and recovery time for incandescent flash cameras is always slower than infrared cameras.

When incandescent cameras are used for security and surveillance at night, they definitely will attract attention of people to the location of the camera. Then what will be the purpose of using a camera for hidden surveillance or anything of the similar sort. Nobody would want to compromise their game or their security just to get colored images during the night time.

For security

Usually infrared trail cameras are used for security and surveillance purposed at homes, in offices and other public/private properties and areas. Although infrared cameras capture grainy images but they do this discreetly and this is one of the biggest and very important benefit that makes them very useful security cameras.

Usually security cameras or CCTV cameras use infrared technology for security purposes. These don’t have a flash and therefore don’t attract any attention whatsoever to themselves.  Also this use up low energy and less battery consumption therefore they are best for outdoor security.  It is best to use infrared trail cameras for security purposes as they have lesser response time.

You will get a number of heat and motion activated cameras that can be used for security and surveillance purposes during the night time because of infrared flash technology.  Quality of the picture is not the concern of security, hunting or trail cameras; therefore those with infrared flash should be more preferred.

If you happen to go out and search the market, you will be able to find one perfect trail camera that has all the features you have separately read about here.