Since antlered deer (or bucks) are in the process of developing their antlers right now, it makes it tough to distinguish them from other bucks. As such, it’s the major reason most whitetail deer lovers don’t put out trail cameras during spring months.
But come next month, when buck antlers will be mostly developed, it is the perfect time to set out your camera’s say the folks at Mossy Oak Gamekeepers.
According to an instructional release by Howard Communications, there may be a few tips and techniques for camera mounting you may not know as offered by Mossy Oak Gamekeepers. They are as follows:
* Choose the right camera. The worst camera’s today are better than the first flash cameras that initially hit the market a few years ago. The two most important features on a trail camera are an infrared flash and a quiet shutter.
No animals, including deer, like to have a white explosion going off in their face when it’s pitch black. Flash cameras spook wildlife. A quiet shutter is also important. If you get photos of an animal looking at the camera, it could be hearing the shutter. It all boils down to you get what you pay for.
* When hanging the camera, angle it to the trail. With faster trigger speeds in today’s cameras, and if you’re covering a trail or passage where the animal passes by quickly, it’s best to angle the cameras (about (45 degrees) to the trail rather than placing it perpendicular to the trail. If the camera is placed at a right angle to the trail and the animal passes through the sensor quickly, you may only get a photo of its hind-end or no animal at all.
* Use your camera to backtrack specific bucks. If a buck is showing up at a food plot or feeding station after dark and you have no signs to follow him to his bedding area, let you camera do the work by moving it. A buck may simply walk five feet out of your camera’s sensor area so keep repositioning it.
* Place the camera south of your target area and remove all debris. At times you may get away with facing your camera to the south, which depends upon the time of year the sun’s angle to the earth will change. It’s really the sunrises and sunset’s to avoid. By facing the camera to a northerly direction will give your photos the best lighting.
* Camera thieves are out there. Deter them by concealing the camera and securing it to a tree with cable and lock. And hang it in a hard to reach spot or placing it in a locked steel box. Of course, some thieves are determined to steel it and if they can’t they’ll usually damage it. One way is to hang the camera high in a tree by using a climbing stick, tree steps or ladder to keep it out of reach. However, you’ll need to place a piece of branch or wedge behind the camera to angle it downward. Some cameras can be purchased with a security box that gets fastened to a tree and locked in place.
* Take advantage of the time-lapse feature wherein the camera is triggered at predetermined time intervals. It’s a good feature for covering food plots, ag fields or any large area. It’s especially helpful in you can’t determine which trails the deer are most often using. It also works well for turkey scouting in that it can show areas gobblers prefer for strutting zones.
* Use scent for a stopper. Place some scent in your chosen spot to stop a buck for the perfect pose. Place the scent on a wick attached to a twig or branch about four feet off the ground.
* Shoot a test photo/video so you know it’s framed properly. You don’t want you camera to capture just legs or half set of antlers. Consider using a digital picture viewer or small digital camera to view them outside the trail cam.
* Find the sweet spot. Most cameras claim they are good for a certain range when in reality they don’t come close to their touted focusing and flash limit.
* How and when should you check your cameras? Some say to wait a certain time-span and check them at a specific time of day. But every situation is different. In some instances you may need to check every day or every-other-day. Under other scenarios, you may want to wait a week to ten days or more before you check them. The idea is to check or move your cameras when you will disturb the areas the least.
For more information on trail cameras and to get discounts on Mossy Oak GameKeepers Club check ww.gamekeepersclub.com.
CABELA’S OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY
Cabela’s Hamburg is hosting an Outdoor Adventure Day, Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. – 3p.m. in partnership with U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and the Trailblazer Program.
“Outdoor Adventure Day is a great opportunity to get your family involved in the outdoors with a variety of fun interactive outdoor activities available for all ages throughout the day,” said Harold Luther, Cabela’s Retail Manager.
Activities planned include the following:
* Cabela’s Daisy BB Gun Range
* Catch & Release Fishing Pond
* Animal Identification & Calling
* Casting Contests presented by the Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers
* Archery Range presented by United Bowhunters of PA
* Birds of Prey Exhibit presented by Hawk Mountain
* Bird Dog Demo’s presented by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society
* “All About Elk” exhibit presented by Keystone Elk Country Alliance
* Local Fire and EMS displays
This program of free activities is intended to give youths and their families a sampling of such outdoor pursuits as target shooting, archery, fishing, camping and more. And participants will be entered to win great prizes such as air rifles and fishing gear combo’s, plus be able to register for a $50 Cabela’s gift-card giveaway.
For more information check www.cabelas.com/hamburg.