Trail Camera Management, Monitoring and Maintenance
Properly managing your trail camera can mean the difference between success and failure in your endeavors. Many trail camera companies update the firmware of their devices regularly to patch software “bugs” and you’ll want to download those updates as soon as possible to prevent photography or memory issues. You should also make a log of what was seen at what time, and this is especially important for hunters with multiple cameras. This will allow you to learn the movement and habits of the animals in the area. Number each camera and SD card to make it easier to keep track of what’s happening where. Do NOT try to rely on your own memory because it can be very easy to get confused if nothing is written down. You’ll also want to record the exact GPS coordinates of each camera, and if you relocate your cameras document all of the current and past locations you used.
When it comes to hunting, it pays to be methodical in your documentation of which animals you see. Your trail cameras will allow you to begin the hunt from afar by tracking the movement of specific bucks (or any animal you’re after). If you’re using time lapse mode, you can figure out the path of an individual and plan your hunt accordingly.
For hunters with multiple cameras, consider having multiple SD cards for each camera. This way, you can switch the cards out and take the one with photos home to organize the photos. To save space and time, you can delete photos if they don’t show you anything useful or if they contain images of animals you don’t plan to track.
You’ll be visiting your camera from time to time, so take scent remover with you when you go. Spray the camera (but not the lens) and then wipe the camera dry with a clean cloth. Always use neoprene gloves when handling your camera as they can help to prevent animals from picking up your scent. If possible, check your cameras on rainy days as rain is a natural odor neutralizer and eliminator. Check your batteries and flash regularly so you never have any camera downtime.
By following these tips, you can expect your trail camera to last a long time and provide you with valuable insight into what’s happening in the area.
If you have any further questions, or if you’d like to submit a tip that has helped you with your trail camera setup and care, we’d love to hear from you. Happy hunting!