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Chris K

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I got my first Trail Cam today...
« on: July 13, 2011, 04:13:21 PM »
I got my first Trail Cam today.   A little package arrived for me in the mail from a buddy that is a rep for a few favors I did for him.  It's a Stealth Cam Prowler, and I think I am going to have to get the locking bracket for it.  Any other things I need to know or should keep in mind?  What settings are best for this brand of camera?  I think it's going to be going into the bush by a big lick and a small 1.5 acre clearing up by Slave Lake on Crown land.  There are tons of tracks in the area, and hopefully some big antlered bucks! 


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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 05:05:44 PM »
 Try and face it to the north and if you decide to put it on a trail one day, don't put it across the trail but down it. (know what I mean).  ??? Very exciting the first time checking your cam. One problem with mine, once I see him it's hard to get the mind off him.

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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 07:51:01 AM »
Not sure what type of batteries it holds but if it takes AA's Lithiums or Rechargeables are the only way to go in cold weather.  The Lithiums it does not affect them that much at all.
Rechargeables loose about %1 a day if they even just sit there but in cold weather they will still do better than Alkalines.  Keep the camera pointed away from the sun or tall grass that moves in the wind as mentioned already.  I like to sometimes even put a treebranch across the deer trail to stop them or slow them down on the trail.  Not enough to make them stop using it and can't get around but off the ground enough to slow them down.  A few snacks for them always helps as well. 

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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011, 08:38:13 AM »
I agree with Nube, you need to find a way to get them to stop for the picture.  I have used Deer Cain in the past and it has seemed to work.  It soaks into the ground and the deer will stop and paw at it.  Seeing you are on public land, I would also make sure it is not too visible for the 2 legged creatures wandering the woods, most wouldn't touch but some may take.

Friend of mine put out a camera and some kids were partying near it, they found it and one of the girls flashed the camera when it was taking a pic.  He seen the pic the next day but didn't download.  Anyway, the next night they must have come back and deleted all the pictures so he lost his flash pic.   :D  At least they didn't take the camera.

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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 09:23:59 AM »
Thanks for the info guys, I really appreciate it.  It takes 6 C cells, so I will find the best ones I can get.  It will be in a very very hard to reach place, but beign the bush, you just never know where people and other hunters will end up.  I am going to go set it up in the next couple weeks. 

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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 11:36:03 AM »
All good points mentioned above.

I like to have my cams about 3-4 ft high and about 20 ft away from where I want the pic taken from. That helps open up the "zone" for trigger times as well helps hide the cam from the deer trails. Enjoy cause once you start gettin pics it will be like Christmas morning every time you go to your cam.

PS: make sure you have 2 memory cards for your cam. ad make sure both are formated if need be. nothing like having to fiddle with your cam in the bush or swapping out your card only to find later the card didn't hold any pics.

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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 02:34:13 PM »
All good points mentioned above.

I like to have my cams about 3-4 ft high and about 20 ft away from where I want the pic taken from. That helps open up the "zone" for trigger times as well helps hide the cam from the deer trails. Enjoy cause once you start gettin pics it will be like Christmas morning every time you go to your cam.

PS: make sure you have 2 memory cards for your cam. ad make sure both are formated if need be. nothing like having to fiddle with your cam in the bush or swapping out your card only to find later the card didn't hold any pics.

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Great point!!!  Set it up around the house first on some dry runs to ensure that everything is working.  I have had that happen where the camera was out and didn't work.  Nothing sucks more than checking a camera that wasnt working. 

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Re: I got my first Trail Cam today...
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011, 01:21:58 PM »
Chris, congrats on your new cam, you will have alot of fun with it.

Lots of good info here and I can't really add much to it.
I do like to scuff the area up ( down to the bare ground) where I put my licks. Don't know why but the elk are always knocking my salt blocks over to get underneath them. I do believe they eat the dirt the salt has been sitting on.