Trail cameras are an important component of the hunting process. They can tell you where the deer travel, when they visit a food plot or feeder, and other useful information about the herd. Below are five tips and tricks on where to place your trail cameras and when you should check them.
1. Ask Permission
If you have your own private hunting property, you have the freedom to place your trail cameras wherever you’d like and in as many places as you’d like. If you hunt on someone else’s private hunting property, make sure you ask them where you can place trail cameras before you set them up. Since it is their property, you should run any permanent fixtures like a trail camera past them and let them know when you’ve put them up.
2. In View of a Food Plot
Position a trail camera so that if faces a food plot or your Feedbank Gravity Deer Feeder. Observing the deer while they feed is a great way to grasp the herd behavior. You’ll be able to pinpoint the time of day the herd visits your property and how many deer there are. You’ll also be able to note patterns like whether a group of bucks tend to feed together or if there’s a lone deer that visits your property every day. Our feeders, like the Feedbank 300 Gravity Deer Feeder, have multiple ports so multiple members of the deer herd can feed at the same time. If the deer learn that your property has enough food for all of them, they might start coming to your property in larger groups. Positioning a trail camera so that it faces your feeder will help you collect this data.
3. On a Well-Traveled Path
It’s also a good idea to place a trail camera near a path where you’ve previously scouted out signs of deer. If you have the advantage of catching images of the deer while they’re travelling, as well as when they feed at your feeder or food plot, you’ll be able to connect the dots and map out their trails. The patterns you discover through the trail cameras might even lead you to their bedding areas.
4. During the Off-Times
You don’t want to approach the trail camera at the same time the deer herd is passing through, so make sure you’re checking your cameras during the off-times, when you know the herd won’t be there. Because we’re so close to opening day, try to check your cameras sparingly. Avoid going out to check them multiple times a day.
5. Mask Your Scent
Since we are very close to opening day, you want to make sure you mask your scent as much as possible. Spray your clothes with a scent-eliminating spray before you go to check the cameras. We’re in crunch time and if the deer smell your scent now, they’ll remember it and could possibly leave your property before hunting season even begins.
We’re rapidly approaching hunting season and trail cameras can be your big ticket to knowing where and how to hunt on opening day. Position a trail camera near a Feedbank Gravity Deer Feeder and observe your findings. What you find can help you immensely during the upcoming hunting season.
What tips and tricks do you have to ensure trail camera success? Let us know in the comments below!