Trail cameras are a great way to observe and pattern deer behavior. Using trail cameras can give you insight into the buck to doe ratio, their eating habits and their overall health. You can use all of this information to help you plan for the hunting season ahead and come up with a quality hunting strategy. Learn more about how to manage your trail cameras this summer below.
Place Them Around Your Water Sources
The deer herd will likely be seeking out an abundance of nutrients as they prepare for the winter ahead. The summer months are also the peak months for antler growth. The calcium and other nutrients found in our Wild Water® Supplements will help the deer herd’s antlers grow and solidify. Does are also looking for extra nutrition to accommodate nursing fawns. The calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients found in our supplements will help provide the herd with the vital tools they need to grow. The nutrients should have an addictive quality which will keep them coming back to your property, giving you lots of opportunities for photos.
Place Them Around Your Food Sources
It’s important to place a trail camera pointed toward your food source in order to observe the deer herd’s eating habits. The trail camera should take a picture every time it senses movement around the feeder, so if your camera has a wide enough range, you might be able to see which way the deer entered your property to get to the feeder. You can use this information to work backwards and potentially find their bedding area. Deer love to make their bedding areas close to food and water sources. If you can pattern what path they’re using to get to your Feedbank Gravity Feeder, you’ll likely be able to find their bedding area.
Don’t Place Them Too Close
Make sure that wherever you place your trail cameras, they’re not so close to a food source or your blind that they don’t capture the big picture. You want to make sure they’re far enough away from the source to capture multiple deer and give you a general idea of where they came from. Place the cameras low enough on the tree trunk that you can capture the entire deer without cutting off any of the shot.
Consider the Sun
You might want to think about the placement of the sun when setting out your cameras. If you want to capture the deer in the morning, think about placing the camera so that it faces west. The sun rises in the east, so if you face the camera west, the sun will be behind the camera and won’t distort the picture. If you’d like to capture the deer at sunset, face the camera to the east so that it doesn’t face into the western-setting sun.
Proper trail camera analysis can help you immensely while you’re planning the upcoming hunting season. Observe everything you can about the herd as they gather nutrients and feed on your property. If you know where and how to place the cameras, you’ll be able to build a solid foundation. Use the tips above to make the most of your trail cameras this summer.
How do you manage your trail cameras during the summer? Let us know your strategies in the comments below!