Spring is in the Air!

Another winter behind us, the air is warming up and the snow melting. We are close to one of my favorite times of year – Spring. My other favorite time of year is fall – when the leaves are falling and the breeze is light. A light jacket just to keep the chill off and knowing that the best Holidays are right around the corner.

Back to Spring. Right now is the time to be breaking out your Trail Cameras and going over all of the settings and become re-acquainted with your cameras. If you are like me, you have several different types of cameras and they all program just a little bit differently. The time to re-familiarize yourself with them is now, before you get into the field and fumble with them. Make sure the batteries are charged or fresh. Check the straps and Cables or Locking Devices to be sure they will be functional and will not break while installing or leaving them out in the field. I have had many of elk and bear lick my cameras and especially the bears will ultimately take your cameras for at-least a short distance – so make sure they will be secure.

This past winter took me into the snowy mountains, looking for good spots to locate my cameras in hopes to catch some elk. Unfortunately I did not put any of my cameras in the elk wintering grounds and so I don’t have much of anything worth posting from this winter. For next winter I do have some great spots picked out and will need to locate my cameras before the snow flies and will be installing large 12 volt batteries with solar chargers to supply power throughout the winter.

And hopefully I will be able to get up there and place some cameras in the next few weeks so I can post more video in the coming months. Be safe out there and be mindful of carrying proper gear with you while hiking into those mountains! Until next time…

Trail Cameras – High Cost Vs. Low Cost

It is confusing to know what kind of camera you want to purchase initially. I myself am kind of a tightwad, so I like the inexpensive cameras. Personally, I see more advantages to purchasing less expensive systems:

  • More cameras mean more images/videos. For the money I could spend on 1 $250 camera, I could purchase four less expensive models. This does a few things. First it obviously allows me to place more cameras, thereby covering more trails or areas at the same time.
  • More cameras mean more images/videos.  It also allows me to set up to monitor a specific watering hole or trail.  I can place more cameras in strategic locations around an area and because all of the cameras are placed and monitoring at the same time, I can pin-point which trails are used more frequently, and at what times during the day or night.
  • More cameras mean more images/videos.  Another good thing about having more cameras is that if you have several areas that you want to monitor wildlife, perhaps many miles apart – you can place cameras at two or more locations, and can go check them all on one outing
  • Damage/Theft.  Let’s face it.  If there is any one thing I have learned in my life is that if you own something, somebody else also wants to own it.  Trail Cameras are no exception.  While most people are honest and respect others, there are some who blatantly disregard the hard work others put into improving their lives and will stop at nothing to obtain something without having to pay for it themselves.  And unfortunately owning and placing trail cameras may come at the expense of somebody stealing or damaging them.  So, if I am going to have a camera stolen or damaged by some low life, it only makes sense to lose a less expensive camera than a more expensive one.  Just my opinion.

Of course there are reasons somebody might want some more expensive cameras:

  • Higher quality images/videos.  Let’s face it.  Most people would rather watch video in a higher quality format than lower, grainy video.  It just makes it more pleasant and eye appealing.
  • More features.  Just like anything else, the more money you pay for a trail camera, the more features you will have.  And there are some really cool features available on the higher end cameras.

It all comes down to personal preference.  My preference is to be able to get more video/images while at the same time reducing the burden I would feel to losing a camera to theft/damage.

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