Trail cameras

Hands up if you own a trail camera!

Silly me. I’ve lived in the forest for decades and didn’t even know trail cameras exist. I’m kicking myself because I could have gotten so many cool pictures of the forest creatures here.

So, now I am considering buying one or two, not only to catch images of forest dwellers, but human intruders who may be prowling around here, too.

Can you recommend any trail cameras at reasonable prices? I’m looking for something that takes good photos without an infrared glow. I’m not really interested in videos.

— Jillian

Photo: Remote camera or trail camera: The top shows several LED flash lights, centre are the lens and PIR sensors. (Wikipedia)

5 thoughts on “Trail cameras

  1. For your first, go with cheap over quality. Your first camera will likely be stolen as you learn to hide it well. If your camera survives a month without being stolen, then replace it with a higher-resolution camera. Moultrie probably has the most experience with trail cameras.

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    1. The 2017 Moultrie A-30i looks like a good one, and not too expensive. No-glow infrared, too.

      I’ve been looking to the theft factor: they do sell stuff to make theft more difficult.

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  2. “they do sell stuff to make theft more difficult.”
    It’s called camouflage. The cameras are camo-colored not for the critters because they can see the difference immediately, but for the casual thief. You want to put the camera where people on the normal trails can’t accidentally see your camera. Critters tend to avoid the trails anyway. Take a short step stool with you when you place the camera- a thief won’t have the means to go up the tree easily.

    Be sure to share your photos.

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    1. The step stool is a great idea. I will use one.

      I ordered aforementioned Moultrie along with a steel, locking cable designed for it. With any luck at all, we’ll have it all set up by next weekend, and, yes, I will happily share photos here.

      They also sell steel boxes to house these things in, making it even harder for thieves. But I have a feeling it wouldn’t take long before it would soon be houses a hornet’s nest or the like. Am still thinking about it.

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  3. My uncle used to have one. We used it to try and figure out what critters were messing up things outside, one year. We mostly got shots of our own knees, as it would trigger whenever someone would walk by. We did finally see a skunk’s tail, so we had some idea who we were dealing with.

    I’m laughing, remembering photos I’ve seen of animals messing with these cameras. There are all sorts of hilarious things they’ve done with them!

    One, a raccoon came right up to the camera, grabbed it, seemed to turn it, like it was adjusting it, and left it at an odd angle, sort of downward. Then, proceeded to relieve itself for the viewers. It seemed like the coon was making a statement about violation of wildlife privacy!

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