The Problem with Moisture:
The biggest enemy of your trail camera is moisture. You’re putting out a piece of electronic equipment and leaving it there, in all types of weather. Putting any type of electronics in the woods and exposing those to weather is the worst thing you can do. Today I use DLC Covert cameras, which are inexpensive and have really-good seals to keep the elements out. However, when you’re opening and closing the box your camera is mounted in, if there’s any humidity in the air, you’re putting that humidity inside your camera box. The best way to solve this problem is with Silica Gel Packets, small, gelatin packets that absorb moisture. When I take my camera out of the box, I’ll put one of those packs right next to the batteries and then seal the camera back in its case. This way, if any moisture gets in your camera box, that little inexpensive packet will protect your batteries. Regardless of what brand you get, I strongly recommend you always use one of these packs in your trail camera box, close to the batteries. Some of these absorbent packs will change color when they’ve absorbed all the moisture they can hold. To recharge these packs, you can take them home with you and put them in a microwave. The heat will draw the moisture out of the packs, and you can reuse them. These little absorbent packs are the best items you can use to keep your camera working in all types of weather.
The Position of Your Trail Camera Is Very Important:
I no longer build my own trail cameras, although when they first came out, I realized what they could do and what a help they could be with becoming a better deer hunter. I built trail cameras for all my family and friends. One of the reasons I like the DLC Covert cameras is they come with a built-in viewing screen. So, once I hang my camera, I take a picture to try and see what the camera sees. Many people will just hang their trail cameras, step back from the tree and say, “That looks good.” They do this without even seeing what type of coverage the camera angle has. This reason is why many people get pictures of only half a deer. Or, the camera is aimed too high, and they have sun glare on their pictures. If the camera is too low, you’ll get a lot of raccoon and turkey pictures. But, I want my trail cameras to photograph deer. So, the rule of thumb that I use is that I want to get in front of the camera about where I think the deer will show up and make sure that the camera photographs from my waist to my knees. Then, I tilt it up just a little by putting a stick underneath the camera. What I’m trying to do is keep the raccoons and the turkeys out of the sensor range of the camera. Using this technique of mounting my camera, I get more pictures of deer and big game animals and fewer pictures of turkeys, raccoons, skunks and possums.
By: Dave Parrott, an avid deer hunter from Louisville, Kentucky, who has a technology background, and says he’s obsessed with developing game cameras and learning more efficient ways to use them to understand more about deer.