By Tracy Breen
Everyone enjoys using scouting cameras to locate and watch big bucks grow. What everybody does not enjoy is getting 500 pictures of a pine tree blowing in the breeze. Below are a few tips to help you get better scouting camera pictures.
Tip 1: Eliminate all small bushes and saplings that are within triggering range of your camera. Taking 100 pictures of the same sapling will waste flash card space and use up your battery. When a buck shows up, you want fresh batteries and a flash card with plenty of space left on it; not sapling pictures. A blade of grass can set off a camera. Eliminate everything in sight of the camera that might trigger it.
Tip 2: If you want to hang your camera in a certain spot but that spot doesn’t have a good tree, put a T-post in the ground where you want the camera to go and use a camera support arm that can hook to a T-post. Pine Ridge Archery and others make a support arm made to quickly hook to a T-post. The arm can be put at a variety of angles so you get perfect pictures every time.
Tip 3: Buy flash cards that can hold thousands of pictures. Make sure you have several of them so every time you go to check the camera, you have a fresh card you can insert into the camera. Flash cards can be expensive but are well worth the expense.
Tip 4: Check your camera only when you must. It is wise to have several flash cards that can hold many pictures so you don’t have to visit the camera site often. The more often you disturb your camera location, the more human odor you leave behind.
Tip 5: Use rechargeable batteries. They will save you a lot of money.
Tip 6: Dump Lucky Buck in front of your camera to ensure many good pictures.