In terms of scouting cameras made for hunters, Stealth Cam is one of the biggest manufacturers. The Stealth Cam No-Glo Game Camera is one of the top selling products and a majority of their cameras have similar designs to this one that we will be using as an example for our mounting discussion.
These cameras have various features. Most of them are motion activated and the highest quality ones come with infrared features so that you can use them at night. Typically the photos are written onto an SD card which can be swapped out by the owner on a regular basis and taken home to determine what has been there and at what time of the day. The camera also comes with a weatherproof case. There is a slot in the back part of the case for running wires or cables to secure it onto a tree or another structure that is similar.
Typically these cameras are fastened to a tree and there are various materials and methods are available for doing this. Everything depends on how you feel about the viewing angle and security.
Trail Camera Mount Straps
The most basic method for attaching your Stealth Cam onto a tree is through using a strap like the Moultrie Feeder Camera Strap. On the back part of the camera is an opening where you can run the strap through and fasten it securely around a tree. They are 8-feet long making them long enough for most trees. They are available in sets of two, although you probably will only need just one for the job. The good thing about the trail camera mount straps is they are fast and easy to use. The downside is they can be the easiest to remove by anybody walking past the tree.
One issue that a strap mount has is that there is only a limited angle available and these can be supplemented with the Stealth Cam Pivot Mount. When a simple strap is used, your camera will only point forward and be flush with the tree. The mount bolts on to the back of the camera case. Then straps are used to fasten it to a tree. The advantage of using this mount to supplement your camera is being able to point it towards the view of your choice. If you’re planning on mounting it high from the ground and wanting it to tilt downwards, the easiest way of doing this is adding a mount that features a socket and ball design.
Master Lock Python Cable
Most people don’t steal other hunters’ things, but at times you may encounter somebody who doesn’t follow the rule book. You may want to think about locking your camera down. An excellent option for doing this is the Master Lock Python Cable. The camouflaged lock blends in well with its surroundings. Also, the cable is the correct diameter for fitting a majority of cameras cases. It has a keyed lock and six-foot cable. Although anybody can come along and cut the strap. This makes it a bit harder to walk off with the camera.
Stealth Cam Security Box
You need to worry about animals in addition to thieves. For example, bears have ripped trail cameras direct from off trees in the past. A Bear/Security Box is made by Stealth Cam. It takes security up to the next level. The camera gets placed inside the metal box. Usually, the Bear Box is directly bolted onto a tree and then a padlock is used for locking it. The metal box offers protection from elements in addition to bears. It is very hard to take off of the tree unless the box is forced open. If you are concerned with security, this is the greatest amount of protection you can obtain for the Stealth Cam.