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Is there a good and not so good place to put a game trail camera? Yes. In most training or demonstration videos I have seen, the trail camera users place their cameras at about 4-5 feet from the ground when mounting them to a tree, post, etc. Most users show it mounted at about waist high or at the eye level of the deer. This is certainly an acceptable way to mount your camera to a tree. However, if you place the game trail camera at the eye level of the deer, you are more than likely going to have your camera discovered. If you place the cameras just a little higher or below the eye level of most adult deer, it will be less detectable when they visit your area. (See Where To Setup Your Trail Camera)
You will see there is a difference in your photos when placing your game trail camera just a little higher or lower than eye level of the deer. Try this for a little while. You should not be disappointed with the pictures you get.
Lighting And Environment
Make sure that your trail camera is not affected too much by the changing of lighting from the morning, afternoon to evening. Shadows may result in your camera mistaking the change in lighting for movement. If you have tall grass or a limb with leaves that move in the breeze, you may end up with a lot of pictures of the ‘moving scenery’. Not necessarily of any sought after game animals. Check the environment around you to make sure that you have the right spot with uninterrupted shots of your wildlife.
Distance From Happening Area
Don’t place your camera too close to the ‘happening area’. You may get some shots, but if you don’t allow enough of an angle or depth in the area where you are placing the trail camera could result in unsatisfactory photos. You need to give your game trail camera time to react to those four-hoofed visitors entering the area. There is nothing more disappointing than to get pictures of only the north side of a deer headed south. You’ll be left with the question, “Is that a buck or a doe?”. Place your camera to where you give a full shot of the area you know deer have been visiting so that the deer will be facing your trail camera as they walk in.
Envision in your mind a red carpet parade for your deer herd. Your trail camera will handle the photo shoot session for you. You don’t want to miss anyone, so keep the correct angle in mind. You should be able to get some pretty great pictures when you figure out the right angle for your particular trail camera. Try fiddling with the different heights and different angles. You will begin to see the difference in your pictures. After a while, you will then know what works best for the game trail camera you own. Have fun and enjoy the deer parade on your imaginary red carpet!