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So you have found the best game trail camera for the money and now you are questioning yourself as to where the best placement for your trail camera should be.
It can be a difficult decision if you haven’t done some homework, but I have a list of “To Do’s” or you can call them key points below that I hope will help put peace to your mind. Everyone goes through this at least once or twice before really getting the skill down to finding that ‘sweet spot’.
Scouting out a great set-up for your game trail camera is much like hide and seek. The clues are hiding and you have to seek them out. So here are my suggestions and have fun with it.
You will more than likely be looking in an area that is wooded with plenty of brush – a place that looks as if deer may like hanging out there. Okay that’s a given. Cold.
Look around the area and at the ground
Look for evidence of a ‘wildlife highway’—a trail. If you are familiar with cattle or livestock of any kind, a lot of times they use the same route to go from the grazing fields to the watering hole wearing down a trail very visible to the eye. Wildlife behaves much in the same – they eat and then they drink. Sometimes you will find a little clearing that is secluded at the edge of a wooded area. This is a key area for wildlife to hang out. Look for places that are uninterrupted by humans and as infrequently as possible. You may find several trails meeting up in one area. If you find this you are getting warmer!
Look for deer tracks, by this, I mean hoof markings on the ground. Okay another given. The greater the number of tracks and different sizes if tracks are always promising signs for the best game trail camera set-up. Temp. is rising!
Deer eat, drink and poop
Look for droppings around the area. If you have droppings this is a good indicator, but better than just finding droppings, the best, is to find droppings that are old, fresh and a little inbetween. This is a well-traveled area and you are now starting to boil!
Is there evidence of feeding in the area?
Look for grass, foliage on plants, trees or bushes being trimmed off. This indicates they are eating here. If the grass has been flattened this would indicate that deer are bedding down in the area. If you have found this, you are BURNING UP!!
Stop and find a tree!
You’ve found a fantastic spot to put your trail camera. Game Over! Make sure you set up your game trail camera either facing the North or South if at all possible. Many trail camera experts give this advice. Find the tree that works best for this positioning. This will help keep the sun from triggering your camera unnecessarily.
Post your trail camera about waist high
You could go a little lower or a little higher (6 inches) depending upon where your tree is located (if on a hill this will make a difference and you should take this into consideration). Check the viewpoint of the trail camera and consider what area within the trail cameras viewpoint you are trying to capture. Securing the camera a little higher or lower may give you a unique perspective of the wildlife coming into the area. That should do. You may want to put some burlap or camouflage netting to cover the trail camera, with a hole cut out where the cameras face is. You want your cameras face completely clear. Consealing the camera in this way will help your camera set-up be less conspicuous and perhaps prevent the chance of theft. (Also read Where Should I Place My Trail Camera?)
Clear area of foliage
Clear the area of any foliage in front of the trail cameras lens (within frame shot of camera) and the area around the viewpoint area of the camera. By doing this, it will help alleviate the game trail camera from triggering when the wind blows and moves a seedling, branch or foliage. This is a golden rule in Wyoming, because the wind always blows here.
There you have it! I guess there are 8 key points I’ve mentioned about setting up a game trail camera. Hope these key points help you. Now, go capture some terrific wildlife photos and hopefully you’ll spot that monster buck wandering around the back 40. Stay safe and have fun.