What is the best way to place trail cameras?

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Trail cameras are often mounted using straps and screws. Consider multiple cameras for varying viewpoints, either of more sites or a single scene. Now find out where to place trail cameras exactly.

Where to Place Trail Cameras – Placement Checklist

For optimum results, your wildlife camera should be placed:

In areas with animal ‘signs’ – this means close to scat, tracks or other indicators such as rubs and scrapes. Other potential areas of animal activity include game travel corridors or wildlife trails, along water bodies or on the edges of woodlands.

At a stable location – Most commonly used are tree trunks with 10 inches or more of thickness. This is to prevent a swaying tree of lesser girth triggering the trail camera’s motion sensor. Supports that are specially installed or fence posts are other great trail camera placing locations.

Close to water or food–When a trail camera is aimed at a water or food source, great photos will almost surely be captured, as animals linger in search areas

On a path or trail – When aimed at an angle of 45 degrees to a wildlife corridor or trail, towards the furthest end of the trail to allow the camera the time it takes to snap a picture before the animal moves off-view

In a shaded spotGame scouting cameras are triggered by motion and heat making a shot more likely the larger the difference between camera and animal temperature is

Not directed at the sun – As this will trigger the game camera’s heat sensing abilities

At the height of the subject – The animal’s height should guide the height you will mount your wildlife camera, which is in the case of deer, 3 feet from the ground. Game tracking cameras can also be mounted higher, which allows for flexibility in photo positions

Camera placement in your yard – Ensure the camera does not point at the yards or driveways of your neighbors. If your camera is going to point in that direction, ask them permission first. A good line to take is that the camera will protect them too.

Finally, check your trail camera setup by snapping a test picture before leaving.

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