Best Trail Camera Practices for Deer Hunting

What Are the Best Trail Camera Practices for Deer Hunting?

Here are several best trail camera practices for deer hunting. From getting trail camera angles right to reading the game camera manual to ensuring your trail camera is powered correctly, there is lots to consider.

By following best trail camera practices, hunters will optimize the use of their wildlife cameras.

To start, here are three great deer hunting trail camera suggestions:

Vikerin hunting and trail camera used in wildlife observingWosports Mini Trail Camera Full HD hunting and scouting cameraKufa Trail Game Camera
• 20MP photos and a truly stunning 1520P video
• Heavy-duty and waterproof
• Infrared no glow LEDs and wide angle lens
• Smaller in appearance and weight
• Very affordable, especially if multiple trail camera setup is needed
• Can also be used as a trail camera for security
• 1080P video and 20MP photo
• Wide-angle lens (120 degrees) and quick trigger speed (0.2 seconds)
• Fantastic night vision capability
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When looking at a trail camera for the first time, it may appear to be easy to use. Surely you just buy it, – insert the batteries and SD card, mount it in a wooded areas and wait to receive hundreds of images of bucks you’ve been dreaming about?

Just as with lots of stuff in life, it doesn’t always go like that.

Whether you would rather call them tips or hacks – or best trail camera practices for deer hunting – there are several things you as a deer hunter can do to increase the chances of receiving the best possible deer videos and photos while hunting.

1. Best Trail Camera Practices - Buy enough deer trail cameras

It should not be a secret that using trail cameras correctly is an important part of deer hunting – others being selecting a deer stand location and bow, muzzle-loader and rifle proficiency.


Placing one game camera for every one hundred acres at a minimum is a great bet. They can be purchased in one go or bought one at a time until you have enough.

A set of Blazevideo Trail Cameras shown here is perfect.

2. Best Trail Camera Practices - Read The Manual That Comes With your Wildlife Camera

Every outdoorsman should read their trail camera’s manual shortly after purchase, and refer to it anytime they need to remind themselves about the operation of their game camera and its accessories.

Fellow experienced deer hunters are also great trail camera resources, so ask questions or join a deer hunting group, whether in real life or online, to tap into their wealth of deer hunting and trail camera knowledge.

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3. Best Trail Camera Practices - Your Trail Camera Needs Proper Power!

The only way to combat any potential problem when powering your deer hunting trail camera is buying high-quality rechargeable lithium or alkaline replaceable batteries.

Find out which one the manufacturer of the camera recommends (part of reading the trail camera’s manual). Some cameras come with battery boxes, such as the Moultrie model shown here.

Similarly, DIY power sources such as car batteries may provide too much voltage, which might destroy your game camera while perhaps voiding its warranty.

4. Best Trail Camera Practices - Pick the Right SD Card

Certain trail cameras use a particular form of SD card, as specified in the game camera user book.

For example, premium SD cards are often designed with higher write speeds than some models of trail cameras can support.

The set from PNY shown here is suitable for game cameras.

Simply, trail cameras do not offer the same internals as professional cameras.

5. Best Trail Camera Practices - Configure Your Trail Camera's Settings Correctly

Firstly, sensor sensitivity should be configured according to the needs of the hunt.

Next, correctly set the trail camera’s image resolution.

Some hunters opt to set a higher photo quality during the deer hunting season, which takes up more room on your SD card. This is because you will be in the area more often and able to switch it out.

Finally, properly use and understand your wildlife camera’s video mode as deer hunting season gets closer.

Still images can tell you what passed through but video can tell you so much more – where a buck is going to and where it has come from, what it does when it is in the vicinity and various other mannerisms.

6. Best Trail Camera Practices - Attach the Camera Securely to a Post or Tree

If the strap supplied with the camera is not steady enough then consider investing in these HME tree mounts (pictured here).

Point the camera(s) strategically. Remember to place the camera at the eye-level height of the deer.