Everyone knows that to become a good hunter, it comes down to the preparation one puts into their season. Within this list, we will go over some of the more uncommon practices some people may not know about. Getting a leg up on that prize you have your eye on is always a good idea, so let’s get right into it!
- Direction: North and South
This is a simple fact of not wanting your photos overexposed or washed out during sunrise and sunset. It would really defeat the purpose if your pictures weren't visible... As well as during the winter months, the sun will be low enough that you will want to point in a more southern direction. This is as simple as taking a compass or your smartphone with an applicable app, and getting the north/south direction absolute perfect.
- Number each camera with respective SD card
This might be obvious for some people to overlook but many people don’t do it. This is useful when you have to handle several cameras on one property. Memory only goes so far, so it’s important to mark out where your cameras are on GPS in coordination with each numbered camera. Making it easier to also locate them later in case you forget a few. To easily mark them, all it takes is a permanent marker and write on either the bottom or the back of the camera body.
Now the SD card is just as important. You wouldn’t want to mix up the cards when you stick them in your pocket, return to your computer, and then learn that you have no idea which card went to which camera. Yikes! No one wants that nightmare, so don’t rely on the time stamps the SD cards may apply.
- Inactive Stands
If you tend to have multiple stands over your properties, you can always try placing one on each inactive stands you haven’t used in a while. This will allow you to discover a animals in your area that you didn’t even know was lurking there! Then work your magic by trailing them and placing cameras in possible routes they might be taking. Then get in your stand at what you have recorded as the best time and get to work!
- Time Lapse and Trail cameras together
This is one that helps you discover movement over a broader area. You will want to set up your time lapse cameras to cover areas like fields, food plots, and other known travelling paths. If you can though, set them to take pictures every 10-20 seconds over the first and last few hours of daylight. Sometimes you won’t capture a whole lot doing this method, but your camera will thank you in the extra energy saver it creates; lasting for weeks rather than mere days. After scouting for a few weeks, you can view the photos and determine the exact routes your prey are using. Then, set up a regular trail cameras to get images of specific hunts you are really trying to nab.
- Rainy days are useful
Now, what is nice about rain is it eliminates human scent naturally and effectively. This means that the entire area that you cover while marching all over your property to check on your cameras will hide your scent for free. Thank you Mother Nature! Also, when rain washes away fresh scents from the air, it also makes new scents easier for animals to detect. So pay attention to the wind direction while you are out and about. You will still want to wear rubber boots and using odor elimination spray of course, but rain will help make your job a lot easier.
Did you find these five helpful? Let us know in the comments section below, and feel free to post your own helpful hints!