Setting up a trail camera
Greg C. Moriates

Greg C. Moriates

Owner of Train Hunt Eat

7 tips to setting up a trail camera

by Train Hunt Eat


Trail cameras are a great tool for scouting.  You can set them up to understand animal habits, the time the game is in your area, if the animal is there, etc.  All animals, including humans have a pattern.  We wake-up and start to follow a routine.  The basic needs of deer and other big game is to eat, survive, and reproduce.   Therefore, an animal will follow a path of safety that will allow that animal to eat, survive (includes sleep), and reproduce.  As a hunter, understanding the game that we pursue pattern of life, we can increase our odds to putting meat in the freezer and antlers on the wall by understanding the patters.  Trail cameras will help you understand the best setup, location, and time to be in the stand.  They can even tell you that you are wasting your time being the stand at certain times or in that area.

Understanding how to setup a trail camera is important and here are some tips to setting up a trail camera:

7 Tips on Setting Up a Trail Camera

UNDERSTAND YOUR CAMERA – This sounds ridiculous.    However, how many times have you seen on social media about a person saying that the camera was horrible to later find out that the person did not know how to use the trail camera.  Open the directions and learn how to use your trail camera before heading into the woods.

FRESH BATTERIES – Gear up with some new, high quality batteries.  Nothing worse then finding out that your trail camera ran out of juice two weeks ago and you lost two weeks of pictures.  I find that a nice solar panel will not only allow you to extend battery life, it will also allow you to not disturb your hunting grounds.

RIGHT MEMORY CARD – Make sure you get the right memory card with the right capacity. 

FIND DEER SIGNSThis just makes sense, right?  Find deer signs.  Trails, droppings, old rubs, and signs of scrapes.  Or better yet, DEER.  Follow the signs to intersections or the area with the most signs and setup a camera. 

Setup the Camera High…Enough – Setting the trail camera around six feet or higher has two benefits.  One is that the deer will not become aware of your trail camera.  Remember what we said, deer want to eat, survive, and reproduce.  Putting a trail camera within eye shot will become a threat.  Second reason for setting up a camera high is to help trail camera theft or someone setting up based on your scouted area.  Humans will typically see the trail camera if setup around 3 to 5 feet high. 

Trim Distractions Make sure your camera has a clear path and will not be triggered every time that one branch blows in its path.

Scent Control Always try to eliminate or mask your sent.  I recommended a product like No-Scent.  I also like to put out doe or buck urine when setting up and checking cameras during the summer.  I love to use Antler Ice.

Well…get out in the woods and start scouting.  Use these tips to help with your success.  Good luck!

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