Blog Posts - October 2012

Game Camera Review: Spypoint Tiny Wireless


Oct 31, 2012

The Spypoint Tiny Wireless Camera is not cheap at roughly $300. And, a quick look at it's features has you scratching your head, why a camera with these stats might cost so much. That is, until you realize that this little camera has something that most other cameras do not. Backup storage.

That's right, this little, feature packed camera, takes pictures and stores them on an SD card, but then also transmits the picture file to a 'black box' that is hidden within 250 feet of the camera. This is a great feature for if the camera or SD card fails, because now you have a backup. But, even more so, its a way of dealing with camera poachers since even if they steal the camera, you will still have access to pictures of the thief.

Even though you pay extra for the 'black box' feature, this camera still has a some decent stats. All around average trigger times, with a long recovery time and detection and flash ranges that won't cause your head to turn, but will leave you feeling like you got your moneys worth. This camera isn't going to  make your friends jealous, but its well worth the cost and it's easy to use. Check out a few pictures to see for yourself.

Have any experience with the Spypoint Tiny Wireless? Let us know your thoughts.

 

 




Game Camera Review: Slate River T Post Mount


Oct 29, 2012

Every time you drag your camera (or cameras) out into the field, you have to decide where your going to set them it up. It's no small decision and hopefully it comes based on your experience in the area you are hunting. Although blind luck is the moral to many a hunting story, having an understanding of the wilderness and our prey is the primary reason many hunters enjoy – 'hunting'. In a sense, we hunt for success as much as we hunt for animals.

Most deer cameras come with a strap and a mechanism for attaching the camera to a tree. Nearly 90 percent of the time this works very well in the forests and fields we hunt. But, sometimes you need something a little more adjustable to get the right angle or the perfect position. And what if there isn't a tree in sight? What can you do then?

Well, this might be the perfect time to look into the Slate River T post mount. This simple contraption allows you to attach your camera to a common t post –those green posts you use to make quick fences.  Setting up a camera along a fence line is never a bad idea, especially if you know where the game is typically crossing. But, even better is bringing a lite T pole along with you to hammer into the ground. This way you can set your cameras up anywhere without worrying about trees.

The only thing I don't like about the mount is that it makes it hard to lock up your camera. What do you think. Does this mount look like it would be useful to you?




Game Camera Review: Reconyx


Oct 23, 2012

“See what you've been missing”, is the slogan for Reconyx, a top of the line producer of game, trail and security cameras. And this slogan isn't bragging. Reconyx builds cameras that capture wildlife and the great outdoors with clarity and purpose. Check out this action photo of a bobcat capturing a turkey.


This is just one image from a slew on their site that show just how good their cameras are at short and long distance.

Like most camera companies out there, they have a range of cameras that are set up for different scouting needs. The HC600 HyperFire is their No-Glow camera with a top of the line package that does not leave you wanting more. The HC500 HyperFire is a Low-glow, Semi-Covert Infrared Nigh Vision camera with a 50 foot range for pictures. In the white flash department they have the HC550 – which can take full color photos from up to 30 feet away.

Cuddeback, Moultrie and Bushnell each have multiple lines of professional cameras on the market. Each of these companies have cameras with features that bring out the best of certain situations. Few o these companies, however, have cameras like those that Reconyx make. If you have the cash, this is a line that you seriously want to take a look at.

Do you have experience with Reconyx. Let us know what you think.




Game Camera Review: Solar Power Charger


Oct 19, 2012

It's no fun to have to mess around with a game camera that eats through 8 AA batteries every month or so. In fact, with some game cameras it can get downright expensive keeping up with replacing batteries. Rechargeable batteries work OK, but you still have to take them home and bring replacements every time you go out to check on your footage. If you're sick of dealing with the mess of batteries, then it might be time for you to get a solar panel for your game camera.

There are a few companies that make solar panels specifically for game cameras, but Moultrie's model really stands above the rest in terms of price and features. Their panel is compatible with Moultrie cameras made after 2007. The panel comes with an LED screen built it for monitoring power, charge and other statistics. The panel also has a battery built right in creating a high rating in the ease of use category. You can mount it easily to a tree or pool, its weather resistant and it has a nice long 10 foot cord so you can find a sunny spot.

So take the time to look into these hand solar panels. Having to worry about batteries and charging is a pain that you just don't need when dealing with coming and going to your camera. And less worry is something that we all need more of. Let us know if you've used this Moultrie solar panel or any other solar panel and what your experience is. We want to know.




Game Camera Review: DIY Wireless Trail Camera


Oct 16, 2012

Getting a new trail camera is fun and gives you a lot of opportunities to expand your hunting horizons with the information that you can gather. But, slogging out into the woods every weekend to see what you caught in terms of stills or video can be a hassle in the off season. That's why, some hunters have turned to rigging and setting up their camera to transmit wireless feeds, allowing them to track the footage of their camera from home.

It sounds complicated to set up, but over at eHow, it's all spelled out as simple as can be. All you need to start is an IP based web camera, along with a cellular router. These items are not very expensive and there are a ton to choose from. From there the folks at ehow walk you through the process of putting all the parts and pieces together to effectively create a system that you can use from the comfort of your own home.

I know many people don't agree with the use of game and trail cameras for hunting. In fact, in many states, like Montana, the use of hunting cameras is illegal during hunting season – since scouting is part of hunting. But, during the off season if you want to track wildlife for hunting or just for hobby, this seems like a really fun way to go about it. So check it out and let us know if you have your own system for remote viewing.




Game Camera Review: No Spook Cameras


Oct 12, 2012

In the world of trail and game cameras, it's important to review and understand your options. One of the best new features that comes on most mid-high range cameras is a low or no-glow flash. This is an important concept, because a typical flash will tend to scare deer and other game away pretty quickly. This can lead to missing out on a slew of pictures that you would have otherwise have gotten. The following is a list of 4 great cameras that use black flash technology to hide the fact that your quarry is being photographed.

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max
This is a camera that's on the market for around $250. It has a ton of features including 8 megapixel clarity and the ability to record video at high resolution with sound. The black flash feature on this device is undetectable from nearly any range, but it does have a limited flash range of approximately 45 feet, which in the world of cameras is on the low end. Still a great camera for 2012.

Moultrie Outfitter No-Glow C-50
This Moultrie trail camera has black flash technology to keep the game around long after you've captured their picture. With 5 megapixels of resolution –not the highedst on the market by far – your able to get decent quality pictures day or night. All in all, this camera has good features that make it a great buy versus quality and ease of use.

Eyecon Black Widow
The Eyecon line is a new series of cameras from Big Game Treestands. This hunting camera is a screaming deal at $150, packed with the features you need to get out and spot game. But, this camera does have small amounts of light emitting in the form of two blinking lights that can be spotted from up to 15 feet away. Regardless, with 50 feet of flash space, this camera has all the makings of a winner.

Stealth Cam Sniper Shadow

If there was a contest for how sneaky your camera sounded just by it's name alone, then Stealth Cam Sniper Shadow would be the hands down winner. This unrealisticly named trail camera has a realistic 8 megapixel camera propped up behind a battery of 54 No Glo Night Vision LEDs. All of those LEDs were nearly invisible regardless of how close you are to the camera, making it a true no-glo device that is sure to work out well in the woods. And at roughly $220, well worth the price to play.

So take the time to look at some of these great black flash cameras that get you that much closer to a freezer full of meat at the end of the season. And let us know if you have any experience with these cameras. We want to know!




Game Camera Review: Moultrie


Oct 08, 2012

When it comes to game cameras, none get more constantly high marks than the series from Moultrie. As a company with a long history in deer feeders, Moultrie has been in the realm of hunting supplies and products for over 30 years. It only made sense that they would begin to produce hunting optics that carry the same great quality.

Moultries long dabbled in regular trail cameras for tracking deer and other game. In 2012 they came out with the M-80 Black, the M-80 XT, the M-100 and the D55ir XT. All of these cameras score well among hunters for their size, quality and ease of use. However, all of these cameras have different aspects that make them useful in certain situations and fields of use. The difference between a no-glow flash and an IR flash being just one of the features that sticks out immediately.

Beyond the regular cameras that they produce and improve on yearly, they also have the Moultrie Game Spy Game Management System. This system allows you to view the action that your camera sees from the comfort of your own home. By logging into your camera via the internet you are able to view all the pictures and activity without slogging into the woods. It's these types of innovations that keeps Moultrie ahead of the pack.

Although Moultrie has many great cameras, they still have work to do to get to the top of the heap. But,  if your looking for your first camera and want performance and value, make sure you take a look at what Moultrie has to offer.




Game Camera Reviews


Oct 05, 2012
It can be hard to know what to look for the first time you realize you want to start using a game camera to enhance your hunting season. With so many brands on the market –all of which seem good – how can you determine which one is right for you? Well, this is a topic that has been revisited time and time again, but there are a few basic items that you should look at and compare on game cameras. Once you know a few things to pay attention to, you can start to compare cameras and get an idea of what you need to succeed.

Before we launch into some of the basics behind a good game camera, you need to stop and think about what it is you need out of a camera. If your looking for a few good still shots during the day, that's going to be much different than getting good videos at night. You'll also need to consider how long your camera will be in the woods by it's lonesome. This can effect how you think about it's battery usage and digital storage. So start mulling over how you will use the camera in the back of your mind as you think about these next topics

Trigger Speed

The trigger speed relates to how quickly the picture can take a camera after it detects movement within the range of the camera. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but if an animal is moving fast through the range of a camera, a half second can mean the difference between getting a clean shot and missing it altogether.

Recovery Time

Once a camera takes a picture at night, it has to recharge and get ready for the next shot. This can take several seconds on some cameras, but some trail and game cameras can take multiple;e shots per second or 'burst'. Are you just looking for one good shot of an animal or do you want multiple shots of the same animal?

Detection Range:

Detection range relates to the area in front of the camera that is sensitive to movement and will trigger the camera to take a picture. These ranges vary considerably and it's good to know what you want and need for the area you plan to monitor.

Flash Range

Besides the detection range, you need to make sure that the flash range is adequate for your needs as well.  No sense in taking pictures of animals that are outside the range of the flash. Typically this isn't a problem, since the detection range is smaller than the flash range, but, it's always good to check.

Batteries

Cameras run on batteries unless you are lucky enough to have power nearby. Make sure your hunting camera has the battery life you need to stay outdoors for extended periods.

Dimensions

Although not the most important feature, dimensions should be considered depending on the spot you plan to set up in. A larger camera is noticeable by other hunters, which can sometimes be a problem.

There are other considerations to think about when reviewing a game camera, but paying attention to these issues is a great place to start. Let us know what attributes you look for in a good game and trail camera.


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