Blog Posts - September 2012

Trail Camera Reviews: Primos Truth 46

Sep 30, 2012

I've been interested in learning more about the Primos Truth 46, but haven't had much time to dig into it properly. So, I decided to hit the Internet to see what might turn up. As usual, there was the typical generic fare of what to expect with the camera, but then I ran into a decent review from Kevin Eason over at Sanctuary Outdoors. Kevin gives a great explanation of the ins and outs of what makes this wildlife camera tick.

Right off the bat he lets us know that you can get this camera for under $100 and just why that is. It turns out that the Primos, is a great deer camera, but it is a bit on the large side, making it bulky and somewhat unruly to pack around. That drawback doesn't seem to bother him however because the camera over all is easy to use and takes decent pictures for tracking and cataloging wildlife.

With a detection range between 40-50 feet (depending on conditions) and a capacity for up to 1600 pictures with a 2 gigabyte card, the Primos is a good choice for the cost. Take the time to check out his full review and let us know what you think. Do you have experience with the Primos Truth 46?

Hide Your Camera Well

Sep 26, 2012

We all know that using your trail camera to capture wildlife isn't the only way it can be used. Plenty of people have installed their cameras in their backyards or in public places to capture the actions of everyday folks as they mill about from place to place. But, this isn't always the best idea, because people don't like being spied on and when they find out, they can do bad things.

A story from Downtown Publications reports that a man in Bloomfield Township in Michigan reported his trail camera missing to police after he installed it, “in an effort to see who was littering in the area”. Turns out that over the night or at some point during the next day, the camera had been discovered and taken from the bush where he had set it up.

Setting cameras up in public places has always caused a rift between trail camera users, with one side arguing for and one side arguing against. It's a difficult argument and one that will likely continue on into the known future. One thing is for sure though, people don't like being secretly caught on film and if they find your camera, they might not leave it where sits.

Tell us what you think about trail and game cameras in hidden in public places.

Wildlife Cameras: Wild Boars Eating Oranges

Sep 24, 2012

Besides hunting, most people get into using trail cameras to see sights they just wouldn't otherwise see. With the invention of the Internet, we not only get the experience of capturing our own trail camera videos, but we get to see other videos from folks all over the world. Case in point is this wonderful capture of a group of wild boars eating oranges in South Africa.

Wild Boars are native across Africa and descendants of domestic pigs. Because they are able to breed freely amongst their species –including with domestic pigs – they have a variety of shapes and sizes. The males are distinct in older age as they grow tusks and are often a source of sport for hunters. Despite their short legs, they are quick critters and make for good hunting and eating. But, if hunting isn't your bag, they also look pretty good on film.

Surprisingly enough, there aren't that many trail camera videos from other parts of the world – at least not as many as I'd like. Perhaps there are scientists all over the world using these for biological and ecological study, but they just don’t take the time to post them to the Internet. Regardless, I hope the practice of sharing trial camera footage expands in the coming years. Viewing these great shots from around the world is not something I will soon tire from.

What country would you like to see a trail camera in and for what reason?

Trail Camera Review: Moultrie M80 Black Flash Trail Camera

Sep 19, 2012

A couple weeks ago I posted a video review that talked about the Moultrie M80. It was a good video review from an avid user, but it was a bit short. I found this longer review of the M80 that gets way more in-depth into the workings of the camera. The review comes from the folks over at Outdoor Freaks, who seem to have more than just a little knowledge on game cameras of all sorts.

Turns out the M80 is one of many new, small cameras on the market, but the menu, screen and battery compartments are all laid out well, in an easy to use format. Since these digital trail cameras rely on a card for storage, there are a slew of settings for both photos and video to maximize the number of pictures it can take before up the memory card. You can vary these setting depending on how often you are able to check up on the camera. Of course, like most newer cameras, it has trail mode, plot watch mode and a hybrid of the two. I’m interested to hear more about the hybrid mode and how it operates. Perhaps a future post.

As one of the more inexpensive black flash cameras on the market (you can pick one up for under $200), it seems like a great deal and something I want to hear more about in the future. Let us know if you have experience with this model. We'd love to hear about it.



Fleeting Images of Wildlife

Sep 14, 2012

Anyone that gets into using trail and deer cameras knows that it borders on a being a labor of love and maybe an obsession. There isn't a guarantee that the position of your camera is going to garner you any pictures. You’re travel time to place the camera, prepare the camera and monitor the camera can take hours and in some cases days. And all this work may not yield any footage or pictures at all. But, if you get lucky, you hit the jackpot and get something that makes it all worth it.

This short 8-second video shot on Indian Springs Ranch in Eureka Montana is a perfect example of how success can be measured in small quantities. The image shows two coyotes as they pass through the narrow portion of the trail camera. It's a tiny fragment of a long night over the course of what was probably many days, but it’s a thrill to see.

Every time a game camera is set out in the woods there's an expectation of what will have been captured when we return. We all wish for the herd of elk to bed down in front our private eye, but an 8-second clip of two coyotes sprinting through the back ground can often be just what it takes to make it all worth it.

What are some of your most memorable shots or footage?



Game Camera Reviews: Black Flash Cameras

Sep 10, 2012

Field and Stream Online has game camera reviews for four new products that are new to 2012. Since their introduction into the world of hunting, game cameras have been undergoing rapid changes as technology grew up around it. One of the main causes for advancement was producing a flash that wouldn't scare game away after the first picture. But, without a flash, how can you take pictures at night, when most big game is lumbering about.

 According to Lawrence Pyne who tested all four models – the Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max, the Eyecon Black Widow, the Moultrie Outfitter No-Glow C-50 and the Stealth Cam Sniper Shadow – the key to these cameras is black flash, which uses little to no light to capture pictures. But that's not all these cameras have to offer.

Besides the ability to keep game close for the most amount of time in front of the lense, these new, smaller cameras also come packed to the gills with extras often reserved for larger cameras in their price range. Among the innovations: sensors that automatically adjust to the temperature of its surroundings so it has a better chance of knowing when game is around, larger detection and capture range up to 50ft in some cases and the ability to garner high-quality photos day and night.

Take a look at some of these great cameras and what they have to offer and let us know about your experience with black flash trail cameras!

Sep 08, 2012

Getting decent trail camera reviews online can be difficult. If you push through the written reviews in the marketplace you can pick-up some good information, but you never get a sense for the person behind the review – which is important. You want to make sure that the person giving their advice has knowledge and experience. This gives their opinion a bit of weight.

That's why I like finding video reviews about wildlife cameras. It only takes a few seconds to know if the person giving the review understands the ins and outs of their subject. This is the case with Outdoor Pride, a self described, “group of guys who enjoy hunting and fishing”, who want to share their success – via video!

In this video one of their members discusses the Moultrie M80 – an IR camera that comes with a plot watcher feature that enables the camera to snap pictures every few seconds or minutes. It's a smaller camera that is easily concealed. The real love from this video, however, is reserved for the Cuddeback Capture, which already has a solid reputation. After his glowing review he also has a bit to add about attractants. All around, worth viewing. If you have time check out their YouTube page for more videos.

What Kind of Reviews do you like better, written or video?

Black Bear Swimming Outside Missoula

Sep 01, 2012

Black Bear Swimming Outside Missoula

Montana has an overabundance amount of wildlife and wild lands from the flatlands of the Eastern part of the state to the mountainous Western regions. In between those two areas are areas filled with creatures large and small. What's great about Montana, however, is that you don't need to travel far to capture a few critters having a good a time. Case in point is this short video of a black bear swimming.

Seems the folks over at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (Region 2), set up a Bushnell trail camera at the Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area, just a few miles outside of Missoula to the west. The purpose was to find out what animals were visiting the watering hole. To their surprise, they got this great footage of a hot bear taking advantage of a cool swimming hole.

As they state on their Facebook page, FWP is beginning to take greater advantage of trail cameras to get a better idea of what animals are inhabiting what regions and when. I hope they not only put these valuable tools to greater use, but continue to let us see their results.

Where do you think FWP should install game cameras in the state? Let us know.



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