By Rich Miller
I hope everyone is as ready for turkey season as I am! I have been seeing turkeys strutting in fields all over Georgia and Alabama. Talking to a lot of my customers in both states, they have been hearing turkeys gobbling for a month now. I thought all the rain and cold weather might hold them back a little bit, but I guess not.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some of Moultrie’s new cameras that they have came out with this year. With work being as hectic as it’s been, I haven’t had the time to fool around with any of them until this past week. I put up one of the new Plot Stalker cameras and man was I really impressed! As I mentioned in the other blog, this is not the typical game camera. It has a wider-angled lens with a longer depth perception or focus or whatever you want to call it. What I am trying to say it does is focus on objects a lot further away that the traditional game camera.
I put it up on a food plot for a few days that I have a normal motion sensor camera on, also. I backed the camera up and placed it on the base of a tower stand where it would have a view of pretty much the whole food plot. I set the camera to take a picture every 30 seconds from dawn till dusk to see what was walking around my other camera. I only get daytime pictures with this camera; but when you are trying to see where and when critters are entering and leaving your food plots and fields, it's going to be a priceless addition to our scouting tools.
I caught a lot of deer and turkey walking behind where my motion camera is; not to mention the number of deer and turkey that were walking on the edge on the woods that never came into the food plot. It is an 8 mega-pixel camera, too, so when I zoomed in on some of the animals in the back of the field they were still pretty clear. I can’t say enough how excited I am about this camera for the upcoming fall to help pattern some of my deer. I also can't wait to put this thing on some of my favorite hardwood ridges to help me know which acorn trees the deer are using before I ever hunt it the first time. I feel like it will just make the opportunities I get to go into the woods hunting a lot more productive so I don’t waste days hunting in areas the deer are not using.
The only drawback to this camera is it doesn’t take pictures at night, but when the purpose I am going to be using it for is to see where the deer/turkey are moving during daylight hours, I don’t care what they are doing at night. I have been getting pictures of big bucks at night for years on my motion sensor cameras and have never seen most of them in the daylight. I will let it worry about taking the nighttime photos and let my Plot Stalker do my daytime scouting for me.