By Brandon Wikman
Many of today’s hunters across the country are already utilizing the Moultrie advantage – implementing state of the art trail camera equipment to enhance their odds and experience afield. As many of us have come to learn, using trail cameras is much more than just simply finding a tree, strapping a camera around the trunk and flipping the switch.
Set It Up:
Setting your camera up may sound fairly easy, but this is often not the case when you deal with foreign terrain or landscape. If you do not set the camera close enough to your desired subject, you are completely wasting your time. Always be sure to read your camera’s manual so you know the distance Moultrie recommends for ideal usage.
When possible, strap your camera around a tree so that it faces in a northward- or southward-facing position. This will ensure that the sun won’t backlight your subject – making it a non-descript silhouette in the picture.
Always to be sure you slip-in and slip-out as scent free and quietly as possible. Try to use rubber boots, Code Blue EliminX 360 scent eliminating spray and avoid brushing against low-hanging limbs or forage. Your mission is to go undetected in complete stealth mode. I will typically wipe my Moultrie camera with Code Blue’s ElminiX field wipes.
Leave It Be:
There’s nothing more exciting than the adrenaline rush from grabbing your memory card and diving into the images, but don’t get too excited. Many industry professionals recommend leaving your camera up for at least 8-10 days before intruding the area again. This allots a desirable time that hopefully will settle things down enough that mature whitetail won’t pick up on your every move. Now that you’ve been warned, please try your best to stay disciplined.
I hope these basic tips will help you in the field this summer and fall, as the forest becomes a spectacle of undercover paparazzi!