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What trail cams are good?
Posted: 20 January 2012 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m on the hunt for a new trail cam and was wondering if anyone had any info?

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Posted: 20 January 2012 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have the el’cheapo Wild Game Nation models and they are a bit on the slow side.  I get a lot of blank pics or pics of just a butt on the edge of the pic.  I can’t vouch for the better ones, just know that the good ones will cost more.  You get what you pay for kinda deal.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I bought a Bushnell Trophy Cam a couple years ago.  I have had pretty good luck with it.  Takes video and pics. 3, 5, or 8 MP.  Only thing i have had issues with is infared images white out if the animal is too close to the cam.  I usually run it on 5 MP.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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A dollar range will make responses easier….

Also, how secure is your area?... Is theft going to be an issue?..

I have heard nothing but good about the reconyx cameras, but they are $500+...

I have a Cuddyback capture IR and love it..Works great…Have heard mixed reviews on the new Attack IR…

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Posted: 20 January 2012 12:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Also, pay attention for end of season sales and manufacture mail in rebates…My wife bought me mine for my birthday and got it on sale at Big R for $200…She had a mail in rebate for another $50…So I got a $250 camera for $150…

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Posted: 20 January 2012 12:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I own two different trail cams.  One is a Cuddeback, the other a Wildgame Innovations.  Both are good cameras, with pros and cons, but I have one I like better than the other.
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Cuddeback-takes decent pictures, doesn’t stand out in the timber, takes color photos at night with flash.
Wildgame-takes decent pictures, doesn’t use a flash, easy to operate, good battery life, accepts bigger memory cards, affordable, has a battery meter.

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Cuddeback-more expensive (almost double the Wildgame), only accepts up to 2GB SD cards (which I had a very hard time finding this year), if you don’t know how to run it, you will be confused, batteries don’t last as long, no battery meter.
Wildgame-no color photos at night, black case stands out, attachment is by bungee strap, easy to not get the card installed property.

Both are sensitive enough to activate with blowing grass so I get a lot of pictures of nothing, and I think one even snapped a picture of snow.  Get pictures of butts on both. 

Overall, for my money, then next one I buy will be another Wildgame.  It takes up to 8GB cards, runs on C batteries that I installed in August and lasted until January, and was $100 less than the Cuddeback.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Reconyx are awesome but expensive.  Fast trigger speed, great picture quality, great battery life and really easy to set up and use.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I have four Stealthcams…all IR.  I set them all to video…one minute clips.  Video eats more battery than pics, but I still get about a month’s worth of use on a load of new batts.  They aren’t the quickest camera in the world, but they only cost $100.  2 gig cards are enough for me.  A 2 gig card will hold about 45-50 one-minutes videos and I change my cards about once every two weeks.  I used to set them up to take 30 second vids, but then I started getting fights on them and missing some of the fight, so I changed them all the one minute clips and I’m glad I did.  I have so many vids where a doe or buck walk by, then 45 seconds later a good buck enters the video.  They’re not camo, but the black box doesn’t seem to scare the deer at all.  I had one buck that got caught on several differnt cameras all around my place last year and everytime the red brake lights came on he freaked out, but he was one of very few that ran off.  I also noticed, by having more than one camera in an area, that when they do freak out and run off, they only run about 20 yards, then stop and stare at the camera while being picked up by another camera.  Most deer, bucks and does, any age, come right to the camera to check it out wen the lights come on.  I have one realy nice buck, and I mean real nice, that could care less about the cameras.  For my money, I’d buy another Stealthcam IR.  For the cost of one expensive camera, I can buy five.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I have a Bushnell trophy cam and I will be looking to buy a second one very soon. I love everything about that camera. It’s small, easy to program, Takes excellent quality pics and video, and if you use lithium AA batteries it will seriously last at least 6 months without a change. Put new ones in at the end of September and it still shows full power. Works just fine in the rain and freezing temps. I did learn to put it only on video mode because I was missing too much in camera mode. I also have it set to record 20 second videos with a 1 second delay in between. I miss nothing now. I use a 2 Gb card and I’ve had at least 80 videos at a time and didn’t exceed my storage space. I caught mine on sale at Cabelas for $170 a couple years back. Now I need another one to watch other areas.

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Posted: 20 January 2012 01:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Im with treehugger, Stealthcams for me!!!!

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Posted: 20 January 2012 03:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Have tried a bunch. Reconyx is pretty darn good, a little more “techie” to set and on the highest end in terms of price. I had (stress HAD) one put out by Remington that I got as a gift- pure junk. I still use 6 yr old SteathCams that are ok, big housing unit compared to the newer models but for $100 a piece- they are not bad, a little slow but still pretty good. I have been most impressed (and surprisingly so) by WildLife Innovations. I bought three of the mid-range models in IR and the Micro size (much smaller housing.) Was particularly impressed with the super easy set up and out of the box pre-sets. I mostly set them on video and they are really good and the price is incredible. Anywhere from $89-$249 if you want to use WiFi (which I don’t.) Battery life was around 5-6 weeks for me. Which was fine. I checked out their Spec sheet (which compares all their models) and then looked at my Reconyx only to find that in many areas (range, mega-pixals, battery life and speed) that the WildLife Innovations camera was equal or better than the Reconyx. And all that for 1/4 the price. In my opinion, great value for the money. (Only draw back is I am not a fan of their corny hunting show with all the Acorn Rage, Suger beat CRUSH, Shake and take product placement throughout. smile )

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Posted: 21 January 2012 08:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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do these trail cameras work in subzero temperatures?

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Posted: 22 January 2012 04:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Reconyx, stealthcam, and wildlife innovation are good to -20.

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Posted: 23 January 2012 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Gotta love trail cameras.  For me, it’s like Christmas when I walk up on a camera and it says I have a crapload of videos.  Without them, I’d have no idea how many bucks really use my property.

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Posted: 25 February 2012 04:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I have had several cheapos (moultrie, Cuddeback and Bushnell ) only to return them for missing picture after picture or continuous trigger problems. I have since bought 2 reconyx cameras to monitor trails and properties with the steel bear enclosures to stop theft.  All I can say is despite the price they are worth every penny.  They are even worth the time I spent in the dog house and the silent treatment I got when my wife found out what i paid for each one!  I would do it again! Reconyx is that good and with lithium batteries they work well in the coldest of temps.

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