We’re approaching autumn here in North America, and that means transition: kids heading back to school, baseball season winding down and football gets cranked up, leaves bracing themselves to change from green to a radiant rainbow of colors … and many, many people making plans to explore the great outdoors.
If you’re not familiar with these little wonders, they’re cameras that you can mount, say, on a tree in an area frequented by wildlife, so you can capture photos or video of them automatically without having to sit in a blind all night yourself. They typically feature a motion sensor, so they only activate if something passes within range of the camera lens. Pretty cool, huh?
For a first-time game cam buyer, though, the number of choices can be overwhelming. We found a very detailed (and rather long) video review of several models on YouTube:
We particularly liked how he tested the ability to get a shot of a passing animal quickly enough so that it didn’t end up partly or entirely out of the frame. This struck us as an often overlooked aspect of picking a trail cam.
Another feature they noted that may prove useful is wifi connectivity, so you can review and download images from the camera without actually having to go out in the bush to retrieve a memory card. Nice!
We’re sure you can see the myriad uses for this technology. Hunters can use it to find the areas frequented by trophy bucks, while conservationists and researchers can employ it to help track wildlife behavior, estimate populations, and more. And if you just enjoy the outdoors and want to capture some “candid” shots of your favorite fauna, a trail cam is a relatively painless way to do it.
Finally, there are models in just about every price range. As with most things, it appears that you pretty much get what you pay for, so you should approach your shopping with a clear idea of which features you need, which would be nice to have, and which are not necessary for your specific purposes.
Overall, we think game cameras are a neat, exciting and responsible way to bring wildlife home with you. Check ‘em out!