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Author:  redstart mouser [ April 12th, 2015, 7:03 am ]
Post subject:  Does anyone work with trail cameras?

We are cataloguing wildlife on a property for the Ontario Managed Forest Program. So far we've gone through two trail cameras in two years, a Moultrie M880 (won't turn on for unknown reasons) and a Cuddeback Seen (porcupine chewed the lens).

It's been a huge learning experience in both camera placement and finding animal routes - somehow the picture is never quite right :-? (see below). I think it takes a lot of experience getting to know the animals and their routes. Tips appreciated!

I have to buy another this year and am overwhelmed by the variety - I want the fastest trigger speed I can get. I like the ability to do time lapse too.

Also if anyone has a favourite outdoor IP camera like Foscam I'd enjoy hearing about it.

Author:  Joe Heuer [ April 14th, 2015, 9:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does anyone work with trail cameras?

A hunting buddy highly recommended this RECONYX HyperFire HC600. Pretty expensive at $550, but said it was well worth it considering all the time he wasted with some cheaper ones.

http://www.basspro.com/RECONYX-HyperFir ... /10207567/

Author:  my_self_reliance [ April 15th, 2015, 5:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Does anyone work with trail cameras?

I'm happy with the Moultrie and the batteries last far longer than any other I've used. I'm not sure if your camera is too close to the main trail, but I is usually set my at least 4 metres away from the main trail or feeding area.

Author:  Kermode [ April 17th, 2015, 1:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does anyone work with trail cameras?

This is a good site for reference http://www.chasingame.com/ Tons of great reviews with lots of details and has actual images and video pulled from each specific cam tested

I have had good luck with the Primos line of game cameras (particularly the Truth35) it's nice and compact, uses AA batteries and decent trigger speed.

I also have a Moultrie A5 which is a decent pricepoint cam and it's not bad for $80. It's downside is that uses C size batteries and it does not appear to be overly watertight as on occasion I have found moisture within the display; though it still continues to work without issue.

Author:  redstart mouser [ April 18th, 2015, 7:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Does anyone work with trail cameras?

Thanks for the recs everyone, I really like the sound of that RECONYX HyperFire HC600 with the 1/5 second trigger speed, but wow, expensive!

I think I must be hard on my cameras since I run them all year long outside, even in -35 degree winter. I might have to change that behaviour with a more expensive camera. But with all the tracks visible in the snow it's tempting to try to catch a photo of your fox or coyote visitors.

Thanks Kermode for the review site - will sort through for trigger speed and general sturdiness!

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