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When you place a trail cam, what is your reasoning of placing it where you did?

Placing trail cams and your thought process of where you are going to put it.



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I determine where I think the deer will be, trail, water hole, mineral site, scrape, feeder, etc. I have not had great success on trails. I always get photos but they are general few and brief and rarely big bucks. I think the big boys cruise through the brush and they slickheads use the trails. I like to put a camera somewhere will they will stop and pose. Since baiting is legal where I hunt I dump a little corn in front of the camera not really to bring them in cuz I have already determined that, I just want them to stop for a minute so I can snap a few quick photos. OK I got the spot, now the camera location. I try to place the camera about 12-15' from where I think they will be standing. I also try to face the camera South or North to avoid the sun. If I have many choices of acceptable trees to mount the camera I try to consider the background and mount it so I have a better looking photo. I also look for the easiest tree to mount it out as most of our trees are wrapped in thorns, briars and poison ivy so I want to do a little clearing as possible. I mount most of my cams 4'-6' high to shoot over the squirrels, rabbits and coons. I prefer at tree at least 6" in diameter to avoid 1000's of empty photos due to the wind blowing the camera around and setting it off.
"If I am not hunting or fishing I am probably somewhere talking about hunting or fishing"
As far as where I pick to place my camera's, I try to find a spot that the deer want or tend to group up.. a food plot or mineral site is my usual set up and most often I have both together.
For what reason I place them can be as simple as my curious nature but of course I tell everyone I'm actually taking inventory of my deer herd..lol.. I just honestly love seeing what is in our woods and knowing in part about what individual deer are traveling or staying put. I believe it at least gives me more confidence while I'm hunting.
Patience and Perseverance are qualities that are best practiced rather than preached
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Here we can legally bait. I have 5 spin cast corn feeders. I have built brackets with angle iron and electrical beam clamps that bolt to my cameras that I clamp to T posts set at the feeders and my protein feeders. I can drive a T post any where so it is real convenient. I usually set my cameras facing the north like Bill to keep the sun from making the camera go off 20 times a day. the deer on my place don't necessarily use trails. You can find tracks just about anywhere on my place including camp. Because of this, I set the cameras at the feeders only. I have tripods and ground blinds around the feeders that I hunt from. By putting the cameras here it gives me an idea of what is coming to each feeder.
I am not the more "religious" when it comes to trail camera work. I try to place cameras on pinch points with well worn paths. However, I have to be sure not to confuse a "cattle and deer" path with a "deer only path" - otherwise, I get 90% pictures of cows walking by.

I try to set them on openings of draws as these tend to be a confluence of several draws so I have more opportunities to interpret the tendencies for those "last minute" stand moves. I will then place a camera very near the last minute move to confirm my "guestimates" of current travel patterns.

But as I said, I am not the most religious with cameras - however, I will blame my work travel schedule as a huge hindrance on keeping this going.
Jim Ward



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