Trail cameras have become the best way to scout that elusive buck, to patrol your property while you are away, or just to see what visits the backyard bird feeder when you are not watching. With all the new advancements in technology and the lowering of costs, there now are many people jumping into this great new hobby. Trail cameras give us such a new perspective on the outdoors and all of the creatures that inhabit it. From the beginning 35mm film cameras to the digital camera era to the video recording and the instant cell-phone messaging systems, outdoorsman and women now have many choices among many different manufacturers. For many of us trail camera old-timers, this has transpired into a full blown obsession. It now goes far beyond simply setting up a camera in the back forty and seeing what is out there. We are now trying to see how we can set up cameras in many different places at all times of the year. Whether it is over a den tree in the winter, strutting zones and nesting areas in the spring, food plots in the summer, or that big rub or scrape in the fall, we have become immersed in finding out as much as we can about ol’ Mother Nature. The development of the digital camera opened up so many new areas of trail camera use that it has become endless in the number of applications they can be used in. Just being able to go out and check a camera and find that it has snapped 50 pictures overnight is unbelievable. Gone are the days of loading/reloading film and the expense and delay of development. With society having become so fixated on instant results, today’s digital cameras are the way to go. Having tried many different makes and models from all of the top name manufacturers, I can honestly say that there is no worst camera out there today, only good, better, and best. All of the leading manufacturers such as
Trail cameras offer every one of us that feeling we had as children on Christmas morning. The excitement in the air is obvious every time we bring in those cameras or memory cards from the field and start viewing the pictures on the computer or television. One would think that it was Super Bowl Sunday with all the guys crowded around the screen, hootin’ and hollerin’. Just getting a picture of that once in a lifetime buck is enough to keep us going all fall hoping to catch a glimpse of him in our shooting lane. Those pictures give us the motivation to stick it out until the very end and to battle the elements simply because we know he is out there. And if we are not fortunate to harvest that big buck or bull, new pictures give us the peace of mind knowing he made it through another season and will be back out there bigger and smarter next season.
So, if you are not one of us diehards yet, just wait. Give it a couple of years and a few more cameras in the field and surely you will become just as addicted as the rest of us. Just remember, trail cameras are a great way for the whole family to become involved with the outdoors together, as a Family! Get a camera for everyone and let the kids set their own up. What better way to get everyone outside and away from the internet and video games than to spend a day out setting up or checking trail cameras.