If you have recently purchased the Moultrie Game Camera and are not sure or not experienced in the set up of game cameras, then following a few simple rules can result in excellent photos of the animals you are pursuing.
Whether you are in pursuit of a big deer sporting a large rack or are an avid nature enthusiast looking to capture what inhabits the woods around you, proper placement and operation of the camera is crucial to your success. Proper set up will avoid false readings, glare from the sun, or poor picture quality due to interference from camouflage or poor camera height.
One of the first steps you need to do, that is often overlooked by first time users of these game cameras, is to check for any updates to the software your game camera operates utilizes. This is as simple as logging onto the Moultrie website, included in the manual instructions, and check for any updates to your camera version. Then follow the easy online instructions that will walk you through the installation instructions.
Secondly, another easily overlooked procedure that will save you both time and frustration, is to mark your video (SD) chips and cameras, and if you are using more than one location, use a positioning device if available to mark your set up locations. Simply number your cameras and chips, and keep a digital or physical diary of the locations you are recording. This procedure is often overlooked resulting in a lot of time spent looking and locating lost cameras, or even worse, never finding them at all.
A lot of beginning users fail to set their cameras in the proper direction, which is, if possible, facing in a northerly direction. Facing your camera south may result in poor picture quality due to the glare from the sun ruining many shots, or shadows passing over the sensor setting the camera off, wasting valuable space on your SD card.
Now that you have the basic procedures down, and have ventured into the area you want to set your Moultrie game camera up, there are some tricks you can use to help you get the perfect shot you desire. Many first time users will just step off to the side of the trail and hang their camera at a 90 degree (perpendicular) angle to it. This method often results in pictures of incomplete or even no animals in the frame. This is due to the slight delay from the sensor being triggered and the photo being taken. If you set the sensor too sensitive, then as stated previously, you will waste valuable chip space due to the camera shoot pictures when the wind blows branches or other debris setting off the sensor.
An easy way to avoid this, and may possibly increase your chances of getting multiple shots as the animal, is to mount you Moultrie game camera at a 45 degree angle to the trail you are scouting. This will allow for a greater field of vision for the camera to utilize and will increase the trigger time for the camera to take multiple shots of the animal. This simple step will greatly improve your chances of getting that perfect shot.
Another over looked procedure is to hang your camera at least head high for maximum trail visibility. Waist high or lower applications will result in many pictures taken that are unclear as the animal is too close to the camera and may also result in many incomplete ones as well, as larger animals take up more area in the picture frame.
Although many do not want to think that there are undesirables or thieves roaming the wood, this can happen, especially in areas far from your dwelling or when setting up in public areas such as state parks or forests. The Moultrie game camera comes equipped with easy to use straps for mounting to the tree or other object you may be using, but as easy as it is to set up, it is just as easy to remove.
Security cables, although expensive, can be a good deterrent to casual thieves, but some game camera users have reported trees being cut down for the cameras they contain. Although the Moultrie game camera is camouflaged straight from the factory and many contain security codes that render the camera useless to thieves with out it, try to avoid obvious areas, such as along logging roads and near feeders.
Hanging your cameras at least head high or even higher and utilizing natural camouflage will help deter this event from occurring. But you will want to ensure that this or other native vegetation does not obscure your field of view, thus ruining your shot. Taking a couple test photos before you leave your set up location will help to avoid this from happening.
Finally it is time to return and collect your pictures. Many over eager camera users will rush out and gather their photos with out recording which information was obtained from which camera and location. By utilizing the numbering system you developed when placing your cameras, this process has already been started. When downloading your information to a computer, create a file for each specific camera in operation. Put in the camera and chip number, GPS coordinates of the set up, and any other pertinent information you might wish to add, then down load each camera to that specific file. This will help you avoid the time and hassle of going through tons of picture files looking for that perfect shot.
Using these simple to follow instructions will help you to avoid many of the errors committed by first time users of game cameras. After all the time you have put into this adventurous set up, you do not want to have poor quality shots so taking the time to do a bit more will be well worth it. Good luck and happy hunting.