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I've never owned a game camera and I'm thinking about getting one. Any advice?...


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Old 09-22-2013, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never owned a game camera and I'm thinking about getting one. Any advice?
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Cheaper than dirt!
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Don't go too cheap. Many of the cheaper cameras have slow trigger speeds and narrow sensing windows.
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I own two brands at the moment. I own two Wildgame Innovations and five Spypoints. I started a blog the other year where I post pictures from my Spypoints but have not kept up with it. Work has been busy and I have not been hanging any cameras this year nor on any forums for that matter. Here is my blog with some pictures and videos.... Scouting for wildlife

I agree to not go cheap. My Wildgame Innovations lasted maybe a year, one does not do IR anymore and the other misses more then it takes. I would suggest doing your homework and maybe reading up on trail cams at Chasingame.com: Scouting Camera Reviews | Performance Reviews | Trail Camera Models compared | Sample Pictures and Movies

He has a ton of helpful reviews and goes into great detail. I love my Spypoints, especially the ones that record with sound. They IR6 is my workhorse, I have three of them. No sound but good video and pictures.
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how many days before the batteries go dead?
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Depends on the camera, the batteries and the activity. On my IR6 I get about 2,000 pics or so when it's cold. If you wanted to drop the money on a Reconx you would get a year out of a set.

If you don't have bears to worry about you could add a solar panel to prolong your set on most cams.
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Thanks a lot TScottW99.

I had looked at the spypoints before and I really appreciate seeing your pics and videos from them.

I haven't been able to get off the fence and buy one yet but I probably will next week sometime.
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I agree with TScott on the spypoints, I have 2 of them and they have been good cameras. Totally agree with the bear comment also, I have 3 wildgame innovations IR's also (used to have 5) that the bear in my area seem to find as toys.
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If you do have bears I highly recommend the Custom 1 enterprises bear safe. They are made of 11 gauge steel. I attach my to the tree with hardened lag bolts. Has survived bears and thieves so far.

Here is a blog I did on the bear safes... Scouting for wildlife: Bear Safes

Here is a Custom 1 bear safe with the Spypoint Tiny-W



Here is a sideview. The Spypoint cams have a slot so that the Python cord can slide through them, plus the Custom 1 has the slot also.

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I've been through 3 Primos 35 Truth Cams in the last couple years. We got them on Amazon for under $100 each. They take pretty good pictures, HOWEVER, they eat batteries fairly quickly. Given that they use 4 D cells, it gets pricey after a while. Since we have them on our homestead property and can check them daily, it's not such a big deal for us. If I was going to mount them somewhere more remote, I would definitely look for something with better power management.
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