Cold Weather Trail Cameras

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It's that time of year again. Here in Springfield, Missouri, temperatures are well below freezing at night and it is going to get worse. On windy days, the walk from the car to the warmth of a building is hard enough! 

Who in the world wants to run trailcams in cold weather???

Actually, I do! Winter is the best time for my favorite animal pictures.... Predators!

predator on trailcam

I know most folks are interested in trail cameras for deer, primarily buck pictures. However, switch it up a little bit this winter and go after coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, wolverines, etc. I think you will find it a nice change of pace and keeps you active through the cold and dreary months.

I'll let you in on a little secret... We are planning on running a contest this winter so if you want a chance at winning some free game cameras, you better dust off your best winter coat.

cold weather trail camera picture

Tips for Running Trail Cameras in Cold Weather

  1. Use Lithium batteries. Do I need to remind you of this? If you sign up for our newsletter (you can do this on the bottom of our website) I plan on sending out a Lithium battery sale at the beginning of 2017 for all you trail camera nuts who plan on running the cameras in cold weather.
  2. Have 2 SD cards per camera. Get to the camera, swap the cards and keep going. You'll leave less scent in the area but more importantly, it's cold! Get you fingers back in your warm gloves and keep moving.
  3. Get creative with your setups. Find a fox den or a log crossing over a stream. We've seen great images when a camera is placed over a carcass you find in the woods. 
  4. Extreme temperatures require extreme trail cameras. If you live in an area that hosts sub-zero temperatures, chances are the less expensive trail cameras aren't going to cut it. They usually stop working somewhere between 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit. If this sounds like you, then you need to start budgeting for a Reconyx. Yes, they are expensive, but you'll still be using it ten years from now. This isn't a sales pitch, but if you need something that works down to -20 or -40 this is your only option.

Long story short, don't put your cameras away! Let's all freeze our toes off this year together and have some snowy pictures to share when Spring rolls around!

 

bobcat in snow

Eagle landing in snow

Elk in the mountains

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3 Trail Cameras Stolen

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Over the last weekend, we had 3 trail cameras stolen from one of the farms we run a few dozen game cameras on. 

We haven't had a game camera stolen in years and we got sloppy. This is a good opportunity to remind ourselves (and you) the importance of properly locking your trailcam, or, perhaps more importantly, keeping the trailcams out of sight.

These 3 cameras had been positioned along a fire road going to a barn and were in plain sight - mounted waist high. Our thief was kind enough to steal the wildlife cameras on his/her way to stealing a reciprocating saw, pole saw, and several other farm tool essentials. Probably made away with a few thousand dollars of goods.

This is an excellent and expensive reminder that no matter how remote you feel your property is, an opportunistic thief will steal anything they can carry out with them.

We will have our revenge!!!

Time to deploy a few dummy game cameras (waist high of course) with a Reconyx Microfire MR5 mounted discreetly up a tree, pointed at the dummy camera. If they come back, we will be ready. 

Reconyx MR5

3 Tips To Keep Your Game Camera From Getting Stolen

These tips are especially ironic given we just had trail cameras stolen. Regardless, here they are...

  1. They can't steal what they can't see. If using a trailcam in a high traffic area, mount the camera high in a tree with an angle mount or get creative with some 3D camo to make the camera less obvious.
  2. Purchase no glow IR game cameras. This will keep anyone from spotting the camera if they are walking by at night. The flash is invisible to the human eye.
  3. Don't put cameras on a walking path. This seems obvious but even we ignored it. If you walk the path on a regular basis, they probably do too. If you have to put it in a high traffic area, get a security case and hope the thief doesn't bring tools.

Bottom line, you will have a trail camera stolen from time to time. It stinks, but it happens. Hopefully, following these best practices will keep it from being a regular occurrence. 

Happy scouting! 

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Cyber Monday Trailcam Sales

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We have two sales going for Cyber Monday.

1. The Spypoint Solar ($199.95) comes with an SD card, security case, lithium batteries and a $20 rebate from Spypoint - all for the normal price.

 

 

2. Bushnell Aggressor Wireless cellular cameras have a $75 instant savings. They are normally $400 but are now $325.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I'm not an eloquent enough writer to properly express my thanks for our customers here at Trailcampro. You allow us to test, review and sell trail cameras - something we are really excited to do on a daily basis. 

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

turkeys and trailcams

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Moultrie Wireless Field Modem

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Moultrie Field Modem

The new Moultrie Wireless Modem converts most 2015 - present Moultrie game cameras to cellular cameras. The modem is $200 and connects via a braided metal cable. 

I'm setting up one today for my personal use (both wildlife and security) at my house. This blog post is mostly my rambling thoughts on the setup process in general.

Moultrie Field Modem

The biggest advantage to having a separate modem is for users that purchased a Moultrie game camera in a previous year, but now wish they had a cellular trail camera.

The biggest disadvantage is now you have two chunks of plastic on a tree and would be easier for a would-be thief to spot.

Online setup was a breeze. Just create an account at www.moultriemobile.com. Enter your info and select a plan. I did the large plan. Plans start at $9.99 and go up to $50, all depending on how many pictures you plan on taking. Most people will be between $10 and $20.

Here are the camera and modem in their current state. I chose to use the modem with a Moultrie M-999i. As you can see, a hot cup of coffee keeps me company.

Moultrie M999i and modem

Moultrie's portal is insanely cool. You can control your cameras settings from here, along with view pictures and change account info. It is very interactive and aesthetic. I setup the camera on a computer, but will probably use the Moultrie App from here on out. The app is probably the best cellular trailcam app I've used.

I just completed the setup and the camera sent a few test photos (of the ceiling). I'll set the camera out tonight and do another post after we have a few real pictures sent. 

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