2018 Trailcam Photo Contest

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I'm taking early entries into the 2018 Photo Contest! Who wants to win 40,000 TCP points?

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Trailcampro Rewards Program

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately, we have so many outlets (social media, youtube) that it is hard to keep up with all of them. However, today is an exciting day here at Trailcampro, and for all our loyal customers like you! We are super proud to release our Trailcampro Rewards/Referral Program!

While reward programs aren't new to the world, they certainly are to us. We've made it to where just by signing up you can get $10 your next purchase and continue earning rewards when you like us on social media or by purchasing items.

To me, the best part is the opportunity to make it to Silver or Gold status. In Silver, you get 50% off 2-Day Air shipping and 25% off batteries. Even better, Gold status is FREE 2 Day shipping and 50% off batteries!

Please be patient with us as this is in Beta and will evolve as we learn about it and try to master all the aspects of a rewards program. I hope you find it beneficial, have a great weekend!

-Nick

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I Love Security Cameras

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Is there a better feeling than this? Here is an email from a customer and a great capture from his Spypoint Link Evo.

1/4/2018

 

6 months ago I purchased a cellular game cam for our newly leased commercial property.   We have one long road going in and as we started building on our farm, wanted to keep track who was coming and going past the gate.  

As I am sitting at a farm auction on Saturday, I get a message (see attached pic) with pic of 3 people walking onto the property and were trespassing.   I called the police from 2 hours away and they were there in 5 minutes to escort them off our site!

This may be a different type of "Predator" than what you intended for the contest, but for many of us, the security feature of your products is just as valuable as catching wild game on camera.  

Best regards,

Joe 

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Cold Weather Trail Camera Runnin'!

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This is a repost from an earlier blog post last year.

It's that time of year again. Here in Springfield, Missouri, temperatures are well below freezing at night and it is only 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!

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.

Enter our 2018 Winter Predator Trail Camera Photo Contest

Tips for Running Trail Cameras in Cold Weather

  1. Use Lithium batteries. Our Lithium batteries have dropped in price making them even more affordable.
  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 around 0 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!

 

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2018 Archery Trade Association Show - Trail Cameras

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Every January we send our CEO (Rich) and our tech guru (Charles) to the ATA Show to scope out all the new trail cameras coming out in 2018. Here are some quick blurbs...

PLEASE take everything with a grain of salt. I am a highly skeptical/conservative person by nature, so I urge you to remember that having prototype cameras and fancy marketing does not mean that the production cameras will match the hype. We will test everything when it is actually released and while we do test companies prototype cameras to provide the manufacturer feedback, we do not publish test data on prototypes. We only publish information from production cameras.

So even if you ask how testing is going on prototype cameras, we won't tell you. :)

Browning Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: In my opinion, there has been no better run camera company than Browning the last several years. They have hit the nail on the head in regards to price point and performance. With that being said, they have gotten to the point where they have WAY too many models. For the life of me, I can't understand why companies (not just Browning) feel the need to have 20 different models when they could easily condense that down to 3-5 (insert angry face emoji).

I'm not going to go through all the different models, because I'm still annoyed by it, but they do have two interesting additions... The Browning Recon Force 4K Extreme (4K video @ 60 frames per second) looks to be a high-performance video trail cam that I imagine will knock our socks off in video quality.

The other notable improvement is dual lenses in the new Dark Ops XD Pro and the Strike Force XD Pro. One lens does day pictures and the other does night pictures. This is normally done to improve night pictures and I can't wait to test that.

Outside of those two items, everything else just looks like minor tweaks.

ETA: March (4K is July)

 

Bushnell Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: The only new thing they have is a 4G/LTE cell camera to release, the Bushnell Impulse. Supposedly, it will have both cellular capabilities and bluetooth connectivity for programming. It is also capable of providing you with a live camera view and active GPS. 

I sure hope those last two things are true. Customers have been clamoring for GPS and Live View for years. I'll remain skeptical until I see it - seeing is believing!

One thing I already don't like is that the Impulse has an internal antenna just like the old Bushnell Wireless. This was a huge problem for that camera so I don't understand why they kept it? There will be no option for improving reception with a booster antenna either.

ETA: March

 

Covert Scouting Cameras

Quick Hits: Covert is adding 4G/LTE cameras to replace their 3G cameras. The Covert Blackhawk LTE (Verizon) and the Covert Code Black LTE are expected out in February. 

They are supposed to be able to send videos, as well as pictures. Look for improved battery life and transmission times.

It looks like they still have the Maverick and Viper cameras but are adding a camera called the Covert Ice Cam. 

ETA: February - March

 

 

HCO Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: Their new 4G Verizon camera is already out. Nothing new to report.

 

Moultrie Game Cameras

Quick Hits: Moultrie kept most of their 2017 games cameras around with minor updates and name tweaks. I.e. the M-40i is now the M-50i.

I'm most disappointed that there are no updates to the Field Modem and Moultrie still does not have a self-contained cellular camera. However, their 2017 trail cameras were really solid so I'm happy they didn't do a major overhaul to cameras that already worked really well.

They do have a new wireless/bluetooth camera call the Moultrie M-BTi. Setup is done completely on the app and comes equipped with no glow IR, 1080p video, and 0.5 second trigger speed. I'm still not quite sure on what the overall market it for hotspot wifi/bluetooth cameras, but I do think they are pretty cool and could lead to really progressive products in the future.

ETA: Spring

 

Primos Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: Primos' Proof cameras are still around and appear to have no updates. This is unfortunate as Primos won the award for most warrantied trail camera in our office last year. They really are great cameras, when they work. Which seemed to be less and less as 2017 went on. 

Primos is releasing a cell camera for next year called the Proof Cellular. It is cheap - $199 - and is supposed to be extremely easy to setup. 

ETA: March-ish

 

Reconyx Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: The big news is Reconyx has a new camera, called the Hyperfire 2.

Pictures + videos (unlike the current Hyperfire cameras) but most importantly, Reconyx swears the night pictures on this camera will be amazing. So amazing, that we (by "we" I mean Charles) are building a machine to measure blur on night images. Please don't ask me for an ETA on that machine, Charles is the smartest person I know, but also the most meticulous (really, really slow). 

ETA: February (fingers crossed)

Jamie's Beard Game = #STRONG! 

 

Spypoint Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: Spypoint is coming out with another cell cameras, the Spypoint Link-Dark. This will be a no glow camera somewhere between the Link-S and the Link-Evo.

Also, if you haven't noticed, Spypoint's app has antler recognition software. This software automatically sorts all the antlered bucks the Link camera has taken. Works surprisingly well and is pretty cool!

Outside of that, nothing new to report.

ETA: March

 

Stealth Cam Trail Cameras

Quick Hits: Everything looks the same with the exception of a new camera called the Stealth XV4. It advertises really crisp night photos. 

 ETA: ???

 

New Trailcam Companies

Hawk - New to the camera world, they have a tiny new camera called the Hawk Ghost. It is super small, uses 4 batteries, is controlled by an app on your phone, and is supposedly waterproof down to 1 meter. This could be an interesting camera as they hired an engineer we have worked with before and he is one smart dude (but not as smart as Charles - nobody is ;)   ). 

ETA: April

Big Tine - They have a camera called the Big Tine IADG. I have almost no information on this one. I can tell you it has a viewing screen, accepts 8 AA batteries, and 0.5 second trigger. 

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