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Trail-Cam Scouting Strategies for Whitetails

Have specific objectives in mind when setting out cameras for scoring whitetails. (Ryan Kirby illustration)
Have specific objectives in mind when setting out cameras for scoring whitetails. (Ryan Kirby illustration)

It’s certainly no secret that trail cameras have revolutionized the way hunters go about their pre-season scouting for whitetails.

And these units have changed over the past decade. No longer a simple monitor strapped to a tree and triggered by an infrared beam, today’s trail cameras are incredibly high-tech pieces of outdoor surveillance equipment.

One sends 14 megapixel images instantly to your smartphone; another can record 30-second bursts of 720 progressive scan video. Still another boasts of a 70-foot infrared flash range. But with dozens of options sitting on the trail camera shelf, where does a hunter begin?

“One of the things I get asked about most often is what a hunter really ‘needs’ in a trail camera,” said Tom Rainey, marketing director at Browning Trail Cameras. “It’s easy to get caught up with all the amazing new features out there. My recommendation is simple, and speaks to a vast majority of the trail-camera users out there.

"Outside of picture and video quality and battery life, the sometimes overlooked features to consider are infrared illumination, detection range and shutter speeds."

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