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How to Pick the Best Game Camera for Your Hunt

Choose the best game camera for your next hunting trip.

Game cameras are a great way to track where animals are going on your hunting land. They can help you scope out the best spots for your hunting blind or tree stand. With so many choices on the market, it might be difficult to know which game camera is right for you. That’s why we’re here to help. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we carry game cameras from brands like Browning, Wildgame Innovations and Stealth Cam to help you with the hunt.

How to Pick the Best Game Camera for Your Hunt
A game camera can help you determine the best spots for hunting, and what kind of game is around your hunting spot. Learn how to choose the right one for you with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How a Game Camera Works

Once you have your game camera set up, you can scout your hunting spot without having to be there. Game cameras have a heat and motion detector, which triggers the camera to take a photo when an animal sets it off. The result is a snapshot of possible hunting game.

Game Camera Features

When you’re choosing which game camera to use, you have many features to consider. Once you know what you want from your game camera, picking the right one will be much easier.

Resolution – Resolution tells you the amount of pixels an image will have. The higher the resolution, the clearer and better your photos will be. Keep in mind, as the resolution increases, the price of the game camera does, too. Low resolution cameras fall between 3-4 megapixels, mid-resolution between 5-7, and high-end cameras will range from 8-10 megapixels. Any of them will still capture a photo that can tell you which animals are in your hunting area. It comes down to how much you want to spend on your camera and what kind of picture quality you’re looking for. Also keep in mind, the more megapixels you choose, the more memory space you take up on your SD card or internal memory.

Detection Width and Range – Also known as passive infrared (PIR) width and range, this tells you the range at which your camera will detect passing game. Low and mid-range cameras detect around 50 feet, while high end cameras can reach over 85 feet. The more you pay, the bigger your detection range will be.

Trigger Speed – This is how fast the camera activates when something passes in front of it. A slow trigger can activate, scare the game and take a long time to shoot the picture. This could cause you to miss out on the action. Try to find a camera with a trigger speed at 3/4 of a second or less.

Battery Life – Since your camera is going to be left out on the trail until you can get back and check it, you want to make sure you find one with long-lasting batteries. A camera that features D-Cell batteries is the most economical option due to their high capacity level and cold temperature performance.

Date/Time Function – Having is this function on your game camera will help you know exactly when a prize buck has been in your hunting spot. This helps you know what time you should be out in that specific hunting spot. Some cameras are even equipped to tell you the temperature and moon phase at the time the photo was taken.

Memory – You can either use internal memory or an SD card. SD card give you more storage. You can remove an SD card, pop it in your computer to look at images. You can also use it with a digital camera or handheld card viewer to look at images right in the field. If you only use your camera’s internal memory, you have to take down the entire unit and plug it into a computer to view the images.

Flash – You have two main options when picking what type of flash you want for your game camera: infrared and incandescent. Infrared cameras only take black and white photos, but they still show the size and type of the animal. They also don’t produce a flash like a regular camera; there’s only a small red dot that goes off when the detector is triggered. Infrared cameras use less battery power and fire quicker than incandescent ones.  Incandescent game cameras take high quality color images, which can be helpful if you need to know your game’s coloring. However, they flash like a digital camera, which can potentially spook animals, and use more battery life.

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