One of the many technological devices that you can benefit from using as a deer hunter is a trail camera. The features of these cameras can vary according to model, but they're typically equipped with night vision and a motion sensor so that they record only when something trips the sensor. When you return to the woods to check your trail cam, you can pop the SD card into your laptop and review the footage — and, hopefully, you'll see signs of some enormous whitetail deer in the area. Here are three big advantages of using a trail cam.
1. Identification of Patterns
Being able to know when and where your prey is can be the difference between successfully shooting one and having a long day with no action. A trail cam — or, better yet, a couple of them set up in different areas — will help you to identify patterns before you begin to hunt. Many hunters set up trail cameras before hunting season begins. After evaluating the footage day after day, you'll see some trends. For example, you might notice that a deer passes through a certain area at roughly the same time. When the hunt begins, you'll know exactly where you can visit to increase your chances of success.
2. Evidence of Predators
Often, experienced hunters can detect the presence of predators from evaluating droppings, but it can sometimes be easy to overlook these cues. As a deer hunter, you always want to be aware of what predators are in the area and, more specifically, just how close they are to where you're hunting. Your chief objective for using a trail cam might be to catch footage of deer, but you may also see wolves, bears, and perhaps other predators on the camera footage. This information can help you to be more safe and aware during the hunt.
3. Appreciation of Your Prey
A large number of hunters are animal conservationists, using their chosen pastime to help keep deer populations under control. Simply put, you're hunting because you value and appreciate deer and want to see the population healthy. When you set up one more trail cameras, you'll get to see quality footage of your prey. It can be difficult to sit back and enjoy watching deer when you're hunting, given that you don't want to miss your chance of a successful shot. With trail cam footage, it can be fun to load the videos onto your device and appreciate the rare opportunity to see deer so easily.
For more information on whitetail deer hunting, contact your local hunting and recreation service.