Whether you are a hunter looking for that perfect buck or an outdoor enthusiast who likes to watch wildlife, a Bushnell game camera should be a part of your outdoor equipment. These cameras are surprisingly affordable, they provide great pictures and videos and can last up to a full year on a single set of batteries. If you have never had one or used one, you have no idea what you’ve been missing.
You'll Find The Bushnell Game Camera To Be Very Helpful
Bushnell game cameras are used to capture the movement and presence of wildlife, particularly during the early morning hours and right around dusk; the two times when most wildlife and especially deer, are the most active. If you have located rubs, scrapes or browsing areas and you want to know what the local bucks look like that are using these areas, a Bushnell trail cam is the best way to find out. Even if you are only interested in what the local family of beaver is up to or if that big fat gobbler you saw the other day is taking the corn you set out, there is no better way to gather all of this important information.
The Bushnell Game Camera Has Very Useful Default Settings
Understanding the importance of having a high quality game camera is one thing; using it is another. If you are not a total computer geek, you may feel a bit intimidated the first time you pick up one of these excellent trail cameras and see all the bells and whistles on the front panel. One of the nice things about Bushnell game cameras is that you can easily use the factory default settings to capture images of wildlife while you are sitting at home in an easy chair reading the directions. If the directions still seem a little confusing, there is plenty of help available online, from easy to follow directions to videos that show you everything from changing the batteries to taking great high definition videos of wildlife that interests you. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you will be able to understand the basics and move on to more advanced settings for even more flexibility.
Video Game Cameras Can Show Animal Behavior
You will also find that you have different options to choose when taking pictures vs. videos and preset vs. motion detection, and you may wonder if any one choice is better than any other. Studies have actually shown that you can get much more information about the local wildlife and their habits by using video mode instead of still mode when setting up your Bushnell game camera. With a still picture you will know if a deer or turkey has set off the sensor in the camera, but you will not be able to see the behaviors that take place or tell exactly what those behaviors mean. All you will know is that one particular animal has arrived at the designated sight. Using video will show you all of the things happening in the area. If several deer are milling around or if one is acting like a bully, then this will be evident when you are watching the video. You will also be able to tell if you are scaring off the deer because the Bushnell Trail cam is too low or if the deer can smell it before they enter the area. If you are scaring off the deer, you may miss that one good picture and it may be the only time that buck might have been in that particular spot.
Place Your Trail Camera At Least 6-7 Feet Off The Ground
Deer are prey animals; anything new or unusual in the woods is likely to scare them off. There was an excellent, high-quality study done with hundreds of hours of video, which showed deer immediately seeing the camera, smelling it and running from it. Even with the camera off, other cameras (from a distance) recorded the same behavior. After some debate, the videographers realized that they only needed to set the Bushnell game cameras about six or seven feet off the ground and the deer stopped noticing them. Deer do not normally look up since generally, they are not attacked from above. A Bushnell Trail cam set higher than the deer's' heads and angled down were it can catch all of the action in the area, will have no effect on the deer – a fact that you should take heed of.
Experiment To Find Optimum Camera Settings For Your Needs
Another debate is whether to set the Bushnell trail camera to record at preset times or to activate the motion sensors. Some people believe that by the time the deer has set off the detectors, the camera has missed some very important action. Others believe that saving the video space until there is real action going on, is the best bet. You can have some great fun experimenting with these different approaches.
Game And Trail Cameras Are Flexible And Time-Saving Tools
You can see that learning how best to use your Bushnell game camera is going to be an ongoing process, just as with other tools such as scopes on your rifles. You’ll need to decide what works most beneficially and efficiently for you and your personal situation. Using your camera to record what is happening when you can’t be there in person is a big help in finding out more about the animals in the area. It’s also a great way to acquire really useful hunting equipment at a very reasonable price that will help you for years. This is the perfect time to start learning what is happening in your favorite wildlife areas without interfering with their natural settings.