Game camera range & suggestions?


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GJgo
October 4, 2012, 11:10 AM
Hi folks,

So I'm interested in picking up a game camera. My question is, does anyone have experience with models that have enough range to cover a meadow? My hidey hole is on a tree line at the edge of a meadow, about 250 yards across, and I've had Elk come in to the meadow from every direction. I know it's probably too much to ask for it to cover the whole thing but a unit that'll only snag pics for 20 yards isn't going to do me a whole lot of good. So, does such a creature exist? Any recommendations on units with a decent range?

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Rembrandt
October 4, 2012, 09:49 PM
Good question.....the cameras I'm familiar with usually have a range out maybe 30-to-40 feet. The camera shutter triggers when the motion sensor is tripped.....suppose you could add a grid of motion sensors to activate one camera or put up a series of cameras spaced to catch anything that comes through.

JohnB
October 4, 2012, 10:40 PM
My Moultrie has a "food plot" setting. I'm not sure that's the exact name but you get the idea. Instead of relying on the motion sensor which has a short range it takes a photo every so many minutes (value set by you). Just use a big storage card and change the card and batteries regularly.

A motion sensor that would detect movement across a meadow would trip on every sparrow and grasshopper that went by as well as a little puff of wind. They could build a sensor that trips on a change in the video image like some security systems but that would eat batteries and cost a bunch.

der Teufel
October 4, 2012, 11:24 PM
My Moultrie has a "food plot" setting. I'm not sure that's the exact name but you get the idea. Instead of relying on the motion sensor which has a short range it takes a photo every so many minutes (value set by you). Just use a big storage card and change the card and batteries regularly.

Bushnell has something similar called Field Scan. You set a start and stop time and during that period it takes regular pictures at intervals you program.

Flintknapper
October 5, 2012, 06:47 AM
Just get a model that has a "Plot Watcher" feature.

Basically, it will take pictures at preset intervals...instead of relying upon movement to trigger the camera. Pay attention to WHERE you set the camera.

You will want the most advantageous view that does NOT face directly into the sun.

SpringfieldM1A
October 5, 2012, 08:56 AM
Flint is right, a camera set to take pictures at preset intervals works great for a field. I have one set up which covers a large distance. The only problem I've experienced is the low quality camera makes it hard to tell how large an animal is or if it even has antlers. I'm using the primos Dps which has a 1.3 MP camera. I can get about 20k pictures so the camera can sit out for about two weeks but if something is beyond 100 yards its hard to see. I think If you got something with 5 mp and a 16 or 32 GB card you should be good

GJgo
October 5, 2012, 10:05 PM
That's great advice, gives me somewhere to start looking. Thanks!

I think this year is going to be harder hunting so it'll be nice to scout some. 5 guys in my camp & we all got stuck with bull tags. I didn't even draw a cow tag with my 2 preference points.

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