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Trail Cameras

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by JohnM, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Don't really see a sub forum for this topic, so I figure it might fit in here.
    I know zip about these things. Lot of friends have them, every one different.
    Reviews and catalogs are total information overload for someone as clueless as me.
    After a lot of wasted time searching I came up with a Moultrie M880.
    So now I'm looking for help here.
    A good choice for a first pick?, yes/no, some better choice? :)
  2. SleazyRider

    SleazyRider Well-Known Member

    I just bought the Moultrie M990-i, which seems to be about the same thing, but haven't put it through its paces yet in the field. It's done an impressive job, however, in the wilds of my backyard capturing images of my dog taking personal relief and people who happen to wander by. I'll set it up in the woods when deer season approaches, so in the meantime I'm using it as a security camera of sorts when I go away for a few days.

    So far, I like it!
  3. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Hmm, that's another model I haven't seen.
    Maybe after a while some guys will pop in who have used the cameras more with some comments.
  4. docsleepy

    docsleepy Well-Known Member

    That one does a whole bunch more than the Moultrie that I have, and I'm very very happy with the Moultry that I have.
  5. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Which one? The 880 seems to be listed as a good choice a lot of different places.
  6. easy

    easy Well-Known Member

    I have a few Stealthcam units. Some 7M, some 8M. These take good pics and vids. Only complaint is batteries. They use eight(8) AA that only last about a month in weather above freezing. When it get cold batteries last about two(2) weeks.
  7. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of M80's and another brand (I think it's a tasco). Of the M80's one is still going after 3 years, the other has been dead a year.
  8. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    I figure batteries will be a PIA.
    8 cells is 12 volt, I bet I can get a motorcycle battery or such jumpered in if I want.
  9. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Well, this was kind of a bust. I thought choosing a trail camera would be a hot topic with lots input about what to look for.
    Moultrie has been mentioned, maybe I'll go for one of their top end models and hope it's a good choice.
  10. bison

    bison Well-Known Member

    I have had several of the Bushnell Trophy cams and like them a lot. Battery life is about forever... thousands of pictures and videos. There are a few others that are similar. Look for the small form factor ones that advertise long battery life.
  11. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    battery life depends on season... summer is warm and the batteries last months, winter is freezing and the batteries last days.
  12. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    That's pretty much common knowledge.
    Lithium batteries are the best for cold temps.
    Not everything can use them and they're spendy.
    Guess there's supposed to be some direct AA replacements around, but I don't think I've ever seen them for sale around here.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
  13. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

    I usually have between 10/12 cameras out in the woods year around. I have been using the Wildgame cameras, but am now looking for a different brand myself. My cameras have been starting to give it up bigtime and the company has been squirming out of responsibility for them. I have some that haven't made it much over a month, and the company is saying it's the SD cards fault and everything else they can find.
    I guess maybe I'll try some of the Bushnell models and see how they hold up. Battery life has never been a big problem for me as 4 batteries seem to go for a few months at a time.
  14. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Glad Bushnell was brought up. Buddy told me he has one and it really works well.
    I also noticed one of the top end models had a socket for plugging in an external 12 volt supply.
    If I decide to have one going this winter when it's 30 or more below it'd be handy to be able to connect a bigger battery to keep it running.
  15. Double Naught Spy

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  16. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Thanks, some good stuff in those 2 places.
  17. 95XL883

    95XL883 Well-Known Member

    I have had an 880 for a little over a year now and have been generally happy with it. Batteries in cold weather (down to zero here) last 4 to 6 weeks. In warm weather they last 3 to 4 months. I have only used it in still picture mode. The sensor has a wider spread than the camera so sometimes I get pictures with no activity or only a head or some ears in it. It is sensitive as I routinely get pics of rabbits at night and birds during the day. A blowing branch or falling snow will also trigger it at times.
    If you set the security code, enter it before changing cards as you won't be able to access pics on the new card when you pull it. The card isn't ruined and will record fine once it is inserted after the code has been entered.
    I've been spoiled by the color day time pics and wish the night pics were color also. I still enjoy and find useful the night pics. I just wish they were color also.
    I suggest you mount it 8' to 10' up as the deer notice the infrared flash. Does and young don't mind it but it seems to bother the bucks if it is at their eye level.
    I've had a 550 and an 800 also. They didn't hold well, failing after 4 months or so. I suspect, but am not certain, that moist air got inside and internal condensation killed them. So far, the 880 hasn't had that problem.
    I may buy another 880 but am open to another brand if it will hold up.
    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
  18. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    I've been using a Bushnell X8 for the past year and a half. Batteries last for a good 12 mo and it takes real nice IR photos at night. I've been very pleased with it.
  19. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    There's a model sold under the Browning name called Spec Ops :)rolleyes:) listed in the sites sent by DNS that has very good reviews.
    Sounds like that one might be my choice, after some more reading.
  20. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I'm not real sure why people get goofy over high tech stuff on game cameras. If the camera works, it works. I have a 50 dollar Tasco branded camera from Wallyworld I like just fine. The one thing it doesn't do that my Remington branded camera did is indicate the number of pics on the card when you check it. Other than that, I like it better. It uses cheaper AAs, is a lot more compact, came with straps and a buckle for around the tree, and the IR flash works better than that Remington all for half the price. 3 MP is fine. I'm not sure why I need 30 MP, 10x optical zoom, movie function, etc, etc, for a friggin' game camera. :rolleyes:

    If I had an unlimited hunting budget, lets say I was a multi billionaire, a Donald Trump type, I read about a camera that you could access via the net. It has its own cell link and you can download pix onto your camera from half way around the world. Be cool to set up a 2500 dollar fancy feeder on my place 100 miles from here, set up that camera, have solar panels charging the batteries in both. Go down there and dump 1000 lbs of corn and you're good for 6 months, never need to drive to check it. :D But, hell, it'd probably all get ripped off by the Seadrift rednecks down there. :rolleyes: I've had two tripod stands stolen down there and they weren't worth, but a little over a C note. Of course, if I was Donald Trump rich, I could afford to hire armed guards on my 100,000 acre ranch or some such.

    Alas, my feeder/camera is 200 yards into the woods back of my house.


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