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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Deer hunter88, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Deer hunter88

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    has anyone had good luck with the cheaper trail cameras?
     
  2. 22250Rem

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    That's the only kind of trail cam I use...... Cheap ones. Trail cams don't last forever and cheapos don't either. If I get 2 or 3 years out of one I'm happy. They are out all year round in temperatures from sub-zero to the nineties. The cheapo's that run on 8 "AA" batteries seem to hold up best for battery life and my favorites are probably made by Wild Game Innovations. Presently have one of those that's been out in the same area for over 4 years now. Never thought I'd get that long out of a cheapo, but sometimes you get lucky. Last winter I also started running lithium "AA" batteries in them and despite initially costing more, they hold up much longer in the cold, so they're worth it for winter use. You didn't say where you're located but if winters get severe lots of guys don't leave trail cams out after deer season ends in December. I leave 'em out just out of curiosity to see what, ( if anything ) is happening in the dead of winter. My cheap trail cams would probably last longer if they weren't out all year. One day last winter I was out on snowshoes checking cams and changing SD cards. And welcome to TRH.
     
  3. Deer hunter88

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    I live in Mississippi. But I was thinking about buying the tasco trail cameras from Walmart because paying almost $200 for a trail camera doesn’t make much sense to me since the cheaper cameras does the same thing as the more expensive cameras.
     
  4. jmorris

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    What does cheap and good luck, mean to you?
     
  5. 22250Rem

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    I got into trail cams about 8 years ago. Got cheap ones because one of my buddies was complaining about his expensive ones crapping out. Some of their life span may depend on how many pictures they take in a given time period. Like if you put one out on a calm day and then the next windy day you get 300 pictures of a tree limb or bush swaying in the wind. Even the cheapo's take great, quality pictures, though, and a few years ago I picked up about 4 and none were over 50 bucks, although I don't know what the current prices are. Some were more expensive but I got 'em on sale. For my use; figure on an average 2 to 3 years and I got my moneys worth. Like my previous post about the still working 4 year old one that's out all year. I got lucky with that one for a less than $50. cam. I've seen a lot more expensive units die in a couple years.
     
  6. Dinosaur1

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    Never had any luck with the cheaper ones. Cheap being a relative term here. "On Sale" another matter entirely. None of them are extremely durable in my experience. I've got a couple of Brownings that the camo faded to a bright pink??? The off switch stopped working too. Coverts I like even tho they don't get great reviews. The kid likes Spypoint but it's only been out one season. I had a Bushnell that was pretty good for about 3 yrs. The next one I"ll buy will probably be another Browning or Spypoint cause I think they've upgraded a little. Always get the "no glo", you'll like it better in the long run.
     
  7. JeeperCreeper

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    I saw animals on my $40 Wildgame Innovation 10megapixel ones.

    I wanna say the 12mp are on sale for $35 anymore.

    Good enough for realistic needs for any game you'd need a game camera for
     
  8. FL-NC

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    I've had nothing but bad luck from stealth cam.
     
  9. sage5907

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    I've been using trail cameras for about 5 years and the average price for them has been about $120. I started out with Moultrie and I have stayed with them. In that period of time I have bought 9 cameras and 7 of them are still working. The first ones were 1100i and when they quit selling them I went to the 40i which I don't like nearly as well because it doesn't have a viewing screen and I have to use my computer to see the pictures. All in all it has been a good experience and the cameras can double as a security camera. I wish the cameras had a feature where they only took day pictures. If you only used the cameras during the fall and winter months I think you could get at least 4 years use from them. The hot summers here in Oklahoma are hard on them.
     
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  10. Olympus

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    That's all I buy and I've had good luck with almost all of them! I have 3 Primos Bullet Proof 2 cameras and I've bought them all for under $50 on Amazon at various times through the year. I have a Wildgame Innovation Terra 10 that I got on clearance at Menards for $40 and it has been solid for several years now. I've got two different StealthCams that I've picked up at various places and while their picture quality is not as good as the other brands, they have all been dead reliable. And my buddy just bought two Muddy brand cameras at Rural King. They came with Duracell batteries, an SD card, and a card reader for $50 and he said they take really great pictures.

    I run 10 different trail cameras and none of them are over $70 and I see no reason to spend more than $50 anymore.
     
  11. Deer hunter88

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    Can you post some pictures that you’re primos bullet proof 2 cameras has taken? These are on sale at one of the local Walmart’s for $13 and I’m thinking about buying several of them.
     
  12. Olympus

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    If your Walmart has the Bullet Proof 2 model for $13, I'll have you pick up a couple for me. Are you sure it's this model: https://www.amazon.com/Primos-Bullet-Proof-Trail-Camera/dp/B01D0JTS0K
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    My last Primos Bullet Proof died a couple years ago but IIRC it worked good for a few years and was out all year. Always took good pictures and I still have a bunch of them here on the computer. Here's a few : HUNT0091.JPG HUNT0110.JPG HUNT0114.JPG Haven't seen any of those cams around but if I did and it was cheap I'd grab it for future use even though I don't need it right now. Those Bullet Proofs seem pretty good for an el- cheapo.
     
  14. Deer hunter88

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    Seriously go buy as many of them as you can afford. At $13, that's literally a steal!
     
  16. redneck2

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    I’d buy a dozen at that price. If one craps out, toss it and use another one

    I’m gonna stop by Walmart next week and see if they’re on sale here. Sale stuff seems to vary widely by store. The store in Plymouth, Indiana had a big overstock on one style Spyderco knives. $50 folder for $13. I bought eight for myself and my customers
     
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  17. sage5907

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    Does anyone make a trail camera that has a setting so it only takes pictures during daylight hours? The camera needs a light sensor that only allows it to trigger when the light is sufficient for a day picture to take.
     
  18. Olympus

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    I have a Moultrie Trace camera that allows you to set the time of day that it takes photos. I set it to start around sunrise and stop about 45 minutes after sunset.
     
  19. sage5907

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    Thanks for the reply. I took a quick look at my Moultrie cameras to see if they had this feature but if it is there I couldn't figure it out. I took a look at the Moultrie Trace and I think for my use it would be better than what I am now using. My cameras take several thousand pictures each month and I get tired of forwarding through the night pictures. I would like the cameras to be off from 9 pm to 6 am.
     
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