With all the new scouting camera technology today, you’d think all the angles would’ve been explored by now. But a couple of years ago, someone gave me a great tip that has produced the best trail cam pictures I’ve ever gotten, even on public land!
In my early years of hunting, I was blessed with places to hunt on private land, like family farms and properties that were seldom hunted.
I could put out my expensive trail cameras without fear of them being stolen.
Then I moved from my home area and was forced to hunt public management areas. Once I started hunting public land, losing a camera became too big a fear to risk it.
When I heard this tip, I knew I had a possible solution.
I began to take a climbing stand with me on public land scouting trips, along with my cameras. When I found a promising, remote location, I attached my stand to a tree and climbed until I could strap my camera at least 10 feet above the ground.
To angle the camera downward, I simply propped a stick behind the top to cant it forward.
Then using the camera’s sensor test, I found the shot angle that worked best and cinched the camera tight.
I was shocked at how many big buck pictures I was getting, and through the years I hunted public land, I never had a camera stolen.
When I was able to hunt on private property once again, I continued to hang ’em high.
That’s because we weren’t getting many monster buck photos from ground level, even though sign was all around. When we did capture a shooter, it was often staring straight into the lens or smelling the camera as if something wasn’t right.
I was thrilled when my hang ‘em high setup revealed numerous mature bucks we never knew were there.
This unique setup has paid off for me big time, and I hope other hunters will add this tip to their arsenal for scouting public land, or for capturing images of that wise old buck that has eluded trail cameras for years.
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