Seven Ways to Get Better Trail-Cam Shots


Trail cameras are one of the most important innovations a deer hunter can employ. No longer do we have to wonder where deer are traveling and try to decipher the size of a deer’s antlers by reading a track in the dirt. Not only can we learn the quality of bucks in our area, but the time of day they frequent the camera spot. It doesn’t matter if a monster whitetail visits the scrape under your stand in the middle of the night. Where is he at dawn and dusk? Cameras can also determine patterns in whitetail behavior, and savvy hunters can actually learn the effects of moon phases, acorn drops, and other variables on deer.

Matt Pundenz offers seven ways to improve your trail camera results:

SD Muz Deer 2013 430A proper trail-camera setup is a very important part of scouting and oftentimes the most overlooked. We expect to throw a camera on a tree and have deer walk past. I have highlighted some small steps I take to improve my trail-camera outcomes. By taking your time and following these steps, you will generate better photos and a more enjoyable scouting experience. In turn, you will have a better idea of the bucks on your property and locations to hunt them.


Let’s face it: You will not get pictures of deer if there aren’t any deer around. Just like hunting, you want to pick a location that deer are frequenting at that given time of the year. This could include a water hole in the summer, large scrape during the rut or food source in the winter. The more evidence of deer in the area, the more photos on your SD card.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.