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catchafew

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Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« on: September 12, 2017, 01:14:07 PM »

It’s my first time that I’m thinking of using a trail camera, I’d like to know what’s coming in, I have plenty of traffic but I can’t find any rubs or scrapes in the area.  I have to be honest with you after reading all the posts about them getting stolen I’d rather go cheap and decent vs. the ‘best’ and most expensive that will disappear on public property.  Any camera recommendations or features that are really nice to have that won’t spook game as much or alert people as much?
 
After reading the camera stolen posts so much I’m thinking I’m going to have to climb some really high tree and try to point the camera into my shooting lane.  I assume some trail cams have a base that will allow you to pivot/angle it in the right direction?  I like the idea of having a cam on the ground if I can camouflage it as well enough and it will still works well so as to stay out of the line of site of people walking through.

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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 02:34:37 PM »

Reconyx.
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 04:44:07 PM »

Reconyx!   lol
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 07:07:19 AM »

Wildgame Innovations cameras work great for the price!
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 08:57:49 AM »

Browning.

I'll also add that I've never had a camera stolen or even messed with here in da UP.  Hope your luck is as good...
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 10:07:39 AM »

I'd stay away from Moultrie and cameras that take less than 8 AA batteries. I found my Moultrie camera that takes 4 C batteries doesn't work below 50 degrees which is really sad at $150. Not sure of the brand but my buddies $300 camera that took 8 AA batteries worked extremely well in below zero temperatures with outstanding picture quality. The reality is you get what you pay for. With the flood of the game camera market I would stay away from any off brands and go with a company that has been around awhile.
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2017, 11:57:39 AM »

I use trail cameras a ton.  I have had very good luck with Wildgame Innovations.  They work well for the price, the only issue I've had was that I had a couple cameras that wouldn't shut off unless you opened the battery compartment to kill the power.  I've also used Bushnell and don't have a bad thing to say about them either, but they are more expensive than the Wildgame trail cameras.  I will not use a camera that doesn't have a black flash. 
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2017, 03:53:57 AM »

I've heard fairly good reviews about Browning and Moultrie.
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 04:11:21 PM »

Wildgame Innovations Cloak cameras.  I got tired of expensive camera's breaking.  Went to these.  Very happy w/ them.   $60-70 a camera.   Menards has them on sale sometimes.  Amazon offers them too. 
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2017, 07:19:24 PM »

I really like the browning strike force cameras. I would say they are in the lower to mid price range. I've had wild game innovation cameras that I got on sale. They took good pictures but they only lasted a couple years. Stay away from the primos truth cams they take horrible dusk and Dawn pics. Moultrie are kinda in the same boat as the WGI cams. Good for a year or two then for whatever reason I start to have problems with them. I have a cuddyback 20 mega pixal cam that was a little more expensive then the strike force and I would say it doesn't take as good of pics as the browning. The strike force are very easy to set up and only take 6 AA batteries. I had one out from August until January and it was still going strong on some lithium batteries. Very good camera and worth a couple extra bucks IMO.
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2017, 08:52:27 PM »

Anyone getting any pics of some big mature bucks? I've had alot of young spikes and forks this year. A couple small 2.5 year old 8's but nothing bigger or older. I think it's a good sign that the deer heard is bouncing back but I think big mature bucks will be few and far between this year. Maybe for a couple years with the winters we have had. Good to see the number of young bucks again. Hopefully people will let em go let grow. I know this is a big debate every year but what do you guys think of state wide 3 points or better on a side. Except for youth which I think should be able to take any buck. Just like we did.
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2017, 10:07:59 PM »

I'm saying this for the UP....
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2017, 11:01:29 PM »

Here is one for ya. Chased him last year late season,  found him this year a mile away.
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Re: Recommendations for a decent, cheap trail camera?
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2017, 05:40:20 AM »

Nice buck!!! I would be pumped to have that around.
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