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Trailcam height

Unread postby JMAR85 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:58 pm

I saw a post earlier where guys were mentioning that they've started elevating the height of the trailcams. Why is this?

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby cbigbear » Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:04 pm

Less noticeable to deer & people up high.

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby Tufrthnails » Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:08 pm

I am also noticing less pictures of nothing. I still get the shadow pics, but it seems like not near as many. Not sure if everyone is noticing but I have been experimenting with a cam on the creek one the back of our property. When it was 3 ft was facing NNE at about 3 ft high I would get between 100 and 150 pics of nothing, but at 9ft I am only getting about 40 to 50 a day in the same direction.
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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby IkemanTx » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:41 am

I hunt exclusively public land and don't have the money to put boxes and cables on a cam. So, I raise it above the peripheral vision of the other hunters (and the deer). You will get a lot less negative reaction from deer to newly set boxes when they are up high. Another advantage is that most guys won't walk the woods with a climbing stick, so you have a lower chance of theft.

Here is how high I set mine, with my 8 yr old for reference
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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby Kokes » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:50 am

Pardon my ignorance and hope not to hijack this thread but is there a trick to angling then downward when up high? Do you use a stick or something to angle the cam lower?

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby IkemanTx » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:54 am

You nailed it. I find a good thick stick and put it behind the top of the cam. Lots of cams now come with a camera mount screw in the bottom. Several companies sell mounts that utilize that screw hole for very adaptable mounting.

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby Wlog » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:54 am

Check this out if you didn't see it.

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby Florida-East » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:59 am

I use these (under $5):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru5_r3y1dNI

They don't work well in areas with a lot of coons. They will try sitting/standing on the camera and you'll find your camera upside down and facing the tree.
Other than that, it works great, cheap, and allows you to face the camera in any direction (including east and west) without a lot of false triggers.

Oh, one more negative, obviously the higher you go the smaller your field of detection. Great for posting directly over a trail or scrape. I haven't had a single deer look up at any of mine yet. I keep mine ~10' and use the standard IR lighting.

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby JMAR85 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:15 pm

That's great information. Thanks

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Re: Trailcam height

Unread postby Southern Man » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:21 am

JMAR85 wrote:I saw a post earlier where guys were mentioning that they've started elevating the height of the trailcams. Why is this?

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People rarely look up in the woods. Also, if you can kind of hide it next to a small limb it helps. I've never had one stolen up high. People can't reach them if they are seen.

High cameras give a better view of the racks of bucks for the most part I think, rather than seeing only 1 side. You can see the whole rack, spread, etc most of the time.
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