Trail Cameras Blacksburg VA
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Cuddeback Capture IR Review
At first glance, the Cuddeback Capture IR digital scouting camera looks almost identical to its cousin, the Cuddeback Capture. In fact, the only visible difference is the presence of 48 small, infrared LEDs at the top of the unit in place of the less technically advanced flash bulb. The Cuddeback Capture had performed impressively in my product review and I was anxious to see if the IR version would perform as well and solve the problem of spooking game with a nighttime flash.
Many people have the misconception that trail cameras with infrared technology capture images of objects using the "heat" reflected from them. This is called thermography, and although it is a type of infrared photography, it is not the type commonly used in trail cameras. If it was, your nighttime photos would be colorful scenes of varying shades of purple, orange, yellow, blue and green depending on the amount of heat reflected from the source. Instead the black, white and grey photos that you see are a result of trail cameras using LEDs that emit infrared light to illuminate the subject and make it visible to the camera. The emitted light is part of the spectrum that humans, and other mammals, cannot see and is therefore undetectable.
Like the flash version, the Cuddeback Capture IR operates on four D-cell batteries, which provides for a compact housing while still taking an average of 2,000 photos between battery changes.
With a daytime resolution of 5.0 megapixels and a nighttime resolution of 1.3 megapixels, a 2 GB SD card will likely hold this many photos, depending on ratio of daytime to nighttime photos. The setup on the Cuddeback Capture IR is exactly the same as the flash version. Strap it on the tree, turn the dial to "test", walk along the path that you hope the game will take and watch for the red light to illuminate on the unit. If it doesn't pick up movement in the desired area, adjust the height, distance or angle of the unit accordingly. Then if you haven't done so, set the date and time. All that is left is to turn the rotary dial to select your preference of delay from 30 seconds to 30 minutes between photos and then you have 40 seconds to get out of the detection zone before the unit starts capturing images.
To test the Cuddeback Capture IR, I followed paths perpendicular to the camera at two different distances as well as directly away from and toward the camera. Each test was performed during daylight hours and then repeated after dark. The setup of each test and the subsequent photos are described below.
These shots were taken by standing approximately 100 feet distance directly in front of the camera. I then approached in a straight line at a fast walk. During the daytime, the camera fired when I was approximately 10 feet away, while during the nighttime it fired a little faster when I was 20 feet away. In both lighting conditions, the image was captured.
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Setting up Trail Cameras
I recently just captured over 900 pictures on my trail camera that we set out for my sons Bull Elk hunt. The best advice I have for setting out your camera.
#1 Find a well used trail/water hole etc,
#2 Make sure that you set camera facing the north whenever possible during the summer months. You will not get any false pictures taken from the sunrise or sunset.
#3 If the surrounding area is flat, put approx 3 feet up off the ground. If you set it too low, all you will get are legs.
#4 Clear all the branches/grass etc away from the camera or you will get pictures from the wind
#5 Spray scent control around the area after you are done setting up
#6 Leave the camera out for at least 2 weeks at a time. The more you leave the area alone the less scent you will have in the area.
#7 Don't check the camera early morning or late evening. Check it in the middle of the day when the animal you're after will most likely be bedded down somewhere.
#8 Lock the camera up. You never know who might try to take your memory card with them.
#9 Carry a card reader with you. Even a small laptop will work. Alot of inexpensive cameras out there will read the same memory card you use.
Trail Camera Placement
When placing a trial camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important when placing your camera. Always spray yourself down with some kind of scent killer system and wear disposable gloves when handling your camera. Then when leaving the trail camera spray down the ground around the camera and put down some Doe-p. then spray down your travel route as you leave. Hopefully this well help you locate some big bucks this year....