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Old 01-13-2017, 12:14 PM
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I'm thinking about buying one to put out in the wood behind my house.

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They're all a crap shoot, from reading reviews on the net.
I buy cheap ones so I'm not out much when they do break. Although, I've had 2 Remington ghosts for about 5 years now.
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If all your looking to do is see what walks by look at these.
http://www.academy.com/shop/browse/h...ce=&pageSize=&

Mainly the Wildgame Innovations.

If your looking at Tracking a Human or human activity.

Reconyx with cellar service...

http://www.reconyx.com/product/Outdoor_Series

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moultrie makes good cams
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www.chasingame.com for good reviews
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I've got a moultrie A-20

good starter model, you won't find better resolution at that price point

They really are a lot of fun and could function as more than just a game cam. We placed ours to ensure our packages were delivered this holiday season. I've got it set to Take 3 pictures every 15 seconds it is triggered. I am not leaving it out for weeks at a time else I would have it snap 1 pic every 1 minute or so. I've got a 32gb SD card to hold 10,000 his res pics and I'll get 200+ shots from a pair of deer feeding in a night. I also use rechargable AAs across many devices.

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Originally Posted by eddie102870 View Post
moultrie makes good cams
I've had at least one of every brand - Moultrie's are what I still buy.
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I also like Moultries. I have 12., Its best to have same cams when you have alot. I like the new A series.
Really like A5s 10s, and 20s, but the come out with so many new ones
Buy them off ebay, Usually find one for under $60, with free shipping.
I like the simple ones, just need a good picture.
DO NOT!!!!!!!! Buy Stealth, or Wildgame, trust me on this.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...meras&_sacat=0

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I am a paranoid nut case.

I have used LOTS and LOTS of trail cams. From cheapos to 500 units.

I have over 2 dozen of these out now. I only use an 8 gb card because I check the cards and erase every week. Batteries get replaced about every 4 months, but that is not needed, I just don't want to take a chance.

I buy them in multiples so I usually get a discount, but they can be had for 80-100 or so on the interweb.

Not the best, not the worst, just seem to be a decent quality/money compromise. I use them to monitor comings and goings of people, cars, etc.....they do great and they take great game pictures also.

Certainly there are lots out there that are way better, but I have many and just use them and replace. If I were a hardcore hunter and was going to leave them for months or something I would buy something better. These are entry level cameras that are cheap and easy to use. Basically disposable and no worries if a ne'er do well finds and steals one off my road etc.

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Do they make any that are silent and can take pics at night without a flash. I know deer don't care but people will just take one down.
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Moultrie has been the best for me overall and I've tried most brands

I'm sure their better now but I bought five wild game innovation cameras one season and every single one broke before the season was over. Never again
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Coverts if you want to be notified immediately. Ie: Tresspassers, security, etc.

Moultrie for the normal "hang and come back later to pull card and check."
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Thanks guys...al good info!
Any specifics I should focus on when picking out a unit? I.E. low glow/no glow, 8-16-32GB, etc?
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I've been looking at these two, which seem to have better reviews than other in the same price range.
http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/449...wning-_-449257

and this one:
http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/740...wning-_-740235

Anyone here use one of them?
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I buy cheap ones too. They seem like they eventually suffer water damage or someone takes them. I've had Moultrie, Stealth Cam, and Bushnell. Of those 3 Moultrie was the best.

I don't even use my Bushnell. It's so sensitive that it takes pictures when the wind blows. Hundreds of pictures of nothing.

I've got 2 Stealth Cams but they seem to react pretty slow. Deer walks by and it takes a picture of the back 1/2 of the animal b/c it's too slow.
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Originally Posted by coddock View Post
Thanks guys...al good info!
Any specifics I should focus on when picking out a unit? I.E. low glow/no glow, 8-16-32GB, etc?
What is the full intensions of the cam?

Animals, People, Security ?????


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For the folks who are having regular cameras stolen, buy a cellular cam like Covert, Spartan GoCam, etc.

Use a ladder or your climbing stand, and with a mounting bracket, mount the camera around 10 ft high facing downward at a 45 degree angle towards the target area.

You will be notified immediately upon the camera being triggered. Even if the bad guy carries a ladder around with him, by the time he actually gets to the camera, his picture is already stored in the cloud, so all he does by taking it is commit another felony. And you could have the sheriff there before he gets off the property.

Cant understand why folks spend $50-100 over and over instead of paying $400 for one good one that does worlds more than those ever could, and helps you go on the offensive when your rights are being violated, instead of just being subjected to the whims of the local trespassers and meth monkeys....data plan is $9.99/month. Anytime I have had water intrusion, usually after at least a year of great service.... Covert gives me a confirmation #....I send in my camera with that number and a $25 fee and they send me their latest camera, brand new in box. Great customer service.

You can crunch the numbers all you want, but getting each picture in real time is priceless and is not even in the same conversation as having no idea of what is happening and having to go physically pull a card, assuming your camera hasnt been vandalized or stolen. I'm 6 hours away from my farm, so it really gives me peace of mind to see it every day, and going through the last nights pictures is an awesome thing to do every morning while sitting on the can. It's like Christmas morning every day
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
What is the full intensions of the cam?

Animals, People, Security ?????


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Mostly for animals. I live in a fairly wooded, rural area with lots of deer etc. I thought it may be cool to see what goes on at night.

That being said...who knows! The security aspect could be beneficial too!
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So, I'm a bit confused with the low glow, no glow, red glow thing....any help?
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Originally Posted by GASeminole View Post
For the folks who are having regular cameras stolen, buy a cellular cam like Covert, Spartan GoCam, etc.

Use a ladder or your climbing stand, and with a mounting bracket, mount the camera around 10 ft high facing downward at a 45 degree angle towards the target area.

You will be notified immediately upon the camera being triggered. Even if the bad guy carries a ladder around with him, by the time he actually gets to the camera, his picture is already stored in the cloud, so all he does by taking it is commit another felony. And you could have the sheriff there before he gets off the property.

Cant understand why folks spend $50-100 over and over instead of paying $400 for one good one that does worlds more than those ever could, and helps you go on the offensive when your rights are being violated, instead of just being subjected to the whims of the local trespassers and meth monkeys....data plan is $9.99/month. Anytime I have had water intrusion, usually after at least a year of great service.... Covert gives me a confirmation #....I send in my camera with that number and a $25 fee and they send me their latest camera, brand new in box. Great customer service.

You can crunch the numbers all you want, but getting each picture in real time is priceless and is not even in the same conversation as having no idea of what is happening and having to go physically pull a card, assuming your camera hasnt been vandalized or stolen. I'm 6 hours away from my farm, so it really gives me peace of mind to see it every day, and going through the last nights pictures is an awesome thing to do every morning while sitting on the can. It's like Christmas morning every day


I want to splurge. I like your reasoning.

Can you give a brand and model to the one you are using and would recommend?

These are just cellular so I don't need to have wifi available near the camera, correct or no?
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