Category Archives for Hunting Equipment

Reviews of Best Moultrie No Glow Game Cameras for 2018

Moultrie Low Glow Trail Cameras

Most deer hunters, as well as other outdoor enthusiasts, want to know as much information about the game their area prior to and during the hunting season.

One of the best ways hunters can get this information is through the use of trail cameras, which can take images and recording video during both daytime and nighttime hours. Trail cameras can use a few different types of flash to get these images and videos at night. One of the most most popular types of flash uses low-glow infrared LEDs and today one of the most popular trail camera manufacturers is Moultrie.

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Should You Buy a 2G Cellular Trail Camera?

2G Cellular Trail CamerasIf you are thinking about investing in a cellular trail camera there are probably a ton of features that you are looking at, or sorting through. Sometimes it can actually feel a little overwhelming. Some of these features might include image quality (how many megapixels the camera has), trigger speed, type of flash (no glow vs. low glow vs. incandescent), flash range, video resolution, and which cellular carrier you should use. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the options and choices you can read our Cellular Trail Camera Buying Guide and Reviews as well as our original Buying Guide for Best Rated Trail Cameras, which covers more than just cellular trail cameras.

Due to the fact cellular carriers don’t have identical coverage areas many people think about which carrier the camera is able to use so they can make sure there is coverage in the area they wish to place the camera. However, sometimes people forget to see if the camera uses a 2G or 3G network. 2G service is becoming a thing of the past. So if you buy a trail camera that utilizes 2G towers it will no longer be able to transmit pictures when the last of the 2G towers are taken out of service in your area, which has already happened in many places. When this happens a 2G trail camera will still capture images and video, but it will no longer be able to transmit images, which is very frustrating when you just spent a bunch of money to get a cellular trail camera. If you look online there are tons of reviews where people have purchased 2G trail cameras only to find out that they don’t work where they want to set them up. That is why we recommend buying 3G cellular trail cameras in our Cellular Trail Camera Buying Guide.

So is there ever a situation when it is OK to buy a 2G cellular trail camera? Surprisingly there is one situation when you might want to consider buying a 2G cellular trail camera.

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Wildgame Innovations Trail Camera Reviews for 2018

Wildgame Innovations

Wildgame Innovations is a relative newcomer to the world of wildlife products and is a family owned company. Being avid hunters themselves they wanted to create products that would help "attract, hold, and grow more deer" on their hunting property. Out of this desire Wildgame Innovations was born. Since officially being founded in 2002 this company has developed a wide range of products for the modern hunter who wants to utilize the most current technology and techniques. The products they sell include attractants, deer feeders, game scouting cameras (trail cameras), range finders and more.

Trail cameras from Wildgame Innovations are very popular and have a good track record. If you buy one you should feel good knowing that it will perform well and continue to work for years to come.

Here is the Wildgame Innovations Trail Camera Lineup for 2018 (reviews are below)

While they make a wide variety of trail cameras to suite different needs, the trail cameras offered by Wildgame Innovations are usually fairly affordable. That being said, affordability isn’t everything for people who are in the market for a trail camera. You want to buy a camera with the features that are important to you and the performance you expect. Luckily, Wildgame Innovations offers a large number of trail cameras with a variety of features. This means that you should be able to find a trail camera with the features you are looking for, but you be forced into paying for features you don’t want or need either.

Check out the Wildgame Innovations trail cameras we have reviewed below. Odds are that you will find a camera that fits your needs.

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Best Cellular Game and Trail Camera Reviews and Buying Guide

For people who use trail cameras the most important and anticipated moment is when you get to view the pictures that it has captured. Avid outdoorsmen know that getting the most accurate and up to date images and information can be the difference between success and failure in your outdoor activities. That being said, depending on your situation, it my not always be easy or convenient to go out and retrieve the pictures from your game camera. In these cases you might want to consider purchasing a trail camera model that utilizes cellular technology to email images to you as soon as they are taken.

Cellular Trail Cameras Can Save You Money

On one hand, buying a cellular trail camera might cost you some extra money initially, but in the long run having a cellular game camera might save you money. For example, the place I prefer to deer hunt is a 4 hour drive away and is accessible only with a truck. After a few trips each fall to check the images on my trail cameras I can spend a couple of hundred dollars in gas each year, which will go a long way to paying for any additional expenses I might have with a cellular deer camera.

Plus, the information I can obtain by having the images from my trail camera emailed to me during the season can help me make those critical in-season decision of where to hunt.

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What to Consider When Buying a Cellular Trail Camera

Like all trail cameras you want to consider image quality, trigger speed and flash range. Your can read our complete buying guide for trail cameras here.

However, there are some specific things you should keep in mind when buying cellular game cameras. These things include:

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How to Choose the Best SD Card for Trail Cameras & Other Devices

If you just purchased, or are thinking about purchasing, a trail camera or other portable electronic device with expandable memory you are most likely in the market for one or more SD cards. When you shop for SD cards you will see so many brands, physical sizes, speeds, and classes it might make your head spin. How do you know which ones will work with your trail camera and is one type better than another?

This guide will explain some of the most important terms and features to know about and understand when buying SD cards. We will also explain which SD card is best for your purposes and give you some SD card recommendations from some different trail camera manufactures.

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How Often Should You Check Your Trail Camera?

When you have a trail camera, or get one for the first time, the most exciting part is to see what images and/or video you have captured. So once you have it set up and in the field the question we all ask ourselves is, "How often should I checking my trail camera(s)."

Unfortunately the answer for most situations would be to check your trail camera as little, or as infrequently, as possible.

Most of the time we like to hunt in out-of-the-way places that are not close to human activity. Therefore, the very act of checking your trail camera causes a disturbance in these out-of-the-way hunting locations. Checking your trail camera allows deer and other game the opportunity to see, hear, and smell the person checking the camera. This disruption in the environment can spook any deer in the area and cause them to deviate from their normal patterns and behaviors for a period of time.

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So what can we do to extend the amount of time between visits to check our trail cameras?

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Browning Trail Camera Reviews for 2017

Browning Game and Trail Cameras

The Browning Arms Company, which was founded in 1878, is a world renowned American maker firearms and outdoor gear. The Browning company makes many of the products they sell themselves. They also partner with other companies who are experts in their respective fields in an effort to offer more diverse product lines to their customers. These partner companies need to meet Browning's quality standards in order to sell products with the Browning name and logo.

Browning offers quality trail cameras at affordable prices – this is especially true when you consider the features included on each model. While the exact pattern can vary from model to model, each Browning trail camera comes with a camo pattern that makes it easier to conceal, which is not something that you will always find with other brands. Browning trail cameras reviewed here also come with a 1 year warranty.

The 2017 line of Browning trail cameras cover a variety of price points that can meet each person's unique hunting or security needs.

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Best Trail Camera Under $100 – Find Best Game Cams for the Money in 2018

If you are in the market to get a new trail camera it doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank. Regardless of your reasons – maybe you are placing the game camera on public land, maybe you need to buy multiple cameras, or maybe your finances are tight – you can find a great trail camera at an affordable price.

That is why we have done some research to identify some good options that are currently available for under $100.

When looking at the best trail cameras under $100 you need to think about which features are most important to you. If you are unsure of what features you should be looking for you might want to check out our buying guide for trail cameras. Among the things that you want to keep in mind are:

  • How many megapixels the camera has
  • Type of Flash
  • Flash Range
  • Trigger Speed
  • Price

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Buying Guide for Best Rated Trail Cameras

Avid outdoorsmen don’t merely enjoy nature, they revel and captures its magic for posterity. Once a high-priced gadget that few could afford, trail cameras have now become essential to hunters as binoculars and bullets are. With prices now ranging from affordable to high-end luxury models, it’s virtually impossible to consider yourself a serious outdoor enthusiast without having something other than your smartphone to take serious pictures with. Trail, or game, cameras, allow hunters to scope out a feeding area and learn about what kind of game frequent that area without having to be there. They capture images remotely and automatically and are ideal for identifying which kind of game you’re likely to encounter in any given hunting territory. Like any other proliferated technology, there are now a dizzying multitude of trail cameras to choose from. The problem is identifying what features will help you make the most intelligent choice for your wallet as well as your nature portfolio. This guide is meant to help inform you about the most significant features of trail cameras and what specification you should be targeting whether you’re on a budget or price is no object.

1. Image Quality

Image quality is easily the most important feature to consider when buying a new trail camera. Most important to those who are choosing their ideal trail camera with regard to image quality is the number of megapixels. Megapixels are how image resolution is measured – and the more megapixels, the better. That may not be much of a surprise, but what is surprising is how crisp an image even at a low megapixel capacity like 4 MP can display. This may not mean much to those for whom price is no obstacle, but for everyone else it’s significant. As long as you have sufficient lighting, a megapixel count from 4-7 MP should be fine for most situations. More mid-range priced cameras range between 7-10 MP. If, however, you want to focus on night time photography or capturing images of fast-moving animals, the higher priced cameras usually range between 11-18 MPs. There are even some luxury models that come with 20 MP resolution. Of course, the higher the resolution – the more you money may have to spend. Also, prospective buyers must also think about memory capacity, as higher resolution images tend to use up more storage space on camera memory cards. You may also want to look for a camera that allows you to set how high a resolution you want to capture images in if you plan on leaving out your camera for an extended period of time before checking it. But for those who have the money, a camera with fully customizable resolution setting capable of up to 16-18 MP image clarity with plenty of memory is ideal.

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Extinguisher Deer Call Might Be the Best & Makes a Great Gift

This past deer season I discovered on piece of equipment that I absolutely need to bring with me every time I head out to my deer stand. That piece of equipment is the Extinguisher Deer Call. If you are a deer hunter this is something that is a must have and if you have a deer hunter in your family this is the perfect gift.

Until recently I never used a deer call. I knew that some other hunters used buck calls, but I followed the lead of my father who was a very successful deer hunter and never used one. My father passed away and has been gone for over 10 years now, but looking back I think a lot of our success over the past 25 years was due to picking great spots for our deer stands. However, in the past 10 years it has become increasingly clear that we were seeing fewer deer than in years past. Part of this was probably due to the increasing challenges of hunting on public land. Another part is due to the increased numbers of wolves in the woods of northern Minnesota where we hunt. So I knew that we needed to try something.

In Minnesota it isn’t legal to hunt over bait like it is in other parts of the country. So there are really only 3 things you can do to be successful.

  1. Select a good spot to hunt.
  2. Use scents and sent killers
  3. Use a call

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