Get Creative

Sometimes the right spot doesn't have the right tree for a trail camera. Improvise!

In over 11 years of running trail cameras and collecting well over half a million images, I’ve found you can almost always get a camera up anywhere if you think outside of the box.

I’ve hung cameras on fence posts, an old cattle trailer, leaned one against the back corner of a barn—heck, I’ve even bundled a bunch of busted corn stocks together in a make-shift tripod. You do what you gotta do!

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Just the other day, I managed a new one that I felt you would appreciate at the least. The busiest highway deer trail that I could find, and wanted to monitor, didn’t have a close enough tree. Now, I know stakes are marketed that are built for this very purpose, and I have a couple. But, not with me and I was 45 minutes from home. Time to get creative.

I didn’t have permission to knock the corn down to make my infamous corn-stalk tripod, but I was told I could use a couple unused T-posts, so I did. Two of them together would loosely hold a camera, but I cut down two small pieces of a sapling and added them to the mount.

The camera snuggly fit onto the post-sapling mount and would be unaffected by the wind, which if you know what I’m talking about is severely aggravating.

Take The Angle

Another important thought to keep in mind when hanging cameras on trails rather than a bait pile, mineral lick or scrape. The deer will be moving—and likely won’t stop—when they are on a trail that passes by your camera. The angle at which you have the camera is vital to capture the best shot.

Notice the sharp bend in the trail in relation to the position of the camera. With the camera set on a 3-photo burst and a delay of 5 seconds, I have a great chance at getting numerous pictures at numerous angles. The goal is to get as much information as possible through each series of photos.

If you aim the camera perpendicular to the trail, you’ll end up with a lot of head and butt shots only. Find a turn in the trail and point the camera at a 45 degree angle to the trail turn.

Set your camera on a 3-photo burst and let it eat. This will actually allow you to get multiple pictures of the same animal at different angles. More details on determining if a buck is a shooter or not will be gathered through this method.

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