Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

Trail cams

Messages posted to thread:
Shooter 07-Dec-17
JusPassin 07-Dec-17
Mpdh 07-Dec-17
4nolz@work 07-Dec-17
HerbP 07-Dec-17
Nrthernrebel05 08-Dec-17
Slayer NE 08-Dec-17
stickhunter 08-Dec-17
sir misalots 08-Dec-17
DarrinG 08-Dec-17
bfisherman11 08-Dec-17
South Farm 08-Dec-17
Big Dog 08-Dec-17
DanaC 08-Dec-17
DanaC 08-Dec-17
Wild Bill 08-Dec-17
DerekMac 08-Dec-17
kyrob 08-Dec-17
Slayer NE 09-Dec-17
R. Combs 09-Dec-17
David McLendon 09-Dec-17
Shooter 09-Dec-17
From: Shooter
Date: 07-Dec-17

What are you guys using and why? I have been looking real hard at the Brownings. Thoughts and advise welcome

Also what SD card reader are you guys using.


From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-17

It depends, some folks want studio quality photos, so they don't mind spending over 300 for a trail camera.

I on the other hand i am really only interested in seeing what lives in the woods. A Tasco from Walmart costs 25 bucks and will tell me all I need to know.

From: Mpdh
Date: 07-Dec-17

I have a Browning, don’t know the model. Battery life is very good, like 6 months plus. I don’t use it hunting, it’s just for pics in the backyard, and I get hundreds of pics a week. Sorry I can’t give a price, as I got it for Christmas, but I don’t think it was more than $100.


From: 4nolz@work
Date: 07-Dec-17

I've had them all I'm using Brownings now.

From: HerbP Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-17

The brand of camera doesn't matter near as much as the batteries and sd cards. I seem to have the best luck using sd cards with the c @ symbol on them.

From: Nrthernrebel05
Date: 08-Dec-17

I have been using Mountie for a couple of years. Picture quality is good but they have slow trigger speed, and sometimes you only get half a deer if they are walking fast. My newer one is a little better then the old ones though.

From: Slayer NE Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Dec-17

If you want a camera that will last 10 years and catch EVERYTHING that walks in front of it, Reconyx is the ONLY choice. You pay a bit for them, and the night pics are B&W, but they last, and last, and last, have incredible battery life, and don't miss a shot day and night. I've had and tested many of the others and you'ld be amazed how many pictures they miss, especially once they get a year or so old. Plus, most of them don't last more than two or three seasons. I recently had a 4 year old Covert stop working. When I emailed the company to get it fixed, they said they no longer have repair parts for that old of a camera. 4 Years old!!! It went in the garbage and I ordered another Reconyx, I hear all the time from people that "My brand X takes great pics, why would I spend the dollars on a Reconyx?" Until you do a side by side comparison, you have no idea how many pictures you're missing. When there are deer tracks in the snow in front of your camera, and no pics, that's a problem. I took all the cameras I had and hung them together on the same post. Every camera missed shots except my Reconyx. If your camera misses even one shot it's worthless. I only put them out there to see what's around, the one missed shot could be the one I'm looking for.

From: stickhunter
Date: 08-Dec-17

I have 4 Browning strike force cameras. Battery life is good and I'm happy with the quality. I only run mine on 20 sec. Video. Got them on sale for $100 each

From: sir misalots
Date: 08-Dec-17

I use an inexpensive Moultrie 79 bucks

Does well and battery life is great.

Trigger speed isnt the fastest But I use it for fun and inventory pics.

I bought two cards and swap out.

Ill say they're are better ones out there, But If mines stolen I wont cry a lot.

From: DarrinG
Date: 08-Dec-17

Ditto sir misalots post.

I have a Moultrie A-20 that does well. I'm sure there are better cameras out but this one does OK and if it gets stolen, I wont worry about it much.

From: bfisherman11 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Dec-17

I have several brands of cameras. I think you will hear good and bad about each manufacturer out there. I think right now my favorite would be my Stealth Cam. I think it is a G42-NG. It is a few years old but checks all my boxes. I like sound, can't say why but I do so I take all video. Stealth Cam has replaced this model with the G45-NG and that would be my next purchase if I was buying.

With that said I also have a number of Moultrie cams that I like. They seem pretty bullet proof. I bought an 888-I last summer. I asked the clerk if it had sound because it did not say.... He said he thought so, well I bought it and it did not. It works fine so since I got it on sale I kept it. I think the Moultries at this level and better are probably safe purchases.

Hope that helps. Bill

Date: 08-Dec-17

My kid has a Browning, don't know what model. Great camera. And SUPER easy to use. Turn the switch to on and walk away within 30 seconds. I think he paid around $70 for his.

From: South Farm
Date: 08-Dec-17

Bushnells until they die, then I'm done with cameras for good! Dang things are like a woman...great when things are going good, but for the most part frustrating.

From: Big Dog
Date: 08-Dec-17

None at keeping it simple and being surprised. :o) Regards

From: DanaC
Date: 08-Dec-17

I like Bushnells, have a few. Their 'base' model is often on sale for under $100.

Try the 'video' settings, you'll see so much more.

From: DanaC
Date: 08-Dec-17

I'll modify that last by saying the 'hybrid' setting doesn't work well for me.

Quality SD cards, lithium batteries or re-chargeables.

From: Wild Bill
Date: 08-Dec-17

I've got three Moultrie. I get a lot of pictures, set for two photos with a pause between, without animals. I suspect the trigger speed is too slow, and,or, the one on a ground stake mount may be too loose and wiggle in the wind.

I was gifted mine, but if I were buying, I would select a faster trigger speed.

From: DerekMac
Date: 08-Dec-17

I have a Browning, Moultrie and a Wildgame Innovations "Nano". The Browning is the most consistent but my Moultrie is about 6 years old and still works.

From: kyrob
Date: 08-Dec-17

I use Coverts and have a couple that have been taking pics year round for 4 years. 8 AA batteries last all year unless it's one on a salt lick and then I have to change once during the year as I will get a couple thousand pics a week during the summer months. Great cams and great customer service if you need it.

From: Slayer NE Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Dec-17

My point is that if you don't test the cameras side by side with each other or a true quality camera, you have no idea how many shots you're missing. They all take pictures when they trigger, it's all the shots most of the cheap ones miss that makes them worthless. Until you test them you have no idea if they're good or not.

From: R. Combs
Date: 09-Dec-17

I have a couple moultrie A-20 I’s that I have been happy with. I have one that isn’t working that great lately but don’t know if it’s camera failure or it occurred when someone tried stealing it this year during hunting season. I had it cabled to the tree and they still tried cutting through the cable.

Anyway I called moultrie to see if there was anything they could do and they said that there is a two year warranty on the camera and that this model hasn’t been out for two years yet so even though I don’t have the receipt that I could send it in and if it is a mechanical failure that they would either fix it or replace it. I think customer service is just as important as the product that you are buying so I think I will stick with moultrie.


From: David McLendon
Date: 09-Dec-17

Good thread, I have never owned one but am considering it. I'd like to see what knocks down my 3D targets several nights a week.

From: Shooter
Date: 09-Dec-17

Thanks for the reply Think I'm going Browning To many good reviews

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