What information can you get from a trail camera video or photo?

What is the weather, how many deer, what time it is? Although these are all important, the most valuable function of a trail camera is to identify a single buck. It is useless to take a blurry or distant photo of a buck. It is useless to try and correlate other information, such as date, weather, or time. These tips and setup instructions will help you not only capture more bucks with your trail camera, but also take better photos and videos to identify individual bucks.


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How to set up a trail camera correctly


Most hunters now know how to set-up a trail camera. Trail cameras have been around for so long that even the most experienced hunters are familiar with the details of setting up a camera. With a little more knowledge, you can turn that experience into expert. Follow these tips to set up your trail camera correctly.


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Trail Camera Locations

You know where the best places to hang your camera. Although you may not be able to identify the exact tree where your camera will be placed, have an idea of the area on which it would be placed. The location is often not the most difficult part. It's the setting up and hanging of the trail camera that can stump most hunters. Even if you are within the appropriate acre, it is possible to get the setup direction, height and distance wrong.

If you're looking for more "tips", top locations for trail cameras would be around (depending on when it is):

  • Runs
  • Funnels
  • Food sources
  • Oak flats
  • Mock scrapes
  • Bait stations/Mineral locations for deer
  • Waterholes


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Selection of Trail Camera Sites


The guideline for game camera placement can be further narrowed by trail camera site selection. Site selection is based on the best chance of capturing money. The time of the year will determine where the camera will go. If October happens, would strongly lean towards the mock scrape because there is a good possibility that any buck living within that acre will scent check that scrape.


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Distance to Target from Trail Camera


For the best trail camera photos and videos, it is important to consider the distance between the camera and the location of the deer. This is why it is so important. Even 14MP trail camera photos can blur the buck. With the addition of limited flash ranges, this means you can have multiple photos or videos that capture motion but fail to show enough detail to identify a specific buck. A rule of thumb is that a trail camera picture or video should be no more than 10 yards. Trail cameras almost always have flash ranges greater than 30 feet. They can also identify any buck within 10 meters.


Trail Camera Settings


The settings of your trail camera can make or break your perfect setup. It can be difficult to decide on the camera mode, burst amount, interval, video length, or sensitivity. The settings of the trail camera can be affected by each site, location, scenario, goal, and other factors. There are some settings that give you a better chance of capturing a single buck, and then identifying and scoring it.

The best trail camera settings will provide you with the best overall image and detail to allow you to examine the behavior or other key characteristics of the buck.


Why Campark?


Campark trail cameras are the best cam for property surveillance, wildlife photography, and game monitoring. Campark offers unmatched image quality and night vision support. It accurately calculates antler size, including beam, tine length, spread, and circumference, to calculate a net and gross score.




  • It works on all smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, and tablets.
  • Harvest photos or trail cams
  • Every measurement, from the spread to the tine length, is important.
  • Score calculated in just minutes
  • Manage buck photos across multiple years
  • Program to edit buck photos