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Old 10-23-2013, 03:58 PM
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Long time hunter but this is my first trail cam (Moultrie D-444 8.0MP) I have a question for the longer time users, I want to mount this on a place where two trails come together & enter a corn field
These are heavily used trails which also lead to a swamp area with high ground, question in order to cover this area I would need to mount the camera high in the tree (about 10ft) will this work OK? Thanks Doc (any other advise will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:46 PM
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Mounting the camera high cuts down on the field of view due to the angle. A few more suggestions which you may already know: 1)do not face the camera east or west due to the rising and setting sun which causes either redness or white out due to over exposure. Facing south in the winter will also cause these problems due to the sun making a lower arc. In the summer, the sun passes more directly overhead. 2)trim all vegetation in the immediate area. Wind will cause leaf, grass or branch movements, giving false triggers (taking picture or video with no wildlife). 3)do not set up too close to the trail. Cameras go into a sleep mode to save power. A passing animal may be missed as the camera needs time to wake up. Setting up facing down a trail would be preferred unless setting up over a bait, if this is legal in your area. Good luck.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:35 AM
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In short yes a high set will work fine, but like mentioned above you will have a play with it a bit to make sure it's sensing where you want it so aim it a bit more tricky. Trail sets I have best luck setting the cam at a 45 degree angle to the trail (looking up or down it) as it gives the animal more time in the sensing zone of the cam. Head on movement is hard for a camera to sense due to the way a PIR works (it looks for heat differential across zones). Many of the newer cameras don't do the sleep thing as much anymore, not sure on that model of Moultrie though.

Looking forward to seeing some pics, good luck.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:44 AM
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Thanks guys, I am going to set it up this am, wish me luck !
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:57 PM
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Sounds like you need to buy more cameras.
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