The compact camera trap for hunting is actively used not only in field conditions: it is indispensable in many areas of life that need to be set up with hardly noticeable remote control. The equipment is most in demand in order to provide convenient conditions for monitoring, tracking representatives of the animal world.
- Photo Trap Concept
- 2 Features of the device equipment
- 3Types and selection criteria
- 4How to use correctly?
- 5A review of popular camera traps for hunting
- 5.1 Filin
- 5.3ScoutGuard SG2060-X
- 5.4SITITEK IHUNT PRO
- 5.5FALCON EYE FE-AC400G
Photo Trap Concept
The camera trap is a small photo recorder with a remote activation option and an infrared motion sensor. When an object emitted by the heat on the surrounding background enters the field of view of the camera, the motion sensor turns on the device and independent video or photography begins. Some modifications can fix the situation on the serviced site, making frames at specified intervals. All received files are saved on the memory card.
This category of devices is very common abroad, as it is widely sold in retail outlets specializing in hunting accessories. Among the compatriots, photo traps are gaining popularity only, and the feedback from experienced hunters greatly contributes to their advancement. Forest cameras help save manpower, time and money, as they allow you to know exactly when and in what conditions animals are used to going out to feed. Enthusiasts no longer have to track down prey for days, to lie in wait for a long time.
For huntsmen, photo traps are simply irreplaceable – they use them to track poachers, gather information about populations, and control reproduction.
Features of the device equipment
Choosing a photo trap for hunting, it is worth considering that all variations are based on three elements – a camera, a motion sensor, a flash. Powered by a battery or a set of batteries.
The duration of the continuous operation of technology depends on the following conditions:
- type of energy used;
- mode and intensity of shooting;
- ambient temperature
On average, models are able to serve offline for 2-4 weeks before recharging. Often there is the possibility of using improved power sources, in particular, solar panels.
With proper placement, the animals do not respond to the forest chamber, but experienced users recommend to immediately take care of installing an anti-vandal metal box, which reduces the risk of damage and theft of equipment.
Types and selection criteria
Equipment is offered in three categories:
- standard samples. They carry out shooting of objects, all materials are placed on an SD memory card, the capacity of which can vary from 8-32 GB;
- MSS class models, in contrast to the previous version, have an additional option – they have the ability to send captured videos and photos to the mobile administrator device via MMS. Such traps need to register and configure a SIM card;
- 3G module traps – a more advanced series, which, besides MMS, sends the result of its work in the form of an e-mail in real time.
The last two types, even though they are distinguished by high price tags, have found their own niche among advanced hunters who want to get the necessary information without regular trips to the place of installation of equipment.
A list of important criteria to help decide which photo trap to choose to hunt:
- available response intervals. This setting helps to optimize the operation of the device and enter the optimal shooting frequency;
- size and weight, masking capabilities, the presence of related fittings and fixtures;
- method of obtaining information – when removing a flash card or remotely;
- shooting angle. The priority is wide-focus models capable of shooting large objects at a short distance;
- camera matrix parameters – the higher the resolution, the better the quality of the images;
- the duration of the operation in standby mode;
- the ability to record sound. This option is in demand from those who use camera-traps for security purposes, collecting materials on the behavior of animals in natural habitats;
- possibility of use in tandem with protective enclosures.
The profile market presents interesting models that have the function of shooting video or photos on demand. The administrator sends a message to the device, and the MMS comes back with a real-time display of the situation.
How to use?
If the choice of a camera trap is focused solely on hunting, it is best to place it in areas of potential accumulation of animals – near solonets, feeders. Experienced trackers have equipment near the holes of animals. It is necessary to hang the camera in such a way as to minimize the risk of its theft – apart from the factory camouflage present, it is important to carefully camouflage it on the trunk so that it cannot be noticed by the technician without knowing in advance about its location.
The lens is directed to the most open area – this provides a wide overview. When choosing a direction, one should take into account the potential dimensions of objects that are planned to be monitored. It is necessary to take into account the angle of incidence of the sun’s rays, otherwise the frames will turn out to be illuminated, in such conditions, the response of the camera to “idle” is common.
Night photography is carried out using an infrared flash, it can have an invisible or visible spectrum. When installing equipment, you need to make sure that the branches are not adjacent to the lens – the latter can play the role of reflectors. Objects of observation should receive the main luminous flux – in this case, the pictures will be clear and colorful.
Review of popular camera traps for hunting
The rating of the best photo traps for hunting is headed by the products of budget brands Filin and Sokol – the capabilities of these series are usually enough to get basic information, they have a convenient functionality. Their closest competitors deserve attention due to thoughtful additional options aimed at improving the comfort of use.
The leaders of the model range are Smart, 120-MMS, 3G, PRO Edition. Prices for the products of the manufacturer vary from 3900-10500 rubles, it attracts the Russian-language menu and ease of customization. Products have motion sensors and 36 infrared emitters, providing high accuracy of shooting at night.
The radius of action reaches 30 m, the robust case is covered with masking paint, the devices are resistant to strong wind, precipitation, temperature extremes. In addition to a flexible list of methods for obtaining materials, remote control of a forest camera is available.
Products are activated by a motion sensor, they give an extremely small percentage of false positives. Implemented in the price range of 6500-9000 rubles. The menu in Russian, the device works with any memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB. Power is supplied on the basis of finger-type batteries, all information on the trap status is displayed on the LCD monitor. The maximum duration of the video is 9 seconds, all materials are marked with date and time.
The product of Bolymedia company costs from 16 thousand rubles, its range of operation is 30 m, moreover, infrared illumination covers 25 m. Interesting technical parameters – graphic display, video support, the ability to operate at temperatures up to -20 ° C, the ability to record sound.
SITITEK IHUNT PRO
The viewing angle of this compact camera trap for 10 thousand rubles is 100 °, the motion sensor is triggered at a distance of 25 m to the object. The device is capable of transmitting data to mobile devices and via e-mail in tandem with any memory cards. The minimum frequency of images is 1 second, the upper limit is 24 hours. The camera is not afraid of 95% humidity, it works even at -30 ° С.
FALCON EYE FE-AC400G
The multifunctional device is equally effective both in the stationary form and in the manual photographing mode. Price tags for a forest camera start at 7 thousand rubles. To manage and configure, you can use the application installed on the smartphone. The range of coverage is 20 m, sensitivity of shooting is regulated, photo and video formats are available, as well as interactive transfer of materials. Practiced by the use of external power sources, there is a signal of a low charge.