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what should I get?
really want to be able to pattern hog activity

say with a budget of 200 bucks
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You could get acouple of low end flashers from wally (W-mart). That would give you option for covering more area. I've bought the cheap flash type and now wish I'd gone with the no-flash. Some folk will promise you that the flash don't bother game, but I'm not convinced. If your only interest is hogs, maybe it really doesn't matter. But if you might ever use them for deer I think it best to go no-flash. I say that because I focus on the trophy bucks where ever I hunt and am finding that they are not tolerant of flash. The digital flash cameras I have from wally have been reliable and if I do my part concerning location ie. sunrise, sunset glare then I can pattern the does without issue. The no-flash will run 200+ and I've seen wally stuff for 80.00 ea. Good luck and share some pics. We don't see hogs around here much, but I hear that is changing as they are breedin out of gontrol. I did see the first one I've ever seen around here last week. Looked to be about 60lbs. and had a half dozen 5 pounders taggin along. If I'd been on my truck I'd had some free pork in the freezer.
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+1  You hear more stories of the flash ones disappearing.  YMMV
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I bought a Scoutguard SG550 last year and I REALLY like it.  It's TINY... about the size of a coke can.  It uses 8 AA batteries that will last a LOOOONG time.  I saw a review that got over 5000 pics on one set of batteries.  My batteries lasted all deer season with plenty to spare.

It has infrared nighttime video or pics and color daytime pics.  And it costs....... about $200.  I think its by far the best value out there.  I've tried various Moultrie, Bushnell, Cuddebak and will go with another Scoutguard next time I buy.

Check out the reviews these guys do on game cameras...

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I have a couple of cuddebacks one with flash and one non flash. They are great as far as quality but I would lean towards the non flash models if you can. They have a new model called the capured IR for about 249 thats what I would go for. From what I hear stealth cam makes some good options as well. Good luck
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I got a stealthcam from Wally's for about $100.  I have used it for 3 years and it has flash.  I do like the flash because most of the photos I get are at night.  I guess nobody goes into the woods in my back yard because I have never lost it.  I bought it because it was cheap.  Cheap was my number one feature.
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