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Hey--been doing some reading from Dr. Deer James Kroll (sorry if I missed the spelling?!).  What are your experiences with game trail cameras?  What brands, battery life, flash vs. no flash, etc.  What would you recommend?
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This is the best in my opinion.

 
Almost all trail cams use infrared flash that the target does not see so flash is no problem.
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Is SWFA going to carry these?
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

This is the best in my opinion.

 
Almost all trail cams use infrared flash that the target does not see so flash is no problem.
 
I've had excellent results with my CuddeBack "No Flash."  There are some trail cameras still using the conventional flash.  I don't see how that wouldn't scare animals, so I wouldn't personally buy a camera that didn't have the infrared flash.  The thing I like about the CuddeBack is the fast triggering of the pics.  Most trail cameras have a delay that causes a lot of blank shots or pics of deer tails.  The CuddeBack consistently produces more good game pics than the other camera brands we use on our hunting lease.
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Here's some pics from a Bushnell Trail Sentry. I'm pretty happy.
 
The hawk came in pretty good, too.


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Originally posted by SChunter SChunter wrote:

Is SWFA going to carry these?
 
Yes we will be expanding our offerings once we build our new facility.
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Here is well after dark. The flash took away from the pic because of the eyes reflecting the light. I hope to have more pics this year.
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Their is a great site that truly test and reports on trail cameras. Called http://www.chasingame.com  I and my freinds found this to be a very helpfull to for making  a purchase without wasting time and money.
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flcooler==that's a great site with detailed reviews.  What camera did you and your friends purchase?
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We have 2 of the moultrie I 60 and 8 of the I 40 as far as we can tell their is no picture quality difference.
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Look at the triger speed of each cameras the are different from advertised some times.
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Some pics taken from yhe I-40

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something went wrong their
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thanks--are you finding issues with trigger speed?
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Not with the cams we have but cuddy back is slower than the commercials say.
One of the club members has one and some times he has problems with his cam when it's set to take pics every min.
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Update on trail cameras:

 
I purchased a Moultrie I-40 a month ago based on recommendations from the folks at Bass Pro Shops.  The specs on it looked impressive for the price.  I was hesitant at first, having such dismal success with Moultree products in general in the past. 
 
Anyway, after a month of this camera attached to a tree near one of my hunting sites, I recovered the card.  Out of 460 pictures taken 409 of them were BLANK!, with just pics of the scenery.  Of the 51 pics of animals it did take, 10 of them were of deer butts, indicating the camera triggered too slowly.  It appears that trigger time on this camera is over 3 seconds, which doesn't impress me.  The other problem this camera had is that it took black and white pics well into the morning hours when they should have been color.  The B&W pics are supposed to be only at night, while in infrared mode.  In addition, the LCD display quit on my sample.  A couple of the guys on my hunting lease have Moultrie cameras and they too get a bunch of blank pics.  The salesman at Bass Pro assured me that the new '08 cameras had addressed the problems of previous generations of their cameras, but if my I-40 is any indication, they failed.  Luckily, Bass Pro is allowing me to exchange it for another unit.  I won't be exchanging it for another Moultrie camera.  Everything I've bought with the Moultrie logo on it to this point has pretty much sucked!
 
As for Cuddeback, their trigger time definitely isn't as fast as advertised, but at least 90% of the pics my No Flash has taken had an animal or multiple animals in them and it was able to distinguish between day and night.  I had to return mine to the factory recently, because the case wasn't completely waterproof, and water leaked inside, causing corrosion on the circuit board.  They refused to repair it under warranty, so it cost me $100 to have fixed.  I'm not real pleased with them either, but at least the camera was reliable and took pictures of animals instead of scenery while it was working.  Up to this point, I was pretty much sold on Cuddeback cameras.  The repaired camera may have fixed all problems, but my opinion of them has dropped a few notches after this experience with CS.  
 
My next camera will probably be the Leaf River IR-5.  It has gotten great reviews so far, and it has 1 second trigger speed, along with some other nice features. 
 
Overall, though, I've had relatively bad luck with electronic devices designed to remain outdoors. 
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We just picked this line up.
 
 
They claim to have the fastest trigger and to be the only unit to use a glass lens.  I like the built in LCD touch screen, super easy to program.  You can look at and delete pics while it is attached to the tree.  You can take pics with you via the card or via the USB port with a jump drive.
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Chris, have you started carrying this line?  What are the user reviews?
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They never delivered the product and I canceled our P.O. with them due to lack of communication and lack of product.
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Thanks--do you have other recommendations based on your experience?  What was it you were using in mexico with the big muleys?
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I have been using the Recon Outdoors Extreme 3.0 for 2 months now, and I have to say, I've been extremely pleased with this camera!  It seems to have fairly fast trigger speed, it takes some of the best night time infrared shots I've seen, and daytime color pics are quite nice as well.  It will stamp temperature, moon phase, time, date, and your name on the pics.  The menu / function setup is as simple and straightforward as I've seen on any other camera.  It is so easy to setup and use, in fact, I would be willing to bet you could do it without even needing to read the manual.  As a bonus, battery life is better than the other brands I've tried, better than my Cuddeback.  The best part is that the case is very well sealed.  This is one of my main gripes with Cuddeback -- mine CB allowed water to leak inside the case, and when I tried to get it repaired under warranty, they claimed the corrosion inside was due to battery leakage, not water, so I had to pay for repairs, even though it was still under warranty.  The Recon Extreme cameras have a case that is very much like a Pelican hard case -- o-ring sealed around the edge, thick, durable housing, and strong locking hasps.  The electronics are completely sealed inside the lid of the case, so it would be impossible for leaky batteries to corrode the board.  It includes a laser for initial aiming of the camera as well.  All in all, it seems like a quality piece of gear, and unlike my Cuddeback and the Moultrie I40 I had, it hasn't given me any trouble whatsoever... so far.  I'm sure there are several other very good trail cameras available that are as good as this one, but I can highly recommend the Recon Extreme cameras!
 
 
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Thanks, Ted--you earlier mentioned that you were looking at the Leaf River--did you pick the Recon over the Leaf River?
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Originally posted by SChunter SChunter wrote:

Thanks--do you have other recommendations based on your experience?  What was it you were using in mexico with the big muleys?
 
I don't remember what we bought, it was whatever was the cheapest I'm sure because they are pretty hard on any type of equiptment down there.
 
Check out these sites.
 
 
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Both great sites--thanks chris!
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