At this very moment, there’s a buck in your hunting area enjoying the bounty of summer.  He’s fattening up, growing antlers, sleeping in the shade.  Seems unbelievable in just weeks, he may be standing broadside in front of your stand while you draw your bow.  Of course, that’s only if you do your homework.

As you deploy your trail cameras to pattern that bruiser, consider these common mistakes  and avoid them:


  1. Placing cameras too high – This is the Number One mistake of inexperienced game camera users.  We walk upright; deer don’t.  Cameras to photograph deer head on and broadside should be placed at their shoulder height – about three feet.
  2. Going for a leisurely walk in the woods —  Have a plan when placing cameras.  Get in; do the job; get out. Be as cautious with scent control as you would making mock scrapes.  This isn’t a naïve 1 ½ year old you’re after.  The big boys have seen and smelled it all.  You don’t want your presence or cameras to alter their routines.
  3. Visiting cameras too often –The temptation to check cameras often is natural.  You want to see that buck you plan to meet on opening day.  Resist.  Only check when conditions are perfect. Don’t use batteries as an excuse. Instead pick up Moultrie’s Game Camera PowerPanel – it’s solar-charged and will last indefinitely.
  4. Hanging cameras in the brush – Just like you need a clear lane to take a good shot, so does a game camera.  Take along a hand pruner to clear obstructions between the game camera and its intended targets.
  5. Leaving cameras at home –  No game camera works sitting on a shelf.  Even when you travel to a new destination for a few days, take the cameras along.  Set them up on vacant stand locations to see what’s passing while you’re hunting another stand.  Multi-tasking – scouting at the same time you’re hunting – makes the most of your time.