Calling all hunters! Are you looking for that extra edge this season? One highly effective way to up your scouting game is to enlist the help of 21st century technology. And with FTC’s Game Cam Scout Service working in combination with a GSM game camera, you can have eyes on your favorite stand 24/7.
With built-in motion sensors and night-vision capabilities, modern GSM game cameras that can send real-time images and video over a cellular network enable hunters to employ a range of scouting-related tasks at any hour and from nearly any location with the help of their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Scouting tasks that can be accomplished remotely include:
- Determining buck-to-doe ratios
- Exploring deer densities and inventories
- Figuring out the ages and structure of a deer population
- Patterning a buck’s movements and habits
Ultimately, knowing these things can help hunters identify areas with higher deer populations, as well as areas with low game density to avoid. And, of course, with all of this information in his or her arsenal, the tech-savvy hunter can bag more deer over the course of a hunting season.
Those considering employing game cameras in their scouting arsenal this season should consider these tips for effective use:
- Look for a camera with a quick trigger speed. Some of the least-expensive game cameras can take up to 1.5 seconds to start filming after motion is detected, often leaving the user with deer-free images by the time the recording begins. By investing a bit more in a game camera, hunters can bring the trigger speed down to tenths of a second, helping them catch more sightings and bag more bucks.
- Find the camera that best suits the hunter’s needs. Many game cameras will allow notifications to be sent to multiple email addresses or phone numbers at once. Further, recent innovations enable two-way communication with the cameras, so camera settings can be adjusted remotely and instantly.
- Camera location is key. Among the best spots to place game cameras are on deer trails (especially if a spot where multiple trails might bottleneck is found), in view of fence gaps, near food plots, in the vicinity of bedding areas, near scrapes and alongside water sources.
- Bait can be a benefit. Placing bait such as trace mineral salt helps attract deer and keeps them in front of the camera for longer periods of time. This allows the user to get more photos/videos and better assess the age and makeup of the deer population.
- Avoid false triggers. Hunters should look for a place to mount the game camera where it won’t receive direct sunlight, because the heat can trigger the camera to record photos and videos when no wildlife is present. Users should also try to identify branches and other in-frame vegetation that might move when the wind blows, also triggering the camera to record animal-free images.
With the FTC Wireless Game Cam Scout Service, those interested can get in the hunt for a great price! The service can be added to any FTC Wireless Mobile Share or Unlimited Plan for just $10 per camera, per month. There is no contract, so the service can be canceled at any time. To learn more, visit ftc-i.net, call 888-218-5050 or visit an FTC store!