The compact photo trap for hunting is actively used not only in the field: it is indispensable in many areas of life that require the installation of a subtle remote control. The equipment is most in demand in order to provide convenient conditions for observation, tracking representatives of the animal world.
Concept of camera trap
The camera trap is a small video recorder with the option of remote activation and an infrared motion sensor. When an object released by heat against the surrounding background enters the field of view of the camera, the motion sensor turns on the device, and autonomous video or photography begins. Some modifications can fix the situation on the served area, making frames at predetermined intervals. All received files are saved on the memory card.Hunting camera attached to a tree
This category of devices is very common abroad, as it is widely sold in retail outlets specializing in hunting accessories. Among compatriots, camera traps are only gaining popularity; feedback from experienced hunters is largely contributing to their promotion. Forest chambers help to save energy, time and money, as they allow you to know exactly when and in what conditions animals are accustomed to go out to feed. Enthusiasts no longer have to hunt down prey for days, be ambushed for a long time.
Photo hunters are simply irreplaceable for huntsmen - they use them to track poachers, collect information about populations, and control breeding.
Features of the device
When choosing a camera trap for hunting, it is worth considering that all variations are based on three elements - a camera, a motion sensor, and a flash. Power is supplied using a battery or a set of batteries.
The duration of continuous operation of the equipment depends on the following conditions:
- type of energy carrier used;
- shooting mode and intensity;
- ambient temperature.
On average, models are able to serve offline 2-4 weeks before recharging. Often there is the possibility of using improved power sources, in particular, solar panels.
Types and selection criteria
Equipment is offered in three categories:
- standard samples. They take pictures of objects, all materials are placed on an SD memory card, the capacity of which can vary between 8-32 GB;
- MSS class models, unlike the previous version, have an additional option - they have the ability to send captured videos and photos to the administrator’s mobile device via MMS. Such traps need to register and configure a SIM card;
- 3G module traps - a more advanced series, which, in addition to 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 receive the necessary information without regular trips to the installation site of the equipment.
List of important criteria to help you decide which camera trap to choose for hunting:
- available trigger intervals. This setting option helps to optimize the operation of the device and enter the optimal shooting frequency;
- size and weight, camouflage capabilities, the presence of related accessories and fixtures;
- the method of obtaining information - when removing a flash card or remotely;
- shooting angle. The priority is wide-focus models that can shoot large objects at a short distance;
- camera matrix settings - the higher the resolution, the better the image quality;
- standby time;
- the ability to record sound. This option is in demand among those who use camera traps for security purposes, collects materials on the behavior of animals in natural habitat;
- possibility of use in tandem with protective cases.
The profile market presents interesting models that have the function of shooting video or photo 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 focuses solely on hunting, it is best to place it in areas of potential congestion of animals - near salt licks, feeders. Experienced trackers locate equipment near animal burrows. The camera must be mounted in such a way as to minimize the risk of its theft - in addition to the factory camouflage present, careful camouflage on the barrel is important so that the equipment cannot be noticed without knowing its location in advance.
The lens is directed to the most open area - this provides a wide view. When choosing a direction, one should take into account the potential sizes of objects that are planned to be monitored. It is necessary to take into account the angle of incidence of sunlight, otherwise the frames will turn out to be illuminated, under such conditions, the camera is triggered "idle".An example of night shooting of a trap for hunting, which is carried out using an infrared flash
Night shooting is carried out using an infrared flash, it can have an invisible or visible spectrum. When installing equipment, you need to make sure that no branches adhere to the lens - the latter can play the role of reflectors. The objects of observation should receive the main light flux - in this case, the pictures will be clear, colorful.
Overview of popular hunting traps
The rating of the best photo traps for hunting is headed by the products of the budget brands Filin and Sokol - the capabilities of these series are usually sufficient to obtain basic information, they have convenient functionality. Their closest competitors deserve attention thanks to thoughtful additional options aimed at increasing the comfort of use.
The leaders of the lineup are Smart, 120-MMS, 3G, PRO Edition versions. Prices for the manufacturer’s products vary between 3900-10500 rubles, it attracts Russian-language menus and ease of setup. The products have motion sensors and 36 infrared emitters, providing high accuracy shooting at night.
The range reaches 30 m, the durable case is covered with masking paint, the devices are resistant to strong winds, precipitation, temperature extremes. In addition to a flexible list of methods for obtaining materials, remote control of the forest camera is available.
Products are activated by a motion sensor, they give an extremely small percentage of false positives. They are sold in the price range of 6500-9000 rubles. The menu is in Russian, the devices work with any memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB. Power is provided on the basis of finger batteries, all information about the status of the trap is displayed on the liquid crystal monitor. The maximum duration of video recording is 9 seconds, all materials are marked with date and time.
A Bolymedia product costs from 16 thousand rubles, its operating range is 30 m, and infrared illumination spans 25 m. Interesting technical parameters include a graphic display, video recording support, the ability to function at temperatures up to -20 ° C, and the ability to record sound.Hunting photo trap ScoutGuard SG2060-X
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 up to 25 m to the object. The device is capable of transmitting data to mobile devices and by e-mail in tandem with any memory cards. The minimum frequency of shots is 1 s, the upper limit is 24 hours. The camera is not afraid of 95% air humidity, it works even at -30 ° C.
FALCON EYE FE-AC400G
The multifunctional device is equally effective both in stationary form and in manual photography mode. Price tags on the forest camera start at 7 thousand rubles. To control and configure you can use the application installed on your smartphone. Coverage range - 20 m, shooting sensitivity is regulated, photo and video formats are available, as well as interactive transfer of materials. The use of external power sources is practiced; a low charge signal is present.