I’ve got a “You Might Be A Redneck” daily calendar on my desk at work and it is a source of constant joy for me and terror for my teammates. They’re constantly shocked at how many of the jokes I can relate to! Well, the other day I came across one that hit close to home and it gave me quite a chuckle. That being, “You might be a redneck, if you’re the last person a deer ever sees!” While laughing about that one , I came up with another one based on my life. And it goes like this….”You might be a redneck, if you’re computer desktop background is a trail camera picture!” Come on folks, I know I’m not the only one guilty of this!
So, to continue our focus on the favorite guilty pleasure of whitetail hunters, the trail camera, I thought I’d mention a few relatively new tools and technologies that are arriving on the scene related to trailcams. I’m confident that these technologies can help you take that screensaver monster from your computer to the buck pole.
BuckScore: BuckScore, found on BuckScore.com, is one very nifty piece of software that can estimate antler size, just based on trail camera pictures! You can download BuckScore to your PC, upload trail camera pictures of bucks you’ve got on the hit list this year, and it will spit out a score that according to BuckScore.com should be within 6% of the actual measurement! Only downside is that they don’t have a Mac version yet. Soon as they do, I’ll be trying it. Using BuckScore to better estimate antler score might help you better decide what bucks are shooters or aren’t, and in the moment of truth that can certainly be good to know.
Field-scan/Time Lapse: This technology has become widely popular this year as a new feature on trail cameras and for good reason. The time lapse feature allows the camera to snap photos at pre-determined intervals all throughout the day, not just when triggered by an animal. What this allows you to do is place a camera over a food plot or large opening, and get pictures shot throughout the day at distances much farther than usual. This can allow you to effectively monitor a whole food plot for days on end and see where and when deer are entering the field. Pretty useful, right? I’ve seen this kind of technology for camera brands such as Bushnell, Cuddeback, Reconyx and several others.
W.I.S.E: Another innovative computer program that helps you use your trail camera pictures to develop and better understand deer patterns is W.I.S.E! Upload your pics to this program and based on the data associated with the pics, it can analyze deer activity related to weather conditions, time, moon, wind, and location. For example, W.I.S.E can show you a chart detailing what weather conditions have had the most deer activity and what wind direction resulted in the most deer moving in a certain area! Looks like another really great tool to help you use those trail camera pictures to do more than impress your buddies!
Black LED/ No Glow Technology: A common knock against trailcams is that they can spook deer, particularly mature bucks and in some cases ruin an area. Given this issue, camera manufacturers have slowly been implementing features to lower the impact a camera can have. Flash has been the number one culprit, so most trailcams have moved from real flash to an infrared flash, and now with the Black LEDs and other similar technologies, cameras can take night pictures with almost no visible flash at all. I’ve seen this type of feature on Bushnell and Reconyx cameras, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are others out there as well. Using “No Glow” or “Black LED” cameras ought to allow you to spook fewer bucks with your cams and kill more. Sounds like a solid plan to me.
Do you know of any other cool trailcam tools or technologies? Let us know if the comments! And the same goes if you have any questions about these tools/techs!