(Editor’s Note: When you see comments within parentheses, these are my own personal comments. I too have used the Stic-n-Pic and have been meaning to share my thoughts on the blog, so I’ll use this opportunity to provide my own insights as well – Mark Kenyon)
By Shane Wiest
It all started back in 1998 when I harvested a buck that my brother was able to track down with the use of his trail camera. It was then that I realized how useful a camera can be in the aid of filling your tag on the buck of your dreams. The next season I added a trail camera of my own to my arsenal and it helped me tag out on a “wall hanger” the following 3 consecutive years.
While the use of trail cameras has many benefits, I quickly came to the realization of just how frustrating they can be as well. The problem with most trail cameras is that they are primarily designed to strap to tree. The more I used them the more aggravated I became. There were times when I was lucky enough to have a tree available to mount my camera to. However I’d still run into things like my bungee cord being too short or too small. If the tree wasn’t straight I’d search around for a branch to wedge behind it, which in turn would put even more of my scent in the area. I’d get the camera exactly the way I wanted it only to close the lid of the camera and have the stick fall out from behind it and there I was, back at square one. There would be times I would return to my camera and find it had slid down the tree and would either be facing the ground or the sky. Not to mention the times when there was no tree at all, and then I would settle for a tree a little further away and hope the deer would eventually travel that direction. I can remember setting my camera and walking away shaking my head because I knew the camera was not where it needed to be. “There has got to be a better way” I thought to myself.
From there I tried using fence posts. That definitely seemed to help me to get my cameras in the spots that I needed them. But in the back of my mind I wondered if I was doing more harm than good with all the banging when I would drive the posts into the ground. So then I went to a smaller single post that I could just push into the ground. I quickly realized how bad of an idea that was, when I would return to check the camera and find it had fallen face down on the ground.
Finally, I found a solution. Specifically, I found out about the Stic-N-Pic.
(Editor’s Note: The Stic-n-Pic is a three pronged mounting base made for your trail camera, it almost looks like tripod made of out rebar, that can be sunk into the ground at any location you need a cam. At the top of the tripod is a neck which can be adjusted up or down, again very similar to a tripod. The mounting bracket on top of the neck is where you obviously attach your camera, and what is neat is that you can set your camera at almost any height, angle, or direction with this mount. – MK)
From that point on I have been able to put my camera exactly where I wanted it. The options were endless. One row into a corn field, just inside brush piles, in between bushes, off of food plots, field edges, water holes, fence crossings. The list goes on and on. Long gone are the days of finding the active scrape but not finding any trees. Now if I see active sign I just pull out the Stic-N-Pic and place it where it needs to be. Like tree stand hunting, mobility is huge when running trail cameras. Sure you will always have your traditional hot spots that are good every year, but you may be missing even more than what you are getting. That said, I’ve sometimes taken a Stic-n-Pic in one hand and my bow in the other and quickly set my camera on some “hot sign” on my way into my stand. This way I can monitor movement before light and after dark.
(Editor’s Note: I’ve also found the Stic-n-Pic to be really helpful when it comes to opening up new trail camera placement opportunities. Shane isn’t exaggerating here, having a trail cam stand like this really increases your ability to get pictures in the locations you need a camera to be – MK)
What’s great about the Stick-n-Pic is the ease of use and the great functionality. Simply set the base of the Stic-N-Pic camera stand into the ground, make your adjustments, and you’re all set. It has a workable height of 24-46 inches, rotates 360 degrees, and also has a tilt adjustment at the camera head bracket.
(Editor’s Note: A few notes on the size/weight of the Stic-N-Pic. I have used a couple other trail camera stands/brackets, and the Stic-N-Pic is the largest of those that I’ve used. Because of the nature of it’s design, the Stic-N-Pic is a little more bulky and heavy than others, but it is by far the sturdiest, most dynamic and most dependable stand I’ve tried. As Shane mentioned earlier, there are single leg stands, but I’ve found these to tip over often. In the end, I’ve decided I’d rather carry in the slightly larger Stic-N-Pic and know that it will still be standing, than carry a lighter model and find it tipped over after 2 weeks. While this stand is relatively more bulky than others, I wouldn’t say it is uncomfortably heavy. But just be aware, there is some size to this thing. – MK)
In 2011 Stic-n-Pic also came out with a tree mount system. As I stated earlier, trees are great if they are available. However you still have to make sure your camera is tilted correctly, as you may get a lot of head or foot shots, or even miss the animal all together. The new tree mount takes the headache out of attaching your camera to a tree. The tree mount works off the same principles as the stand. You simply mount the “T” style bracket to the tree and slide the camera mount onto the “T” and its ready to go. It can be spun side to side and again it may also be tilted up and down.
All that said, the next time you’re out in the woods banging your head on a tree trying to figure out how and where to mount your camera, remember this post! Give Stic-N-Pic a try and you’ll be sure to get more and better quality trail cam pictures with the added benefit of being able to place your camera wherever you need it. For more information please visit www.sticnpic.com
– Shane Wiest