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  • How long should I set the delay on my trail cam?

    I got a new toy! I got myself a trail cam for Christmas. How should I set the delay for? It can be like 5 seconds, a minute, or 5 minutes. I don't understand which I should set it for

  • #2
    That calls for a bit of a balance.
    Set it to 5 seconds and your card fills up quickly with shots of the same animal(s).
    Set it to 5 minutes and you get only one picture or a partial picture.
    I'd start in the middle and decide later whether to speed up or slow down the reset.
    Good luck.

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    • #3
      If you are watching a trail where the deer are moving through, set it for a shorter time - a few seconds. If you are watching a bait pile, set it longer as the deer are in the same spot for some time.
      Make sure to point it N so you don't get the sun and clear out all brush in front of it or the brush will trigger a picture. Good luck and show us some pictures.

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      • #4
        I put my for 8 seconds because I get a lot of moose with calves in my picture and they don't pass the camera at the same time. 5 second maybe good because there might be another animal behind an other

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        • #5
          Jimbo nailed it in regards to the timing. The direction its pointing is probably more important than the reset timer. If you put a camera out now, remember, travel patterns will change into spring and summer.

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          • #6
            If it's over a trail I put the lockout time to 5 seconds. If I have the camera over bait though I usually set it for 30 seconds or more so I'm not getting tons of pictures of the same deer

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            • #7
              It all depends also on how long your leaving the camera out for. If it's a couple days then 5 secs can be good if it's longer then a couple weeks, then longer would be better. Also like others suggested if your baiting or not. The thing I like to do is let it take a pic then count, if I feel it's to long for the sec pic then just change it.

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              • #8
                I only have two cameras that actually have delays. I use them over feeding areas along my field set with a 5 sec delay. I can't say i'ver ever had an issue with memory using 16gb cards. I try to check them every few weeks. I just use the cheap still/video only cameras along trails. No need to spend the $ on features that I won't even use.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
                  If you are watching a game camera where the deer are moving through, set it for a shorter time - a few seconds. If you are watching a bait pile, set it longer as the deer are in the same spot for some time.
                  Make sure to point it N so you don't get the sun and clear out all brush in front of it or the brush will trigger a picture. Good luck and show us some pictures.
                  Great answer!!!
                  Actually I think it is a little bit troublesome to change the delay frequently. I usually set the middle choice.
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                  Last edited by Richard Thompson; 08-21-2019, 06:01 AM.

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                  • #10
                    While game cams can be neat, I stay out of my woods as much as possible pre season.
                    Heck, if no acorns I stay out until almost gun season.
                    Think too many move stands, check cams and educate the deer before the opener.

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                    • #11
                      Bud said he wants game cams to see what else is out there. Bought some Muddy brand for 50 and will set by the corner where I shot my last 3 of 4 bucks.

                      Bucked out both of us. Now we are just gonna try to blast stuff on video. More interested in shooting coyotes.
                      Last edited by CD2; 11-25-2019, 02:23 PM.

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE = Richard Thompson; n712632]

                        Excellente réponse !!!
                        En fait, je pense qu'il est un peu gênant de changer fréquemment le retard. Je mets généralement le choix du milieu.audacity temp mail origin [/ QUOTE]

                        Woww la photo est super
                        J'adore
                        Last edited by Fleurrose; 12-12-2019, 09:46 AM.

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