By Karina

Trail cameras, or trail cams, have become a major necessity in the hunting world today. Trail cams allow you to monitor your land or lease without disturbing deer or other wildlife. There are many different brands of trail cams, all with different price ranges and qualities. Here are some of the trail cam brands you will see most often:

  • Moultrie
  • Stealth Cam
  • Cuddeback
  • Wildview
  • Leaf River
  • Reconyx
  • Bushnell
  • Smart Scouter

Some important features to think about when purchasing a trail camera include: flash range, trigger speed, megapixels, IR or not, video clips, and time lapse.
  • A good flash range is essential in capturing those bucks that just aren't sure if it is safe to come in.
  • What is trigger speed? Trigger speed is how fast the camera will 'react' when motion or heat is detected.
  • One other thing to take into consideration when making your purchase is how many megapixels your camera has. The more megapixels, the clearer your photo will be.
  • You may wonder what is IR? IR is shorthand for infrared. Infrared is a system that does not use a flash; therefore, as they say, "no flash, no dash." Please also keep in mind that the pictures will be in black and white.
  • Video clips are as simple as setting a button on your camera if you would like to see the deer in action.
  • Last but not least, time lapse. Time lapse, or delay, is how long the camera will 'wait' until more motion or heat is detected. Many cameras' delay times range from 1 - 60 minutes.

Trail Cameras are also an excellent tool for watching deer mature and progress over the years. Some people also use trail cams for security purposes, although I would recommend getting the IR. One more thing to think about is that trail cams are great for taking deer counts. They give a good estimate as to how many deer you have in that particular area.

Sample image from Cuddleback EXcite

Here are three different brands that I have pictures from:

Stealth Cam 35mm
This particular trail camera is no longer available at Cabela's or Bass Pro. But it is obtainable. This camera is a great tool for the price, although you have to get the film developed. It has from 1 minute to an hour time lapse. This camera will take multiple pictures in one trigger (1 - 9).
  • Flash: Average (30 ft.)
  • Trigger Speed: Good
  • Clarity of Photos: Very Good


Moultrie Game Spy
Also this exact camera is no longer available, but Moultrie has made improvements with the Moultrie Game Spy 4.0. The main thing that Moultrie has changed is greater megapixels, otherwise it is virtually the same camera.
  • Flash: Good (45 ft.)
  • Trigger Speed: Average
  • Clarity of Photos: Very Good


Cuddeback EXcite
This camera is also not available in Cabela's or Bass Pro. But it is obtainable. This camera is the most expensive out of the three but I believe it to be the highest in quality.
  • Flash: Good (40 ft.)
  • Trigger Speed: Great
  • Clarity of Photos: Great