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04-14-2011, 06:02 AM
What are your favorite trail cameras? Any one brand/ type that stands out - or to avoid? What features to look for?

Joe Hulburt
04-14-2011, 11:10 AM
I've got three. A Cuddeback Expert, Cuddeback Capture and a Bushnell Trophy. Both the Cuddebacks have failed and had to be replaced at my expense thru Cuddeback. Both are currently acting up. So far the Bushnell Trophy has been great except for some occasional white out shots (during the day) due to the IR activating when it isn't needed.

I will be buying more Bushnell's for now as long as it keeps treating me well. They run forever on 4 AA batteries and are very small making packing and hiding them much easier.

Here is the Expert...

Here is the Capture...

Here is the Bushnell....

Joe Hulburt
04-14-2011, 11:14 AM
One of the Bushnell at night using the IR. I really prefer flash pictures but the IR is a lot more inconspicuous and it seems to be much easier on the batteries.

04-15-2011, 10:27 AM
I use the bushnell trophy 8MP. It is small, lightweight and does take great photos.

04-15-2011, 10:42 AM
Is the Bushnell Trail Sentry 5MP a decent camera? They have them on camofire right now for $73.50.

04-15-2011, 11:02 AM
Love my Cuddeback Captures. Couldn't even tell ya how many great pictures I've got outta them. Great pictures in the daylight hours and great in the dark. I'm pretty sure i've never had a blank picture outta one of them. The battery life is great too. I've got an old Moultrie Gamespy 200 that is a great camera but the battery life is terrible and it runs off a 6-volt.

04-15-2011, 01:29 PM
I have been a stealth cam guy myself starting with the 35mm. I have had very few issues with them and have no complaints. i390, i490, WD1, WD2 (WD2 is by far one of the fastest trigger speed cams I have used) and 35mm cams.

IL Hntr
04-15-2011, 03:01 PM
I have an HCO Scoutguard 550V that did great for me last year. I plan on buying another as well as trying a Bushnell 8.0 MP.

04-15-2011, 03:56 PM
What are your favorite trail cameras? Any one brand/ type that stands out - or to avoid? What features to look for?

I've tinkered around with several different brands of cameras and Reconyx makes the best trail cams, hands down. In my experiences, Cuddeback has been the worst. I've had nothing but headaches with that company. You will save yourself a lot of trouble, time and money if you snag a HyperFire.. or any Reconyx cam for that matter.

04-15-2011, 04:51 PM
If you can afford it Reconyx is definetly a buy once cry once sort of deal. Otherwise compile a list of must have features and figure out what works best for you. The rest of the cameras are a mix of quality, battery life, speed, photo quality, detectability and durability. Just have to figure out what of those features is most important to you.

04-15-2011, 08:01 PM
Like the pictures of the 2 bulls in the wallow. Have you guys ever lost/stolen any of your cameras?

Joe Hulburt
04-15-2011, 08:51 PM
Like the pictures of the 2 bulls in the wallow. Have you guys ever lost/stolen any of your cameras?

I got 130 pictures of those two fighting in that wallow that day. It went on for 1 1/2 hours and one of them broke off a tine in the battle. Trail cameras are a lot of fun!

I've never had one stolen but I am pretty careful about where I hang them. One big advantage I like about the little Bushnell is they are easy to hide and easy to hang from an overhead position making them even harder to spot. I've got locking bear boxes for the Cuddebacks that would make them a little bit of trouble to steal but the best security is not having the cam seen. Bears do love to chew on cameras so if your in bear country and hanging one down where they can get at them they will. They can bust a camera open and ruin it in a hurry. I've never had a bear climb for the Bushnell so I think it has to do with them being at ear level and the bears hearing the camera because they almost always stick their nose in a cam at ground level.

04-16-2011, 08:07 AM
I have a Reconyx RC45 and two of the Scout Guards, also an old 35mm. The above post has it explained correctly.

04-17-2011, 03:27 PM
Like the pictures of the 2 bulls in the wallow. Have you guys ever lost/stolen any of your cameras?

Yes.....hince why I don't purchase a cam that is over $100....just not worth looseing something that expensive.

04-18-2011, 11:49 AM
I have three Cuddeback Capture IR cameras. I have had great luck so far. This year my hunting partner is going to try a Bushnell Trophy 8MP. Can't wait to see how the pictures turn out as well as the video. I'm thinking about trying one myself this year. As far as the bears, if you have them around you should think about a bear box. We had a blacky tear up a stealth cam a couple of years ago. No matter what you choose they are alot of fun. Good luck!!

04-27-2011, 10:29 PM
I recently became a dealer for Scoutguard after doing some testing. The trigger fast and the batteries last a long time, usually around 6 months. They take great video with sound. I use them for grafitti captures. One of them has a completely dark IR illuminator.
I haven't used them for animals yet other than my local Blacktails. Under 200 bucks.

04-29-2011, 06:16 PM
I bought 2 cuddeback captures last year and were really impressed with them.They do everything I need and will work during the cold months of fall/winter here in Alberta.Only problem I had was with the mem cards and this has been fixed by buying 1g cuddeback cards.Not many cams will perform in -40 and this is when the biggest buck pics are taken every year.Me and my friends just purchased 20 and I will be running 8 this year.I have never found that the flash scares animals so this is what i usually buy because IR has to grainy of night pics.Here is some Alberta bucks.The last two pics are ones my buddy got and I have never seen pics of two bigger bucks traveling together anywhere.


04-29-2011, 06:17 PM

05-13-2011, 10:57 PM
Can't go wrong with a Moultrie... Here's a couple pictures I've gotten with Moultries. I love them...

05-13-2011, 11:06 PM
I have used Cudde back. Like the quality great trigger speed. My is a couple years old and I always thought it was lacking in features and pretty expensive. I have a Moultrie that's are pretty good. Features I would make sure your get is multiple shots per tricker and Video. Battery life on both of these were great.

I agree Flash really doesn't scare animals much and infra red are the best pictures.

Stay away from wildview there junk !!

05-14-2011, 04:29 PM

I agree with Jeff. I like the Wildgame Innovation brand. I use the 5mp and have been happy. Got mine on Ebay brand new. Under $100.

05-14-2011, 07:26 PM
Those are some sweet pictures.

05-16-2011, 12:29 AM

Jeff what model is the wildgame innovation and how does your buddy like it?

05-27-2011, 09:10 AM
I would have to agree with Reconyx comments. If you want a camera that will take thousands of photos a half second apart, day or night and never run out of batteries, Reconyx is the way to go. I bought one of their cameras in February and put it up with the best recommended AA batteries. It took over 9000 pictures in the first couple of weeks and when I pulled the card, the camera showed 99% battery life. I have not taken that camera down since February and it's still reading 85% battery life and has over 30,000 photos through it already.

I used to believe in the Camtraker, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Reconyx. Camtraker has a multi-photo trigger that shoots every half second, but at night, the flash will only go off once, throwing out all the other pictures in that trigger instance. The battery dies on that Camtrakker in 3 days. I had to send it in during the middle of hunting season last year, asked for my money back, got talked into letting them try and fix it. Got it back and a month later, it's taking maybe 5 to 20 pictures in a 2 week span because the battery is dead after 2 days. As best I can tell, it triggers a night time photo and the processor sits and spins for hours, trying to figure out why there's no image, before finally running the battery down. It has been a constant nightmare of a headache.

Reconyx has been the type of camera where you plug the memory card in, load batteries, turn the power on and close the camera and come back 2 weeks later and have thousands of photos. I've worked with Cuddebacks, Moultries, Wildviews, Bushnells and lots of other cheap cameras. Problem after problem after problem. None of them have ever consistently worked well. And the most photos any of them have ever produced were a couple hundred.

The only complaint I have for Reconyx is that their daytime photo quality leaves a little to be desired in the clarity and color aspect, and their night time flash length could be longer. But in terms of telling what deer are there, the Reconyx is unfailing.

Latest velvet photo postings from my Reconyx:



06-13-2011, 09:57 AM
As an update to my prior post, I just pulled the card from my Reconyx this last weekend. The camera finally ran out of batteries. It lasted from early February to June 11 on one set of Lithium AA batteries.

This last set took 10,092 photos. Approximately 7000 were photos of bucks, only 300 or so were photos of racoons or opossums, the remaining 3000 in change were does. There as a total of 1 false trigger. For me, that's impressive.

The camera was set on the feed setting, which is the least sensitive of the factory camera settings, designed to take 3 photos at each trigger instance, 5 seconds apart.

Umpqua Hunter
06-20-2011, 12:12 AM
I did a ton of research last year on trail cameras. Reconyx is definitely the best, but I finally settled on Bushnell Trophy Cam 8 MP since I wanted several cameras to use on our ranch. We bought 11 cameras rather than 3 or 4 Reconyx for the same money. The Bushnell is small, lightweight (easy to carry a couple in a daypack), fast trigger speed, IR flash, nice photo quality, and great battery life. We have been very happy with them. If you want one or two cameras, buy a Reconyx. If you'd like a few to blanket an area I like the Bushnell.

07-03-2011, 08:26 AM
1313 Summer time deer fighting.

Muleys 24/7
01-18-2012, 06:46 PM
I just bought a few primos46 cams a month ago, they're still out in the mountains now so I'll post back in a month after I swap memory cards. Before buyin these I did alot of reserch as well, and found out their rating was good with the amount of options they have for the money.

Before buying these I had the wildgame innovation brand with the regular flash. The pics taken during the day and night were crap. Maybe It was just the model I had?

01-31-2012, 04:51 AM
Stealth cam unit 7,for me....Easy icon programming...The results are good.
I love it...

02-02-2012, 11:15 AM
I am using a Morrell camera I picked up at cabela's. Seems to work pretty good. Here are a few pics I got on it in 2011.2583

Muleys 24/7
02-02-2012, 02:14 PM
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s27/BrownBear416/Big2.jpg I was wondering, did you have alot of false triggers since you had that camera set up with alot of thick vegitaion to blow in the wind?

02-02-2012, 02:28 PM
Yes I did have quite a few false triggers. But I had a 2GB card in it so even though I only checked it every two weeks, I still had plenty of space available on the card. Also, I had the sensitivity set on high so that probably contributed to more false triggers than anything. The most pictures I had in a two week period was something like 500 pictures and probably 35 to 40% of those were of the trees blowing in the wind or moths flying in front of the camera.

02-02-2012, 04:27 PM
I'd avoid cuddeback, will never own another one!

Bought a wildgame innovations d8 that is/was awesome!

recently bought a micro 6 red, which seems to be taking reddish pictures, pretty sure I have to send it back/trade it. Super long battery life with both!

02-07-2012, 01:50 PM
anyone tried leafriver game cameras