Originally Posted by Andy Backus
How many do you use?
Where do you put them - food sources, field edges, bedding areas, stand sites, trails, rubs, scrapes, feeders?
During hunting season only?
How often do you check them?
Have you had any problems with them spooking deer?
In the off season through late summer I leave them up on food sources and check them every couple of weeks.
Late summer/early fall I will move them to travel corridors and start to try and get an idea on travel patterns in an area. I check them every week or so at this point and move them around some.
The flash cameras tend to get the deer's attention but it does not seem to keep them from coming back to an area. They either never associated them with danger or they think its lightning or something.
Oddly enough I have seen some IR cameras seem to spook deer more than some flash cameras. A Moultrie IR camera I tried could not have spooked deer any worse if it made coyote howling sounds. The better IR camera's though the deer seem to be oblivious to. I am steadily switching over to better IR cameras at about 1 new one a year.
Right now I have a half a dozen cameras out on ~200acres. Probably none will need
to be replaced next year but if I buy a new IR camera I will just move a flash camera somewhere that I only expect daytime pics and set it to turn off at night.