TRAIL CAM DO’S AND DON’TS
How to get the shots you need to profile a mature buck By Tony Hansen
DO: MAKE YOUR OWN RUBBING POST
Bucks love to rub on cedar. If you don’t have any in your hunting area, you can lash a cedar fence post (available at most farm supply stores) horizontally between two trees about waist-high. Bucks will begin to use it as a rubbing post, giving you an excellent camera location.
DO: STEAL LICKING BRANCHES
Making your a mock scrape is a proven tactic for logging good trail cam photos. But, you can make a mock scrape even better by taking a licking branch from an existing scrape in another area and transplanting it to your new scrape location. After finding an active scrape, simply cut the licking branch, then zip tie it above your mock scrape. Wear latex gloves to avoid scent contamination.
DON’T: PLACE CAMERAS ON TRAILS
Trails seem like they would be good camera locations, but they’re poor spots for capturing images. Bucks walking along trails afford single-photo opportunities at best. At night, most of those images will be blurry with movement. Instead, focus on areas where deer will be stationary.