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Title: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: huntnfmly on June 16, 2020, 05:18:33 PM
Hello everyone getting into trail cams had 1years ago for 1 season.
Got a couple questions
Heard something about needing to format the sd cards?
Or can you just put them in?
Once the card is full can you delete pics or do you just re-use and the pics are just copied over?
Thanks for any info.
I picked up a couple primos truth cams they look pretty easy to set up
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Born2late on June 16, 2020, 05:26:24 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: samdubs1 on June 16, 2020, 05:29:57 PM
Make sure you look at your cameras setup also. The cams that I have will not take if I insert the sd card with the cam turned on it will not take pics. The plus is they do not require a format.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: huntnfmly on June 16, 2020, 05:54:40 PM
Thanks guys
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Archry on June 16, 2020, 06:01:27 PM
Use the camera at home  1st=find problems
Face it north
Clean erea in front=weeds grow up n wind blows triggering camera
Take extra batteries when checkling camera
Have fun
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: huntnfmly on June 16, 2020, 06:21:38 PM
Thank you
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Wolfdog2314 on June 16, 2020, 06:25:11 PM
https://www.boneview.com/

I recommend this card reader. BoneView has its own app for viewing pictures too. And U can format from the app also. Easiest most streamlined way to check pix. Like others have said, format the card every time!
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: huntnfmly on June 16, 2020, 06:29:14 PM
How smart of a smart phone do you need for that viewer my phone barely passed it's GED
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Wolfdog2314 on June 16, 2020, 07:40:02 PM
How smart of a smart phone do you need for that viewer my phone barely passed it's GED

Haha, I use it on an iPhone. Android has a version too. If not using a smart phone Iíd reccomend something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Innovations-VU70-Trail-Tablet-Viewer/dp/B07PPD9QFR

Itís really nice to be able to check your cams in the field. VS just swapping out cards. U can see what kind of activity youíre getting or if thereís a branch causing your camera to trip.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Born2late on June 16, 2020, 07:52:07 PM
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/wildgame-innovations-sd-card-reader-vu60-1318349?cm_mmc=feed-_-GoogleShopping-_-Product-_-1318349&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7uC0tuuH6gIV0RZ9Ch3Lgwt6EAQYAyABEgJM7fD_BwE

I have this one since i have a phone my kids call the "ifossil"
It works pretty good. Reads videos and pictures
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: huntnfmly on June 19, 2020, 04:54:17 PM
Thank you.
I picked up a couple lick boxes and python cables does any one lag bolt the lock box to the tree also or just use the cable?
Thinking about doing both
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: Born2late on June 19, 2020, 06:16:10 PM
I bolt them or cable them but never both.
I prefer bolting them in boxes since the bears seem to like chewing on my cameras and it keeps them from getting moved around.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 19, 2020, 07:42:31 PM
I screw them to the tree (that way you do not have to reposition after checking) and cable lock too.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: emac on June 19, 2020, 08:30:03 PM
Always leg bolt or wood screws into the tree. Never use python locks they can be cut so easy and never seem to get them tight enough

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Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: bornhunter on June 19, 2020, 09:02:52 PM
I buy the cameras with the built in viewer. Dont seem very popular with folks on here???
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: Archry on June 19, 2020, 09:42:58 PM
I run tasco. cost $60. Have used them 10+ years. Only had one stolen. Just glad it wasn't a $200 camera.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: huntnfmly on June 20, 2020, 06:24:26 AM
Thanks again for all the replies and info
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions another added
Post by: huntnfmly on June 20, 2020, 01:42:43 PM
Just ordered 1 section of climbing sticks.
What's the best way to check aiming cams? Basically point pull card out check pic?
Thanks everyone looking forward to setting things up
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: huntnfmly on July 26, 2020, 03:55:29 PM
Thanks again for all the tips and info.
I put 1 of my cams up this weekend lockbox,lag bolted and cable locked about 9ft up but now I'm wondering if I pointed it down enough lol.
We'll see
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: cougforester on July 26, 2020, 04:23:22 PM
Something I've learned recently is to put your phone flush to the front of the camera then take a picture. That'll show exactly what your camera is lookin at. Be sure to use the "test" function too so it's looking far enough down at the ground to catch what you're looking for
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: huntnfmly on July 26, 2020, 05:49:04 PM
Camera on your phone is a great tip never thought of that.
I used the set up mode and had my daughter walk around and the light was going on like they said it would but we'll see
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: 3nails on July 26, 2020, 07:36:49 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Born2late on July 26, 2020, 08:18:40 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?
On my bushnells it erases the pictures that were on that card so its clear. I've also tried without and had the card not work then formatted the card and it will work in the camera.
How do you delete your pictures?It is a option in the submenu in the camera.
In bushnells instructions it says to always format cards that have been used in other cameras. Don't know why but thats what i've always done.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: hunter399 on July 26, 2020, 08:36:38 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?
I had a cam out once for a 4 month soak.
At that time I was using my laptop as a card reader anyway ,I had a 1000 or more pics on it .but every time I would try to copy the file my laptop would say it's corrupted .I started formatting the cards and it never happened again.
I have ran a lot of cams with out formatting the card .But that one time not being able to view those pics rub me the wrong way.
If someone else is viewing or deleting pics off your card can corrupt a sd card also.

Alot of cams have formatting the card as options right on the cam .So now I just copy the pics to my phone.then use the cam to format the card easy peasy.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: 3nails on July 26, 2020, 08:44:48 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?
On my bushnells it erases the pictures that were on that card so its clear. I've also tried without and had the card not work then formatted the card and it will work in the camera.
How do you delete your pictures?It is a option in the submenu in the camera
I've always just put new sd cards in and deleted any pics later that I didn't want with my pc and put them right back in.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Born2late on July 26, 2020, 08:57:21 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?
On my bushnells it erases the pictures that were on that card so its clear. I've also tried without and had the card not work then formatted the card and it will work in the camera.
How do you delete your pictures?It is a option in the submenu in the camera
I've always just put new sd cards in and deleted any pics later that I didn't want with my pc and put them right back in.
Well if it works for you don't change it.About the time you do ,you'll check a camera with big tracks going by in the snow and the card won't work. Ask me how i know. :(
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: huntnnw on July 26, 2020, 09:29:25 PM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?

I have run cams extensively since the 35mm trail cam days and have never formatted a SD card
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: 3nails on July 27, 2020, 05:04:32 AM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?

I have run cams extensively since the 35mm trail cam days and have never formatted a SD card
I had a couple of the kind where you wedge the 35 mm camera between 2 foam pads. You had to line it up with a plunger that hit the button on top. The camera was virtually unprotected from the weather. Then you had to wait for photo development to see IF anything was on it. SO much better now.
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: huntnnw on July 27, 2020, 06:31:47 AM
 :chuckle: I remember this biggest roll of film you could get was 48 pics
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: Skyvalhunter on July 27, 2020, 08:46:22 AM
I had one of the first cams triggered by a thread across the trail
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: Cougartail on July 27, 2020, 09:38:02 AM
Yes on formating the sd card. I do it everytime i put a card in . it erases all the pictures on card
Yes on reuseing the card. like said above formating erases them.
I carry a card reader with me, set the camera up and walk in front of it to make sure its the height that will get the animal your after. that way you won't be disappointed when you come back.
also make sure no  tree limbs that will set it off.
good luck
This is interesting to me. I've been running dozens of cams year around since they were first invented and have never once formatted an sd card. What does that even mean?

I have run cams extensively since the 35mm trail cam days and have never formatted a SD card
I had a couple of the kind where you wedge the 35 mm camera between 2 foam pads. You had to line it up with a plunger that hit the button on top. The camera was virtually unprotected from the weather. Then you had to wait for photo development to see IF anything was on it. SO much better now.

Long before that one I built a box/plunger type that ran sewing thread from the plunger arm down through a eyelet I'd screw into the tree, then across the trail to another tree. Got one picture of an elk before I abandoned that design.
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: NOCK NOCK on July 29, 2020, 06:34:38 AM
I had one of the first cams triggered by a thread across the trail


I still have 2 of the ones that the thread tripped a clock so you know what time an animal crossed the trail.  Used to use them way back in bear baiting days.....was always the highlight of pre scouting to see the time it was tripped.
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: Transka on July 29, 2020, 03:31:52 PM
double check to make sure its on!! :tup: :chuckle: :chuckle: :bash: :bash: :bash:
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: fishnfur on July 30, 2020, 09:48:36 PM
I had one of the first cams triggered by a thread across the trail


I still have 2 of the ones that the thread tripped a clock so you know what time an animal crossed the trail.  Used to use them way back in bear baiting days.....was always the highlight of pre scouting to see the time it was tripped.

Geeze - how old are you????    :chuckle: :chuckle:
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: NOCK NOCK on July 31, 2020, 03:13:48 PM
I had one of the first cams triggered by a thread across the trail


I still have 2 of the ones that the thread tripped a clock so you know what time an animal crossed the trail.  Used to use them way back in bear baiting days.....was always the highlight of pre scouting to see the time it was tripped.

Geeze - how old are you????    :chuckle: :chuckle:

Almost as old as dirt  :chuckle: :chuckle:

Here's a pic of them. note the one that is closed has bear chew marks on it.....He broke it  >:(

Those were high class back then....they even came with a little spool of thread.  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: Katmai Guy on July 31, 2020, 04:59:31 PM
I had one of the first cams triggered by a thread across the trail


I still have 2 of the ones that the thread tripped a clock so you know what time an animal crossed the trail.  Used to use them way back in bear baiting days.....was always the highlight of pre scouting to see the time it was tripped.

Geeze - how old are you????    :chuckle: :chuckle:

Almost as old as dirt  :chuckle: :chuckle:

Here's a pic of them. note the one that is closed has bear chew marks on it.....He broke it  >:(

Those were high class back then....they even came with a little spool of thread.  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:

Man, I don't know how many of those things I went thru over all the years of baiting.  Pretty handy at the time.
Title: Re: New to trail cam questions
Post by: bobcat on September 08, 2020, 11:11:35 AM
https://www.boneview.com/

I recommend this card reader. BoneView has its own app for viewing pictures too. And U can format from the app also. Easiest most streamlined way to check pix. Like others have said, format the card every time!

Thanks for this recommendation! I just got the Boneview card reader for my iPhone and tried it out yesterday when I checked my trail cams, and I bought it because of this post. Works great! What an improvement over how I used to check my cameras. I haven't really used trail cameras for a 4 or 5 years now, but I decided to put out a few now because of the quality elk permit I drew. With it being a two hour drive to where I park and begin hiking in, it sure was nice to be able to view all the photos and videos on my phone and then format the card and put it right back in the camera.
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU picks added
Post by: huntnfmly on September 21, 2020, 07:16:07 PM
Couple screen shot picks from video of first cam check.
I didn't have camera tilted down enough but still excited about what showed up you'll have to zoom in
Thank you for all the tips
Title: Re: New to trail cams THANK YOU
Post by: huntnfmly on September 22, 2020, 11:57:06 AM
How do I edit my subject title on this I did before but it's not letting me now