Take more deer with better trail camera techniques

3 Fixes to Common Trail Camera Mistakes Trail Camera

I’ve heard countless stories of guys who set out 15+ trail cameras and capture images of a shooter buck. Then, come season, the buck disappears, never to be seen again. Well, that buck is much smarter than you think, and your scouting camera skills aren’t up to par. Here are a few mistakes to avoid.

Mistake #1) Prying a little too much.
The Fix) Don’t check that camera until the season has started. Nine times out of 10, the first time you hunt a stand is your best opportunity to kill a quality critter. Multiple times, I’ve rushed out and checked cameras routinely, only to find that deer vacate an area when I start hunting it. Deer can pattern hunters as well as hunters pattern deer. 

Mistake #2) Location! Location! Location!
The Fix) If you have does, a dominant buck shows up at some point. Scouting and understanding the lay of the land comes into play in this fix. Hang cameras on adjacent, less frequented trails. Larger bucks often prefer the trail overlooked.

Mistake #3) Always on the level.
The Fix) In most situations, I hang my cameras above deer eye level. Why? Because I get the whole picture. By hanging my cameras higher and on a slight angle, I catch what is going on at that moment. Often, scouting cameras see only a small piece of the puzzle. Elevate a few of your cameras a few feet higher and get a better visual on the scene.

Quality scouting with cameras can overcome mistakes, and if done correctly lead to some amazing images and hunts. Don’t let poor camera scouting ruin your shot.


Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.