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Bushnell Improves The Trophy Cam

by John Mueller 24. January 2011 14:22
John Mueller

For 2011 Bushnell has made some significant improvements to their already awesome Trophy Cam Trail Cameras. Black LEDs, video with sound, field scan mode, 32GB SD card capable, and zoom viewer are all new features added this year.

The list of features is impressive:

8 MP high quality full color resolution

Day/night auto sensor

External power compatible

Adjustable PIR (Low/Med./High)

1 second trigger speed

Programmable trigger interval-1 sec to 60 min.

Multi image mode: 1-3 images per trigger

Video Length: 1-60 seconds/programmable

Field Scan time lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals, 1 min to 60 min.

Temp. Range -5*F to 140*F

PIR sensor is motion activated out to 45 ft.

Runs up to one year on one set of batteries.

Adjustable web strap and 1/4" x 20 threaded hole for mounting.

SD Card Slot

Runs on AA batteries

The most impressive new features as far as I am concerned is the added sound to the video and the Field Scan mode. I used mine in video mode at mock scrapes last fall and got some amazing video of bucks working the scrape as well as 2 sparring matches at the scrape. I would have loved to have had sound with some of those videos. And the field scan mode can tell you exactly when and where the deer enter your food plot and how they travel through it. The camera doesn't have to activated by movement. You simply set the camera to take a picture at intervals from 1 minute to 60 minutes. So you get the animals no matter how far they are from the camera.

Some other interesting new additions are the Black Leds. Virtually invisible to game as well as human passers by. This makes the new camera especially well suited for scrapes and feeders since there is no visible light to spook game. 32 GB SD cards can now be used to gather your video or still images. You can hold over 20,000 images on a single card. No more disturbing the area every week to pull cards. The built in image viewer now has added zoom feature to check out the pictures in the field. And all of these features are packed into the small 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" case. I think this is one of the best trail camera options for your money. I had mine set on video mode all season and had zero problems with it along with excellent battery life.

Check out the complete lineup of Bushnell Trail Cameras at the link below.

http://www.bowhunting.com/shopping/Departments/Trail-Cameras.aspx?manufacturer=1b86c181-7748-4a35-89b7-64f87a771a90&page=1#cs

 

 

 

 

 

Bowhunting Success Requires Adaptability

by Cody Altizer 27. September 2010 10:24
Cody Altizer

   For the second straight weekend, Todd Graf and I headed north to Wisconsin in hopes of connecting on an early season whitetail on film.  For the second straight weekend, we worked our tails off to tip the odds in our favor of doing so.  Unlike last weekend, however, we came back to Illinois with a mature doe to our credit.  The harvest of Todd’s early season doe is a testament to two things: less than ideal hunting conditions, but more importantly, our ability to adapt.
    Success in hunting, like success in life in general, is directly correlated between one’s ability to adapt to adverse conditions.  Before the season begins, we as bowhunters have grand plans of tagging an unsuspecting buck that we feel we have patterned all summer.  As opening day approaches, we think to ourselves, “I just need that typical early season wind, a cool afternoon, and that buck is mine!”  While this may be this case for some hunters across the land, this does not describe me and Todd’s first two weekends of the season.  We were faced with problematic Northeast winds and a true ignorance to the deer’s early season patterns.  Nevertheless, we adjusted to the circumstances by being mobile and willing to put in a little extra time and effort.  Here is a quick rundown of techniques that helped put Todd and I on some early season deer.

Click here to see the footage of Todd's Wisconsin Doe Harvest

Trail Cameras

By now most hunters know trail cameras can be an important scouting tool when used correctly.  They key word is, correctly.  By quickly accessing and monitoring trail cameras you can gain a better understanding of the deer movement. Todd and I relied on his Reconyx, Bushnell and Cam Trakker trail cameras to better determine which areas were void of deer, and which were worthy of a hunt.  When deploying or checking trail cameras, it is critical to be as scent free as possible and leave the area completely unmolested as possible.  This means wearing rubber boots and/or rubber gloves and avoid touching any trees or lower level vegetation.  The slightest foreign odor in a deer’s home range can tip them off to your presence thus drastically decreasing your chances.   Keep unfamiliar noise to a minimum as well.  Treat trail camera trips just as you would an actual hunting trip.  Whisper if you are hunting with a partner, walk on matted leaves or grass if possible and don’t make any unnecessary noise.  Be as quiet as possible.  Conversely, when Todd and I checked our trail cameras we left the pickup truck running because the areas we were hunting were close to major roadways.  The deer in these areas are accustomed to traffic noise and paid little attention to a running automobile.  Remember, it is important to recognize your hunting scenarios and adapt accordingly.

Monitoring trail cameras revealed to Todd which areas we should focus our efforts on.  Trail cameras are a great scouting tool when used correctly.

Mobility

    Being flexible when it comes to our hunting spots played a key role in Todd harvesting his doe.  During our 4 combined days in Wisconsin we hung multiple stand locations for various winds giving ourselves the most options possible depending on several hunting related factors including weather, food availability (both agricultural natural crops), wind direction and trail camera intel.  We cashed in on food availability by finding a nice pinch point loaded with acorns.   Being a mobile hunter is not a style that is appealing or suitable for everyone.  It requires a lot of extra time and energy taking down and hanging new sets.  Portable, lightweight tree stands, like those from Lone Wolf, Muddy Outdoors or Gorilla are ideal as are the sticks provided by those manufacturers.  These stands are extremely light weight, portable and easy to carry in and out of the woods.  Being mobile also requires the use of a good pruning saw, like the Hooyman, to quickly trim shooting lanes and clean out the trees you want to hunt.  Again, being a mobile hunter requires extra effort; this may mean getting up an hour earlier in the morning to hang a stand in the dark or hanging a set at lunch and hunting that area the rest of the afternoon.  It can be tiring, but it can definitely be worth it.

Hanging new stands requires diligence and extra effort, but it can also be a deadly tactic when bowhunting whitetails.

Intuition


    Last and certainly not least, Todd and I relied on our intuition in harvesting a mature doe on film.  Preparing for our fifth hunt together, we were really unsure which stand we were going to hunt.  We settled down, looked at the wind, discussed food sources and quickly decided that acorns were our best bet for an afternoon hunt.  By developing a sound game plan based on our hunting intuition we felt confident and hopeful heading to the stand Sunday afternoon.  Trust your instincts, like Todd and I did, develop a sound game plan and you will find yourself feeling more confident in your hunting spots.

Conclusion


    Sure, Todd didn’t harvest a “Booner” this past weekend in Wisconsin, but we did come back with some cool footage and meat in the freezer.  We were faced with a little early season struggle but we adapted and succeeded.  Hopefully, our success this past weekend provided you with a blueprint of how to adapt and make the most of your given hunting scenario.  With October right around the corner, we are all sure to be experiencing some great hunting soon!

Todd and I with his 2010 early season Wisconsin doe.

Bushnell Introduces NEW Spotting Scope!

by Bow Staff 14. July 2010 14:13
Bow Staff

Just in time for those long hot evenings of driving around looking for velvet bucks, the good people at Bushnell introduce a better way to do it! Big Bucks not included. 

BUSHNELL INTRODUCES NEW SPOTTING SCOPE TO THE LEGEND® SERIES

Overland Park, KS. — Bushnell introduces the Legend® Ultra HD 15-45x60 spotting scope.

This spotter fits easily into a backpack making it perfect for backcountry hunting trips, and is light enough to use on car window mounts. It has twin dual speed focus controls which provide both rapid focus for moving subjects or low power use, and the ability to slowly fine tune focus when viewing at higher power or closer distances.  The mid size spotter has a wide field of view, and a straight eyepiece with a zoom range from 15-45 power. 

The new Legend 60mm scope features the patented Bushnell RainGuard® HD lens coating for better moisture dispersion and easier cleaning.

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass is employed on the Legend Ultra HD spotting scope to give the sharpest and clearest image available by ensuring that all colors in the light spectrum are focused to the same plane.

The 15-45x60mm Legend Ultra-HD spotting scope also features a retractable sun shade, twist-up eyecup, and rotating tripod mounting collar. A soft case and table-top tripod are included.

This new Legend® Ultra HD 15-45x60 spotting scope will retail for about $399.

All New Trail Cameras for 2009 - Announced at the bowhunting ATA Show.

by Todd Graf 10. January 2009 13:09
Todd Graf

Here is the run down for all the new trail cameras for 2009.

CamTrakker - Unit MK-8

After talking with Dan Stoneburner, the owner of CamTrakker, I found that his focus will remain the same as he continues to improve on the CamTrakker MK-8. Although this unit was released in 2008, changes have been made to the unit's firmware upgrades. The MK-8's most recent update has really made the unit very stable and is working great. If you have already purchased a Camtrakker MK-8 you should contact CamTrakker to make sure your unit is upgraded to the newest version.

Here are some of the highlighted features of the CamTrakker MK-8:

  1. Adjustable flash ranges for both IR operation and Strobe flash operation.
  2. Long lasting lead-acid battery life, included with purchase.
  3. Easy to use & set-up
  4. Ability to view photos in the field.
  5. Easy access to both battery and SD Card
  6. High quality images
  7. Burst mode for daytime images

Recon Outdoors - Viper

The Viper is one of the latest additions to the Recon Outdoors line of Infrared digital scouting and security cameras.  We will be adding Recon trail cameras to our site this year and we look forward to testing these units.

Here are some of the highlighted features:

  1. New shape and superior functionality - this unit is extremely small
  2. 2.1 MP infrared images
  3. You no longer have to open the unit to check cameras status
  4. One keypad on the front of the unit allows you to view everything including picture count, battery voltage, available memory space all at a glance of any eye.
  5. Available in no camo and Mossy Oak Tree Stand.

Bushnell - All New - Trophy Cam Model (119415) includes built in LCD color viewer & 119405 (B & W Text LCD)

You will not believe the size of this unit. It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is packed with some incredible features. This unit is so small you could fit them right into your pants pockets.

  1. 3 / 5 Mp high quality full color
  2. Day / Night Auto sensor
  3. Adjustable PIR (low/medium/High)
  4. Trigger speed less than 1 second
  5. Multi image mode - 1 - 3 images per trigger
  6. Temperature ranges / -5 - 140 degrees
  7. 24 infrared night vision LED's - 45 feet range
  8. Runs off of 8 AA batteries for up to 6 months.
  9. Video length up to 60 seconds.
  10. Requires the purchase of a SD Card.
  11. Model 119415 comes with color built-in LCD color viewfinder

 
In the photo above you can see how small the new Bushnell Trophy Cam is comed to the older units.

Reconyx - MC65 Solocam IR - All New for 2009

Reconyx introduced the next generation in digtail scouting with the Mathews edition Solocam camera.

  1. 1/5 Second Trigger speed
  2. 1 Photo per second
  3. Lo-Glow IR - Semi-Convert
  4. IR Flash range of 50 feet
  5. CF up to 32 Gig - 4 gig card holds up to 10 - 15,000 photos
  6. Color by Day / Mono at Night
  7. 1080 High Definition images
  8. Operating tempatures - -20 to +120 degrees

Predator Trailcams - All new for the Xtinction & Evolution XR is "One touch set-up"

  1. "One touch set-up feature" Install batteries, Insert storage device choose - one touch option ans walk away! Its that simple.
  2. The Xtinction features included - Double Vision Technology which uses 32 or 48 "True" infrared emitters. With 32 emitters activated the nighttime range will be 25 - 30ft, depending on conditions and settings. If 48 emitters are activated the nightime range will increase out to 40+ feet.
  3. High Resolution Images - 3.2 Day / 1.3 Night.
  4. Both units come standard with Next Generation Camo.
  5. 4 digit securtiy code can be entered on both units to prevent theft.
  6. Both photos and videos can be viewed in the field.

I have also been told that improvements have been made to increase the overall battery life of these units.

Moultrie Game Spy Management system - New units for 2009 Include the following features - (4 New Models)

Moultrie has really made some big improvements to their trail camera lineup for this year.  Just about every complaint that customers had about these units has been addressed.  They are smaller, the batteries and flash card are eaiser to access, and the trigger speed has been improved as well.  The only thing that has been sacrificed in this year's units is they now take 4 D-cell batteries instead of 6, which will give up some battery life in order to acheive a smaller package.  After looking at the cameras firsthand, I think it was a good trade-off.

Game Spy I-45 Includes -

  1. 4.0 Mega Pixel
  2. 50ft Flash Range
  3. Tempature, moon phase, time, date and camera ID on every photo and video
  4. Color during the day / IR during night
  5. Three picture resolutions / two video resolutions
  6. Operates on 4 D-cell batteries
  7. Upgradeable software

Game Spy I-65 Includes -

  1. 6.0 Mega pixel images
  2. 1.8 inch built-in picture and video viewer
  3. Barometric pressure
  4. Password security
  5. Time-lapse mode
  6. Four picture resolutions
  7. The I-65 Also includes all the features of the I-45!

Two other units, the Game Spy M-45 & M-65 are both available with the same features as the I-45 and I-65 except with a standard flash unit, not infrared.

But these great new features aren't even the best part about these new Moultrie units.  With all of the new units you can at anytime purchase a modem which attaches to the unit and will wirelessly transmit images through AT&T's cellular network. Once the images are sent you can log into Moultrie's new Game Management website which will offer you private access to manage your photos, data and cameras all through your computer once signed up.  I have to admit this is pretty cool that you can buy the moden attachment when your ready.  Retail cost on the modem unit is going to be around $150.


The new Moultrie I-45 and I-65 trail cameras.  You can see the overall package has been completely redesigned for this year.


The website being displayed above the Moultrie's Game Management site where you can manage your cameras and images when using the modem adapter.

New Cuddeback Units for 2009

The folks at Cuddeback are releasing two new units for 2009, however they are still in production and didn't have any working samples for us to look at or photograph.  We did get some specs on the forthcoming cameras though.  The two new units are the NoFlash X2 and the Expert X2.  These are essentially upgraded versions of the old NoFlash and Expert units with a few improvements.  The NoFlash X2 will take 5.0 mega pixel images during the day and 1.3 mega pixel black and white images by night.  The interesting part about the NoFlash X2 is that it uses two separate cameras for taking pictures by day and by night., meaning each one is optimized for the best quality at both times.  The NoFlash X2 also features 15 second delays during both day and night and you can set different delays for each.  Video clips are now shot at 18 frames per second for higher quality.

Both cameras will now accept SD cards instead of CF cards (which are more expensive and harder to find than SD) and a new "Genius" mounting system.  The Expert X2 has all the same features as the NoFlash X2 in a standard flash camera, however it only has a minimum 30 second delay at night and 15 second delay during the daytime.  As soon as we get some more information or photos we'll be sure to blog about them.

It should also be noted that a new firmware version has been released for the Capture IR cameras, which greatly increases the flash range of these cameras.  Visit Cuddeback's website to download the firmware and upgrade your camera today.

Most importantly we will be stocking, selling and testing all units right here at Bowhunting.com!

To view photo samples you can check out our new site - TrailCameras.com!




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