Mathews Inc.
Using trailcam to film your turkey hunt
Turkey
Contributors to this thread:
t-roy 29-Mar-24
HUNT MAN 29-Mar-24
JTreeman 29-Mar-24
Scoot 29-Mar-24
T-rex 29-Mar-24
sitO 29-Mar-24
midwest 29-Mar-24
midwest 29-Mar-24
sitO 29-Mar-24
midwest 29-Mar-24
t-roy 29-Mar-24
GFL 30-Mar-24
GFL 30-Mar-24
StickFlicker 30-Mar-24
t-roy 30-Mar-24
From: t-roy
29-Mar-24
I’m planning to try and film more of my turkey hunts this spring, and incorporate a trailcam in, along with filming with my phone from the blind. I’ve seen videos where guys have set up a trail cam in or near their decoy spreads. My plan is to set the camera up about 2’ high, facing the blind. My biggest question is, how long to set the video length for, and how long to set the pauses for. Decoy movement from wind or me manipulating it with fishing line will most likely trigger the camera. Any ideas or tricks to help reduce unnecessary video, or is it just gonna be a necessary evil in the process? Any other tricks or tips are welcome, as well.

From: HUNT MAN
29-Mar-24
Go pro and a remote!

From: JTreeman
29-Mar-24
Seems like most guys I see doing this are using a GoPro type camera. Not clear in my mind how the trail cam would really work for what you are trying to do with any consistency/accuracy. I guess it’s possible, just seems tricky, on my TactaCam cameras the max video is 15 seconds. So you would basically be guessing when it starts filming via motion and then have 15 seconds to shoot I guess? Maybe some brands offer longer video lengths? Just seems pretty tricky to me to be sure to get what you need done within the video length and guessing when it starts and stops. Maybe I’m not understanding exactly how it would work though too…

—Jim

From: Scoot
29-Mar-24
T- there are several gopro type options, many of which are pretty inexpensive and work pretty well. I've got one and it's worked really well for me. They are all a bit of a pain to set up, but no big deal. I envision your trailcam idea to seem like a good idea, but to lead you to frustrations! Feel free to text me if you want info on the camera I use for this.

From: T-rex
29-Mar-24
I actually got the buck I shot this year on trail cam video. He was working the scrape my trail cam was facing. I think I had the video set to 30 seconds or 1 minute, I can't remember which.

From: sitO
29-Mar-24

sitO's Link
Get ya a GoPro buddy!

From: midwest
29-Mar-24
^^^awesome^^^

From: midwest
29-Mar-24
Which GoPro?

From: sitO
29-Mar-24

sitO's Link
I've got a few of them Nick, I think the newest one I have is an "8". Just make sure it's compatible with the GoPro app so you can start/stop/focus from phone.

There are a bunch of knock off brands out there now as well, much cheaper but I have no experience with them.

I've used it for WT hunting w/a decoy too(see link).

From: midwest
29-Mar-24
Way cool!

From: t-roy
29-Mar-24
Thanks, guys. I’ve already got a bunch of trail cams, and I’m wondering about ending up with too much stuff to run from the blind. I’m a Luddite when it comes to electronics gadgets, etc. I thought maybe the trail cam might idiot proof things a little. I’ll have to look into a go-pro or similar.

From: GFL
30-Mar-24

GFL's embedded Photo
GFL's embedded Photo
I use video mode on Reconyx.

From: GFL
30-Mar-24

GFL's embedded Photo
GFL's embedded Photo

From: StickFlicker
30-Mar-24
Sometimes trail cams take video in less common video formats. If you're planning to import it into video software to make a movie, you might make sure it is a usable file type or that you have a way of converting it to one.

From: t-roy
30-Mar-24
No plans to be making any movies. Just for my entertainment and to share with buddies.

  • Sitka Gear