Because free time is in such short supply for most of us, we want to make the most of what we have.  There is an inverse relationship between scouting and hunting time.  The more you spend scouting, the less you’ll have to spend hunting in order to be successful.  Furthermore, there are ways you can reduce your scouting time significantly, without diminishing results.  One of the best is utilizing scouting cameras.

Trail cameras and plot watchers are your eyes in the woods (and fields) when you’re not there.  Even better, like our military personnel, they’re on guard 24-7.

As the name implies, trail cameras are best utilized on trails, or someplace where passing deer will trigger the camera to capture an image of whatever passes by.  Cameras placed at feeders can also be used to take inventory of the number deer and size of bucks on the property you hunt.

Plotwatchers, on the other hand, automatically record images at pre-determined intervals, without need of motion or heat to trigger them.  This makes them better suited to large open areas like fields or food plots (thus, the name), where they record the “big picture,” – the daily comings and goings of deer across the entire area.

In addition to saving time, trail cameras and plotwatchers also allow you to scout with minimal intrusion.  The more you can minimize your presence, the less disturbance you cause, and the more at ease deer will remain.

Unless you have a camera that automatically transmits images via cell phone technology (and yes, they do exist).  You will have to visit the site periodically.  Try keeping visits to a minimum.  Bring extra cards and swap them out so you don’t linger at any one site too long.

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