Learn to use Trail Cameras as a way to showcase the wildlife on your property.
By Dave Edwards
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Tall Tines Wildlife & Hunting Consultants
It’s that time of year. In most parts of the whitetails range, bucks are sporting full velvet racks that are nearly developed and will soon rub out in preparation for their fall activities. With this comes excitement among hunters, and potential land buyers, with the anticipation of what this hunting season will bring. As such, infrared trail cameras are being deployed at an exponential rate in hopes of getting a glimpse of trophy bucks that may be using the property where they hunt. As a recreational property seller, trail cameras offer a great way to not only capture trophy bucks or other wildlife using properties you have listed, but can help you attract potential recreational buyers that have caught the “fall bug” and are looking for a place of their own to hunt this season. Here are a few tips to help you, a recreational property seller, get the most out of your trail cameras this fall:
- Deploy cameras in late summer/early fall while bucks are still in bachelor groups. This often allows you to capture many bucks in the same photograph.
- Pay special attention to the layout/background of the photo area. That is, unlike a hunter that is primarily concerned with simply getting a picture of a buck, your goal is to capture quality photographs that not only capture the wildlife, but are aesthetic and can be used to market a property.
- Use video options if available on your trail camera. Videos often capture more wildlife and can be a great addition to an online listing.
- While whole corn, or other baits, are commonly used to attract deer or other wildlife in front of a camera, avoid “piling it up”. That is, your photographs will look more natural if the bait is not visible. Once deer or other target wildlife begin using a site, scatter the bait verses piling it.
- Think outside the box. Although most people use trail cameras to photograph deer, they can be used to capture all kinds of wildlife. Be creative and use trail cameras to photograph wildlife that may set your property apart from others.