A good trail camera can stack the odds in your favor. I’ve been testing several and one of the best I’ve found so far is the Bushnell Trophy Cam Bone Collector edition.
This camera captures both photos and video footage of the deer and other animals in the area. Having this information allows you to have an accurate account of all of the animals in your area and make the best judgments for those difficult management decisions.
This camera has an amazing one-year battery life, unmatched trigger speed and a compact 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ housing. There is an SD card slot with a 16GB capacity for storing as many pictures as you can look at. The 32 infrared night vision LEDs allow the PIR sensor to activate out to 45 ft. It functions in extreme temperatures from -5°F to 140°F and rains, sleet snow or heat won’t cause it to fail.
One of my favorite features is that you can choose from three megapixel settings – select 3.0 megapixels to store the maximum amount of images, 5.0 megapixels a combination of storage capacity and great resolution, and 8.0 megapixels for the greatest image clarity.
The multi-image mode can capture one to three images per trigger. The camera will function up to six months on a single set of four AA batteries or 12 months on eight AA batteries and Bushnell suggests Lithium batteries for longer battery life and better performance. They even give you a coupon.
Crisp wide-screen VGA videos at 16 fps and QVGA video at 20 fps. Programmable video lengths from one second to 60 seconds make it so you can get good footage of that buck and study him from every angle. Interval trigger is programmable for between one-second and 60-minute shots. Other features are a say/night auto sensor, a time-lapse mode, and a date and time stamp to let you know when the critters are coming around. It comes with an adjustable web strap for securing it to a tree or post. There is an available security box to keep it safe from bears and from idiots who might steal it.
The Outwrite Truth
For right around $200, you can get a top-quality camera that will do just about everything you’d want a trail camera to do. The small size and features make this a really great deal. You can stuff a bunch of these in your pockets to cover you’re whole area, and the small size also makes it harder to detect in the woods. My only complaint is that there isn’t a separate door or cover to keep the batteries from falling out when you open the door. I’ll overlook that, but that is definitely something Bushnell should rethink.
Overall, I think this might be the best deal in trail cameras going.
|Bushnell Bone Collector Trophy Cam 3-5-8 Megapixel Trail CameraFavored game camera of The Bone Collector Team 32 nightvision LEDs that won?t spook game Three selectable megapixel modes (3, 5, and 8) Widescreen video mode (films in 60 second intervals) Date/time stamp 32 MB internal memory Accepts SD card up to 16 GB Runs up to one year on eight AA batteries The favored game camera of The Bone Collector Team features 32 nightvision LEDs that won?t spook game; three selectable megapixel modes (3, 5, and 8); Widescreen video mode (films in 60 second intervals); and date/time stamp. 32 MB internal memory. Accepts SD card (not included) up to 16 GB. Runs up to one year on eight AA batteries (not included). Color: Realtree AP . Manufacturer model #: 119445C.