Eight Ways to Spook Fewer Deer with Trail Cameras


Are you already implementing these techniques?


Trail cameras are extremely innovative. But they can be extremely ineffective if used improperly. Are you spooking deer with your trail cameras? Odds are high that you are unless you’re implementing these seven tactics.


1. Use smaller, quieter cams

The age of big, bulky cameras is over. They’re too noticeable. Those larger models also seem to be louder models. If you want to spook less deer with your cams, use smaller and quieter models.


2. Use LEDs

Forget the flash cameras, too. Choose LED or no-glow models. This will help reduce the number of deer you alert to your cameras.


3. Cameras with camo

They don’t put Realtree camo on cameras for no reason. Buy cameras that have camouflage on them. This will help conceal them from deer.


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4. Natural foliage

Take the camo option one step further and “brush in” your camo cameras. This will make these even harder to detect.


5. Hang them high

Don’t hang a camera in a deer’s line of sight. Hang them up high where they’re out of view. As the old saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” The same goes for deer and trail cameras.


6. Spray them down

As always, scent is very important. Reduce it as much as possible by spraying your cameras down after handling them. Also, wear gloves when checking them. This is another thing you can do to spook less deer.


7. Put them in low-risk spots

This is likely the best tip on this list for keeping deer from detecting you and your cameras. Put them in locations that aren’t as likely to spook deer while checking them. Don’t hang cameras in or near bedding areas. Instead, hang them on food sources, water sources and other locations that won’t bring you close to bedded deer.


8. Check them properly

Finally, use caution when checking trail cameras. Check them sparingly. And, if possible, check them from a four-wheeler, truck, bicycle or other device that helps reduce ground scent.