Trail cameras have definitely changed the sport of hunting, especially in the last few years. The picture quality has improved greatly and cameras have the ability to record high definition videos as well. I own a handful of different trail cameras, some more reliable than others, but I definitely take full advantage of their capabilities.
I like to keep my trail cameras active for most of the year. I enjoy seeing the variety of wildlife that is captured on camera. Deer are the most common animal I capture images of, but my cameras have also photographed coyotes, bears, turkeys, foxes and all other types of smaller wildlife. These devices assist with learning the different schedules and routines of the animals . Much can be learned from different pictures by looking at the time stamp, the direction the animals are travelling in and possibly how often the animals are captured on camera. The information gained from different images can become quite useful once the different hunting seasons come around.
With my cameras active for so long, I am able to get familiar with some of the deer and animals in the area. I quite like seeing the different bucks develop as the year progresses. Watching them grow and their antlers develop is very interesting to me and I always look forward to actually seeing them in the bush and not just in a picture. With so many images captured I always find a couple different bucks that become my target for that particular year of hunting. Although I am not always successful in tracking down that specific quarry, it is always exciting knowing what is out
there. Definitely a degree of excitement is added to the hunt when you become aware of what the potential targets are and it surely is more incentive to get out and enjoy the sport.