Anyone who has been hunting is familiar with the Bushnell name, and the company’s reputation for making high-quality optic and outdoor gear. It should come as no surprise the Bushnell 14MP Trophy Cam HD Aggressor No Glow Trail Camera, is a product that any serious hunter needs in their arsenal.
If trail cameras are new to you, once you use one they will completely change the way you hunt by giving you a glimpse into the habits of deer. The name describes what a trail camera does, it is a motion-activated camera made to sit outside and take pictures of wooded areas and trails. If you have a trail camera up year round with some attractant in the field of view, you are going to be bagging bigger deer with ease –or know if you need to bring a Marlin 1895 over a bow with you if a bear wanders into the frame.
For its price Bushnell’s 14MP Trophy Cam cannot be beaten. It is loaded with features, the most important being the trigger and recovery time settings. With a PIR sensor, the camera can detect motion up to 60 feet away. With some attractant, the deer will come in closer, giving you a good look at them. One of the highly unique features of this camera is you can set it to record 1080p video and take pictures at the same time. Time, date, temperature, and moon phase are stamped on both the video and photos. Any trail camera worth its weight in parts is going to have night vision. When taking pictures in the dark, the camera uses a “No Glow Black LED” flash with an 80-foot range; this will not spook game because they are unable to see the UV light flash.
The Bushnell 14MP Trophy Cam has a one-year battery life, which is important because trail cameras need to be up year round, especially when hunting deer. In the fall, at the start of deer season, most people put their trail cameras up, and without question, you will want yours up too. If you check the camera in the morning and a large buck went through the frame, you now know where to begin tracking. The winter is a great time to check the camera to optimize shed hunting. Since bucks lose both their antlers in a short time frame, if you see a buck with one antler passing through there is a good chance that you can find both antlers near the camera. In the spring and summer having a trail camera up will let you watch bucks develop and keep an eye on the ones to look for in the fall.
When setting up a trail camera you are going to want to find open areas, they do not have to be huge, where you can set up some small food plots. The Trophy Cam can be set to take pictures between 1 to 60 minutes, but the best setting for an open area is going to be 5 minutes. This way you know the deer is not walking through the area and gone –what happens if you set the time between pictures for too long. With the camera set to 5 minutes in combination with the use of an attractant, you will have 2 – 3 pictures of deer stopping looking around and then passing through. You do not want to set the camera to less than five minutes. Setting the camera for too short of a time will fill your memory card with 10 – 15 pictures of deer eating and looking around. The second location for the camera is on deer trails where you will want to set the intervals to 1 minute or to take video so you can get a count of how many deer are passing by at night. Deer tend to keep moving when they are on a trail.
The trail camera is one of the best tools a hunter can have; they are a piece of innovative technology bringing new life to the sport. If you are looking for a top of the line trail camera at a decent price, that will work for you year around and for years to come, this is the one to buy.