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Old 10-21-2018, 07:10 AM
 
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Ok so nothing really to report because its not up yet but I'm excited. Unfortunately I'm not very good at setting things like that up so...not sure how that is going to go.

And honestly I live in an area of the normal wildlife suspects, nothing too cool. Opossums, groundhogs, racoons, squirrels, chipmunks and deer. There used to be turkey eating the wildbird food once in awhile but I haven't seen any since I moved back. I did hear coyotes waaay off in the distance once.

BUT - the reason i bought the trail cam is I've been hearing a fox every couple of weeks and that's what I'm hoping to eventually catch. Not sure how close he comes though etc. so really this is hit or miss. I love hearing him/her. So exciting.

Its a Mountrie M-888 if anyone has any experience tips.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I have five cameras out now. One is a Moultrie but I don't remember the model. Please feel free to ask if you need specific help.

I suggest facing it north if possible. That will eliminate the glare from sun. There might be a sensitivity setting. If you get a lot of photos of moving leaves or grass you can drop the level and still get the birds and animals. Enjoy!
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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Mine advised installing the camera only 3 to 4 feet off the ground. I think this depends what you are trying to see. For a fox, yeah, that height and angled down a bit should work.

To see human faces for security questions, I would mount it higher. Maybe also for elk or deer.
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Old 10-21-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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The most amusing shot I got off my trail cam (mounted about 3 ft high) was a series at night. A large hairy deer behind got progressively closer until it filled the frame. Even though I have one of the "invisible" IR cameras, I can only conclude the deer knew it was there & was mooning me.
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I put my camera only 3 -4 inches above the ground and get amazing pics of ground hogs, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, birds etc. Pics taken on their level.

Sometimes they walk right up to smell the camera, really cute nose pics, LOL.

I have rigged up my own "mounting" system using a landscaping stake {looks like a GIANT nail}, easy to move from one place to another even when the ground is hard , a cable tie and a brick.

I threaded the cable tie through the "loops" on the back of the camera, tightened it up against the stake but left it just loose enough to slide the stake in and out. Then I put a brick under the camera to keep it from sliding all the way to the ground. You can turn the brick every which way to set the camera at different heights too, but all pretty low to the ground........ a good height to get a nice up close and personal pick of a fox.

So much fun!
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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I have five cameras out now. One is a Moultrie but I don't remember the model. Please feel free to ask if you need specific help.

I suggest facing it north if possible. That will eliminate the glare from sun. There might be a sensitivity setting. If you get a lot of photos of moving leaves or grass you can drop the level and still get the birds and animals. Enjoy!

Good tip about the sensitivity setting. I'm going to check mine and see if it applies. Now if I could only figure out a way to filter out all the stray cats.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:06 AM
 
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I "threw" mine up on the front stair post. This am saw it was mostly a wonky angle. Got a opossum though.
And one of the moon, I assume it was scudding clouds that set it off?

Good ideas. I'm going to turn it off most of the day I think, at least till they are done with the soybean field across the street. One thing about the M888 is its easy to do that which I like. My ancient cuddle something was more complicated.

I think I have a big green tpost although I don't find it that easy to get in an out of the ground that is a good idea if I don't want to move it to often. More flexibility than that one tree!
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:32 AM
 
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Coyotes will kill foxes like everything else. I love foxes and intensely dislike coyotes.
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Old 10-23-2018, 10:28 AM
 
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If you want to bring in the fox throw out a bit of dog or cat kibble.
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Old 10-24-2018, 12:19 AM
 
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Oooohh, this is exactly the thread I need! I'm researching trail cams for a Christmas gift. It looks like a decent cam costs about $60-$80, which is okay, but only one on the entire list on Amazon (that I noticed) specifies length of stand-by time (8 months). I assume it depends on the battery life? I need a camera we can leave running at our cabin over the winter, and watch the exciting footage when we come back next spring--unless there's a way we can hook into the footage remotely over the Internet. We have elk, deer, black bears, cougars, racoons, wild turkeys, wolves, coyotes, and who knows what else! We have a salt lick in a clearing, and the elk family will show up in the early morning hours.
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