Gear Roundup: Trail Cameras

Outfit your hunting patrons with the best in modern scouting camera technology to help them keep a watchful eye on wildlife.

Gear Roundup: Trail Cameras

Moultrie Micro-32i Kit Two-Pack 

Minimizing human disturbance is critical for hunters who want to keep deer and other wild creatures calm and moving naturally on their properties. And one of the biggest challenges they face is that they must encroach on these sanctuaries during spring and summer in order to gain intel for developing a strategic fall hunting plan. Of course, this leaves human scent not only while they’re there, but long after they leave the area — and there’s really nothing they can do to completely eliminate it. Plus, the sounds they make moving in and out of the area are alarming to wildlife. If they’re lucky, this will have minimal impact on deer activity. However, if they overdo it, it can alter deer behavior — turning them nocturnal, or completely chasing them off the property.  

Fortunately, using proper scouting techniques — which include scent control and the use of high-tech scouting cameras — can minimize this disturbance, while gaining valuable insight that will help in the planning of a successful hunting season. Trail cameras are a valuable tool that enables users to determine deer demographics, trophy potential, movement patterns, daytime activity, etc. — all important factors for monitoring the deer herd on a property. 

Trail cameras are also useful for keeping a watchful eye on a property, strategically placed to monitor unwanted human activity at outbuildings, gates, game trails, interior roads, etc. — to determine if there are encroachment issues. Most models are capable of taking still images and videos and capturing photos in complete darkness with no visible flash. Catching an intruder has never been easier with the help of trail cameras for security surveillance, and monitoring a property will help keep problems with poachers, trespassers, burglars and vandals at bay. 

Pure and simple, hunters who do not use scouting cameras to patrol their properties are operating with one hand tied behind their back. Help them get the most out of their scouting and security efforts by steering them toward these top-shelf models.

Black Gate R4G Lite

The R4G Lite Cell Camera from Black Gate ($139.99) is built with top-of-the-line 4G/LTE technology, with a trigger speed of less than .04 second that ensures users won’t miss a thing. It is equipped with proprietary Dual Lens and Dual Sensor technology, and its anti-fog lenses and weatherproof housing ensure the R4G Lite will continue to perform no matter what Mother Nature throws at it. Other features include No Glow 940NM and motion-blur technology, an anti-fog/weather-proof housing, 12V external port for a solar panel or battery pack, and an easy-to-use Black Gate app for camera management, photo viewing and image downloading in full HD. Cell plans start as low as $3 per month with auto tower detection.

Browning Trail Cameras Defender Pro Scout Max HD

The 2024 Defender Pro Scout Max HD Cellular Trail Camera from Browning Trail Cameras ($149.99) delivers robust cell camera technology and a complete set of new, high-performance features. First and foremost is its new All HD All the Time technology that allows the camera to transmit images with more than five times the detail of standard cellular thumbnails. Throw in on-demand picture and video technology, an ultra-high-gain cellular antenna and an auto detection feature that will automatically find the cellular network with the best signal available, and users will have the tools for a great cell camera experience. Other features include 22MP image capability, On Demand Picture and Video technology, GPS-tagged images and much more.

Bushnell CelluCORE Live Cellular 

Bushnell’s CelluCORE Live ($299.99) is a feature-rich trail camera with Dual SIM cellular connectivity and live streaming video on demand so users can check in on their property no matter what time it is and no matter where they are, automatically connecting to the strongest network signal available. This means it connects, receives and sorts high-quality photos and video faster. The CelluCORE Live also features an optimized antenna for better signal transmission, high output No Glow IR LEDs for 100-foot night range, extended battery life, as well as image sorting by weather, wind, moon phase and more. Data plans are available starting at $9.99 per month, and purchasers of the CelluCORE Live get their first 30 days free.

Cuddeback Tracks

Cuddeback’s Tracks Cellular Trail Camera ($149.99) is built on a small ergonomic platform that maximizes the features users are looking for in a cellular trail camera. Historically, lesser cell cameras have been plagued by poor or spotty coverage and mediocre image quality. The new Tracks camera combats this issue with the integration of dual external paddle antennas for superior LTE reception in fringe areas. Tracks uses an advanced IR-cut image sensor resulting in better image quality and reliability and supports connectivity to all Cuddeback accessories. The Tracks Cellular Trail Camera allows users to access images four different ways: smartphone app, email, text messaging and online web interface.

Moultrie Micro-32i Kit Two-Pack (pictured above)

What’s better than one powerful new Micro-32i Trail Camera? Getting two, with this convenient scouting camera kit from Moultrie ($149.99). These cameras may be small, but they produce big results with high-resolution 32MP images, HD video (1280x720), multiple capture modes and invisible flash technology. The kit includes two green Micro-32i game cameras, four AA batteries per camera (eight batteries included) and two heavy-duty installation straps. They have a trigger speed of .5 seconds, detection range of 70 feet and flash range of 80 feet. The Micro-32i is Moultrie Mobile compatible when connected with a modem and comes with a two-year warranty. SD cards are sold separately.

Reconyx Hyperfire 2 Cellular Covert IR

Now including Intellitag Smart AI Image Recognition, which enables the user to filter images to see what they are most interested in, the HyperFire 2 Camera from Reconyx ($599.99) is now 4G LTE cellular enabled. This allows the user to receive images almost anywhere in the world through a mobile app for Android or iOS. Cost-effective data plans are available directly through Reconyx starting at only $5 per month with no long-term contracts, with plans through Verizon or AT&T networks in the United States as well as an international program for use almost anywhere in the world. Utilizing the mobile app, users can create a custom cellular plan, manage images and check status or change camera settings from anywhere.

Spypoint Force-Pro-S

The Force-Pro-S Trail Camera from Spypoint ($199.99) takes its quality camera and makes it even better by adding a solar panel used to charge an internal lithium battery to keep the unit powered for weeks and months on end. Users can capture images at an incredible 30 megapixels resolution and take 4K videos so they capture all the action in great detail. The added benefit of extended battery life means fewer trips afield to service batteries and the cost savings of not having to replace them. Other key features include photo and video modes, .2-second trigger speed, 90-feet flash range and 110-feet detection range.

Stealth Cam Revolver

The Revolver 360-degree Cellular Trail Camera from Stealth Cam ($159.99)covers six zones to deliver a complete panorama of its surroundings. This means users get a full 360 degrees of visibility, day and night, to ensure they never miss a thing — even deer passing behind where the lens is positioned. In other words, they can now enjoy the equivalent of six cameras worth of coverage in a single device. Thanks to a silent, pivoting motor, the Revolver offers the option of getting more than one photo from a single vantage when a zone is triggered. The camera responds quickly to movement, situating its lens in the correct zone to deliver high-quality images and videos in real time, making it ideal for use on food plots.


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