Game Trail Camera

As I mentioned on my “Bow Hunting – Tips and Tactics” page, one of the best tools I utilize when in comes to bow hunting and just deer hunting in general are game trail cameras.  These little beauties allow you to scout your hunting area, non-invasively!  Sure, when you get a new hunting spot it’s a good idea to physically learn the area.  Walk the property, look for deer sign, and look for good spots to hang your stand.  But you do not want to go pouncing around your hunting area too often.  This will spook the deer and, if you go in there too much, lower your chances of bagging a nice buck.

This is where game trail cameras come in, and in particular, the ones my buddies and I use, love, and want to write a recommendation for is theCuddeback, CuddeLink Starter Kit 3 + 1 Trail Camera Cellular Combo Pack“!

Cuddeback 3 + 1 Pack

Cellular Game Camera – Product Overview

  • Product:  Cuddeback, CuddeLink Starter Kit 3 + 1 Trail Camera Cellular Combo Pack
  • Price Combo Pack:  $750
  • Price Single Camera:  $250
  • Cheapest Place to Buy:  Amazon
  • What’s included:
    • 1 K-5789 Dual Cell Camera (Requires 6 D Cell Batteries)
    • 3 J-1415 CuddeLink Long Range IR Cameras (12 AA Batteries per Camera)
    • 4 SD 32 GB Cards
    • 4 CuddeLink antennas
    • 2 LTE high-gain antennas

Why Cellular

There are literally 100’s of different types and brands of game cameras out there.  If you are reading this and have ever hunted before, I’m sure you’ve heard of Cuddeback.  Now, I am usually not a “Brand Name” kind of guy.  With some products I feel you are paying for the name mostly.  Well, with game trail cameras, I honeslty believe, through tests and trials, that you get what you pay for!  Cuddeback may be a little more expensive than some of the other brands but I’m not buying a new camera every year or 2 because I cheaped out and bought one that stops working after a hard winter!

I have 2 leases where I do most of my hunting.  One in my home state of PA and one in Ohio.  Both are fairly large areas (couple hundred acres each) that I split with a couple of buddies.  It is for this reason I’m speaking about the

Big Buck

combo pack here but you can certainly purchase a single camera if you’re just starting out or have only a small area to hunt.  So not only do my friends and I split the cost of the lease, we also split the cost of the cameras!

I chose a cellular trail camera for multiple reasons.  But first, what does cellular actually mean?

Basically, I have multiple cameras out in the woods I hunt.  Actually, 4 or 5 at each of our two leases.  We set them up around our tree stands, blinds or in a different area on the lease we may be interested in hanging a stand to hunt.  We then have our “home-base” camera here at my house.  So basically, all the pictures from the cameras in the woods get sent back here to our home camera!  Cuddeback uses a system called CuddeLink to accomplish this.  Since I have the home based camera here, it’s my job to send the pics to my buddies.  Sometimes we just get together here at the house, crack a couple beers, and review our pictures together!

What are the advantages of having a cellular trail camera:

  • Super Convenient
  • See your pictures more often
  • No Intrusion (you are not stomping through the woods, pulling cards from each camera to get get your pictures)
  • No Sound or Scent (I believe this is pretty obvious, you are not spooking deer!)

Why I Love Cuddeback

  1. Industry Leading one quarter trigger speed (This means it captures images ofCellular Game Camera deer that so many other, slower cameras, would miss)
  2. Recover Speed of 1 second! (Takes a picture and is basically immediately ready for the next!  Can capture 2 pictures before many cameras can capture 1)
  3. 20 MP Images (super clear daylight with color and black and white at night)
  4. Can operate for up to 3 months on set of batteries

Bottom Line

Are game trail cameras absolutely necessary?  No.  Do you have to buy a cellular game trail camera?  Of course not.  Can you have success hunting without them.  Absolutely.  But do they increase your chances of success 10-fold in my mind?   You bet your butt!  I wanted to give an honest and accurate recommendation on a product that I actually use.  I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you consider utilizing game cameras in your future hunting endeavors.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Yours in hunting,

Spence

8 Replies to “Game Trail Camera”

  1. Hi Spence,
    Your fiction-like introduction got me interested in reading this article further. The first was my interest in ways to facilitate deer hunting. In this case, game trail camera.

    You’re right there that “With some products I feel you are paying for the name mostly. Well, with game trail cameras, I honeslty believe, through tests and trials, that you get what you pay for!” I’m interested in getting what I pay for.

    I think when we buy one, I and my buddies would like to split the cost of the lease as you did with your buddies, as well as split the cost of the cameras. It’s a sensible thing to do to save costs.

    Your honest and accurate recommendation sure makes me consider utilizing this game camera in my future hunting endeavors.

    I will contact you for more information when necessary.

    Thanks for this.

    1. I actually enjoy writing about deer hunting in general. And I sincerely want to help people out. Definitely get in touch if you need help with anything you read here. I know Cuddeback is a little more expensive than other game cameras but that is what I use and love from trial on error. But, for example, I also use a Cosori dehydrator to make my jerky. I also like the results of that product even though it’s only 150 bucks. You can spend $500 or more for a dehydrator at Cabelas. And they may be great as well, but I write and promote what I know. Thanks man.

  2. Great article. I have used game cameras for years but never tried the cellular versions. They’ve always intrigued me, particularly when your hunting area is many miles away. The ability to check the images from anywhere is really an advantage. Thanks for the information.

    1. I used all kinds of game cameras over the years. The new technology they have out now is crazy! I love the new cellular ones. But they are all great. I used to just hate stomping through the woods grabbing the SD cards everytime I wanted to check the pics. Now it’s every few months just to change batteries.

  3. Hi Spence,

    When I was about 8 or 9 my older, boy cousins decided it would be a good idea to take me on my first hunting trip. Ha, ha, ha! I cried so loud at having to kill Bambi that they never entertained that idea again. Now, I enjoy a good venison stew or roast, but the hunting part I usually leave to someone else.

    As a matter of fact, when I first saw this post I thought this had something to do with computer games. (Game cameras) Now I say all this to say, this was a well-written article. It introduced me to the hunters’ camera. Also, it reminded me of some conversations I heard about taking pictures in blinds, or stands and other places in the woods. It also made me think of other uses for the photos. If you want to see the animals and woods, but don’t really want to get eaten by mosquitoes, or traipse around in the wilderness, pictures make a good substitute. Even I have heard of Cuddleback cameras, but still had not put it together. Your article kind of made it all go “bingo” and put another interesting idea into my mind.

    Thank you.
    Oh yes, we lost that first buck. :>)

    1. Glad you liked it Patricia. And you actually shed some new light to me! They don’t have to JUST be used as a tool for hunting. If you enjoy live pictures of different types of wildlife in your area, it’s also a great option! Thanks for commenting.
      Spence

  4. Great post I really enjoyed it immensely.I always wonder how these guys on the Discovery channel and other channel get the pictures in places like in Africa with out attracting attention from the animals. Really amazing equipment that saves alot time and effort by not having to be on site but remotely taking shots of these magnificent creatures.

  5. Thanks for this post! It actually made me decide to buck up(no pun intended) and buy a cellular game camera. I tend do get lazy with retrieving and putting back the SD cards. Also, I like the part of not having to disturb the area of woods as much, that if shows promise, I will be hunting. All great info and thanks for recommendation!

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