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 the “Cuddeback, CuddeLink Starter Kit 3 + 1 Trail Camera Cellular Combo 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
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
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
- Industry Leading one quarter trigger speed (This means it captures images of deer that so many other, slower cameras, would miss)
- 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)
- 20 MP Images (super clear daylight with color and black and white at night)
- Can operate for up to 3 months on set of batteries
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,