Originally Posted by WexfordBowhunter
I had a couple hundred bucks in Cabelas gift cards from Christmas bunring a hole in my wallet. So I bought my first trail camera today. I got a Moultrie M80 on the advice of many folks here. (Thanks by the way.) I also bought the companion security box and a python cable lock. Any advice on setting this thing up?
My trail cameras are set up as follows:
1)do not face into the rising or setting sun due to over exposure(redness or whiteout).
2)set approximately 3- 4 feet high, facing along a trail. Most cameras go into a sleep mode to save battery power. Facing along the trail gives the camera time to wake up. If permitted the camera can face a bait (no baiting allowed in my areas, unless bear hunting).
3)if permitted, lag bolt the security box to a good size tree. Small trees will move in the wind. I put a large flat washer inside the box on each lag bolt to re inforce the box. The security boxes built for the Moultrie M80 & M100 are well designed.
4)Moultrie cameras, when set to video, take a picture first, then the video. The field of view is narrower in the video than in the picture. Moultrie night video is limited to 10 second.
5)if your camera is set for picture and you don't seem to get any animals but still the camera is taking pictures, set the camera to video. The video will pick up waving grass, tree branches etc. that may have to be trimmed.
I have the Moultrie M100 which is a higher version of the M80 and am well satisfied with it except for: a)too short of night video time, but Moultrie said, extending this would be harder on batteries. b)in my opinion the audio for the most part isn't worth the extra money. It is very sensitive to wind noise. If you are lucky enough to catch bucks fighting, or turkeys gobbling, fine, but you only get this if your camera is set for video. Enjoy your camera.