With modern technology it is amazing what is possible in the realm of remote cameras or more commonly known trail cameras. On several of the ranches we manage the owners are interested in seeing the unseen on their property. Seeing the unknown is now a lot easier with the use of trail cameras. For those who aren’t familiar, a trail camera is simply a digital camera that is set up with a sensor that when it detects movement it takes a picture. Thus every time it detects any movement within range of the sensor it snaps a photo. Most trail cameras are also equipped with some form of inferred or night time capability. On the ranches that we run trail cameras on it is unbelievable what we have caught on film. Of course you have to spend a little time on the ground to find good locations to give yourself the best odds of capturing good pictures.
When we place trail cameras we have a similar mentality as a hunter. We look for funnels,
food and water sources or anything else that may concentrate or alter animal movements. What gets to be a big challenge is when you have a target species you are trying to capture. It could be anything from a certain bird species to something as rare as a lynx or wolverine. What is fun is when you pick up your trail cam and find photos of species you had no idea were using the property. It is typically very surprising just how many critters use the properties that we would not expect. For a relatively small investment we can place a few cameras on a property and collect numerous species of wildlife. On one ranch in particular we have captured 57 different animal species in only a couple of years. Using trail cameras is a great way to enjoy the wildlife that you may or may not be aware of inhabiting your ranch.