JAKKALS / JACKAL TRAIL CAM SETTING
Here is a typical photo of a trail cam set near a
suspected jackal hole – it is fitted to the fence 8
metres from the actual hole. Camera covered in
camouflage netting with grass added from the area so
it blends in perfectly.
STATE / ARLINGTON Nov 2009)
Notice that the camera is at an angle so it covers
more ground when taking a photo than what it would do
if it was placed square towards the hole. The
X marks a
bait station to draw an animal closer for photos and
also make him stop and look the area over thus giving
the camera lots of time to take many pictures.
Photo- Cornus Du Plooy
The bait is just right of the
X – (3
The camera is set at an angle – any touching of the
ground near the hole is ZERO, only once do you walk
near the hole to place a bait or electronic
attractant, and you wear rubber soles on your shoes,
this leaves no human sent behind.
Jackal are very wake up animals, and they move pups
often and if they suspect any activity nearby they
will move fast, so making no contact with any part of
the hole is vital. We had 6 guys around this hole, but
it was a course and they needed to learn how to set a
camera, so we had no choice.
The small photo is how the area looks from the pole
that it was attached to; camera placement on this
occasion was 100%.
CAMO NET HELPS
I use an old camo net and mix in grass from the area
so it blends in well, the reason also WHY I use a camo
net is because you can use it as packing.
In other words, if the camera is flat against the pole
it will be at an incorrect angle, so I can then use
the camo net to push between camera and pole to give
me an angle that is facing the target area, so the
camo net helps in two ways, camo and setting of the
If you don’t have a place to mount the camera set it
on a tripod, just camouflage it very well.
IF YOU BUY A TRAIL CAMERA MAKE SURE YOU BUY A CAMERA
WITH AN INFRA RED FLASH, so when the camera takes a
picture at night it shows no visible flash, then the
animals wont get spooked, ONLY buy an INFRA RED
CAMERA, not a camera with a white flash!
This was set in another location that gave us a black
backed jackal on film, - see our photos section.
Setting of trail cams in fun, and the next day when
you go and look and the camera says “17 Photos” you
get all excited! As you don’t know what you have
caught on film till you look!
This is another world altogether, and sometimes you
are very surprised as to what you get on film.
REMEMBER THIS TIP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember to ALWAYS look carefully at an image you
get from a trail cam, in other words if you open a
picture and its blank, the camera just fired but has
no image, look carefully at the photo, in case you
miss something, look at the edges of the photo for a
late camera exposure or at night ALWAYS enhance the
photo so you see better as the flash at the point of
the light meeting the black part, in that black part
you may find a critter not seen unless you enhance
the picture, so don’t just erase photos with nothing
in a picture – check them all very carefully – this
I write from personal experience!!.
SETTING TRAIL CAMS IS A REAL BUNCH OF FUN!