TRAIL CAM APPROACH ANGLES
This is a simple thing but to many hunters they fail
to make a connection here, this will help for sure.
Let’s say you have a calf, horse, donkey or pig that
has been killed a few hours ago, it is lying in the
bush and you know jackals are around. You want to see
what time they come etc, so placing a trail cam is the
answer for a recce of the area.
things are important here, first the sun and second
the wind. If you know the farm and in the evening or
late afternoon / morning lets say for instance a South
Easter blows, from lets say right to left on your
ground at the area that the dead animal is laying.
MUST remember that the jackals will 99% of the time
approach that dead carcass from downwind, the will
want to get an ideas of what’s happening in and around
that carcass. So, the South Easter is blowing right to
the camera behind the animal and at a slight angle to
cover more ground, and place it showing downwind to
the left. The direction the dog/s will appear from.
that the sun will not come out in the morning on the
left side; otherwise the camera will be blinded from
spotting anything and won’t function. (So move the
sun! – only joking)
Find out if
it does come out on the left, what its exact
appearance area will be, an then position the camera a
little more at an angle so it still shows partly
downwind but also looks at a cross pathway to the
horse or dead animal in the bush.
are drawings of both POINTERS.
A SETTING IN IDEAL CONDITION
first photo shows the camera facing the left with the
sun coming out BEHIND the camera, and wind is going to
the left, a perfect camera setting. 99% chance Mr
Kakals will show from the front, then the wind is
good, sun is good and all is well. This photo is
pretty accurate and self explanatory.
REMEMBER IF YOU SEE ON THE TRAIL CAM THE JACKALS
COME IN AFTERNOONS AND NOT MORNINGS THEN YOU MUST
AGAIN WORK OUT THE SUN AND HOW IT GOES DOWN ALSO TO
PLACE IT SO YOU ARE NOT BLINDED AT ALL IN THE
A SETTING IN A NOT SO GOOD CONDITION
Here we have a troublesome setting;
the sun comes out in the morning at the downwind
position, and will blind the camera, so we must make
placing it at an angle to get a bigger photo area and
also with the back of the camera to the sun (facing
RIGHT) allows us a good position / location, also we
must place the camera so it catches the kakalse on the
way to the dead animal in a way that they stay in the
cameras lens longer allowing it more time to take a
If the drawing isn’t clear, the animal in the right
of the drawing is the dead animal, the jackal is on
AS AN IDEA; LOOK AT THIS PHOTO
this photo, this is taken 9m from the camera, as you
see I am walking across or trotting like a jackal
across the screen.
now that I am on a sand road and trotting along.
that the field of view you have is pretty NARROW from
left to right, because it is taken at 9m away from the
camera as well as directly facing the cross road.
(A massive mistake you will
make if you do that!)
So, you must remember ALWAYS to NEVER set a camera
angle the camera right or left at a slight angle to
the sand road, then the animal will stay in the frame
longer and your field of view will be much larger!
Allowing the camera
more time to film things for you.
forget to place some sort of bait in the centre of the
picture area so the animal stops and looks the place
over – offering the camera even more time to take a