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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.

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FIRST POINT

Ok, two 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.

Then you 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 left…..

So, place 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.

SECOND POINT

Make sure 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.

Here are drawings of both POINTERS.

A SETTING IN IDEAL CONDITION

The 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 AFTERNOON.

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 changes.

So, by 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 picture.

If the drawing isn’t clear, the animal in the right of the drawing is the dead animal, the jackal is on the left.

AS AN IDEA; LOOK AT THIS PHOTO

Look at this photo, this is taken 9m from the camera, as you see I am walking across or trotting like a jackal across the screen. AMAGINE now that I am on a sand road and trotting along.

Note 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 like this!!!!!! ALWAYS 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. And don’t 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 picture!

 

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