5 Methods of Concealing A Trail Cameras From Animals and Humans

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The forest can be a dangerous place.

Trail cameras are an excellent way to monitor the animal population in your area, but they can also be a target for thieves or curious humans. Luckily, there are a number of easy ways that you can conceal your camera from both animals and humans alike.

In this article we’ll explore five methods of concealing your trail camera from both people and animals.

Choose an inconspicuous spot to hide your trail camera

The best way to avoid detection is to plan ahead and choose a spot that isn’t easily accessible. The more time it takes an animal or human to get to your camera, the longer you’ll have until they find it.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by making an enclosure out of some plywood and branches. Setting up a simple box with some padding inside will ensure that your camera won’t be found right away if at all.   

Another option is putting the trail camera in a natural-looking black box:  Most people won’t even notice it, even if they stumble on it—and animals really aren’t interested.   

Due to their black color, these boxes also help reduce false triggers caused by sunlight.

Paint your camera black.

One of the simplest ways to keep animals from finding your trail camera is to simply paint it black, as most animals tend to shy away from black. This approach will also help reduce false triggers caused by sunlight reflecting off of the white plastic housing.  

Camouflage the camera with natural vegetation.

Another inexpensive solution is to simply add natural vegetation in and around the camera so that it blends in better with its surroundings. Chances are you have a lot of plants growing near your trail, so this won’t be too hard–just be sure to camouflage the camera from both sides.    Since most cameras have a lens that points upward, you can also hang off some foliage in front of the lens to help conceal it better.

Blend your trail camera into the background .

If you’re trying to photograph wildlife, then try camouflaging your trail camera. This can be done by simply painting it with brush strokes that match the background—or you can get more advanced by patterning the box to blend in perfectly with a specific rocky terrain or leafy forest floor.   

Use a security box for added protection

Once an animal finds your trail camera they will usually play with it or tear it apart to get at the goodies inside. To prevent this from happening, make sure your trail camera is secured very well by using a sturdy lockable security box .   The best thing about these boxes is that they make it impossible for bears, raccoons, and other animals to get to your camera.

If you are using a security box with a lock make sure it is one of the newer combination locks . These are much harder for thieves to break into than traditional padlocks.   

Use low-glow LEDs

A lot of people will also use lights on their trail cameras at night to help illuminate videos or pictures better. A good way to prevent the illumination from being seen by humans or predators is by using some low glow LEDs . These LEDs have a faint red light that doesn’t stick out like regular white LEDs do. This type of LED also won’t bother nocturnal animals as much since it emits very little light.

Use a game trail to point the camera in the right direction

The other thing you’ll need to do is attach the camera to a tree using both a strap and a should pad. Since most animals will try and avoid any shiny objects it’s important that the camera isn’t hanging freely from one point. Try attaching it as high as possible along a branch or trunk, but make sure to keep it away from the main trunk of the tree for added security.   

Next, bend down some small branches at eye level so they are pointing toward your target area:  this can be anything from an animal path to a clearing in the woods.    If you’re looking for wildlife photos then this step will help ensure that there aren’t any brush or leaves covering up your spot since animals usually walk around the same areas every day.

You can also use a branch or stick to point your camera in the right direction instead of using pre-bent branches:  The goal is just to have something that helps pique an animals curiosity towards your camera so it will investigate.  

Place the camera out of reach of humans and animals

One thing you need to remember when using cameras in the wild is not to place them in an area where humans or animals can easily access them. This means that you should put your camera high up on a tree trunk or elevated above the ground, this will keep people and animals from stealing it or destroying it.

If an animal does find your camera then they will probably try and get up into whatever position you have it mounted in:  The best way to prevent damage to the camera is by finding a good branch for it so that both sides of the branch are flat against either side of the tripod mount.

Make sure there isn’t any breakable wood between the two branches since most animals will start chewing, scratching, or rubbing against whatever is closest to them.

By far the easiest way to mount a camera is by using a tree mount :  These mounts allow you to attach your camera securely to a tree trunk with one screw for added security from thieves and animals.

You can also use these mounts if you want an elevated view of a certain area, just make sure that they are elevated enough so that no people or animals will be able to stand on the ground beneath it and reach up into the camera’s field of vision.

Or try using a bungee cord or an appropriate strap will allow you to hang the camera from a tree limb far above the ground where most people and animals can’t reach it. If possible, use two different straps—one high up at eye level and one lower down—to make sure that both deer and humans won’t be able find your camera easily.   

Check your camera regularly to make sure it’s still in place

Finally, you’ll also need to periodically check on your camera. This way you can make sure that it is still in the right place and isn’t being damaged by rain or other elements.   

You can do this with a spare set of batteries and SD card so that if something happens to the main one then you’ll know about it as soon as possible:  This saves time and money since you won’t have to keep sending your camera back every single time it goes offline due to battery issues or damage.    

By following all these steps and careful planning, you will be able to successfully use cameras in the wild without any problems:  Make sure to try new things and test out different methods, some might work better than others depending on what your goal is.   

It may take some time to get your trail camera set up properly without being detected, but once it is in place you’ll have years worth of wildlife photos at hand as opposed to just a few days with other types of cameras.   

Bill Toro

I’m Bill Toro. I have been invited by my best friends to go camping with them when I was bored with my life. That all It’s a game-changer for my entire life. This site is all about things I found interested useful while camping. It’s will be something that helps you have better camper moments.

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