As most deer hunters have found out over the years one of their most effective tactics for success is being in the woods before the season starts to assist them in finding out where they are. Travel patterns for deer change as often as the weather sometimes as most of us are aware. This is not just an analogy either, if you have hunted deer for any amount of time you aware that as the weather changes so does the deer movement. The only way to get a handle on their movement is by observing the deer as much as possible so that you have an idea of how such things as the weather, the lunar cycles, the combine in the corn field, affect them. The unfortunate part of this is that most of us do not have the time to follow them through all of these.
The perfect solution to this problem of course is a trail game camera. With your game camera set ups you are able to view these animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without bypassing your job or your home life. With all of the features now available on game cameras, such as day and night pictures and video, or time set pictures, etc., there are about a dozen ways you can view the movement patterns of your quarry.
Ideally most hunters will set up a trail game camera close to where their tree stand or ground blind is over a well used trail. While this seems the best way to do it, bear in mind that you will have to retrieve your pictures and refresh the batteries in your trail camera periodically and the more human scent you leave in the area the less deer you will see. A good solution to this is a trail camera that has a solar power setup and the ability to be downloaded on to your cell phone or computer from a remote location. This will keep you from scenting the place up too much.
Hunting in the early season with a bow means that you are trying to catch your monster in between the bedding area and the food source. What I like to do for this is place a trail camera, or maybe two, at various locations around the food source and set it to take a picture every 1 to 2 hours. Sometimes the pictures are of nothing but the field, but other times there are pictures of close to a dozen or more deer in the field. The reason for setting it up this way is that I do not have to rely on just one trail coming in and it lets me know the total amount of deer using the source. The time stamp my trail camera provides helps me to time them as well. Once I know how many deer are feeding in the field I will narrow it down to different trails and then begin planning my tree stand sets.
This is only one way that works when using my trail game camera but there are still plenty of others. Since scouting is a very important tactic to your hunting success having a trail game camera in your arsenal can only help you in your hunting adventures. A game camera will also keep you from getting in trouble at work and at home as well as keep you in the woods enough to increase your hunting odds.