How to Use the Video Advantage During the Rut

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Still images are great if your camera's settings are fast enough but during the peak rut, bucks chasing does may be a flash unless you're in video mode.

Still images are great if your camera’s settings are fast enough but during the peak rut, bucks chasing does may be a flash unless you’re in video mode.

There are not many things better than to check a trail camera during the rut. The anticipation of what is on the camera and how many bucks are coming through during shooting hours is crazy.

By Jeremy Flinn

Some of the excitement can quickly turn to frustration with motion blurs and a deer’s rear ends. With full-blown chasing tearing through the woods, even the fastest trigger speed cameras can’t get a deer in frame all the time. But with the advent of video mode on a trail camera, we can see, hear and learn more about what is going on at that spot during the rut than we ever would with a simple picture.

Though it may take some time to flip through a trail camera SD card when it’s been set on video mode, the entertainment is much greater than a picture. The best part about video with today’s trail cameras, like the Gen2 series from Moultrie, is the high-definition video and sound. Not only are you capturing what is there but it literally puts you in the moment as a buck crashes through the woods after a doe or tears apart a scrape. The video advantage truly can be great for hunters.

Along with the more likely capture of chasing bucks, having video mode on a trail camera also can clue you in on many other important pieces of information for a successful hunt. This can be anything from which direction the deer is going to or coming from, to something more detailed like a better view of antler characteristics or age.

Adjusting your video time length can make a big difference between a dragging video and capturing the most information possible. With delay capabilities the same as an image setting, it’s no wonder why more hunters are using the video mode.

Lastly, you may want to consider video mode on a trail camera any time of year, particularly if you are placing these cameras on actual trails. A known travel route offers a much tighter window of capture and often can leave you with an empty or half photo. Placing the trail camera on video mode will give you many more and better opportunities to capture footage.

As the woods turn on, and the chasing gets intense, make sure that you have your trail cameras on a setting more appropriate for capturing longer lengths of time. Though you may go through a second cup of coffee during the card check, the information obtained could also help you tag a buck much faster.
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