Here is my experience with Moultries (I believe they are I-40s) infrared. They run $200.00 each at Scheels and we are in West-Central Wisconsin. We have 3 of them and utilize them for our hunting outfit. We have only utilized them for approx. 6-8 weeks during the fall-winter in everything from sunny to rain to snow. A couple times, they would take 300-400 photos (be sure to trample down any weeds or leaves in the view of the camera!). If you go to our website at www.huntnlandwisconsin.com
, you will see the quality of the photos they provide. In addition, we have had all 3 cameras back out for another month (this month) and they are all still on the same batteries we began with back in September!! One of the complaints I have read with many camera owners is how fast they go through batteries! There is no reason a camera should last less than a month (let alone two) with one set of batteries unless you are running the video for long periods of time.
A few suggestions:
1-Get a camera that CUSTOMERS SAY the batteries last a long time (as well as performance) not the companies selling them.
2-Somebody else had suggested watching the East and West directions because of the sunlight (great suggestion!)
3-Trample down weeds and anything that will accidentally snap false photos as this seems to be problematic with all cameras and reducing the areas that have easily blowing winds will help reduce wasted battery life and false photos!
4-2 SD cards for every camera was also suggested by somebody else and that is a great idea as you can make one trip (especially if you have more than one camera) to exchange all current cards with replacements eliminating unnecessary trips.
5-Remember to de-scent just as if you were going hunting (wise advice: ALWAYS RESPECT THEIR NOSES!!). I have watched hunters that did little or no scenting at the same time hunters were in the similar area and completely scented and the results were obvious and consistent that the hunters that were de-scenting themselves often see deer while the others don't!
6-To reduce the amount of battery life utilized, keep the video recording to a minimum or utilize the still shots. Also, experiment with the quality of the photos (you may not need the higher quality photos).
7-Be sure to keep the inside lens dry! I got a drop of water on the inside lens that ruined my night photos when I first purchased the cameras and it took approx. a week to realize that the water was the culprit).
Good luck!! Hope this information helps!