Update to attach a couple videos. The batter indicator was at 3 bars today. It's been running 11 days and has taken 3 videos (one day, one night) and about 50 photos. Looks like the IR spotlight is still an issue out in the field.
Yep, the video was dark except for where the deer was, although it might be a little better than you think because the IR light that is transmitted has to have a subject to reflect off of. I really couldn't tell if it was pointed out into a field or in the woods. If a deer walks into the frame a little further out, it may still reflect off of it. The battery life on the other hand is looking much like the same as the IR4s I had. If it is showing battery drain already with only 3 videos and 50 pics, that means it has used a 1/4 of it's battery on what it has taken. That should give you about the equivalent of 250 pics on a set of batteries, which is about what I got with the IR4s I had. Bad thing is, when the battery level gets down to the last part, it may take day time pics ok but it will only have dark pics for the night time because it will not have enough power to light the IRs correctly. I hate knowing I have to go back to my cams and check the batteries every week or so. Yes, you will get pics of deer even if you are constantly going in to service your cams, but a mature buck will feel the intrusion and pressure. He most likely will not stay around or he will start going nocturnal. This means that even though you got some pics of him and know he's in the area, you have educated him to the point that you may not see him all season unless he just gets stupid over the girls during the rut. I love the rut but I don't put all my eggs in that basket. Most of the bucks I have tagged were either early because I patterned them or late because they were on a pattern again. The point is, the less you go into an area known to house a buck you want to hunt, the better your chances are of catching him off guard. If you use cameras to help find these deer, battery life is a big consideration. It's not the only feature that the cam needs to have but it is at the top of the list.
Ok, first I would like to thank you, everyone for your tolerance of my inability to properly express myself.
I know that my writing and command of the English language suck. Hopefully they will improve over time.
I apologize for past and any future occurrences. I'll warn you know that my attempts at humor can me a little raw.
I am serious about my Bow hunting but try to have fun With everything I do. That the way I, doit.
doit, you'll be a good addition to the forum in my book. I get a kick out of the ones that like to shake things up a little. Heck, read some of WoodsWalker's post! I've got to give it to him on the witty part. Stirring the pot helps get things going sometimes on a thread, but like Woods, there is a respectful way of doing that. I have gotten into heated discussions on this forum before and have had to edit post I made because I had gotten a little bent. It happens!