Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max
Trophy Cam HD Max – Colour Viewer – 119477
First the techie stuff ….
Field Scan 2X coupled with Hyper Night Vision,and No-Glow Black LEDs
8 MP high-quality full color resolution HD Video – 1280×720 pixels
32 No-Glow Black LEDs with 45′ range, invisible to game and other hunters Day/night autosensor
External power compatible
Adjustable PIR (Lo/Med/High) or Auto
PIR 0.6-second trigger speed Programmable trigger interval: 1 sec. to 60 min.
Multi-image mode: 1-3 images per trigger
Video length: 1 second to 60 seconds
Programmable Field Scan 2X with two available time slots so you can monitor dusk and dawn movement.
Temperature range -20 C to 60 C
PIR sensor is motion activated out to 60 ft
Runs up to one year on one set of batteries
Adjustable web belt and 1/4-20 socket
SD card slot(up to 32 GB)
This is an excellent trail cam with some great features, I must confess that when I loaded it up with the 12 AA Batteries I thought it was a little overkill but 9 months later and I have yet to change the batteries, this long battery life coupled with the fact that it can take up to a 32 GB SD card means that if you can not get to it frequently you do not have to worry about running out of power or space, this works really well for our stalking land in Scotland which I can only get up to every couple of weeks or so.
The built in colour viewer means that not only can you review your pictures or video without the need for a computer it also makes configuring the unit very easy indeed. The number of configuration options is impressive. You can select Photo or Video, and the resolution of each, in photo mode you can select how many pictures are taken per trigger, in video mode you have the option of selecting between 1280×720, 640×480 or 320×240 and you can also set the duration of the video from 10 seconds to 60 minutes, of course the higher resolution gives you better quality but if storage space is a problem the lower resolutions will allow you to get far more footage on your card.
Another great feature of the Trophy Cam HD Max is Field Scan x 2. This allows you to monitor larger areas with either time lapse photos or video. When you set it to “On” the Trophy Cam will take a picture (or record a video clip) automatically at an interval selected by you (for example once every 5 minutes) during one or two blocks of time which you also select for each day, it does this based on the internal clock and does not require any movement to trigger it. This has the advantage of allowing you to monitor a much greater area than if you were relying on the camera being triggered by the PIR which, of course, has a limited range.
The trigger speed is lightening fast and the footage shows all animals coming in at the edge of the frame so I am confident that it misses very little if it is in range. The PIR range is also very impressive, given that I am mostly looking for foxes and therefore have the camera set very low to the ground it is still picking up movement out to around 60 feet. This is doubly impressive given that the LEDs are black and emit no visible light at all.
These Trail Cams are an indispensable tool for me. One of the farms that I look after is an 8000 bird free range egg unit, it sits in only 25 acres and has a main road running along one boundary and a number of houses in close proximity, the contours of the land give me some very safe areas to shoot but it is important to draw the foxes into those areas by baiting. Foxes being creatures of habit do tend to visit the same spots at the same time, so if I pick up a fox visiting a bait point at around the same time two nights running, I can be pretty sure he will be there on the third night within a 30 minute window.
When I first started using trail cams for foxes I made a few mistakes, the first one was setting the camera up too high, with all the action occurring below it, now I set up the camera between 12 and 18 inces off the ground. The second was not securing the bait thereby allowing the foxes to whip in and take it away, now I secure the bait forcing the foxes to either spend time trying to take it away or having to eat it in situ.
This came as a complete surprise to us as up until we saw this we had never seen a badger on the farm, there are no sets on the farm and no one could remember seeing one in the past. Even though the Trophy Cam HD emits no light Mr Brock had to give it a sniff as he passed.
Whilst this is a great piece of film the Farmer is not too happy as alongside his Free Range Eggs he also has a suckler heard, which has, to date, been completely TB free.
Here we have some typical night time footage of a fox coming into range of the Trophy Cam, as you can see he is completely unaware of the cameras presence and are not in the least bit suspicious or skittish.