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I’ve amassed a fairly good arsenal of path cameras, and I’m questioning when you have any recommendations on storage and conserving my photographs organized? — Troy Gerber, by way of e-mail


The number-one menace to the well being of your array of path cameras is leaking batteries. All batteries can leak potassium hydroxide which, if left unchecked, can destroy the electronics in your digital camera. This will occur whether or not your digital camera is on a tree and switched on, or sitting on the shelf turned off.

If you happen to uncover corrosion within the battery compartment, all shouldn’t be misplaced. If the corrosion has not penetrated the electronics, it’s attainable to restore the harm. However first, the corrosion will be dangerous to your pores and skin and eyes, so put on latex gloves and security glasses, and correctly get rid of the leaking batteries. Subsequent, use a brush of some variety, like an previous toothbrush, to dislodge the majority of the corrosive materials. Now dip a cotton swab in both vinegar or lemon juice and clear the terminals, then let the system air dry. The acid will neutralize the potassium hydroxide, and should you caught the leak in time, your digital camera ought to work superb.

Together with your batteries and SD card eliminated, wrap the strap across the digital camera so it covers the lens and/or IR sensor. This might help forestall scratches or different harm. It’s even a good suggestion to place every digital camera in some sort of a delicate bag to guard these very important elements throughout storage.


Operating a path digital camera “trapline” is quite a lot of enjoyable however make sure to take excellent care of your cameras and the memorable pictures they seize for you.

You could not, nevertheless, need to pull all of your cameras for winter. “Leaving cameras out over the winter is getting increasingly more frequent,” says Tom Rainey of Browning Path Cameras. “You may by no means have sufficient details about your deer herd, so it doesn’t harm to go away them out, even within the chilly. I usually examine my cameras between antler drop and turkey season. That method I can search for sheds and scout for turkeys on the identical time. I go to every digital camera, pull the battery trays, and examine for leaks. I additionally carry a can of compressed air in my pack so I can blow the lenses away from filth, spider webs, or no matter.”

Saving and organizing your trail-camera photographs generally is a challenge. Most of us find yourself with 1000’s of pictures, the overwhelming majority of that are does, fawns, raccoons, and different critters which can be attention-grabbing however not price saving. The standard and determination of as we speak’s trail-camera pictures is excellent, so digital cupboard space will be a problem. You may take into account a separate laborious drive on your photographs. You can too take your picture group to the subsequent degree.

“I create a spreadsheet that reveals every digital camera location,” says Rainey. “I embrace the mannequin quantity and even serial quantity, so I do know precisely which digital camera I’m utilizing the place. I additionally create a folder for every digital camera. As I’m going by the reminiscence card, I merely drag and drop every worthy picture into the suitable folder. Another choice is to save lots of pictures in keeping with no matter triggers your curiosity. Some hunters concentrate on moon part, some on barometric strain, and others on temperature. You may arrange every of your pictures in keeping with these environmental circumstances to see if patterns develop over the seasons.”

You may additionally need to arrange your pictures of a particular animal, and even time of day. This will get complicated should you’re doing it your self. If you happen to’re significantly into path cameras, a fast search of the Web for trail-camera group software program provides you with some nice choices.

Operating path cameras will be quite a lot of enjoyable, and even addictive. If you happen to take excellent care of your cameras and arrange the photographs, you’ll be taking advantage of your funding.

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