2018 Great Trail Cameras

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Today’s game hunting strategies are far more involved than that of our forefathers. The guns are more sophisticated and ways of stalking/tracking game are more complex. Trail cameras let you understand the animal patterns in a more intimate way through shooting and videoing them. Plus you don’t have to be there physically after the trail cam is installed. Come hunting day, you will more likely to have a successful experience.


Trying to choose the best camera for your use may be tricky due to the variety that is available on the market. Some research will help, and that is what we have done. Here are our recommendations for 2018:


Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10MP Trail with Infrared Flash

Range: 100 feet

Trigger: 0.67 seconds

Batteries: 6 – AA

Zero Blur technology

Time-lapse Plus camera mode

Browning Buck Watch Time-lapse viewer software

Dimensions: 4.5″ x 3.25″ x 2.5″.

Camouflage Outer Casing

Pictures saved in JPG format

Reasonably priced

Con: SD card may be difficult to pull out


Bushnell 119599C2 Trophy Cam HD Aggressor 14MP Wireless Trail Camera with 48 No-Glow Black LED Flash

Range 60 feet

Trigger: 0.3 seconds

Batteries: 12 – AA (can last up to 3 months)

Day-Night Auto Senser

HD Wireless Connectivity to Smart Phone

Wireless Plans Available

Field Scan 2X

Hyper Night Vision

Hyper PIR

External power compatible if needed

Size: 9.8 x 6.7 x 3.7 inches

Weight: 1.85 pounds

Con: Pricy


Moultrie M-880 With Low Glow Infrared Flash

Range: 100 feet

Trigger: Under 1 second

Batteries: 8-AA

Motion Freeze

Illumi-Night Sensor

Four modes: IR triggered plot game camera, Plot camera with day/motion detect at night, day & night HD 720 video, and Time-lapse plot camera.

Multi-Shot: continuous up to ten shots

FastFire Continuous Shooting: up to four pictures per second

Holds 9,500 images with time, moon phase, date, temperature, and camera ID stamp on each photo

Takes SD cards up to 32 GB

Size 9.5 x 6 x 3.5 inches

Weight: 1.4 pounds

Cons: May have issues with photos coming out tinted incorrectly.


Day 6 Plotwatcher Game Surveillance System With No Nighttime Recording


Range: 300 feet

Trigger: 1.3 seconds

Batteries: 4-8 AA

Time-lapse mood only

Holds Up to 1 million images

Lasts up to four months on 8 AA batteries

Tru-Video converts photos to video format

Camo Outer Cover

External Power Port

Compatible with GameFinder Software

Uses SD Card (not included)

Date, Time, Temperature, and Moon Phase stamp on each photo

Size: 3 x 4.4 x 7.8 inches

Weight: 9.6 ounces

Cons: Distance pictures may be out of focus.


Reconyx Hyperfire Semi-Covert IR HC500 with Lo-Glow Semi-Covert Infrared Flash

Range: 50 feet

Trigger: 0.15 seconds

Pixels: 3.1

Batteries 6-12 AA Batteries

Holds up to 40,000 photos with time, date, temperature, and moon phase

CodeLoc Pass-Code Protection

Software Included: BuckView Advanced

One-year manufacturer’s warranty

Made in the USA

Size: 5.5 x 3.2 x 3.9 inches

Weight: 2.2 pounds

Cons: May be an issue with software CD being blank