Even though we are still in the middle of hunting seasons, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. Preparing for shed hunting season now can also help you prepare for summer scouting next year. Let’s talk about shed hunting, sanctuaries, and how to blend the two to keep better tabs on your hunting property.
In many ways, shed season is the beginning of the scouting season. Seeing which bucks made it long enough to cast their antlers gives you an idea of what deer are still walking around, and deer to be watching for as the year goes on.
CAMERAS IN YOUR SANCTUARY?
If you are one of the hunters lucky enough to have an area dedicated to sanctuary on your hunting property, shed hunting season is likely the one time of year you are willing to enter that part of your hunting land.
But what if you could have it both ways? What if you could avoid setting foot in the sanctuary, and still get timely intelligence and photos from that part of your property?
Cellular cameras help with that, but even if you aren’t doing card pulls, you still have to worry about batteries. And that’s where the LINK-S really stands out from every other trail camera.
Because the LINK-S uses our patent-pending integrated solar panel and battery technology, unlimited battery life is within reach, but also delivers all this value in a compact, all-in-one unit. Any hunting backpack can easily carry a handful of LINK-S cameras, which can’t be said for traditional 12V battery and solar panel setups used to extend battery life.
With the LINK-S, SPYPOINT has solved concerns about visiting the camera to make card pulls, and when setup right, you can also avoid visiting the camera to service the battery. This means you can place the camera in March, when you walk the sanctuary area to shed hunt, and still be receiving images from the camera when hunting season rolls around.
No more trading security for your deer for a complete lack of information about a huge swath of your hunting land.
TIPS FOR MONITORING YOUR SANCTUARY
Here are a few tips to help maximize the efficiency of the LINK-S camera as a sanctuary monitoring camera:
1) Place the camera on a trail or transition area, not somewhere the deer loiter. Even with the solar recharging ability, if the camera is taking a hundred pictures a day you can run through the internal battery faster than the solar panel can charge it. Focus on areas where you can capture images and deer will move on.
2) If possible, find an open area to get maximum sunlight to the solar panel. The LINK-S uses a passive solar panel, so it doesn’t require full, direct sunlight to charge the battery, but the better the sunlight, the better it will charge. If you really want to leave the camera in a spot for six or nine months, try to do so in an open area.
3) Transfer fewer times per day. Fewer transfers is going to help save on battery usage as well, especially if your sending smaller batches of images because of smart camera placement.
4) Ensure you have a strong, stable signal. You’ve seen it on your phone, you get into a weak signal area and the battery on your cell phone gets drained. It’s the same for cellular cameras. The harder the camera has to work to acquire signal, the harder it will be on battery life.
5) Place the camera somewhere in your sanctuary that is still reasonably accessible. File this under, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. In the even that you do want or need to visit the camera, make sure you’ve put it in an area that minimizes the impact of a camera visit. If you do have to make a camera visit try to do so when wind and precipitation forecasts are in your favor.
Not all cameras are created equal. Make sure you’re using the right camera for the right job. If you want to monitor your sanctuary, without making frequent trips into the area, the LINK-S is the camera for the job.