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How Trail Cameras Work

Everything you need to know about Cellular Trail Cameras

Cellular trail cameras have come a long way. With new wireless capabilities allowing users to collect images from a distance, today's cellular game cameras allow hunters to receive the pictures via the Moultrie Mobile app on their smartphone. The evolution of trail cameras hinges on the differences in how each camera transmits images:

A wireless game camera typically uses a wifi signal to send the images. With this type of camera, if you stray too far from the signal, you'll lose the connection. This range means you need to be within a close proximity of the modem to receive the images. 

The number of images you can send from the trail camera to your phone varies based on your plan. However, you do not need to have the same cell service provider for your camera as you do for your phone.

How Cellular Trail Cameras Work

Cellular cameras capture an image just like a traditional trail camera and then transmit the image to a server via 4G cellular connectivity. With Moultrie Mobile, you choose between AT&T and Verizon service. 

A cell camera will need a monthly data plan like your cell phone, to send photos from your device to your account. You can purchase as little as 100 images per month all the way up to unlimited images. You can purchase as little as 100 images per month all the way up to 12,000 images. If your hunting area has good cell reception then you can operate a cellular trail camera. Moultrie Mobile cellular trail cams operate on the Verizon and AT&T 4G networks. However, you do not need to have the same cell service provider for your camera as you do for your cell phone.



What to Look for in a Cellular Trail Camera

A cellular hunting camera uses a Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor to detect heat differences in ambient air and warm-blooded animals. When the PIR sensor is triggered the camera takes a picture and then sends it to a cloud-based server where it is accessible 24/7 via an app or online account. Here are some other important features to consider when shopping for a cellular game camera:

  • Picture Quality
  • Wider Detection Zone
  • Adjustable Delay Settings
  • Various Flash Levels
  • Durability
  • Extended Battery Life
  • Water Resistance
  • Cellular Trail Camera Ingress Protection and Security Rating
  • Data Plans
  • Cloud-Based Storage
  • Extensive image filtering and sorting options
  • Managed memory to control overwrite functions on your SD card and avoid running out of memory.
  • Remotely change camera settings from the app
  • Built-in Artificial Intelligence
  • Free and unlimited photo storage, even if your data plan is inactive.

Cellular Trail Camera Data Plans

Cellular trail camera plans can vary widely and include different features. Usually, they are differentiated based on the number of images your camera sends you each month. With Moultrie Mobile you can choose plans that send up to 100 images per month or unlimited images per month!

How Often Should I Check My Trail Camera?

Checking trail cameras is exciting — and it should be. Trail cameras offer the perfect way to get the best look at the deer on your property, but you need to be careful. Depending on your cameras' locations and how often you check, you could wind up visiting yours a little too much and working against yourself.

Where Are Your Cameras?

Your cameras' locations make a big difference in how often you should check them.

Areas You Visit Often

In areas near roads, at the edge of crop fields and in other places where you have regular human activity, you can make checking your trail cameras part of your regular routine. The more the deer on your property become used to having people around, the less likely your presence will affect their behavior.

The noise you make when you walk or drive your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to your trail cameras will seem normal, and the scent you leave behind will generally matter less.

Secluded Areas

In secluded areas, such as trails leading to food sources, watering holes and bedding areas, checking deer cameras requires a little more planning. You'll want to check your trail camera around the deer's activity and do it much less often.

If you make too many visits or plan them too close together, you might scare the deer off, forcing you to find new places to look. Also, make sure you mask your presence by staying quiet, using rubber boots and applying a scent eliminator.

What Time of Year Is It?

The time of year also plays a significant role in how often you should check your trail cameras.

The Off-Season

Spring, summer and late winter tend to present fewer opportunities to watch the deer. During the off-season, you can check your cameras as seldom as once a month — it's up to you. Depending on the month and weather conditions, checking deer cameras can sometimes seem a little less attractive. As hunting season gets closer, pulling your SD cards more often will pay off.

Hunting Season

Hunting season is the most exciting time to check your trail cameras. Get your cameras up early in the season and plan your trips when they won't be too disruptive. You can also check your cameras whenever you hunt a location and pull the SD card while in the area. If you're careful, you can check just about as often as you'd like.

Moultrie Cellular Trail Camera Wireless System

However you plan to use a cellular deer camera, Moultrie's selection offers top-of-the-line functionality with affordable pricing. Moultrie Mobile provides unique app features to sort and manage your photos and cameras with no-glow flash and high-megapixel image resolution for a clear picture of your next trophy.

Browse our selection of cellular trail cameras today.