Late Summer Trail Camera Scouting—5 things to Look For

Moultrie Trail Cams have been making hunters more successful in the woods since 1980, but it's important to know how to interpret what your trail cam photos mean, so that you can kick off the season the right way. Here's five things to look for while checking cameras late this summer.


Camera picture of a buck

Temperature has a lot to do with the time of day the deer are making their way to feeders and onto game-camera footage. Continue to keep a note on what time these guys are coming through. As temperatures drop, timing may begin to change, but keeping track of this will reveal when to be in the woods, waiting for them to arrive.





Buck in woods caught on camera buckNoting the direction the deer are traveling in and out of late-summer game-camera footage will help when deciding where to position stands for a successful hunt. Catching this early will give time to move stands downwind, or help confirm where to set up new stands.



Buck reaching for a branchEarly season hunting can be very effective due to the lack of pressure the deer face. If a deer appears to be relaxed as it travels, it is likely to travel the same path again. If it looks anxious or highly alert, there is a chance it could deter from that route in later days. Signs of pressure could mean that cameras are being checked too often, or at the wrong times of the day. Moultrie Mobile can help with that.









Two bucks in the woodsNoting who the deer are accompanied by in trail cam photos, will reveal who to expect to see them with in the woods. If two bucks are traveling together, you will know to wait on the bigger one, instead of shooting a smaller buck out of eagerness.





Buck in food plotBucks may begin to change their routines, or they may even vacate an area all together. The ones who stick to their same patterns throughout the end of summer are the ones to watch for. It's very likely they will be following that same pattern throughout the start of the season.