Moultrie Mobile Can Help

Clint McCoy is a deer biologist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. While attending Auburn University as a grad student, McCoy participated in a study in which 37 bucks were fitted with GPS radio collars. The collars transmitted GPS locations for each buck every 30 minutes and the bucks were tracked from August 24 to November 22. The bucks ranged in age from 1.5 to 4.5 years old.

The study was conducted on a 6,400-acre hunting property in the Low Country of South Carolina. This parcel of land is actively hunted and consists of mixed forest, swamps, food plots and feeder locations. McCoy mapped all the hunting stand locations and drew a harvest-zone perimeter around them as a way to monitor if the bucks came within reasonable shooting distance of the stands. McCoy also gathered information about when, where and how long hunters were in a stand to help determine hunting-pressure impacts.

Interestingly, the more a stand was hunted the previous week, the more bucks avoided entering the harvest zone around that stand. If a stand received 12 hours of hunting pressure the previous week, the number of daylight visits within the 150-yard zone were reduced by half. The study also revealed that if a stand was hunted just once, those bucks typically avoided the stand for an average of three days. If a stand had not been hunted within the past five days, deer seemed to be attracted to those areas again. Interestingly, a hunter didn’t have to be seen by a deer for the area to be avoided. Deer were using their sense of smell to determine if a hunter was in the area, even after the hunter was gone. This alone was enough to reduce. daytime buck movement around those stands.

Moultrie Mobile Can Help

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The Moultrie Mobile system
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It’s studies like these that highlight the importance of utilizing wireless technology, such as Moultrie Mobile to capture trail camera images. Getting cameras up and running now will help you identify bucks for the upcoming season and keep you out of those spots prior to hunting season. Why risk having a mature buck pattern you prior to hunting season, just because you have to stroll through your hotspots to collect SD cards. With Moultrie Mobile, your trail camera photos are sent directly to your smartphone, computer or other wireless device, so you don’t have to make unnecessary trips into the woods. We asked McCoy if he felt mobile trail cameras could help offset pressure on bucks.

”Yes, I would contend that mobile cameras can help those that have a tendency to check cameras frequently,” Says McCoy. “It stands to reason that frequent visits to a camera site would result in more frequent human scent deposition and increased risk of disturbing or spooking animals, which according to our research may cause deer to alter behavior in an effort to avoid human detection.”

Make Moultrie Mobile Work Longer

Stay out of the woods even longer and extend the battery life on your Moultrie Mobile camera and modem by purchasing a few of key accessories. All you need is a Y-Splitter and a Camera Battery Box. The Y-Splitter connects to your camera and modem and then connect to the Battery Box, which contains a rechargeable 12-volt battery. The Battery Box and cords are weather resistant and will keep your camera and modem running for many weeks. Another option is to use the Y-Splitter with the solar Game Camera PowerPanel. Simply set up the PowerPanel to receive as much sunlight as possible, then connect the Y-Splitter to it and your camera and modem. Once connected and turned on, the PowerPanel has an on-board 12-volt battery that will recharge itself daily via solar power.

As we learn more and more about deer and their behavior, it’s smart to utilize technologies available to become a more efficient hunter. Let Moultrie Mobile do your scouting, so when you do enter the woods, it’s to hunt that unpressured stand.