Outdoorsmen and women, have you ever wondered what's living on
your "Back 40"? You know it best, it usually occurs
as dusk is settling in and your ready to depart the stand when
you hear a twig snap, ice braking, perhaps a snort on your way
out or maybe it's the clashing of antlers off in the distance.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an idea of what's really out there.
You tell yourself I need to get myself a trail camera. The
next time you visit your sporting goods store your overwhelmed
by the variety of cameras priced from what $50 - $400plus.
Your not sure what to get because one buddy had great success
with one model and another buddy has the same model and it
has seen more action in the repair shop then the woods.
Unfortunately our family didn't have much success with
commercial cameras. My father asked if I could make my own
digital trail camera and that's when the fun began.
you may ask what's better a commercial or homemade "Homebrew"
trail camera? Well that's really up to the user and their
expectations, for example, do you just want a rough idea
of what out there or do you want to really know what's
out there. As I said above some people had good success
with commercial units and other not. My personal opinion
is to build your own trail camera because you will have pictures
that your buddies will drool over and the pride, excitement and
accomplishment of knowing you built it yourself. What
about a warranty well you will have cyber friends available
24/7/365 to help you out no charge.
the cost, a homebrew trail camera will cost just under $100 to
$300 or more depending on what you want. You will spend
less if you purchase your camera from eBay or a local pawn shop
and build a "bare bones" camera and you will pay more if you get the camera from a retailer
and/or decide to add a few accessories. Once you start
hacking the camera for trail cam use the manufacture warranty is
voided. There are risk to this hobby, however, there are
also many rewards.
some homework, here are some great forums that are dedicated to
building Homebrew trail cameras
and Real Deal Hunting Chat
get yourself signed up now, you will learn a lot there by
searching the archives and asking questions.. Chasing Game is
also good place to view independent reviews of Commercial trail
cameras. View the Camera Mods link on the left of this
page to get an Idea what you will be jumping into. I have a couple Homebrew cameras that I will
build in the near future and I plan on documenting the build
step by step as my goal is to give a good/clear example of what
the whole process entails. Perhaps it will be found useful.
I created this website to share pictures and information with
friends and family. A majority of this website is related to
wildlife photography filmed by using home-made aka homebrew
Trail Cameras. I use ordinary point and shoot cameras, then I
modify the camera enabling the camera to be control with a
sensor. When the sensor board detects motion/heat it triggers
the camera to snap a picture. I will continue to update the
site with pictures and other information I learn as I go.
Enjoy the site and pass on the information to friends and
If you come across any broken links or if you have any
questions or comments please