I just set up a trail camera on a big deer run. How often should I check it? I don’t want to spook the deer that bed there.
The frequency at which to check a trail camera without spooking the local deer depends on where the trail camera is located. If it’s in a bedding area one trip is too much! That’s why I never locate trail cameras in areas where I want to hunt or bedding areas. Doing so would simply condition deer to avoid the area during daylight. I prefer to set trail cameras in areas that are relatively open and easy to access (a few steps from a road, trail, etc.). I get the images/data and then figure out where to hunt. I rarely place a stand close to a trail camera location as deer are conditioned to avoid that area during daylight hours.
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