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Old 10-07-2019, 01:59 AM   #1
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So, I have 2 WGI 10mp cams that take pics of absolutely nothing. I noticed my Browning cam does the same thing. Does the heat cause game cams to take pics even when no movement is detected? All the cams are set inside boxes to protect them from the elements.
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:02 AM   #2
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:03 AM   #3
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:22 AM   #4
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It detects movement, and its sensitive. Try and eliminate low limbs around the camera.

My Brownings and coverts do it frequently.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:23 AM   #5
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So, I have 2 WGI 10mp cams that take pics of absolutely nothing. I noticed my Browning cam does the same thing. Does the heat cause game cams to take pics even when no movement is detected? All the cams are set inside boxes to protect them from the elements.
sometimes you can adjust the sensitivity
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:26 AM   #6
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I have found that even the movement of weeds can trigger some cameras.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:35 AM   #7
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Limbs weeds tree movin cause wind is blowin and it moves it. All will cause it to takes pics of nothin
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:18 AM   #8
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:39 AM   #9
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Sometimes it does not take much of a breeze

I am no WGI fanboy but I have several as well as Brownings and Moultries. They all have taken "wind pictures"

I have a Cabelas/BOLY and it is set to take a pic and then a 10sec video. Obvious when you watch the video how much movement is in the background.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:41 AM   #10
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yes I had that problem then trimmed all the bush, grass and tree limbs then set the sensitivity to med/low and that cut pics down by 75%
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:44 AM   #11
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I have this problem with almost every camera I buy. They work great for almost a year, then they just go crazy and take pictures constantly until the card is full.

One of mine started it on Wednesday of this past week. It was perfect up until that point, now it is junk.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:45 AM   #12
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:18 AM   #13
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It has to do with the heat. All of my cameras do this when their temp reads over 100 degrees. My WGI, stealthcam, Boly, and Spartan all do this. Nothing to fret over; now that the weather is better.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:21 AM   #14
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Some cameras since heat, I have one that I set the sensitivity to high and get pictures of nothing and it is because of the heat. It is supposed to since body heat but I think it is the hot weather, it is sensing the heat reflected off my feeder. I'm not sure the browning's have a temp setting on them.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:22 AM   #15
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wind moving branches around.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:30 AM   #16
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Every game camera I've had does not sense motion, they sense a change in temperature. What triggers them when it's hot out and no animals in the picture is the temp change between the shady spots and sunny spots. When the wind blows, it will move weeds and branches causing once shady spots to be in the sun momentarily and this causes the camera to pick up the change in temperature and so it takes a picture. This is why it can be windy at night and yet you don't get the false triggers. If they sensed movement, you would also get the false triggers at night. The reason they don't false trigger as much when it's cooler out is because there is not a big enough temperature change between the shady spots and the sunny spots like there is when it's hot out.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:34 AM   #17
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Shadows trigger mine sometimes. Heat will too.
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:34 AM   #18
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Every game camera I've had does not sense motion, they sense a change in temperature. What triggers them when it's hot out and no animals in the picture is the temp change between the shady spots and sunny spots. When the wind blows, it will move weeds and branches causing once shady spots to be in the sun momentarily and this causes the camera to pick up the change in temperature and so it takes a picture. This is why it can be windy at night and yet you don't get the false triggers. If they sensed movement, you would also get the false triggers at night. The reason they don't false trigger as much when it's cooler out is because there is not a big enough temperature change between the shady spots and the sunny spots like there is when it's hot out.
What kind of cameras do you use? All of mine are motion activated not heat sensors.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:02 AM   #19
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:11 AM   #20
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Interesting thread.

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Old 10-07-2019, 11:37 AM   #21
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Every game camera I've had does not sense motion, they sense a change in temperature. What triggers them when it's hot out and no animals in the picture is the temp change between the shady spots and sunny spots. When the wind blows, it will move weeds and branches causing once shady spots to be in the sun momentarily and this causes the camera to pick up the change in temperature and so it takes a picture. This is why it can be windy at night and yet you don't get the false triggers. If they sensed movement, you would also get the false triggers at night. The reason they don't false trigger as much when it's cooler out is because there is not a big enough temperature change between the shady spots and the sunny spots like there is when it's hot out.
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That being said, the wildgame cameras I had in the past were more likely to miss critters than to false trigger. May wanna check the fresnel lens too. If a woodpecker destroys the cover over the PIR sensor, you're going to have even more false triggers under hot/windy conditions than normal.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:45 PM   #22
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I switched all of my trail cam mounts over to Gunny's and installed his T-Shade too. Not near as many shadow pics as before and batteries last longer.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:51 PM   #23
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I had a Browning camera doing the same thing except.....a bird had knocked out the plastic on the sensor. The camera would take the same pic over and over even if animals were in front of it. I have another camera in the same pen so deer were all around the pen. Sometimes game cameras can drive ya crazy.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:53 PM   #24
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:07 PM   #25
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All the ghost bucks that’s been killed in the area coming back around ��
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:05 AM   #26
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Thanks for the insight gents. All my cams are in perfect working order with nothing missing, cracked or broken. I’m hoping it’s the heat that was causing the issue cuz it’s a pain to go through several hundred pics per week of nothingness. Thanks again.
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Old 10-08-2019, 04:07 AM   #27
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Try clearing any brush that gets blown around too much. As has been mentioned, the cameras detect a change in temp and generally its from "zone to zone". when brush moves it exposes spots that due to direct sunlight are radiating heat well above that of the brush/grass. This is interpreted as movement by the camera's PIR sensor.

Some cameras have a mode that is called a "walk test". It allows for a user to view camera triggers at different sensitivity levels. When set to this mode, an LED lights up when the camera gets triggered. You can walk around in front of the camera and see when it "senses motion" and gets triggered. You can set your cameras on this mode, step off to the side and see how sensitive your cameras are.

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Old 10-08-2019, 08:47 AM   #28
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I get a lot of pictures from spider webs I believe for some reason them spiders love my cameras.
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:50 AM   #29
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as of yesterday, we now know that a brush fire will trigger our Covert cameras.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:31 AM   #30
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I switched all of my trail cam mounts over to Gunny's and installed his T-Shade too. Not near as many shadow pics as before and batteries last longer.
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:06 PM   #31
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I have found that even the movement of weeds can trigger some cameras.
Yep, and one of my Brownings is situated SW of my feeder in the hog trap and in the afternoons, the feeder legs get hot enough to trigger it.
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:53 PM   #32
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:52 PM   #33
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I turned mine off between 9am and 4 pm and don't have to delete 200 pictures every morning........
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:21 PM   #34
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If your cam is pointing at a close by feeder, it can detect heat coming off of it. My covert has been doing that over the last month with the change in the angle of the sun.
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:27 AM   #35
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I had no idea the game cameras sensed heat for pics
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:31 AM   #36
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I had no idea the game cameras sensed heat for pics
Not all of them do but your more higher end cameras has a feature to sense temp change to help eliminate false pictures. I have a Bigfoot cell camera that I can adjust the sensitivity of the heat pick up and set it to high the last time I was there and have been getting several pics during the day of nothing.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:15 AM   #37
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Yep it picks up the heat thermals blowing by. I’ve noticed a sun cover helps big time.
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