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Old 07-22-2019, 06:49 AM   #1
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Looking to get a cpl cameras to set up around my house to get pics of some of the critters that come through my yard. Thus far, this year alone, I have gotten pics of 4 different mtn lions (a big male and a female with 2 cubs) and 3 bears in my yard (I live in the foothills of Colorado). All have been crappy "hurry up and grab my phone" pics, so want to start trying to get a few better pics, and see what goes on around here at night.

I do not need one of the fancier ones that links to your cell phone or anything, as I am only on a cpl acres and can walk outside and check them at any time easily. Mostly just looking for reliabilty, decent pics, decent trigger time, and battery life.

Any suggestions on a good bang for the buck?
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:01 AM   #2
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Moultries and Primos Proof Gen 2 are very good for the money. The Primos is super easy to operate. I ran StealthCams for years and recently got away from them They just are not holding up like they used to. You can find both of these for less than $100 ea.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:20 AM   #3
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:27 AM   #4
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Browning cost a little more but are well worth it. I have about 5 or 6 of them for about 5 years and haven't had any issues with one yet.
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:24 AM   #5
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:48 AM   #6
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:50 AM   #7
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:51 AM   #8
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:58 AM   #9
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Best bang for the buck I have is some Moultries I picked up at WM one year on a "special" for $40

Bought 3 and wish I had bought 10. Cheap, good pics both day and night, great battery life and other than the one I put wrong batteries in and fried they have taken thousands of pics with no issues

Would not hesitate to buy a Browning all other factors equal (price, MP etc)
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:07 AM   #10
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I love my Bushnells, some are several years old and still running good
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:08 AM   #11
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Browning cost a little more but are well worth it. I have about 5 or 6 of them for about 5 years and haven't had any issues with one yet.
x5. You can find them on sale for between $75-$100 at times, and best camera I've used.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:37 AM   #12
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DO NOT get wildgame innovation cameras.
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Old 07-22-2019, 11:39 AM   #13
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Thanks guys. Seems like the overall consensus says browning
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:25 PM   #14
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Moultrie
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:32 PM   #15
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Buy on Amazon and purchase the three year extended warranty for just a few bucks. If they go out within three years you get them replaced. I recently started doing it.
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:37 PM   #16
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Browning Strike Force.

You can find last years models on amazon for just over $100 per camera.
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:58 PM   #17
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I bought one Browning strike force based on all the good reviews. Dern thing fogs up every morning. And it misses half the stuff the Moultrie beside it gets. Function is nice but performance majorly lacks.
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Old 07-22-2019, 02:00 PM   #18
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Browning very good, if long term is concern you cannot beat Reconix pricey but excellent
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Old 07-22-2019, 02:02 PM   #19
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I have Covert MP8s and Browning Strike Force. I put them side by side on the same settings and the Coverts took 40% more pics. Two thumbs up for the Covert MP8 for an affordable quality camera.
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Old 07-22-2019, 02:42 PM   #20
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I bought one Browning strike force based on all the good reviews. Dern thing fogs up every morning. And it misses half the stuff the Moultrie beside it gets. Function is nice but performance majorly lacks.
I agree with this as well. I will never buy another Browning camera again. One of ours stopped getting night pics. We thought an update was necessary. We called Browning and they said it had the latest update in it. They start asking us what batteries we were using. When we say Duracell that start telling us that is why. That Duracell had changed their formula blah blah blah. I called bull**** on it and took them all back to academy and got my money back.


For a cheaper camera you absolutely cannot beat a Moultrie. Even their cheapest cameras are pretty good. They have all lasted me years on the ones I have had. I have never spent over $100 on one.
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Old 07-22-2019, 03:32 PM   #21
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Buy the cheapest camera you can not named wildgame and throw away when it starts acting up.

Bushnell, Moultrie, Browning, stealthcam are the ones I typically by. The sun eats them up in South Texas so my goal is to get 2 seasons out of them.


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Old 07-22-2019, 03:56 PM   #22
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I simply cannot understand why people pay hundreds for cameras when the 6 moultrie A20 minis I purchased for >$60each have never let me down. I just don't get the brand Who-ring.
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:23 PM   #23
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Midway has Moultrie A25s for $50 with free shipping.
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:22 AM   #24
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Camofire is having a sale today on trail cameras.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:02 AM   #25
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Those Walmart tasco ones for 30 bucks work well for me especially when I never know when they will get flooded
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:12 PM   #26
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Had pretty good luck w Moultrie 12Megapixel mini cameras on sale for $50 that lasted me 3 seasons. Wildgame innovations 12MP for $38 and $5 two year warranty with Walmart going on second season. Whatever route you go save the receipt and if you can get 2+ seasons out of $50 camera that sits out year round i would say that's a great investment. I keep hearing good things abt the browning but haven't tried it yet
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:26 PM   #27
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browning strike force $100-$115 if you look around
Moultrie A-series 30,35,40. can find them for as little as $120/2pack.
covert is good but your going to pay a little more for them

ive got about 13 of the above and have only had a problem with 1.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:14 PM   #28
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i bought several WGI a couple years ago for $18ea at WalMart

they work just as good as any others might work

if i catch them at that price again I will buy more
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:16 PM   #29
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:42 PM   #30
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Covert. I run 50/60 cams a year and have tried them all. Would love to run all reconyx but not doable. Bang for the buck $100 8MP covert black or $110 covert black vipers. I have some on feeders that are pushing a million pics. I like the browning to but they have a built in zoom with a short trigger area good on feed not great on trail unless you want to see animals nose hairs.


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Old 07-24-2019, 11:57 PM   #31
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:54 AM   #32
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Nothing wrong with Wildgame innovation cameras. I have a few of them going right now . Primos and stealth cameras all work pretty good as well.
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Old 07-25-2019, 04:17 AM   #33
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Nothing wrong with Wildgame innovation cameras. I have a few of them going right now . Primos and stealth cameras all work pretty good as well.


I have 14 WGI cameras in the field right now on two of my leases, and 4 Tasco cameras. All have worked just fine for me. Several are 5 years old. The Tasco camera is $28 and the WGI is around $40.
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Old 07-25-2019, 04:23 AM   #34
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These are WGI and Tasco pics. They look fine to me for a $28 camera


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Old 07-25-2019, 05:04 AM   #35
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Buy the cheapest camera you can not named wildgame and throw away when it starts acting up.

Bushnell, Moultrie, Browning, stealthcam are the ones I typically by. The sun eats them up in South Texas so my goal is to get 2 seasons out of them.


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Put them in the shade...

To the OP, get you some browning strike force and don't look back... Battery life is impressive.
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:29 AM   #36
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I’ve tried just about all of them. Browning strike force are the best
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:46 AM   #37
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Iíve tried just about all of them. Browning strike force are the best


Agreed, it's the best I've ever owned
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:25 AM   #38
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We have tried them all, while every brand will have some issues Browning Strike Force is all we use now. I think we are up to 14 now. They definitely are super easy user interfaces.
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:48 AM   #39
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Ill never buy another Moultrie anything. I bought two of them and they never worked like they should. I use Brownings and Cuddieback and have had good luck with both.
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:52 PM   #40
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Agreed, it's the best I've ever owned


I own a coupe recons and they are awesome!!


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Old 07-25-2019, 05:27 PM   #41
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I have 14 WGI cameras in the field right now on two of my leases, and 4 Tasco cameras. All have worked just fine for me. Several are 5 years old. The Tasco camera is $28 and the WGI is around $40.
I am either unlucky or you are very lucky. I bought 20 WGI cams when they went on sale last year. Of the 20, two didn't work out of the box. Of the remaining 18, two more stopped working in a month. The rest have slowly started to die or have problems. I just threw them on a back shelf in the shop, not worth putting out if they aren't reliable.
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:43 PM   #42
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Not a thing wrong with cheap cams but if you guys are like me and have to load ranger, corn/protein, chainsaw, and then drive x amount of hours to and from to get home and find out your cam is crapped out and youíve just put a new card in it to do nothing until you get back up to it, itís with the extra dollar. But if guy is just putting them on front porch then go with cheap, after you have been disappointed a couple times then you realize a couple 40$ cams over a year or two been money ahead to buy something a little better


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