Trail Cams Offer A One Of A Kind Look At Nature

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2010 Updated Sep 21, 2010 at 8:16 AM CDT

Deer hunting season.

While the archery season has begun, other hunting seasons are underway as well, including bear and small game.

For some hunters though, a new piece of equipment will be accompanying them into the woods, and while some may use it to assist in their hunting skills, others use it to simply see what's going on when they aren't around.

For Joel Peterson, store manager of Hibbing L & M, the growing popularity of trail cams has been noticeable since last season.

"This season here is probably are biggest growth that I have seen since I've carried those," said Peterson.

These highly sensitive cameras are set off by motion and snap a quick picture to get an idea of what kind of wild life is in the area.

Mark Johnson is the executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and says a tool like this could definitely change a hunter's season for the better.

"It tells you what time of day they are coming through which is really interesting. If they're coming through during the day and you're there in the afternoon but they're coming through at 8 in the morning it gives you an idea that, 'maybe I should be there at 7 in the morning for that 8 o clock travel," said Johnson.

Trail, or Game, Cams come in a variety of models. Infrared types allow for night picture taking without a flash; however models with a flash work just as well in the night hours.

But as the models have changed so have their uses.

Many people, like Bruce Sherman of Hibbing, have trail cams up because they just want to see all that nature has to offer.

"It's just fun to see what wild life is in the area and what's coming into your area," said Sherman.

Whether the trail cam is used for hunting or recreational use, everyone can agree that seeing the pictures captured is always a treat.

"It's real exciting to see what big monster buck might come through there," said Sherman.

"It's really fun, because you get a chance to see what's going on when you aren't there; what nature is like when it is really at its own," said Johnson.

Trail cams are sold at most outdoors stores...and can range from about $60 to more than $500.