are some things you should not do !
when you think you are gettin good at this camera stuff, you slip up
and make a stupid mistake (or three).
Well here is our top
list of operator errors:
- Memory card and battery change
Double check to see if the cam lost
the date/time and settings during the battery change.
We deal with multiple brand names and not all cams will hold the
time date during the battery change. Repeatedly we have failed to
It is our practice to carry multiple batteries and memory cards when
we make our rounds to check our trail cameras. It has been reported
that an individual was transporting the 6 volt battery for his
Moultrie trail cam on the way to
the field when the battery rolled under the cars seat. The
protective caps that came on the battery had been removed and when
the battery slid under the car seat it made contact with some metal
and resulted in a fire that destroyed the individualís automobile.
Some of the cameras we use have the larger 6 and 12 volt batteries
similar to the computer UPS batteries and they also could cause a
fire if not properly handled. Care must be taken when handling and
transporting and be sure that the protective caps are re installed
after charging to prevent the accidental shorting out of the
the cam to the desired point. The force it takes to install the
batteries in the cam causes the camera to move on the stand or tree
and when you come back you find a lot of butts and
noses on the edge of the picture.
- Memory card and battery mix up
the new empty memory cards separate from the used cards. Imagine you
miles back home only to discover that you have had a mix up and all your memory cards
are blank and last weeks cards are reinstalled! The same thing
happens with batteries too. (hint: the camera's batteries and
cards are normally colder in the field than the new ones you brought
the memory cards are brought in and viewed and all data is
transferred to the computer, delete the contents so you are not
taking a full card back to the field on the following visit.
If you make this mistake you are likely to get "memory card full"
indication on the camera.
"and the #1 operator
issue of the year is..."
"I suggest you make a check list..."
- "Oh no, the camera was not turned on!"
After the cam has its new empty card
with the proper date/time and settings, re-aim the cam and
This has been our biggest mistake. Of all the mistakes we have made
this seems to be the one that keeps repeating itself.