It’s been said that we do not learn from success, but from failure. I believe this is especially true in beaver trapping. If we set a 330 to catch a beaver, and we come back the next day and we have a beaver in our trap, what did we learn? Nothing really, we simply repeated what has worked for us in the past.
But if we come back the next the next day and our trap is knocked down, then something went wrong. We need to figure out what went wrong so we can adjust and make sure we don’t make the same mistake next time. Normally, we’d look at the tracks and sign at the set and attempt to figure out what happened. Sometimes we can get a pretty good idea – but wouldn’t it be better if we could just play a video and watch what happened?
After all, how many beavers visited the set prior to one working it? What time of the night were they active? All of these are important questions that can be answered by a quality game camera. There are dozens and dozens of game camera choices out there.
How to Choose a Game Camera For Trapping
You can read reviews online and look at pictures and videos posted by others, but most of these pictures and videos are from deer hunters – not trappers. Why is this important? Simple. Deer are big animals. Raccoons, mink, beaver and bobcats are small animals. A camera that may pick up a deer may not even activate on a mink. This is because a game camera not only uses motion to activate, but also heat by a Passive Infrared Detector (PIR). While a big buck walking by a camera generates a lot of motion and heat, a mink or otter swimming in the water presents a much smaller target and their fur temperature is the same as the water they are swimming in. This makes it much harder for a camera to activate when an animal works your set.
So that being said, the two cameras that I have had the best luck with are the Browning Strike Force HD Sub Micro 10MP Game Camera , and StealthCam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera .
These cameras have performed reliably on smaller game. Remember when choosing a camera for trapping, we’re not looking to cover an entire greenfield, we’re just trying to capture a small animal working our set a few feet away. Keep these differences in mind when choosing a game camera for trapping!