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January 20, 2009, 10:31 PM
I am in the market for a new scouting camera / game camera.

I have searched on many sites and all the reviews are so mixed I still dont know which one to pick. does anyone have one that they really love and would buy another.. and or advise which one at least not to get... I dont want to spend over $300.00.

Please help if you can.


January 20, 2009, 10:46 PM
Dude, I've tried 7-8 different trail cameras. All have been returned or blown-up. I haven't found one that will suit me, I guess I'm picky. But I'm saving for a Cuddeback. i've got a friend who is worse than me in pickiness with his hunting equipment. He hasn't had any problems and loves his.

That's what I'm doing. Save up the extra $120 and get the good stuff.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

January 20, 2009, 10:56 PM
actually cuddieback is what i am leaning towards so... thank you ;)

January 23, 2009, 04:12 PM
Get the new Cuddieback capture the flash model. I bought 2 of them and couldn't be any happier. The flash doesn't bother the deer, I have multiple pics of the same buck in front of one camera, has awesome colored night pics and the battery life is great. Almost 2 months in the woods in below zero temps with original 4 d-cell batteries. Fast trigger time, caught a rabbit flying through the air from left to right after waking up from sleep mode crystal clear pic. My friend bought the Capture IR and the night pics suck, so he sent it back in and got 3 of the capture flash models.

The flash model cost $199.00 from cabelas and the IR is like $240.00/ get the flash the deer don't mind it.







January 23, 2009, 09:34 PM
ive had both flash and infrared flash models..... to me the infrared models get more pictures than the flash type. With the flash type I might get 2 pictures of a critter before it leaves, with the IR models I get many more.

The moultrie i40 has been a good one for me.I have 4 of those currently. I can get as many as 1500 pictures on a 2gb sd card and the batteries will last about 6 months and 6 or 7000 pictures.
Basspro has them on sale for $179.

Do a google on a scoutguard 550..... its half the size of most trail cams and is $199. Thats next on my to get list.

January 23, 2009, 11:15 PM
Fantastic trail cam. I just left my Cuddeback Capture ($199) out for the last two weeks and it took 321 photos of deer. Unbelievable quality, etc. Even when hard rain was coming down, it took good pics. Best one I have tried out so far.

January 23, 2009, 11:56 PM
I've just decided that I'd like to see more trail-cam threads. jd

January 26, 2009, 01:21 PM
im with Rmart30, scoutgaurd 550 compact,fast trigger, long bat. life

January 26, 2009, 01:41 PM
For sure buddy go with the Cuddy. Ive seen them go up against a moltrie and there was no competition!!!!

January 29, 2009, 09:28 PM
i have a Moultrie I-40 ($200.00), 2 Moultrie D-40's ($99.00/each) and a Cuddeback Capture ($199.00). all take good pics but i really like the trigger speed on the Cudde. best bang for the buck are the D-40's, for $100 cam they are great!!

February 1, 2009, 11:33 AM
I've got 3 Moultrie's. One is on older one (3 or 4 yrs old) I got from my brother and 2 are the I-40's that I just purchased about 2 weeks ago. They all take great daytime photos but the I-40's take much better night photos. If you're wanting mostly daylight shots I think any of them will do okay but if you're wanting night photos of hogs for instance, you have to just test them out to see what suits you. For me the I-40's are better. And like Rmart30 stated they are on sale at Basspro for $179. Not bad cameras for under $200.00


February 1, 2009, 02:39 PM
The moultrie i40 ... Basspro has them on sale for $179.

My cousin has had a variety of trail cams and is happy with his Moultrie i40. I'm sold, but the price I'm pulling up at Basspro is 219.99 http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_94725_250004000_250000000_250004000_250-4-0

The best price I've found is WalMart at 187.00 http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5933976

February 1, 2009, 10:54 PM
My cousin has had a variety of trail cams and is happy with his Moultrie i40. I'm sold, but the price I'm pulling up at Basspro is 219.99 http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...004000_250-4-0

The sale price came out in a mailed flyer to me..... might have been for in store purchases only.

$179 here ....http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MOULTRIE-i40-INFRARED-FLASH-WILD-GAME-CAMERA-NIB_W0QQitemZ380099848836QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item380099848836&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3A1318

February 2, 2009, 09:10 PM
$179 here ....http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MOULTRIE-i40...3A1|240%3A1318

Hey thanks, Rmart! That seller has a store in Missouri. Of all things, I'm going right by Liberty, MO tomorrow! How's that for luck? I think I'll swing by and pick one up. :D

Thanks again.

February 4, 2009, 09:40 PM
Just purchased a Cuddeback Capture and it really is a fantastic and easy to use trail cam. Takes the best, clear and long range photos of deer.

February 4, 2009, 10:05 PM
Those Cuddeback pics are something to behold, but another consideration might be whether or not you want one camera or several. Cost is a factor.

I've used trail cameras for years, generally with good success, after I learned about placement. I have only used the less expensive Moultries w/ rechargable 6v batteries. The picture quality and speed are nothing to compare to the Cuddeback, but for the price I can have them all over the woods. But I have used them, primarily, to check activity at specific perienneal scrapes and along known active game trails. I don't need a high quality pic, I just need to know what's there and at what time. So if you would prefer multiple cameras to the finest quality pics, cost might be a consideration. Until recently, I was using 5 to 6 cameras at a time.

I love using game cameras. It adds an extra dimension to hunting. It's one thing to sit in a tree for hours, days, or months wondering if today you might hit the big time. It's quite another, when you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are in the right place, if you can just be patient enough. Or you wonder with every movement you see, or each changing shadow if that could be the monster you caught of the camera just a couple of weeks before.