Hunting Tips

What to Look For in a Used Trail Camera

Trail cameras are incredibly useful, but they can also be quite an investment, especially if you want one of quality build. Generally, you’re looking at spending at least $100 on a new, mid-range trail camera these days, or at least one that you know will last you more than one hunting season. It may not be very easy looking for that ideal trail camera for yourself, either, as many cameras may have features and functions that are either hard to learn, or at the very least completely unnecessary for your needs.

One way to save on the costs of buying a quality trail camera is to go the Used route, and buy a pre-owned camera. Some retailers, like TrailCamPro.com, allow you to buy a pre-used camera for a fraction of what they would normally go for at retail. But, to make sure you’re not buying a used piece of crap, you might want to keep the following things in mind.

Warranty

While it’s easy to assume that pre-owned or refurbished trail cameras won’t be offered with a warranty, it still doesn’t hurt to check. In fact, in many cases, these trail cameras will still come with a manufacturer’s warranty for one year, depending on how used the camera is. While these warranties aren’t as comprehensive or as long-lasting as retailer warranties, in these cases you are still guaranteed a return on your investment should your trail camera not work as intended.

If the used trail camera in question does, in fact, come with some limited form of warranty, do be sure to check carefully what all that warranty covers. Again, the included warranty will most likely be limited in scope, so it will be helpful to be familiar with the conditions by which you’ll be able to return your camera, and to know this before you actually buy the camera.

Physical Condition

Perhaps more important than warranty is the physical condition of the item in question, both in terms of how the seller describes it, and in terms of how it looks in pictures of the item. The seller will, inevitably, describe the used camera as in working condition (unless it’s a camera being sold “AS IS,” “Untested,” or “For Parts Only”), but it will be your responsibility to determine if the camera’s condition still makes it a good match for you. Scratches and scuffs on the outer casing of a trail camera may not affect functionality, but cracks may affect your camera’s long-term durability.

Also, please make sure the seller posts actual photos of the camera, as well as photos taken from the camera if possible. Some sellers are content with just using stock photos of the item, pictures of the camera used in advertising and manufacturers’ websites. These won’t tell you the actual condition of the camera, and you can’t just take the seller’s word for it in their description. And, while many sellers may not post pictures taken by the camera itself, be sure to ask them for these pictures, as they will tell you straightaway how well the camera functions.

Seller Rating

There are a whole bunch of sellers out there peddling their used goods, and not all of them are reliable. Because of this, it is very important that you do your research and look into the seller’s feedback and reputation to see if they are a reliable seller of used trail cameras. This is true for anyone wanting to buy used goods from the Internet, but it is especially important when it comes to expensive and technologically involved as trail cameras.

There are a number of ways to easily check up on the reliability of a seller. When buying from major online sellers who have their own website, read up on how well people have dealt with them in forum boards and in places other than just the website’s own testimonials page. When buying used trail cameras from storefronts like Ebay or Amazon, look into the seller’s rating and their recent customer feedback.

Savings Margin

Finally, consider this: how much are you saving by buying this camera? How close or far away from retail price that used camera is can tell you a bit about what kind of camera you are buying, and whether or not it’s worth the purchase.

For example, you may find a used camera that’s very close in price to a new camera, which may raise questions about whether or not risking things with a used camera is really worth it. If a used trail camera plus shipping costs the same amount as a new camera with free shipping, you may want to look into just buying the new camera. Otherwise, you could see if anyone else is selling the camera for a more reasonable price.

Another thing to consider is when there is a huge dependency between a new and used price. This may mean something is severely wrong with the used camera, or that the camera is nonfunctional. Some sellers sell off broken or unusable cameras for those who want to salvage them for parts, or attempt to repair them, and these nonfunctional cameras come at significantly reduced prices. Never make the mistake of buying a nonworking used trail camera when you mean to buy one that does work. Read listing information very carefully.

Conclusion

Finding a reliable used trail camera does not have to be difficult, so long as you are diligent and careful about it. Make sure you know that the seller is reliable, make sure you know the camera itself will work even with the wear and tear it has suffered already, and consider how close or far away the used camera is in comparison to a new camera. And finally, if one is available, keep an eye out for used trail cameras that offer a warranty with them, and consider how much that warranty covers for. Take these steps and become an informed buyer, and you should have little to no trouble buying used trail cameras.

A Look at the Duck Hunting App Duckr

Hunting technology has done a pretty good job over the years with staying up to date. Mostly this is due to military research, etc. One part that the outdoors field has lacked on is apps. If you look for hunting, or fishing apps for that matter, you will not come across a big selection. There are a lot out but most are lacking real features that can be used easily from one place. Other hunting/fishing apps are not reliable. So today, we will take a look at an app that is trying to step up the game in this field. It is called Duckr which is specifically designed for duck hunting though the company has plans to expand the features to include goose, deer and fishing.

duckr

So, let’s go over the features

Save, comment and share each hunting spot

duck blindWhen out scouting and find that perfect spot, Duckr has an option to save this spot. Using your GPS, you are able to save and find your spots when needed. You can leave comments on each spot like, “swampy” or how many ducks you seen while there or hunting notes. You can also share these locations with friends and other hunters (this is where we will be, see you at 6am).

So why are these options good? Well, you probably have more than one hunting spot or find potential places while out. This makes it easy to mark those spots and leave notes for type of hunting days. You could leave comments on good morning spots, etc. It is also easy to find your spots in the dark if needed. I’m sure we have all been a little lost trying to find a blind at one time or another. It is also an easy way to share exact blind locations with buddies.

Sharing photos and chat with friends

If you have had a good day of hunting, of course you want to share your kills. Duckr makes it easy to do just that. This app gives you an easy way to share photos and even chat with friends. Why is this good? Well, if you and your buddies are hunting different blinds or you just want to show ff a little, it always comes in handy. You can also send reports to friends how the hunting is.

Weather reports and

We have all been out and stuck in the rain. Duckr features weather reports and the dawn/dusk times. I know what you are thinking, there are weather apps for that and you would be correct but, just another option in one place. It is always nice when you don’t have to keep searching for apps when you can have it all in one place.

Duck sounds

I know many people will say mouth calls work best. I don’t agree or disagree with you here. I just know that has never been a gift I have had. It is a cool options to have authentic calls at the ready. The down side may be the volume you can get out of your phone but I have used deer calls that have worked like a charm. I suggest checking local laws before using this option because it is considered an electric call which is illegal in some states.

Social and groups

Duckr is a community, it makes it easy to connect with other duck hunters worldwide and local. You are able to join/create groups. Maybe you are also into hunting dogs, there is a group for that! Just another way to connect, update and get updates from other local hunters. It’s kind of like a Facebook for duck hunters.

There are other features that I did not mention that can be found on their website doc.kr.

So my final thoughts on Duckr

Duckr looks like it is going to be a very feature heavy app which will cut down on the need of multiple hunting apps. It is also specifically designed for duck hunters which is pretty awesome if I say so myself. I’m really looking forward to the deer hunting app since I hunt a lot of public land. So, I’m all in on this app and can’t wait for the release in the Fall of 2016.

Duckr App Photos