The DIY Hunter

Camouflage Browning Recon Force Trail Camera BTC-2

The Browning Recon Force Trail Camera's camouflage blends right into the bark of Bigtooth Maple.


Browning Range Ops Trail Camera BTC-1

Browning Range Ops Trail Camera (model BTC-1) setup watching a trail for elk.


Elk rubs on quaking aspens

Elk rubs from last fall are all over the Quaking Aspens near where I set out three Browning Trail Cameras.


Browning Recon Force Trail Camera BTC-2 on game trail

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera (model BTC-2) setup on a well-used game trail.


White Crowned Sparrow nest under log

A White Crowned Sparrow nest hidden neatly under a fallen tree stump in the area I was scouting for places to put up the trail cameras.


Utah fuzzy black, white, and orange caterpillar.

I found a couple of these cool fuzzy caterpillars. I wondering what kind it is? Searching Google has not given me the answer.

After a couple of weeks of testing my Browning Recon Force model BTC-2 trail camera around the yard I was itching to get out on the mountain and see what I could get pictures of with the trail camera.

In my testing around the yard, I was able to take some fun time-lapse video of clouds rolling across the mountains near my house. Although not your typical trail camera usage — using them to get time-lapse video is pretty cool for a creative guy like myself.

Here are a few things I learned while playing around with the trail camera around the yard:

  • The Time-Lapse Plus feature only takes time-lapse photos during the period of time specified and motion-activated photos during other times.
  • When using time-lapse: The All day setting means that it will take time-lapse photos from about an hour before light until about an hour after dark.
  • When using time-lapse: The Two Hour setting means that it will take time-lapse photos from about an hour before light and take photos for two hours. Then it will take two hours of photos in the evening ending about an hour after dark.
  • The trail camera is really smart in self-calibrating the length of daylight that changes throughout the year.
  • The Rapid Fire option in the Multi-Shot feature will take three images a second once triggered. This is the option to use on a game trail where the animals are moving past the trail camera.
  • Multi-Shot Standard takes images every three seconds once triggered. This is useful for a well-used water hole, possibly a feeder or the like.

Luck found Dallen, my oldest son this year as he drew out for a youth elk hunt in Utah. We are both pretty excited about this opportunity for him to hunt elk with a rifle during the peak of the rut. I have a couple of areas in mind to take him on this hunt. One of the areas is within a reasonable distance from our home, an area we could put a trail camera to use to try and find him a nice bull, something better than the 4x5 elk he shot in 2012.

After figuring out the features I was ready to head up on the mountain to put the camera to work. A good friend of mine lent me two additional Browning Trail Cameras to take to the woods with. After six hours of hiking and riding my 29er mountain bike around the mountain, I was glad that all my eggs were not in one basket. Having additional trail cameras should make it a lot easier to track down some elk.

I love the camo pattern on the Recon Force trail cameras. It blends right into the bark of Bigtooth Maple. If the strap and buckle on the camera had the same pattern the trail camera would completely disappear on the tree.

I'm excited to see what the cameras might capture. I'll give them a week or two and go back up the mountain to check out what I can capture on the Browning trail cams. (A Black Bear, Elk, Mule Deer, and Moose. Cool!) 


Galaxy S3 Panorama of Mountains

Here's a panorama of the mountain shot with my Galaxy S3 phone.