Depends....if you've got plenty of memory (digital cam), then 1 - 5 minutes. If you don't have much memory, and don't have access to check the trail cam (over a lick), IMO a longer setting would be best, 5 - 20 minutes.
For intstance: myself, I live 2 hours from my trail cam, thus I set it for 5 minutes, because I want a lot of pics, but not to many. I have a 1 Gig card in my digital camera. I could of set it to 2 minutes, but I didn't think I would be out there until August, thus I elected to go with 5 minutes. Somewhat of crap shoot here....If I set to 30 secs, my memory could be filled up in 2 - 3 weeks, thus my camera sits dormant for 3 - 4 weeks. So, I elect to strike a medium, and take pics of time versus quantity.
In addition, If you're setup on a trail, I would use 30 secs - 2 minutes.
The set back to mineral licks is, repetitive pics of the same deer. So, the question is, how long do they lick before leaving? If you're set to 5 minutes, best hope they move on in 4 minutes.
I'm itching to see the pics I have thus far on my cam! In fact, I think I'm going to change out my narrow PIR lense for a wide angle in the fall (downtime).
Lick.....every 20 minutes or so. Trail......every 2 minutes or less. Over the lick you will get repeat pics of momma deer and her babies over and over. They tend to linger. As for a trail there may be a batchler group of bucks and after the little forkie gets his pic taken the 12 pointer right behind him may slip by without any documentation on film.
Personally, I leave them all on 10 sec. double pic. I only use 256 mb cards or larger. If I get a whole card of *****, I hit delete. Sometimes, I get a lot of pics of the same good buck.
Nice cam SmokinBarrel. Is that a p41 hiding in there? I remember the other day you asked me about wide angle fresnel & I didn't respond. Sorry. I have only used .65 lens so far. From what I read, the main advantage to wide angle is it pics up movement earlier, thus more animals centered in the pic. I'm not having much trouble with that. P41 is super fast.
Yes, that's a P41 inside thar! I just set my deercam out, and hopefully I'll get some good pics...centered pics. But, I think I'll miss having a wide angle lense. We'll see, hopefully it'll prove me wrong, but I hate having "going away" shots.
My previous post on this subject was for the ancient 35 mm film game camera that I have. If'n I had a digital I'd set it to take as many as it can and delete the ones I don't want. Digital is a whole different world when it comes to game cameras. It is a whole new ball game.
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