Monday, August 14, 2017

What To Look For When Buying A Trail Camera

daytime trail camera photo
Buying a trail camera can be a little intimidating. There are dozens of choices on the shelves in big box stores, in archery shops, and on the pages of outdoor catalogs. The prices range from as little as $50 to well over $500. The question many people ask is “what is the difference?” They all take pictures. But what do you get for $500 that you won’t get for $50? Here are the options to consider when purchasing a trail camera, such as the MOULTRIE M-888 GAME CAMERA.
MegapixelsAs a general rule, more megapixels lead to higher resolution photos. However, don’t let megapixels be the determining factor when purchasing a trail camera. Unless you plan to use the photos on a highway billboard, there isn’t much noticeable difference between a three or four megapixel camera and one with eight or more megapixels.
Battery LifeBattery life is a big factor. If you place your camera in an area with a lot of activity it won’t take long to rack up thousands of pictures. Some cameras will only take three or four thousand pictures on a set of batteries while others will take tens of thousands. Another thing to consider is the size of batteries used. A camera that uses 4 D batteries to take three thousand pictures will cost a lot more to operate than a camera that uses 4 AA batteries to take twenty thousand pictures.
Photo SettingsThis one is probably the most important for many trail camera enthusiasts. Some cameras take photos only when triggered by motion and will only take one photo every second or two. If a deer or other critter walks through the frame and isn’t positioned well, the photo may be worthless. Other cameras are capable of taking several photos per second. This can lead to an abundance of photos but there is a good chance you will get at least one good shot of the subject. Deer hunters really like cameras like this because they get multiple angles of a deer’s antlers. Other settings to consider are auto time lapse modes. These cameras can be set to shoot a series of photos at a given time whether the camera is triggered or not. This can come in handy if you have your camera set up on a large food plot or field. The camera will take photos of what is in the field, even if the animals are in the distance. I love this mode for scouting turkeys. You can get a good look at the exact point turkeys enter and exit fields. If you were relying only on photos taken when the camera is triggered, you may get photos of turkeys but you’ll miss out on some of the key information that can help you hunt them.
Trigger SpeedMany buyers don’t think about trigger speed when buying a trail camera and then become frustrated when they see their photos. Trigger speed is the time between when the animal first walks into frame until the camera takes a photo. Some cameras can take a second or two to trigger. If the camera is on a bait station or food plot, slow trigger speed may not be much of a factor. But if the camera is on a game trail, you may end up with a lot of photos of deer butts, which is less exciting than deer heads.
Infrared
Getting a daytime photo of a big buck is a thrill. These photos signal a big deer using the area during legal hunting hours. However, the majority of buck photos are taken at night. Using a traditional flash to take nighttime photos would run deer off in a hurry. Imagine if every time you opened the refrigerator someone took a picture of you. You would find somewhere else to get food in a hurry. The same thing happens with deer. Infrared allows cameras to take nighttime photos with less intrusion. Keep in mind not all infrared is the same. Some emit an beam of infrared light while others filter the light. Filtered infrared can be completely invisible. Cameras with this technology are often called “covert”. Semi-covert cameras have some filtering but are not completely invisible.
LCD ScreenIf you can’t wait until you get home to see your photos, a camera with an LCD screen may be right for you. Instant viewing is fun but I find this feature to be highly overrated. Standing in front of the camera to look at hundreds of photos is a good way to spread your scent all over the area. I prefer to get in and out as quickly as possible. If you can’t wait to see your photos, bring along your personal digital camera and pop in the SD card as soon as you get back to the truck.
VideoTrail cameras are becoming increasingly advanced. One of the latest features is video. In fact, many cameras shoot HD quality video. This can be fun to watch but is priced into the camera and may not have much scouting value to you.
Remote AccessSpeaking of advanced features, some cameras allow you to access photos from a remote location via cellular phone technology. These cameras literally send photos to your email inbox without you having to leave your house. This feature allows you to access the photos without spooking game while walking in to the woods to swap out SD cards. Remote access is great for hunters who are particularly conscious of their scent and people who hunt on property hundreds of miles away. It does have a few drawbacks. The main one is cost. These cameras cost more at the checkout and there is a monthly fee to activate the remote feature. Another thing to consider is cellular reception. If your phone doesn’t work there, the chances of the remote feature working is slim.
New technology is constantly upgrading trail cameras. The features found in a $100 camera today would have cost hundreds more a few years ago. Take a good look at several cameras and decide what is important to you before buying.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Short Essay: How to Start a Small Business



Becoming an entrepreneur is a worthwhile endeavor. The desire to start your own small business is both admirable and terrifying simultaneously. If you don’t know what you are getting yourself into, you could be looking at a lot of disappointment in the future. However, if you are willing to take the risks and steps necessary to learn how to start a small business, there is the potential for great personal satisfaction.



Before you choose to go on this journey you should ensure that your business idea is solid. You cannot start a small business based on what you see everyone else doing. When the market is flooded with people selling baseball caps, opening up another hat shop is not a good idea. Planning a small business takes both knowledge and common sense. You will need to research how viable your idea will be in the marketplace.

Adam Khafif offers some phenomenal advice. He says, “Whatever you choose to pursue, make sure your customers and supporters feel valued at the end of the exchange.” Your business has to add value to the community if you want it to be successful. And, if you are truly serious about this endeavor, you will need to follow these 20 steps to starting a successful small business.

We are not trying to make the list a simple procedure because running your own business is anything but easy. However, we do want you to go at this endeavor as well informed and prepared as possible. Do not skip any of the steps we have laid out for you here:
  1. Understand the market. The truth is, the “next big thing” is probably not what you are going to create. Instead, understand the type of job you want to do and then research the market to see if your career desire can fill a need in your area. Don’t try to chase money. Instead, choose to sell the things you love.
  2. Write a business plan. These can be elaborate or simple. Just be certain that you answer some invaluable questions when you create the plan. The questions include:
  • What’s your vision?
  • What’s your mission?
  • What are your objectives?
  • What strategies will you employ to reach them?
  • What’s the action plan?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ignoring Graphic Design Could be Detrimental to Your Business



Unless you’re a professional graphic designer in addition to having your own business, you are strongly advised to find and hire a graphic designer for your business’ web page. The millennial generation reached preadolescence at a time when the Internet was beginning to be used for college classes, games, and businesses. This was the beginning of Internet literacy as a necessity for those living in developed societies. Today, having a web page is commonplace. But having a page alone is not what will help your business grow to any extent. You must find a way to make your page stand out, and stick in consumers’ minds.



Why Ignoring Website Graphic Design Is Bad for Business


Your website is one giant advertisement for your business. Poor site design does not represent your brand well. This leads to lower customer traffic; and, in turn, less business. A mediocre site design will likely require regular revamping every few years. The time and cost of regular redesigning is not worth having a great design in the first place. Plus, it gives the public the impression that your business cannot afford a professional designer. An unfortunate image such as this is difficult to remove. Paying for quality design proves its usefulness many times over. One dynamite professional design will last far longer, and keeping it the same builds familiarity with your brand for your customers.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

3 Must Have Items to Get Funding for a Small Business


Funding a small business is usually the one area most new business owners struggle with. It can be difficult to find investors or secure loans when a business has not even opened its doors. It’s the classic catch-22, though, most lenders or investors want to see the business is successful before giving money but you need the money in order to start your business. Fortunately, you can prove your business is a worthy investment just by having these three things in order.


Business Plan

To begin with, before you ever try to seek funding, you need to have a solid business plan. Your business plan is basically an outline of every detail about your business. It should explain what your business is and what it does. It should outline the financial plan for the first few years of the business. In addition, it should give details about the people running the business, the structure of the business, and its location. The plan should have explanations of the different business aspects, including marketing and human resources.