Placement: If you’re looking for deer, place your trail camera about 15 feet from where you expect an animal to pass. You can minimize the sun’s effect on your images by placing the camera about 3 feet high on a tree. If possible, set the camera to face roughly north. That way a rising or setting sun won’t trip the trigger.

Obstructions: Remove tall grass and brush between the camera and where you expect an animal to pass — on a deer trail, for example.

Test it: Each time you check your trail camera, walk past the unit at the distance you expect an animal to pass. Then verify that an image was taken, and that you are indeed in the image. This will ensure your camera is functioning properly. Also remember to confirm that the time and date are correct.

Tools: Carry with you in the field a small kit that contains extra batteries, digital cards and the tools you need to move and remount the unit. Also bring your trail camera’s instruction manual.

Settings: Don’t forget to reset the camera’s clock for daylight savings, or when you replace the batteries.