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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:16 am 
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Hi guys. Long time no post. I've had some cams out, but haven't had the time lately to really devote to it. You know it's more than just slapping a camera in the woods.

I'm working up to doing a video build or two. What I am wondering about is lighting. Like should I even bother? Not interested in the kind of IR that commercial cams put out. The 800 pound gorilla in the room is whether a light array is going to scare off the subjects. I look through the videos posted on the site, and it's rare to see one at night. I imagine some species might stand for it just fine.

Anyway, anyone have any insight?

Thanks, Brian


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:27 pm 
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It seems to me that it depends on the species, the position of the lights (overhead vs shining in their eyes), and habituation. If the attraction is strong enough (like a carcass) bears will hang around. I'd think deer would hang around if the attraction was salt. I've spent a lot of time setting LED lights up at the garbage cans to catch garbage bears in action, and overhead lights don't bother them in the least. Here's some footage of bears on a puma kill. I had 3 cameras and three 18 watt LEDS at work, one on each camera. Best to stake them on posts about 6-8 feet high, and to use high amp hour SLAs or 4-18650 batteries in series. You can use 3 18650 batteries in parallel as external power for a GoPro, but keep the GoPro battery in the camera, or it won't work, at least not for Hero2s.

PS: Just viewed my movie, and saw that two or three lights were TOO BRIGHT, at least when the batteries were fully charged. They did a better job when the voltage was lower. At that distance a single LED was enough, when fully charged.

PPS: forget about owls with white light -- they're on their way as soon as the lights go on.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:17 pm 
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Hey Brian...

I have 3 GoPro builds and plan on doing another one. Two have lights (wireless lights) like Chris and one does not have lights and I plan on building another one without lights. So I will have 4 GoPro builds total. The only animal I have that is skeptical or jittery of the lights is the whitetail. Elk and moose don’t worry about the lights. Moose are actually attracted to them. When I set the GoPro’s with lights at scrapes, each individual whitetail buck or does for that matter reacts differently. Again moose and moose elk could care less.

When i use the daytime only GoPro’s I pair them with a stills cam. This way I get day videos and night still pics. I mostly do this at scrapes. I get piles of video footage and stills at scrapes.

I also have DVNS builds. So in day they take videos and at night they only take still pics. This eliminates the use of two cams since it’s all built into one. I also plan on making another one of these this winter as well.

What way or which one do I like better? Not sure actually as I use both in different sinarios, locations etc.

I really like the GoPro’s for their simplicity and ease to make. If u do up a DVNS be sure to us a case with enough room. I used 1060 pelican cases and it’s tight. I am gonna use a bigger case in the build I am Doing this winter.

Last check out all the videos I posted ... there are lots in all the ways I described above ..


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:29 pm 
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Thanks. I might have to try one of those Hero builds. I'll probably stick with day only for now.


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Bkontio wrote:
Thanks. I might have to try one of those Hero builds. I'll probably stick with day only for now.





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