How To Do A Trail Camera Survey for Deer │ Cabela's Wildlife and Land Management

February 17, 2014 │ On these week’s episode of Cabela’s Wildlife and Land Management (WLM) TV, Cabela’s wildlife biologist, Jerermy Flinn is in the Midwest conducting a winter trail camera survey for white-tailed deer. Cabela’s wildlife biologist, Justin Bryan is in south Texas retrieving Cabela’s trail cameras from the field to examine buck characteristics through aging on the hoof and field judging antlers.

Jeremy Flinn is picking up Cabela’s trail cameras ( that have been in the field for 10 days collecting images. These trail camera sites were selected by Jeremy Flinn as the best locations for implementing a trail camera survey for these big Midwest whitetails. The areas include spots that have recently been manipulated with his Cabela’s compact tractor ( Jeremy Flinn prefers to use the Cabela’s IR camera ( as it consistently produces high-quality photos both day and night. He will use the images to calculate the whitetail population demographics such as buck to doe ratios, doe to fawn ratios, and number of deer per acre. This information will allow him to adequately make wildlife and land management recommendations, specifically deer management, to improve the quality of hunting experience on this Midwest property.

Understanding the population dynamics of a whitetail population is key to properly managing it. Justin Bryan is using Cabela’s trail cameras to better understand what this South Texas deer population looks like. The positive attributes of supplemental feeding both pelleted and from food plots is apparent as Justin Bryan can see from the Cabela’s trail camera images that both the does and bucks are in great physical winter condition. He will also be evaluating the quality of the bucks on the property by first aging deer on the hoof, and then field judging buck that have yet to shed their antlers. Justin Bryan has learned that by conducting these post rut trail camera survey a wildlife biologist can gain valuable information that leads to better deer management practices.


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