When it comes to taking photos, I admit
Im behind the times. While many of my writing colleagues now embrace digital
photography, Im still happy with traditional cameras that must be fed old-fashioned
rolls of 35mm film. Drawbacks to film photography include the time and money it takes to
have photos processed. Then theres the fact you cant immediately see the
results and, if necessary, retake the picture on the spot.
Penns Woods has seen the light and now
offers a new digital camera to keep watch over game trails and record animals as they pass
by. The Digital-Scout wears Realtree Hardwoods Green HD camouflage and operates 24/7
scouting continuously while you sleep at home or go to work. Using a camera to
track game movement and patterns is a tremendous help in deciding when and where you want
to hunt. If few deer register in the cameras digital memory over a period of several
days, its time to move the rig to another location and mark that trail off your map.
Im always more confident heading to a stand when I know for a fact a few nice bucks
have been frequenting the immediate neighborhood.
The camera begins taking pictures when its
Passive Infrared (PIR) trigger is tripped by an animal moving within 80 feet. Movement
alone wont start the camera. The infrared trigger must also sense heat. In addition,
the PIR electronics this camera uses automatically senses air temperature and adjusts the
range accordingly. When its hot outdoors, the Digital-Scout shuts down to prevent
Photo-taking range also adjusts automatically
to accommodate light conditions. At night, the range is automatically limited to make sure
animals are in range of the cameras flash. In daytime, the range increases.
Another plus for using a digital camera to
monitor trails is that you can review photos stored in memory whenever you visit the site.
Theres no need to have conventional film developed, saving you both time and money.
You also save money by not buying film.
Batteries are claimed to last up to a full
month in continuous operation and come complete with a built-in recharging system.
Whats more, you can remove the systems Olympus digital camera and use it for
everyday photo-taking chores. A Master Lock Python cable locking system is provided for
securing the Digital-Scout to trees or other objects.
For more information, write to Penns
Woods, PO Box 306, Delmont PA 15625; or call toll-free: 1-877-426-3225, or visit online