VIDEO: 5 Tips for Better Deer Camera Surveys

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A 14-day trail-camera survey can reveal tons of great information about a local deer herd that will guide you in your Quality Deer Management efforts, not to mention your hunting success. In this video, I share five tips for producing better results that I’ve learned from running my own annual surveys. Review the complete trail-camera survey method before you launch your own, or for additional guidance, order a copy of QDMA’s book, Deer Cameras: The Science of Scouting.

  • Johnny Campbell

    Will 2 cameras be sufficient for a 280 acre deer survey?

    • Kip Adams

      Hey Johnny. You really want 1 camera for each 100 acres, so you could do the survey with 2, but we would be much better. Three cameras would also ensure the calculations work to estimate the total number of deer using the area. Good luck in the woods this fall.


About Kip Adams

Kip Adams of Knoxville, Pennsylvania, is a certified wildlife biologist and QDMA's Director of Conservation. He has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University and a master's in wildlife from the University of New Hampshire. He's also a certified taxidermist. Before joining QDMA, Kip was the deer and bear biologist for the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department. Kip and his wife Amy have a daughter, Katie, and a son, Bo.