How To Avoid Trail Camera False Triggers

It’s always frustrating to see the SD card is full of unnecessary photos. What happens when the camera triggers a false alarm and proceeds to click the pictures. Anyway, It’s a common issue but doesn’t make it any less annoying.

If this wasn’t enough, with false triggers the battery of the camera will die a lot quicker. There is nothing you can do when a camera records a false trigger. But you can avoid trail camera false triggers. We will talk about some of those in this guide.

Avoid Placing It In Direct Sunlight

Sun doesn’t stay in one place for the whole day. When the sun starts to move and starts losing intensity, the camera will get triggered from that.

If you place the camera facing East or West, the sunlight will mess with the camera. Try to find the best position available, but not facing the direct sunlight. Makes sense?

Mount The Camera Tightly With The Tree

Not mounting the camera tightly with the tree is an amateur mistake. Don’t worry, I am not judging you. Just a friendly suggestion, if you don’t bind the camera tightly with the tree it will move with a small touch from an animal. Even wind will mess with the camera.

Make sure the tree is sturdy enough to not move when the storm hits. If the whole tree moves, who’s gonna save your camera? We all know motion can trigger the camera.

Angle It Towards The Path

Find the path where your prey usually travels. Find a tree facing that path and mount the camera on that tree. If the canvas is blank, the camera can’t trigger.

If you bought a fast trail camera, then even in the blank space it will capture a deer running at full speed. The picture may be blurry, but that’s not the point. The point is if the camera doesn’t get distracted, to begin with. It can’t trigger false alarms.

Hang Higher

Avoid tall grasses by any means. Those grass combined with a strong wind is a mortal enemy of a trail camera. I am not here to record your fashion show grass, get out of the way.

If you don’t place it at a higher position, all you will see are grass and grass.

By placing the camera at a higher angle, you are creating an artificial wide field of view. Due to that, the camera will trigger more accurately. Might catch some snaps of the birds out there, but hey that’s a price worth paying.


Most modern trail cameras come with various types of adjustment settings. Sensitivity is one of the most important ones. If you crank up the sensitivity to the fullest, that means the camera will trigger the moment it notices any movement. It includes a leaf moving from the wind.

Are you getting what I am trying to say? Higher sensitivity won’t bring the best result.

Try to model for the camera and see if the camera triggers at the small movement, or it’s responding correctly. Find the sweet sensitivity spot. Depending on the model it will vastly vary.

Avoid Hot Air

If you are using the trail camera as a security device in industrial areas. Try to avoid the vents that let out hot airs. It will mess up with the lenses and sensors.

If the ambient temperature in front of the camera changes, it may trigger. We don’t want that to happen. That’s why always try to avoid areas that exhaust hot air.


Just by following these 6 simple steps, you can take your trail camera game to the next level.

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