Several weeks ago I saw an advertisement for the Wildgame Innovations Terra 6 game camera on sale for less than $50.00 at the local big box retailer. We had joked that it would be cool to see who is walking around our back yard / meadow at night. We don’t live in the country, but we are outside the main city limits. We have 1.5 acres with a nice open meadow and a creek (aka the drainage easement).
We have seen deer prints, smelled a fox, and even seen a coyote during the day before. We see hawks and owls regularly. But in the eleven years we have lived on this property, we have only once seen a deer with our own eyes!
So, we bought the camera. It was fairly easy to set up, although our first round of pictures did not capture much since we incorrectly guessed about which way the deer were coming / going. After some experimenting, we aimed the camera towards our creek since we noticed deer prints in the creek (that is currently dry).
Quick review of the Terra 6 game camera: it is a 6 mp camera with a 50 ft. flash range. It can also take video (we haven’t done that yet though). The passive infrared sensor works for a distance up to 60 feet. So it takes pictures during the day and night. Set up was easy. Uses 8 AA batteries that could last up to a year. Not sure if that will be the case, but we’ll see. It can hold up to a 32 GB SD card. Neither the batteries nor SD card were included. It comes with two very small bungee cords that would only fit around a small tree, so we added a section of rope to extend the reach. The image information includes the date, time, and moon phase.
Overall we are pleased with the ease of use and general quality. It’s not a professional photography quality image, but it’s great for a quick view into who is prowling around your yard at night. And might be enough to get us to upgrade to a fancy one at some point, because the pictures are really neat.
And now I will let the photos tell the rest of the story! Take note of the time stamps / dates. At the end, I will list out all of the animals we were able to identify.
The next day…
And two days later…
Our cats were spotted as well during some daytime shots, sniffing around to see who visited recently. Thank goodness they sleep inside at night!
Definitely lots of raccoons in the neighborhood.
All in all, we identified the following animals visiting us in about a one-week time period. Very amazing!
- house cats
Check back for more pictures later!