The latest game cameras have not only allowed wildlife enthusiasts to capture impressive photos and footage of wildlife in their natural environment, but they have also helped hunters to speculate about and plan their hunts.

The most advanced of these high-tech cameras offer high definition (HD) and infrared image capabilities.

Upon seeing the crisp quality of digital photos and video footage that can be captured by these game cameras, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words.

All of the most popular models of these cameras are capable of preserving excellent quality photos.

But some are even equipped with motion-detecting sensors that automatically signal the camera’s computer to begin capturing video footage at the slightest detection of motion or to momentarily pause this footage when the motion stops.

A website recently conducted a review of the most popular of the latest game cameras currently on the market. Their ratings were as follows: 1) PlotWatcher Pro by Day 6 Outdoors, 2) IR-7 by Spypoint, 3) Truth Cam 46 by Primos Hunting, 4) Game Spy M-100 by Moultrie, 5) Game Spy M-80xt by Moultrie, 6) Trophy Cam 119467C by Bushnell, 7) I-45S Game Camera by Moultrie, 8) Truth Cam Blackout by PrimosHuniting, 9) Attack IR 5MP by Cuddeback, and 10) Pulse 10X by Wild Game Innovations.

Copperas Cove hunter Michael Taft uses the Moultrie Game Spy M-80xd as an aide to his hunts on Fort Hood in Bell and Coryell counties.

“It’s small, has an infrared flash, and does videos,” Taft said. “I was more than pleased with the performance of this camera.”

He added that with this camera he is able to capture clear night photos and video with audio wildlife footage.

“The battery life far exceeded my expectations,” Taft said. “I normally set it up for three-shot bursts and get at least 30 days of battery life.”

While Taft generally uses this camera to capture photos of whitetail deer in preparation for hunts, he also speculates that it could capture some impressive footage of feral hogs in the wild when placed near sources of water such as local creek beds.

Taft has recently placed another of these cameras in the wild close to the Gatesville area of Coryell County and anticipates some exciting footage as a result.

Most recently, he has captured images of native bobcats with this game camera model.

As hunting enthusiasts, as well as lovers of the wide variety of wildlife that Central Texas has to offer, we anxiously anticipate new stories, as well as photo and video images, of wildlife in their native environment.

Shawn Paul is an avid hunter who lives in Hamilton. Check out his blog at

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