A trail camera, also known as a game camera, is a high-tech scouting tool for hunters. The encamped hunter can mount these cameras throughout the surrounding area to remotely monitor wildlife habits and determine poor hunting grounds. The Game Spy line of trail cameras is distributed by Moultrie and includes the Game Spy I-45, I-65, M-45 and M-65 models. Proper maintenance and care of a Moultrie camera can improve durability and functioning, in turn improving the hunter's odds of a successful kill.
Check the SD card if black bars are appearing on the screen. Switch off the camera and take out the SD card. Switch the camera back on. If the screen is working properly, the SD card is probably causing the problem. Replace the SD card.
Confirm that the flash is working if pictures are dark or black. Turn the camera on and press the mode button. The camera should now be in setup mode. Scroll down and select flash. If the flash is off, press enter, choose on and press enter again.
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Secure the batteries. Loose batteries may cause the camera to power off immediately after it is switched on, or completely prevent it from switching on. Locate the battery tray on the bottom of the camera and confirm that the knob is locked firmly in place.
Use good quality batteries to prevent premature power failures. Good quality batteries should yield 400-450 images. Rechargeable batteries lack the voltage necessary to properly power the camera. Moultrie recommends good alkaline batteries such as Duracell or Energizer.