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Rut, Camera, Action: 3 Cell Trail Cams to Keep You Updated

Keeping tabs on roaming whitetails may be more affordable than you think.

Rut, Camera, Action: 3 Cell Trail Cams to Keep You Updated

These three cellular trail cameras will keep you updated on the rut (from left): SkyPoint Flex, Moultrie Mobile Delta Base and Covert Code Black Select.

As the rut approaches and gets cranking, buck patterns can go out the window. Bucks on the search for does behave like they're traveling at random, making it difficult to predict where they'll be at any given time. Trail cameras that monitor buck—and doe—movement can help you make sense of what seems like chaos. Cellular models that transmit images remotely eliminate the need for you to spend time driving and hiking to your camera sets when you could be hunting. And these days, the amount of gas you'll save in not having to drive to a property for card checks could pay for the cost of a cell cam well before season's end.

Here are three models at different price levels to keep you up to date on the rut this fall.

Covert Code Black Select

  • feradyne.com
  • Resolution: 30 MP images, 4K videos
  • Trigger Speed: .2 sec.
  • Detection Range: 80'
  • Flash: IR
  • Flash Range: 100'
  • Power Source: 12 AA batteries
  • Supported Networks: AT&T, Verizon (one camera)
  • MSRP: $269.99
  • Plan Rates: $4.99/mo. for 100 images to $19.99/mo. for 20,000 images
  • Favorite Feature: Covert charges for high-res images and 5-sec. videos on a per-use basis so you only pay for the uploads you want.

Read the Region Rut Update for Nov. 3

Moultrie MobileDelta Base

  • moultriefeeders.com
  • Resolution: 24 MP images, 1080p videos
  • Trigger Speed: .75 sec.
  • Detection Range: 80'
  • Flash: IR
  • Flash Range: 80'
  • Power Source: 12 AA batteries, 12v external input
  • Supported Networks: AT&T, Verizon (separate cameras)
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Plan Rates: $4.99/mo. for 100 images to $34.99/mo. for four cameras and unlimited images
  • Favorite Feature: The convenient Moultrie Mobile app offers subject recognition (buck, doe, turkey, person, vehicle) with SmartTags for image filtering and custom alerts.

SpyPoint Flex

  • spypoint.com
  • Resolution: 33 MP images, 1080p videos
  • Trigger Speed: .3 sec.
  • Detection Range: 100'
  • Flash: IR
  • Flash Range: 100'
  • Power Source: 8 AA batteries, 12v external input
  • Supported Networks: Multi-carrier LTE (one camera)
  • MSRP: $169.99
  • Plan Rates: Free for 100 images/mo. to $15/mo. for unlimited photos; $5/50 high-res photos or 20 full-HD videos
  • Favorite Feature: Two preactivated and installed SIM cards in each cam enable the Flex to automatically connect to the network with the strongest and most reliable signal. If the signal changes, the Flex will switch networks to maintain the best transmission.

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