I have not seen any evidence of the camera flash spooking the deer, if anything the relay clicking might make some of them a little jumpy but more times than not, the deer are still there for the second photo shot! To take it one step further, I built a varmint feeder light, exactly the same as a trail cam but with a 12 volt track light instead of the camera. I mounted this directly above the trail cam so I could see if the flood light comming on for 2 minutes would spook the deer and hogs. It not only did not spook the game but made the pictures come out even better at night due to more lighting in the area! I did not put colored lens on the light either, just left it stock.
Deer- No. Raccoons and fox-yes. The deer will be curious, especially the young ones. The coons and fox, based on date/time values spook quickly and do not come back for a while. All of these observations were made over corn piles.
Agree with all the responses. Some of the older buck I've gotten I seem to only get one pick then they're gone. Although they seem to return to the cam location on another day. The doe seem to like it and will sometimes stand there and use up all the pics!!
I set my cam about 70 yards from my deer stand on the far end of a shooting lane a couple weeks ago to see what deer was crossing just at dark. I could make out shapes but not enought light to tell if they had horns even with a scope.., until they tripped the cam, in the flash I saw a big doe and a yearling, both jumped straight up then took off, but quickly returned, a little skiddish they moved toward the cam and tripped it again, this time ran a short way and returned quickly. The big doe cautiously approached with the little one in tow, Bam! flashed again, this time they only flinched and resumed feeding, I suspect they would have consumed the roll if I hadn't bumped the side of the stand with the butt of my gun to move them along before I got down. Below is a pic of a spike that just couldn't get enough!
Thanks for all the info. That last pic by LW amazes me. With the way deer are, always watching, smelling and listening, then come up to a flash like that. Seems like it would make them jump out of their skin. I cant wait till I get mine built! Z
My cam is a Samsung Maxima 22s auto-focus, (Trail Timer PH3500) setup, I am a novice, this is my first cam, until I found this forum I didn't know you could build your own.
I have been pleased with the results however, good pictures night and daytime on Wal-Mart Fugi 400, I did try Polaroid 400 with poor results, a brown color cast on night and poor color on day pics.