Checkmate - with the T-mate!!!
Got a chance to get my T-mate set up at the ranch...& I love it!!!
Everyone that owns a game trail camera has experienced some of the downfalls in securely setting up the camera, easily checking the SD cards and batteries, and (re)setting the camera for the perfect shot. Many of the cameras come with some type of strap that, let's face it, will completely fall apart in the weather eventually - often times causing your camera to fall to the ground. I should know, I've had this happen, and then camera ended up in a big ol' puddle of water, ruining my $150 investment in the process. I've had animals knock them off of the tress as well, and when they hit the ground and gather some rain, your camera can and will get ruined!
So, I ditched the straps last year and started using those small bungee cords instead. I'd wrap those bungees tightly around the camera to whatever I was securing it to. Of course, any time I wanted to access my SD card, I'd have to take the bungee cords off the camera and the tree limb or post it was attached to. We all know that can be a pain - and you need to reset the camera up every time you remove it from its post, to make sure you are getting the perfect pictures in the frame you want. Not fun. Not quick. I was getting sick of the bungees and just wanted to be able to quickly access my camera, without having to mess with any straps or bungee cords, etc. There had to be an easier way!
Well, I hit the jackpot when I found out about the T-mate. The Tmate slips over a t-post and secures itself to the post by a locking pin. It is a very smart design, and keeps you camera from being knocked around by animals, and you can access your SD cards in seconds! No more dealing with inferior straps that weather away, or bungee cords that will lose elasticity and fail in time. Now, I can get grab my SD card and replace it with a new one in seconds! And once I set the camera up for the perfect picture, I know the T-mate won't move, and my pictures will be consistent every time!
As you can see in the picture above, the T-mate comes with bolt knob that screws into any camera. Most cameras I use have a place to screw the bolt knob on the bottom. But I have one that would need to be secured in the middle and back of the camera. If that is the case with your camera, just use the set up below. It's so easy!
When I go out to my ranch, I know there are going to be tons of projects that will take up my time. Every minute I can save on one project can go towards working on another, or it gives me more time in the deer stand, or catching a few more minutes of the sunset with my wife and kids. Every moment is valuable in life. With my T-mate, I save time AND money, and know my investment is protected! No animals are going to be knocking down my t-post and ruining my camera. No straps or bungee cords are going to be giving me a headache when it comes time to check my SD cards and batteries. The T-mate is one of the most valuable tools in a hunter's toolbox! In fact, I'm going to mount all my camera to the T-mates by this summer. For more information, and to order you T-mate, visit the website: www.t-mate.biz