Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera – Review

Bow Creek Outdoors Buck Fuel Soy Sauce and BC-42 Trail CameraLike many of you, I truly depend on my trail cameras to assist me in taking inventory of my hunting properties, placement of stands and timing of hunts. An added bonus is catching wildlife in some candid images!While I like to “geek out” on gear, I am not the type of person to ditch last year’s model to purchase the latest and greatest! As part of my list of benefits/requirements from a camera is longevity! Having said, that during my years of use of trail cameras, it took many purchases to find a camera that fit my requirements, not necessarily my wants. Case in point, until I purchased this camera, the 4 cameras that I currently run, range in age from 3 to 7 years old. I keep them out year-round, just replace batteries, swap SD cards, update the firmware if needed and will be painting the housing on two of them this spring.

This process of finding my “Best All-Around” camera that met all my requirements and budget was challenging at best.

My requirements are:
•Adjustable sensor sensitivity
•At least 10 megapixels
•At least 80′ motion detection range
•Black-Out IR LEDs
•Date, Time, Temperature, and Moon Phase Stamp
•Less than .9 trigger speed
•Lockable
•Long battery life – 2000+ pictures can be taken with a single set of 12AA batteries, no matter what time of the year
•Password Protected
•Take clear, sharp, detailed pictures, whether day or night
•Weather Resistant

While I was attending The Great American Outdoor Show this past February, I noticed the Bow Creek Outdoors booth a few spaces down from the APA Archery booth I was working. I stopped by to talk to them about their supplement products as well as their trail cameras. After talking a bit, about their different products, experiences, we found that we had a lot of the same friends, and for whatever reason, just never crossed paths until now.

After talking with them about their trail cameras, I was drawn to the Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera.

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Unboxed

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Simple Packaging, to keep costs down

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Contents

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Box Contents

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Password Screen

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Password Screen

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Boot Screen

Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera Boot Screen along with 12-battery compartment

Ciro setting up our Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera

Ciro setting up our Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera (Tongue is for added concentration and luck!)

The Bow Creek BC-42’s specs are:
•.8 Second Trigger Time
•1080P HD Video with Sound
•12/16/24 Megapixel Settings
•18 Month Warranty
•2inch LCD Screen for Viewing Videos and Pictures
•42 Black-Out IR LED’s
•52 Degree Field of View
•6-12 AA Batteries (Not Included)
•Date, Time, Temperature, and Moon Phase Stamp
•Dimensions 5.5” W x 6 5/8”H x 3” D
•HD Video Day and Night
•Lockable
•Multi-Shot 1-7 Picture Settings
•Password Protected
•SD Memory Card – 8MB-32GB (Not Included)
•Up to 100 Ft. Night Range
•Weight: 2 lbs.

I figured, I could “triple-dip” my testing, in that I would test the Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera, Bow Creek Buck Fuel Soy Sauce (Review here) and a different company’s specializes trail camera lock simultaneously

So, after 6 weeks of having the Bow Creek BC-42 Black-Out IR Trail Camera set on a new supplement site, I have to say that I am really impressed with the camera thus far.

The camera has stood up to the elements of rain, snow, sun, and wind. As we have had a few Nor’easter Storms roll though, one heavy in rain and the others were snow and ice.

The battery life seems to great, as I wanted to test the battery life with using only 6 alkaline batteries, in place of the full 12 batteries.

I have captured 2,568 images on six (6) Alkaline batteries, which have all been very clear and sharp!

Bow-Creek-BC-42-Daytime-ImageBow-Creek-BC-42-Nighttime-ImageBelow are a few tips on the placement of your camera, will assist your camera’s battery life, quality of pictures as well as the subject(s) captured in the images:
Install your camera in a spot where you subject will frequent according to the specific season
Keep the camera facing north to mitigate any sun glare and white out images
Remove any hanging limbs and or tall grasses in the field of vies to reduce the number of “terrain pictures”
If your camera is aimed at a location with a lot of tall grasses or brush, lower its sensitivity
If your camera aimed at an open area, such as a wide clearing or field edge, set the sensitivity higher
If setting your camera over a supplement site or scrape, I generally set the camera up 20 to 30′ from supplement site
To identify the height of your camera’s installation height, kneel down on the far-side of your supplement site look back at your camera, align it to your eye level
If setting your camera along a game trail, set the camera to angle against the trail, instead of head-on or butt-away shots
Place a small stick behind the top half of your camera to force the camera angle downward a bit

**Feel free to share your trail camera tips in the comments!

I will update this review around the same time next year, to capture all the seasons and to perform a more thorough test!

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