Face it north. That's when I get the best pics.
Corn, apples, or pumpkins gives you the best chance for good pics. If you just put it out on a trail and they walk right past you might only get their ass or nothing. You gotta get them to stop.
He'll.. I put one out a couple weeks ago in a really hot spot where the big boys roam.. It was only out there two days and filled a 9 gig SD Card... Problem was, i didn't get a single damn picture of a deer!! WTF.. These cams are BS..
If you set it up on a known trail, point it down the trail. Don't make it perpendicular to the trail or you will be lucky to catch a tail or hind leg. Most of the time nothing at all. Point it the direction the deer should be coming or going.
For me it just depends on the time of year on where I hang my cams.
During the summer I hang them on travel routes just to see what is coming and going. late summer/early fall I find routes coming out of the woods and into the fields to get pics. Then when scrapes start up I hang one on the most active scrape on a field edge I can find and see who is checking them. Couple weeks after the crops are harvested I start looking for scrapes inside the woods and hang a cam. I figure the late season say mid December I will start putting out some corn and hang a cam to see who made it through gun season and get my new inventory and hit list started for muzzy season .
This is one of my all time favorite pics and it's a classic set-up for me. This cam was set-up watching a scrape that is on the far left side of the cam. Although the buck never hit the scrape, I got great pics of him because I had the camera centered on the interection of two tractor paths, with the scrape acting as a "secondary focal point". When I hang a camera, I try to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to covering real estate.