Bushnell Trail Camera Instructions

by Julius Vandersteen
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If you want to capture images of wildlife activity in a particular area, you might be interested in using a trail camera. A Bushnell Trail Camera shoots digital images automatically whenever its motion detector senses an animal approaching. You can set up the Bushnell camera to shoot pictures or videos of wildlife, and it will use a bright flash to illuminate animals it detects during the night. Photos and videos are automatically time-stamped and saved to a memory card for you to retrieve later and view on your computer.


Step 1

Release the latches on the right side of the Bushnell Trail Camera to open it. Install batteries and insert an SD memory card ranging from 16 MB to 1 GB into its slot, then close the camera.

Step 2

Press the “Power” switch to turn on the camera. The display will show four dashes, which will change to “HHHH” with a blinking key icon, prompting you to enter your password. The default password is “0000”.

Step 3

Press the “Enter” button four times to enter four zeros, then press it once more to confirm. The display will show “Pass,” indicating that the camera is ready.

Step 4

Press the “Menu” button, and “Date” will appear on the display. Press the “Enter” button, and the first two digits will flash, prompting you to enter the date. Press the “Up/Down” buttons to set the month, and then press the “Enter” button, then continue this process to set the year and time. Press the “Enter” button to save the date settings, and “Event” will appear on the display.

Press the “Enter” button, and blinking icons will appear for camera and video will appear on the display. Press the “Up/Down” buttons to select whether camera or video mode will be used to record images every 30 seconds whenever the Bushnell trail camera detects wildlife activity. Press the “Enter” button to save this setting.


Step 1

Thread the included strap through slots on the back of the Bushnell Trail Camera.

Step 2

Attach the strap’s buckles, and fasten the camera tightly to a tree, making sure the camera is aiming where you want to look for wildlife.

Step 3

Press the “Power” switch and move away from the area. You have 60 seconds to get out of the way of the camera’s motion sensor. Batteries will last up to 30 days.

Step 4

Unstrap the camera from the tree when you want to see what images and videos have been recorded.

Release the latches on the right side of the Bushnell Trail Camera to open it. Remove the SD memory card from its slot. Insert the SD memory card into the slot of a memory-card reader connected to your computer to copy and view the images and videos of wildlife taken by the Bushnell Trail Camera.

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About the Author

Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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