Do It Yourself Trail Camera Mount


Make these versatile trail camera mounts from items at your local hardware store.  They work well, and you can make one for less than $1.  

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DIY Trail Cam Mount
CAMBUSH-covered trailcam on $1 mount. Disguised from trespassers and easy to access.

The following step-by-step instructions detail how you can make one of these easy versatile trail camera mounts.

 

Paint with some flat paint and take them to the woods.  I have a number of these in various trees and leave them out year round.  This enables me to change camera locations easily, which helps fool would-be thieves who think they know my camera locations. I add CAMBUSH to the camera and it's concealed from view. The length of the eye screw is personal choice.  If your camera's tripod mount nut is on the back of the camera, you may want a shorter eye screw.  If it is on the bottom of the camera, you may opt for a longer eye screw.  Take a cordless drill with you to the woods and drill a pilot hole for the mount.  This will make installing the mount easier in the tree, especially for harder species like oak and walnut.

By swapping out the eye screw for another eye bolt and adding 4 foot garden stake you can use this mount on a stake where screwing into a tree is not an option.  This option will cost you about $2.50 with the additional garden stake.  Paint it a light tan color and you have a great camera mount for a CRP or corn field.  Works like a charm.

Another advantage of the stake is that you can set it up with two camera mounts so you can mount two cameras and catch activity on either side of the stake.

 

 

Comments

  • Great idea. I’ve been thinking about different ways to mount my new camera and here it is! Makes sense, easy to put together and the cost is great! Good job guys!!
    Bob
    Marion, AR

    Posted by Bob Jones on October 13, 2014
  • Thanks for this. Saved me a bunch of time and money. Great idea.

    Posted by Bob Macfarlane on June 24, 2014
  • For those of you interested, here is the cost break down of the screw in mount. I use zinc plated metal.

    24 pack of 3/8″ × 1″ hex bolt = $2.28 or $.10 per mount

    76 pack of 3/8" flat washers = $2.28 or $.09 per mount

    24 pack of 3/8" hex nut = $2.28 or $.10 per mount

    24 pack of 1/4" wing nut = $3.49 or $.14 per mount

    3 pack of eye screw = $.99 or $.33 per mount

    eye bolt = $.39 per mount

    4’ garden stake = $2.99

    Total cost for screw-in mount = $1.15
    Total cost for stake mount = $4.14

    Posted by Shawn O'Connor on January 31, 2014

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