Opening day should be considered a holiday in Wisconsin. I remember my first experience of waking up early, bundling up with all kinds of layers, and heading out to the tree stand. The experience of watching the sunrise from the tree stand is really something magical. While these things are all nice memories, one downside to my first opening weekend was that I failed to harvest a deer. In fact, I only actually saw two deer the whole weekend. I was thinking the whole time what could I have done differently to prevent this experience in future years? What I concluded is that my uncles and I could have done a better job of tracking and monitoring trails and ruts to better place our tree stands. So we did the logical thing of investing in a trail camera to get a better look at the population, in the hopes that I wouldn’t come up empty the next year.
While the trail camera was a beneficial tool, it was a hassle to have to travel out and pull the SD card to view photos. Also, sometimes we would go out to find that the batteries had died and we had a blackout period with no photos being taken. The trail camera was simply not as convenient as we wanted it to be.
With the advancement of connected devices, US Cellular is now able to offer a trail camera without all the fuss, the Spartan GoCam. Rather than having to go out and check SD cards, the Spartan GoCam utilizes a cellular connection to send pictures directly to your phone, email, or an online viewing portal. Instead of driving up to your land every two weeks to check the cameras, you can save the gas and view what your camera picks up from your smartphone or computer. Furthermore, you can change the settings for taking pictures as you please without having to be near the Spartan GoCam.
The Spartan GoCam comes ready to use right outside of the box. It is powered by 12 AA batteries, that if set to take 15-night pictures and 15-day pictures every 24 hours will last about 3.9 months on lithium batteries (TrailCamPro.com). Photo resolution can be set to 8, 5, or 3mp depending on your preference. Not only does it take quality pictures during the day, but also at night, thanks to a red glow infrared flash. The camera does have the ability to take videos but will not send them over cellular.
While the main purpose of the Spartan GoCam is tracking wildlife, it does have a variety of other valuable applications. For those with second properties, this can be used to monitor it without needing an internet connection. For those in construction, this can be used to monitor equipment on job sites. If the job site moves, the camera can move with you.
Lastly, for 2 homeowners, this can be used to ensure your home is monitored even in the event of a power outage or internet outage. All these things the Spartan GoCam does well at an affordable price.
At mkCellular, our bundle includes batteries and an SD card to get you set-up right away. You can then place the Spartan GoCam anywhere you have cell service. In order to connect it to our network, you do have to pay a small fee of $5.00 a month to pay for the data. When not in use, the data plan can be suspended for no charge. If you do want to utilize the premium app service, GoWireless, you will have to account for paying $4.00 more a month. In comparison to what it would cost in gas and time to drive up North to check the camera, using the Spartan GoCamera will save you money.
Stop on by your local mkCellular to talk with an associate about this innovative product and how it can help you become the king of the woods.
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