A cellular camera can be pretty intimidating when you receive it. Especially if it your first one to operate. We wanted to make the setup process as simple as possible so that you can have the camera registered and running in minutes. Below are the easy steps that covers everything from registering your SmartCam to HuntControl to receiving your first picture.

Step 1: Register Your SmartCam to HuntControl

Once you receive the camera(s) visit HuntControl.com to set up your account. Your camera is pre-activated in the box and just needs to be registered with HuntControl to start working. Pick from a monthly or yearly plans that include all of the features you will need to be a Hunting Legend. Pro Tip: You get two months free with the yearly plans. Lastly, you’ll need to add how many SmartCams you have and enter the SmartCam’s IMEI numbers. Those numbers can be found on the bottom of the box, or on the SmartCam itself on a sticker inside the camera.

Step 2: Power the SmartCam and Insert the SD Card

The SmartCam can operate on either 12 AA’s (Standard), 8 AA’s (Mini) or a 12v external power source (Solar Panel or Power Pack). Do not mix batteries of different types or ages in the camera. Insert and format the SD card: The SD card can be inserted on the side of the Mini or bottom of the Standard. Please use an 8-32GB, Class 10, SD card (WiseEye SD card is recommended). Every other brand SD card inserted in the Mini must be formatted. To learn how to format an SD Card click here.

Step 3: Test Connection to HuntControl

Turn the SmartCam on to the SETUP position. Let the Camera power up and find a cell signal and/or GPS location. (Note: The Mini does not have a built-in GPS). Tap the OK button to manually take a picture. Watch for a send succeed message (Standard) or a green check mark (Mini) to see if the picture sent successfully. The picture should show up in the HuntControl account within minutes. Be sure to look in the Other category, or in the All Images folder for the image. If you’re logged in to the HuntControl App a notification of the Image being received should appear.

Step 4: Check HuntControl

Your images will be sent to HuntControl where they are automatically sorted by species. You can go into your profile page and change your notification settings to receive every picture when it comes in or only of select species. You can change the settings of the camera, such as Picture or Video mode (Standard Cam). Make use of the Activity Charts, Weather Data and Best Time Predictor to have the best season ever. Learn more about HuntControl HERE