Behind the scenes DeerLab crunches data for hundreds of thousands of trail camera photos. For every photo we extract the timestamp, which in turn lets us pull numerous weather data points from your local weather station, calculate the appropriate moon phase, etc. This data provides an immense amount of benefits and is very valuable when trying to understand activity patterns for specific bucks.
Unlike other apps out there that give you stats from all your trail cam photos, DeerLab's takes a number of factors into account. Why? Not doing so would have you sitting in the wrong stand and the wrong time.
Counting Individual Trail Cam Photos Skews Results
To highlight this issue let’s use a basic scenario using two trail cameras.
Camera A is set on a trail while Camera B is set over a food plot. Roscoe P. Coltrane, a six year old buck we are trying to pattern, is captured once on Camera A and thirty times while he’s chewing on some turnips in front of Camera B. All of this took place within a 15-minute time frame.
Over the course of the week Roscoe is captured 5 more times on Camera A which is located on the trail, but he never heads over to the food plot where Camera B is.
If the method used is to count each and every photo, the stats would lean heavily (and incorrectly) on Camera B since all thirty photos of Roscoe took place during a 15-minute time frame. Camera A had a total of only six photos of him but he showed up there six different times compared to only once at the food plot.
On a side note this also takes into account what camera settings you have. If you have one camera on hyperburst mode with another one on its regular settings, what cam would be the most popular? Counting all photos the cam on hyperburst would win but it doesn't mean that's the most active trail camera.
DeerLab Automatically Groups Photos
To correct this deficiency in providing accurate results, DeerLab automatically groups photos in 15-minute intervals. No matter how many photos a camera takes of a buck in 15 minutes, we now count that as “1” sighting. So in the scenario above, Camera A is the most active camera. With this you can upload all your photos without worrying that one camera will be unevenly weighted compared to other cameras.
DeerLab still displays all your photos but it also includes the number of sightings calculated, as seen in a profile below.
How Sightings are Calculated for Profiles
As previously mentioned we group photos every 15 minutes. If a buck is captured multiple times in a 15-minute period he will be counted only once even though we will still provide you with the total number of photos captured. Let’s say a buck comes to a food plot and your camera captures 35 photos of him over a 47-minute time frame (from 7:00 am to 7:47 am). In this scenario, DeerLab will counts a total of 4 sightings. One between 7:00 am and 7:15, one between 7:15 and 7:30, one between 7:30 and 7:45, and one between 7:45 and 8 am.
Camera Activity Averages
No matter what reports you're looking at all data points are based on one sighting per 15 minutes instead of individual photos. You’ll notice camera stats like the ones below when you select a camera’s name.
We believe automatically grouping photos by time frames sets DeerLab apart from everyone else and is a dramatic improvement in how stats are reported. Our goal has been to give actionable insights and we’re really excited that this not only dramatically improves your chances of choosing the right stand and time frame, but it lays the foundation for some exciting new features we are working on.
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