Doomsday Survival Guide: How your Trail Camera Can Save your Life

by Jessica W

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and do you feel fine? Are you prepared to fight for your survival, as well as the survival of your love ones? Once we get to the ultimate end, everyone will be scrounging for household items to use to hunt, protect, and entertain their families. However, the best of us survivalist will already have our packs ready. You may have already packed your essentials from listening to other guides on the internet or in print, but one thing these sources fail to list is a trail camera. If you’re currently a hunter and a survivalist, you already have one of these to help catch your game, so here’s how you can transform it into an essential doomsday item.

Food: At the first sign of the end of the world, everyone will fly to Walmart like wildebeest at the watering hole. It will be ten times as bad as people at the mall on Black Friday, and if you’ve seen any movie ever, you know that this is a bad idea. Instead of finding the food you need, you will be fighting against desperate people and may not make it back unscathed. Therefore, a smart survivalist will have planned to store canned and packaged foods, and items and tools that will facilitate hunting and sustain life. As a hunter, you know that having the best trail cameras can give you an edge over your prey. These cameras monitor trails and animal behavior, helping you to predict when and where to catch the big game. This reduces the amount of time you need to be outdoors and can help you survive and out hunt your less-prepared neighbors.

Protection: When your neighbors see that you were more prepared than them and have a large supply of essentials, they will come and hunt you. It is important that you have a protection plan to protect you and your loved ones, as well as your food and water supply. A trail camera can double as a security camera to watch over your house or shelter. Live-streaming trail cameras can be set up in your yard and remotely monitored in the comfort of your home or sheltered location. Since they are designed to go undetected in a wildlife environment, they are resilient against burglars, intruders, or vandalizers who want to disable any home cameras before an attack. You will be able to see them coming before they see you, and you will be more prepared for the imminent attack. You can set multiple up around the perimeter of your house and have a fully rounded security system.

Every survivalist guide lists thermal imaging devices as an essential item for surviving doomsday. Your trail camera can also act as a thermal imaging camera and 360-degree night vision googles. Protection is a 24-7 job and a trail camera with thermal-imaging capabilities can prepare you during the night as well as during the early morning hours. You can use it while you’re out hunting to see if there are any intruders behind you, and it becomes your perfect set of owl eyes.

Entertainment: The end of the world brings the end of many luxuries that many of us depend on for entertainment, and more importantly, to stay sane. Staying sane is extremely important during doomsday because it allows us to stay vigilant and focused during an emergency. A trail camera can be transformed into a television to provide news as well as entertainment. You can use it to watch the people that come through your area and see how society is holding up. You may not trust them, but you can watch them and gain clues about how the outside world is doing. You can also use it as a National Geographic channel and set it up to watch the wildlife in the area. Tracking the number and type of animals that come across your “television screen” may be fun for your children but also provide you with a sense of food supply and migration habits that may be forming in light of the apocalypse.

You can even use the trail camera to take still-images of animals or people in the environment. This can be used as decoration in your home or shelter, and provide some solace from the deterioration and situation outside. If you find yourself in a more civilized situation, with the ability of currency and a bartering system, you can even use these photos to trade at the trading post. You can trade them for other essentials you may need that your neighbors can provide for you.

Trail cameras are neglected in many survival guides, but can be a handy tool for the pursuit of hunting, protection, and entertainment in a time when these items will be scarce. Many of you already have a trail camera in your home so you simply need to know what to do with it and how to prepare it and yourself for the imminent end of the world.


What kind of trail camera do you have? Have you used it for security? How did you do it and what happened?


  1. THis is a good article. However, as someone who has very limited funds for prepping, I’m not sure I can justify spending $50-120 per camera. Would they be useful? Yes. Are they more important than spare garden tools? or extra storage foods? a dental medical kit? We already have other means of perimeter security, although 2-3 trail cameras would increase that. For me (& many of us, I believe), whether to spend $$$ on trail cameras becomes a matter of priorities.

  2. JP in MT says:

    I’m looking into trail cameras, but I want a remote feed. Something portable that for now I can take camping and practive with.

  3. Hello
    This article brings up several valuable points.
    Personally, I would think the security aspects of these cameras would outweigh the hunting usefulness.
    I’m of the opinion that within a very short period of time, game animals as we know them will be effectively extinct. In fact, I would go so far as to say nearly anything that walks, crawls, or slithers in the wild will be severely endangered, and that includes anybody willing to depend on that avenue as their daily lunchbox.
    I’m reckoning there are likely at least 500 self-proclaimed “hunters” for every genuine prepper that has made actual preparations to keep themselves and their loved ones fed and watered. Going out in the woods against that horde of “outdoorsmen” (who are used to sitting in the blind with a clear shot toward the deer feeder) would be virtual suicide, and with no means of preserving anything they do kill, they’ll be back day after day until there is nothing left.
    That’s when the trusty game camera will be golden, as described by the author.

  4. I take the Dakota Alert system when I am camping, up to 4 sensors to quadrant off area with separate MURS Walkie- talkies for my wife’s, daughter’s and my hammocks along with hand guns and my NV AR-15. My theory is better to have immediate audio alert rather than having to turn on and focus on a screen. Is my reasoning/strategy sound?

    • Indubitably.

      Similar setup here with both the Dakota Alerts and a NV rifle scope. Perimeter security is primary, but also an effective after-dark hunting aid, especially if set to watch for activity around a baited area near your camp or home. With MURS radios for group members it’s a combination security and communication system.

  5. Encourager says:

    I don’t know that much about game/trail cameras. Our ds hooked his up when we were having problems with a neighbor kid trespassing and destroying property. Ds had to pay a fee to have it go to our computer. We had it up until the batteries died and then took it down. We confronted the young man and told him we would have him arrested the next time he trespassed. We printed out pics for him. Nipped it in the bud. He has since moved.

    I am looking at two, the STEALTH CAM G45NG PRO and the 2016 BROWNING DARK OPS ELITE. Does anyone have either of these? We would need at least 4 of them.

  6. tommy2rs says:

    Or use a raspberry pi to build your own. If you put it together you know how to fix it when something goes wrong. Can you say the same about an off the shelf system?

  7. Penny Pincher says:

    My BF and I had fun monkeying around making fake murder scenes for a friend’s trail cameras. They take still photos when activated by a motion sensor so we would run in front of one and pretend to be stabbing each other etc. The friend never noticed though. LOL yes we’re weird.

  8. Prepared Grammy says:

    So, does anyone have any experience with these types of cameras? Is there a monthly fee on them? Do they use cell phone or Internet data? We have trail cams, but we have to retrieve the card and look at the photos. We’ve been wanting to get live-feed security cameras.

    *Another use for these types of cameras: I wish I’d had one on the goats in the last few days. It may have saved two of the triplets that were born. I was checking them frequently, but I couldn’t be there 24/7, and one doe delivered just before I went outside to check. I got there too late. Right now, it’s a disappointment. In worse times, it would be tragic, especially if we lost the doe too. If I’d been there, I think at least one could have been saved. (The sack was still around his head.)

    • Prepared Granny:
      Any chance someone makes alarms for goats similar to the foal alarms you can get for horses? The alarms go off when the mare goes into foaling position, lies prone. Since I know nothing about goats I don’t know if something similar will work. Video cameras are key too.

  9. Bwhntr61 says:

    To all Pack members/readers of this Blog:

    I and my hunting/prep group use trail cams extensively for deer hunting in WI. They are an excellent tool for knowing where deer feed and when. ( 2/3 of the pics, especially for big bucks are at night ). None of our 15 some cams are wireless picture feed types and I can tell you why: if you do not have excellent cell coverage in your area, they will not work. So I would caution on that aspect. We use in remote woods area. Even at my trailer house on my 80 acre property I had to install a signal booster to get a strong enough signal for adequate service to our smartphones, and even that is intermittent at times.

    So yes these are great, but note the limitations. Also in my area when all the leaves fall off trees, it is very possible an alert trespasser could steal the cam. We have never had this happen, but I have had people steal a couple of my tree stands.

  10. I can definitely see the uses for a trail camera for safety and security purposes. I do like the point about having them in a remote area; they may not always work the best, depending on where you’re using them.

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