Spy Point Link-Evo Review

The use of game or trail cameras is becoming more and more popular especially as camera technology improves. Most cameras still require that you walk or drive out to them, open them up, pull out an SD card, then put that card into a computer or use another type of viewer to review the pictures. Companies have also released cameras that send pictures directly to your mobile phone, which is a huge advantage because it allows you to see what is walking by your stand, food plot, or mineral site without having to step foot into the woods. Spy Point is one of these companies and for about the last month and a half, I have been using the Spy Point Link Evo.


I am in love with the Link Evo. Picture quality has been great, both during the day and night. I have the Link Evo set at the same angle as another camera and when the other camera (not a Spy Point) has what I call glare out from sunlight coming down through the canopy, the Link Evo is still getting decent quality picture. Night time pictures are clear and not blurry. The IR flash has not attracted any attention at all.

The camera has burst, video and timelapse modes. When the camera is set in burst mode, you can take up to two pictures in rapid succession. This feature works very well, however I would like to see a burst mode of 3 or 4 pictures. The Link-Dark and the Link-S (both cellular cameras) do have a 3 picture burst mode. Video is pretty self explanatory, but I am excited to try it out during the hunting season. I plan on switching the camera to video when I am in the stand and see how well it will record the action during the day. Timelapse is good to use if you have the camera set up on a food plot, but I have not yet played with the timelapse feature.

The Link-Evo works on the 4G network and comes with a preprogrammed sim card, which means no calling a cellular company to set the camera up. Everything is taken care of through Spy Point. Set up is as easy as turning the camera on. Once the camera is on, you will see the signal bars flash, once they go solid you know you have signal and how strong that signal is depending on how many bars are lit up. Now all you need to do is log into the app on your phone and start setting the camera up the way you want. It really is that simple.

The Spy Point app is simple to navigate too and has a Buck Tracker and Doe Tracker feature that has worked great. If you want to see all the bucks that you have taken pictures of just simply tap the picture of the buck and there they are, same thing for the doe. There is also a turkey feature, however, this is another feature I haven’t had the opportunity to test out.

Over all I give the Link Evo a rating of 5 racks!! This camera will be in my arsenal for a long time to come.

As always, God Bless and remember Hunt Hard, Pray Harder.

Jeremy Hollis

5 Ways an Outdoorsman Can Live Charitably

As hunters, fishermen and women, we seek to go out into the wilderness and harvest wildgame to help feed our families, and we give thanks for the game we took and the sustenance it provided our families. We are providers, not only for our families, but we tend to want to provide for others as well. It’s just in our nature. How can we do that though? Here are 5 ways to use your time and talents to give back to your neighbors.

Volunteer

Head down to your local homeless shelter, food bank, or maybe your parish or church has a day center where people spend time for fellowship. This is the easiest way to give back but sometimes the hardest because our time is so important to us. Those few hours we may spend giving our time, means less time sitting in a treestand or in the boat on the lake or river doing what we love to do.

Luke 17:33 says “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.” So lose your life for a few hours a month. The relationships you will develop with the people you are spending time with may just surprise you.

Teach

We all like to sit around a campfire and talk about our last hunt or last fishing trip. We talk about the one that got away or that buck you just haven’t been able to pin down yet. Just think, there’s a whole new audience of people that haven’t heard that tale you have told a thousands times, which I am sure is the same exactly every time you tell it, right?

The best part about these stories is that they could put a spark into the hearts of the people that are hearing them and that in turn can open

up a whole new door. Now you have the opportunity to pass on all the skills you have learned through the years, pass on the tradition which has been passed on to you. Teach them what you know by taking them to your favorite fishing hole, to the archery range, to the shooting range, and/or take them hunting. Help them experience the outdoors the way you do; get them out of the life they would normally lead, and show them what the Lord has given us and how to enjoy it.

Genesis 27:3 “So now take your hunting gear, your quiver and bow, and go into the open country and hunt some game for me.”

Donate

Of course, when you take them to the venue of your choice, you are going to have to provide some equipment for them, but the best part of this is, we are by nature gear nuts and probably have plenty of gear laying around. Let them use it. If they fall in love with the activity, just give it to them so they have their own. If you were able to gather a whole group together, donate it to the center for everyone to use.

Share the Harvest

Another thing you can do is to share the harvest or catch with your local food bank or kitchen. Often times we catch or kill more than we need, so rather than letting that sit in your freezer, take it down to the shelter. They are always looking for more food, especially in the winter when the number of people in shelters starts to dramatically increase.

Be a Chef

The last simple thing you can do, especially after you’ve donated some game, is to teach the kitchen staff and other volunteers how to cook it. We have all made enough mistakes cooking wild game that we eventually become experts in how to prepare it.

These are some simple, yet effective ways to give back to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Living charitably is simple, the hard part is giving our time to it. We are all very busy, but we are called to give. 1889 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church says :

Without the help of grace, men would not know how “to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil, and the violence which under the illusion of fighting evil only makes it worse. This is the path of charity, that is, of the love of God and of neighbor. Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires a practice of justice, and it alone makes us capable of it. Charity inspires a life of self-giving: “ Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

God Bless Everyone and remember to Hunt Hard and Pray Harder.

Jeremy Hollis