We did the research to find all the trail and game cameras made in the USA. Below, you’ll find our research, tons of detail about each brand, and some tips for finding the country of origin when doing your own research.
Overall, we only found one American manufacturer that is leading the way in game camera production: Reconyx. In the electronics industry, it’s really tough to find 100% American made products. Therefore, we broadened our scope a little bit and decided to include brands that may use some parts from overseas, but absolutely still design and assemble their products in the U.S. and provide American jobs at their U.S. facilities. We previously had Cuddeback on this list, but found that they moved their manufacturing overseas.
Full List of Trail & Game Camera Brands Made in the USA
Headquartered in Wisconsin, Reconyx has been manufacturing game cameras in the U.S. since 2002 and has become one of the industry leaders. They make cameras for professional researchers, wildlife scouting, law enforcement and surveillance, and of course, everyday hunters.
Factors To Consider
Image quality is really important when evaluating game and trail cameras. Cheaper lenses and other parts can result in pixelated images and motion blur if the target is running. Look for cameras that have 1080P image quality and (at minimum) stereo audio quality.
Lots of trail cameras are meant to be “set it and forget it”, so if your battery is draining quickly, it can be extremely frustrating. Look for cameras that have at a minimum around 1 year of normal, continuous use in the field and show durability with their power consumption after multiple battery changes.
Tons of “blanks” in your image memory can be super annoying, especially if your cam doesn’t have a large memory capacity.
Sometimes you only have a split second to catch an image of the deer or other animal coming across your camera. If your game camera’s trigger speed isn’t up to par, you could miss it. Look for trail cameras that have trigger speeds of under a second. Another factor you have to consider with speed is recovery time. Since these cameras are going to be snapping multiple photos in a row, they have to be able to recover quickly to take the next photo.
You need to be able to capture everything that’s within a reasonable distance of your cam, and sometimes your placement isn’t perfect for each and every instance of wildlife that comes across. Detection range also comes into play here – your cam should be able to produce a highly visible photo up to its max detection range.
The last thing you want your game camera to do is spook the deer or other animals that appear in the area. Look for cameras that have minimal noise, movement, and flashes that would disturb anything around them.
Durability is a big checklist item for any trail camera. After all, you’re leaving it out in the elements for an extended period of time, subject to all weather conditions. Extra-hard weatherproof casings and large temperature ranges are to criteria to look at.
You want to make sure you’re getting a great trail camera for your money!