As you know, we’re big fans of using Go-Pro cameras on many of the hunts we film where we know we’ll be close to the animals and large zoom lenses will not be necessary. For the most part, any large game animal that is close enough to shoot with a bow and arrow is going to show up fairly well on Go-Pro footage. An elk at 300 yards about to be poked with a rifle, not so much. It would look like a little tiny speck without the telephoto and zoom capabilities of our larger Sony cameras. But for hunting whitetail deer and other species close over trails, food plots or watering holes, the Go Pro rig is tough to beat.
We set ourselves up almost exactly like the dude in the photo on the right. With one camera mounted to the bow using the new Sportsman’s mount, and the other on the head. This way you can get some nice panning shots when looking around as well as some shots down the arrow.
A few things to remember:
Buy heavy duty batteries – Lithium packs don’t like cold weather, count on less run time in the cold.
Use Lok-Tite on any fasteners so they don’t rattle loose.
Set-up so you are close to the animals – Go-Pro cameras are wide angle, not telephoto.
We’re using a setup here in Ontario early September to film a hunt for bear with 3 Go-Pro cameras per hunter. We’ll post the footage when it’s ready. Most will be used for a major camo company we can’t name just yet.
Now this rocks big time! An old time friend of ours, Josh Wilkins, used to live up here in Canada but moved to Wisconsin years ago. We’ve always stayed in touch and shared big buck photos, hunting storys and all that good stuff. Last summer I asked him what the chances were of us filming some hunts for Realtree over in WI. He didn’t really have any space on the 40 he hunts with family but he knew a guy who worked for www.huntinglandwisconsin.com who was able to work with a current land owner and get us permission to hunt a 300 acre plot in Buffalo county! As you may know, Buffalo county WI is one of the most famous deer hunting hotbeds for massive trophy buck production. It’s a whitetail hunters dream come true!
Trophy Bucks Here We Come!
To say we are excited would be a massive understatement. Hats off to Josh and his friends at HuntinglandWisconsin for putting this together for us. We’re going to be heading over there a full week prior to the rut, which in Wisconsin usually hits around halloween through the 3rd week of November. Our plan is to scout around, then hang some trail cameras and see what shows up before making final decisions on stand placement.
Because of the potential for some seriously remarkable footage we’re going to be shooting with our bow cams, and a full camera crew. So we’re looking at 2 guys in each tree, or 2 cameras plus an additional ground camera for each setup. We may let the drones rip as well but not sure how legal those are in Wisconsin. I know it’s illegal to use drones for real estate sales, but video production for hunting videos may be legit.
Since Crossbows were legalized in WI last fall, the temptation is there to buy some to try. The main issue are the camera mounts. Basically, we have none for deer hunting crossbow applications. Crossbows fire with such a snap, and reverse recoil that you really almost need to go with a full rifle setup in order to prevent camera shutter and jumpy or out of focus footage. While it would be neat to be up on stand with crossbows, it’s probably not going to happen this time around.
We will, however, be hunting over some real nice food plots that the land owner planted last year. They were not maintained throughout the summer, no water or weed killer, but apparently they held up pretty well. I guess the Wisconsin Summer was quite wet and food plots throughout the state did very well even if left unattended for much of the spring and summer months. As you may already know, I love hunting over food plots because there is always so much going on. Not just big monster bucks, but tons of does, coyotes, raccoons, they just seem to attract so much wildlife it always makes the hunts very exciting.
Of course we will be keeping you up to date on the footage from this Wisconsin deer hunt on this premium slab of deer hunting land! It’s the perfect mix of agricultural land, rolling hills and wooded valleys out in Buffalo county to produce some real Pope and Young caliber whitetail deer. And we really hope we get a crack at a couple of them this fall! Maybe even one larger than the King Buck!
As a token of appreciation for the upcoming deer hunt, we made some graphics and helped edit some footage for a video HuntingLandWisconsin shot as a promo for some of their land buying services. I’ll embed it here for you to take a peek at. The intro graphic and some of the other graphics are what we put together for them.
Lots of fellow deer hunters have been asking us how we film our bow deer hunts using our GoPro setups with the on stabilzer shots. Well, long story short is we devised a custom mounting system that is unique to both of our deer hunting archery setups. I know a lot of the deer hunters out there are hungry to buy some sort of setup that is easy to mount, will remove quickly, is lightweight, and won’t make any noises that may scare the deer away.
While we do have plans to produce these mounts and offer them for sale in 2016, we simply ran out of time this year. It’s tough because the riser and stabilzer on every compound bow is slightly different. So designing a mount that will work full spectrum is a bit of a challenege. We think we finally have a design that is good enough to put up for sale though. This year we will test it extensively during our Wisconsin whitetail hunts and Canadian blacktail outings. We have a lot of food plots in place so we should be able to get right on the deer for some real nice footage of monster bucks this fall!
I will keep you posted on when the first models will be offered up for sale.
Joe and I both applied for Colorado bow hunting elk tags this last summer. It’s funny when you apply for so many different hunting tags like we do we tend to forget what all we applied for. Until one day like yesterday, the mail comes and we have 2 awesome elk either sex bow hunt tags as a little gift! How nice! We’ve filmed some CO elk hunts before but never while hunting. With our new bow cams in place we will both be able to film the hunting as it goes down.
The tricky part has always been capturing good footage during the calling sequences. Many of the elk calls we use require 2 hand use in order to get good sound from them. Holding a call with 2 hands while trying to operate the camera with your foot is impossible! (actually we’ve never tried a foot cam — yet!).
Now with the new riser mounted HD camera mount we’ve developed we will be able to set the bow down while the camera is running to film sequences when the animals are being bugled or called in with grunts etc. Way cool, and it’s going to give us lots more editable action sequences now.
OK, we’re finally done with our new WordPress version of our company werbsite. No more stodgy Dreamweaver HTML for us! We hear good things about WP so figured we’d give it a try. Hunting for a decent CMS took some time but we finally got it up.