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ChandlerB03
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Natchez, MS
Member since Nov 2015
1750 posts

Self filming your hunts
Any guys on here self film? Particularly bow hunters?

Bought a fourth arrow arm, monfrotto fluid head. Waiting on the Sony ax53 to show up. Ready to give it a shot.

Any pointers?


geauxbrown
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2006
12039 posts

re: Self filming your hunts
I've tried it a few times. Found it difficult.

Put the arm and camera on the side you draw your bow with. Some with more experience may suggest you put it on the side you hold your bow with, but for me it was easier to use my draw hand to move the camera. If you're left handed or prefer to put the camera to your left, you'll need to invest in a small monitor you can turn to where you can see it. Flip out monitors on video cameras are mounted on the left side or back, so if you put the camera on your left side it makes it difficult to see the viewfinder.

Try and anticipate where the deer will walk so that it walks into the frame.

Don't try and get too tight on the deer. If your camera is 4K, you can tighten up the shot in edit without any loss of quality.

Also, going tight decreases the amount of light you'll have to work with. Early mornings and late evenings you'll want to stay as wide as possible.

I eventually tried using 4 Go Pros synced together. I made PVC stakes about waist high that the Go Pros would mount on. It spooked a lot of deer but worked great for turkeys.
This post was edited on 9/14 at 11:37 pm


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Yukon7
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since May 2018
382 posts

re: Self filming your hunts
I’m actually getting into it this year. I decided to go cheaper this year with a muddy arm and a beast cage for my phone with 2x zoom lens. Also have a mavic mini drone and go pro hero 9 to work with. Will hopefully have a YouTube channel set up towards the end of the season.


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mylsuhat
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Mandeville, LA
Member since Mar 2008
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re: Self filming your hunts
It's not hard but it will get frustrating.

- always video longer than you think
- always film for at least 10 seconds, specifically for B-roll footage
- external mic is very important
- buy extra batteries
- camera height should be around your bellybutton (IMO)
- Raw and real are 10000x better than recreated
- talking into a camera when is weird as hell
This post was edited on 9/15 at 6:04 am


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EF Hutton
Member since Jan 2018
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re: Self filming your hunts
Nope. Old school. Hunt for myself. Drag it in the barn. Close the barn doors. End.

No look at me youtube, etc.


mylsuhat
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re: Self filming your hunts
No one said they wanted a look at me youtube situation.


I enjoyed sharing the footage with my dad and friends.
It helped me see what went right or what went wrong.


Keep hiding your illegal deer in your barn and let others do their thing too


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GCTigahs
Member since Oct 2014
1443 posts

re: Self filming your hunts
I tried it a few yrs ago. First time with everything in the tree, I killed a doe and got footage. The next day was opening day of gun season. While filming a group of does, I failed to see the shooter buck about 20yds away from them. So I stopped filming and got ready to shoot. A doe spooked and blew at me. I made a bad shot, cut hair, but never found him. I haven’t filmed much since. Definitely need an external mic if you’re going to narrate at all during the hunt.




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BadatBourre
Member since Jan 2019
287 posts
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re: Self filming your hunts
The playback feature to look at shot placement when bow hunting is the best feature of self filming. Plan to miss out on a few shots though. Either the camera wont have the perfect view, a branch is in the way, or the equipment is going to squeak at the worst time.


Yukon7
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since May 2018
382 posts

re: Self filming your hunts
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The playback feature to look at shot placement when bow hunting is the best feature of self filming


This is the main reason I’m doing it, I’m deaf so i feel like i need to maximize my understanding of what is going on after the shot. I don’t have the luxury of hearing arrow impact or if a deer is stumbling/crashing 80 yard away.


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