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Old 11-15-2005, 03:18 PM
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i plan on filming my friend's hunt next weekend. i planned on taking a climber and going up in the tree next to him maybe a little higher than he is. has anyone done this before and can you offer any tips to doing it? thanks in advance.

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Old 11-15-2005, 03:37 PM
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Yea me and my friend filmed a few hunts last year. He climbed up in a tree somewhat behind me so it did minimal clogging of my shooting lanes. Plus we had a nice over the shoulder shot. We had an injured deer that came in and we had it on camera but she did not come close enough to shoot. It was a rush getting it on camera. It adds alot of elements to the hunt that arent there when your by yourself. Two people moving increases your chances of being picked off so watch your movement. Also our camera doesnt have a flip out screen. That is definately a plus.

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Old 11-16-2005, 06:03 AM
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make sure you can communicate with each other, otherwise he might shoot and you might not have the deer on camera. Um.. Its always nice to get the hunter drawing and then pan to the deer and get him shooting the deer. Tape the walk in and him going up the tree and do some GOOD narrating. Its nice. Tape the track.. Tape everything, you can always edit later..
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:19 AM
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Yes, a few years ago a friend and I did a lot of filming of each others hunts. We typically used hang-on stands with the camera stand being about shoulder height abovethe shooter's stand at a 45* angle. You should be ready to be a little higher than usual (especially the camera man since he'll be even 4' higher).

*Put tape over the red light.
*Have extra batteries. Rechargable batteries don't last as long when cold. Try storing them in a bag with a hand warmer (have the handwarmer wrapped up, maybe inside a spare glove, so that it doesn't get too hot)
* Have spare tape.
* Make sure your camera is quiet turning on and off. Or very first deer we got on film heard the camera turn on and zeroed in on us. We switched cameras.
*Most camera's have an auto-off feature to save batteries so you have to be ready to turn on the camera early in order to have time to film. If you have enough batteries you can just pause and then record scenery from time to time to prevent it turning off.
*Steady Cam features are very helpful, if you can get a boom mount or monopod that will help get better pictures too. With the small hand helds on zoom even your breathing can cause major screen jumping.
*Don't zoom in too tight and don't use the digital zoom feature (picture quality drops too much)
*After the shot be prepared to zoom out quickly and follow the running deer. Practice by tracking dogs and cats around the house with your camera.
*Do it in an area where your likely to see lots of deer. This way if you blow it you may get another chance.
*Take turns running the camera. One do a morning hunt and the other an evening. Then switch the next day.
*have a good sense of humor.
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:22 PM
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hey thanks for all the help guys hopefully we can get something on film. ill be hunting 40 acres in schuyler county near astoria. the property all around is hunted hard all season long but the property we are hunting has only been hunted a couple of times this year. we have a pretty good chance of seeing some mature bucks.

good news to team 25 also eh?
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:30 PM
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870...thebest advice I can give you is that if a big one is coming in....hand the camera to him, and you whack it! We need some more points [8D]LOL

Good luck, sounds like fun. If I was out your way, I'd come help you guys.

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