Wow! What a Prize Prime Bow!

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Wow! I can’t believe it! I was honored to win first place in the video contest hosted by Become1 in Montana in September. It was a wonderful week of hunting antelope and whitetail with my son, James. It was also the Hunt/Film/Compete Event hosted by Film the Hunt at Powder River Outfitters. The first place prize was a brand new beautiful Prime Centergy Bow!

My previous bow was many years old but still effective and accurate. I was still shooting aluminum arrows, which just made James laugh and shake his head. He claims that when I shoot at any longer distance, the arrow coming into the target is like a descending howitzer!

Right after I received the new Prime bow, I purchased some accessories needed to prepare the bow for use. These arrived yesterday.

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I took the new bow to Archery Addictions to get it all set up. Tom was incredibly helpful and a really great guy to talk with about archery, hunting, and even ice fishing. He helped me select an appropriate 5-pin sight and other accessories to complete the setup.

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I had some idea in mind about the arrows I wanted based mostly on a recommendation from my son, who is a dedicated archery hunter. He knows a lot and depends on exhaustive research and practical use of products. Tom confirmed the recommendation strongly when I said I wanted to use the Easton Axis arrows. We completed the transaction and I went out the door with my new bow fully equipped and even in a very nice protective case made by Tenzing.

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I am now waiting for the arrow inserts to dry and will finish sighting in the bow later today. To say I am excited about this new Prime Bow is the understatement of the day!

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I Think I am Archery Addicted!

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A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to attend Become 1’s Hunt/Learn/Compete Event in Montana. I was there with my son, James, and we had a great time together. It was a quality father/son experience and we learned a lot!

Each morning after breakfast would find us in an antelope blind sitting there with our bows. We also interspersed the long sits with some stalking. James connected on a nice buck on our fourth day.

Each evening found us in a whitetail blind or tree stand. And boy did we see deer! We were told we would see lots of animals last year when we first heard about this hunt. However, until we experienced it firsthand, we had no idea how accurate this report was in truth.

Spending five days hunting with my bow was exhilarating! I think I am now archery addicted!

The archery season for whitetails here in Pennsylvania is in full swing and I am getting out when I have the time. I will be out there again on Thursday and I cannot wait! Yep, I am archery addicted!

Winner of Become1 Hunt/Learn/Compete Event

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I am extremely honored to be the winner of this year’s Become1 Hunt/Learn/Compete Event, which was held in Broadus, Montana at Powder River Outfitters. It was an awesome experience hunting there with my son, James! We literally saw over hundreds of animals every single day for five days! Our guide, Ron, put us in the right place and was lots of fun to be with during the week.

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As always, I learned a ton about filming from Become1 and I cannot say enough about what Tom Petry and Nick Ventura do with their students. I attended their Field Production School about 1 1/2 years ago. That launched me into filming and producing my web show: “No Place Like the Mountains.” It will be in its second season later this year and include lots of footage from this hunting trip in Montana. Tom and Nick are not just great instructors, they are great guys to be around!

As the winner of this event, I will be receiving the new Prime Centergy bow. My current bow is many, many years old and I am actually still shooting aluminum arrows, which has my son just shaking his head. So, this winner’s package will be put to good use.¬† Thank you, Become1, Tom, & Nick, I really appreciate this awesome prize!

I cannot wait to film the next hunt! I cannot wait to head out west again! I also cannot wait to hunt with my son again!

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My Microphones for Video Production

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Tom Petry, in his 4-day Video Production School, says, “80% of good video is great audio.” He is absolutely right, too. This quote stuck with me and I certainly do not regret investing in good, quality audio gear.

I am fortunate to have many friends and contacts who are directly involved in sound production. I like to say I know enough to be dangerous, but having expert contacts in the audio field who know all about gear and making quality sound productions is a definite advantage. I know, for example, that the Sennheiser G3 wireless microphones are top notch. They transmit great audio and they are reliable. I also know the Shure SM58 mics are the industry standard among both musicians and public speakers. So when it came time for me to purchase great audio equipment I already had ideas for my wish list.

Here is a brief overview and timeline on how I acquired my audio gear for Outdoor Cameraman and my web show, No Place Like the Mountains. When I purchased my Sony NX3 video camera I knew I wanted great audio equipment to accompany it. I purchased a Rode shotgun mic and the Sennheiser G3 wirless mic right away. Then, just before producing No Place Like the Mountain episodes, I purchased the Shure SM58 mic for voice overs. Then when I wanted to do interviews, I bought the Sennheiser G3 wireless handheld mic, which uses the receiver from my previously purchased lavalier mic. This saved me some money but also complimented the great mic I already was using for my video productions.

Yes, this audio equipment is quite expensive but I am big believer in “you get what you pay for.” I do not regret one of these audio purchases and I am getting great results so far. It is very handy to have the versatility of a shotgun mic for ambient sounds, a lavalier mic for hunter talk and emotion, and the handheld mic for interviews. There are times, like when filming two hunters, that I wish it was easier to use two lavalier mics with the shotgun mic, but so far my current combination is producing excellent results.

My microphones are very necessary and wonderful tools to producing videos. Great audio is not a luxury, it is a necessity!