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.
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!
This past hunting season was my first attempt at filming the hunt. I attended The Life’s Outdoor Video School back in May of last year and I learned a lot. Taking my equipment out in bear and deer seasons this fall taught me a lot, too.
I did follow a recommendation from the Outdoor Video School just before hunting season, and that was to purchase a Badlands Camera Pro backpack. This pack is specially designed to carry all the camera equipment needed to adequately and successfully film a hunt. The number of pockets and inner pockets are amazing! There is a place to store my main video camera and a DSLR in the main compartment. The design of the backpack is excellent and comfortable with a fully adjustable harness.
My main problem occurred out on the first day of hunting season–I packed way too heavy! We typically hunt more than 2.5 miles from my cabin, so this means a minimum round trip of at least 5 miles. It is where the deer are and we have been successful at bagging bucks over the past decade, but carrying a lot of equipment is not advisable. By the end of that first day I was completely worn out!
My tripod is one that I use for photography but it is not designed for backpacking. The Manfrotto video head is likewise heavy and not easy to pack and carry. Almost as soon as I got home, I ordered two different items: a new Gitzo lightweight tripod and a different, lighter Manfrotto video head. In this one purchase, I cut the weight on these items in half, which will make my pack much more manageable.
Before this purchase, I experimented with some different options, none of which suited me. I like the stability of a tripod rather than a monopod for filming. My goal was to shave weight, be stable, and be portable enough to carry the gear while filming a still hunt. I believe I now have a much better and more efficient system to do this.
I will still use my Muddy camera arm whenever I am up in tree stand, but this new tripod and video head will accompany me on all other hunts, including still hunts and when hunting from a blind or on stand. I can attach my GoPro to the end of one tripod leg to allow from some self-filming, too.
I am learning the important lesson of going light when filming.
The web show premiere episode of No Place Like the Mountains is available to view. This episode follows a black bear hunt in Pennsylvania.
I enjoyed filming my best friend and hunting buddy, Randy Greenly, on this hunt and later the next week during deer season. The first two episodes of No Place Like the Mountains follow Randy in these two big game hunts.
There really is no place like the mountains!
This past week I attended a 4-day Video Production School taught by The Life in Cambridge, Ohio. It was absolutely fantastic! I learned a lot of information on how to plan for and film a hunt from start to finish. The instructors, Tom Petry and Nick Ventura, were incredible teachers. We also had a presentation on the hunting industry by Cragg Fitz.
I am now excited about putting my newly gained knowledge into practical use!
The week was also an opportunity to meet other guys who have goals to film hunts and/or get into the hunting industry in a variety of other ways. There were 20 of us students and all of them were incredible people! It was an awesome week!
I cannot say enough about The Life Video Production School. They rock!