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Four Tips That Will Help You Produce Better Turkey Hunting Footage

BY TRACY BREEN

 


Turkey hunting can be a lot of fun. Filming a turkey hunt, on the other hand, can be difficult especially if you want to create footage that other people will want to watch. “Turkeys never stop moving,” Grant Woods, the host of GrowingDeerTV said. “As a result, we are constantly moving our cameras, our gear, and ourselves to try to get into position for a good shot and to record high quality footage.” Below are a few tips from Grant to help hunters record better turkey hunting footage.
 
TRIPOD TRICKS


For starters, Woods prefers using the Fourth Arrow Rex arm when filming turkey hunts. “When we use a regular tripod to film our hunts, we constantly have to move the tripod around to get footage of the turkey,” Woods said. “Because the Fourth Arrow Rex Arm can rotate 360 degrees, we can easily move the camera to capture footage of the moving bird without moving the tripod. It’s great! This eliminates the choppiness you sometimes see when filming turkeys as they walk and strut around, especially when hunting out of a blind. When just using a tripod, we have to move from window to window. With the Rex Arm, that problem is eliminated.”
 
USE A GOPRO


Using GoPro cameras is another way to get interesting footage of turkeys as they approach a decoy setup. Toms that are beating up on a jake decoy can make for entertaining footage, especially when a GoPro is only a few steps from the decoys. Fourth Arrow makes a GoPro stake that can be quickly and easily put into the ground by the decoys. Grant Woods likes to have GoPro’s facing him and the cameraman when he is turkey hunting. “Having a camera facing me and my cameraman provides another angle for viewers to watch. It allows them to see how we like to film our hunts. People like to see all the action from a variety of angles, so having a camera out in front of us facing back towards us works well,” Woods explained.
 
LET GO OF THE CAMERA


Another thing Woods does to increase the quality of his footage is lets his camera man know a few seconds before shooting a tom that is he is about to pull the trigger so the cameraman can take his hands off the camera and the tripod. “It doesn’t matter how many times a cameraman has heard a gun go off. When I pull the trigger, he always jumps. This typically produces shaky footage. To eliminate that problem, I will give a kee kee call a few moments before I pull the trigger. This alerts my camera man to take his hands off the camera so the camera won’t shake,” Woods added.
 
DECOY TRICKS


When the hunting gets tough and Woods needs to leave his blind to run and gun, he brings Montana Decoys and cloth to cover his camera and tripod and hits the woods. “One more way people can increase the quality of their footage is by being mobile. We use lightweight decoys, and bring cloth to cover our cameras so we don’t spook birds. As a result, birds often come in close which gives us great footage. Being lightweight is necessary when filming turkeys.”
Because a turkey doesn’t have a unique rack like a deer or enormous antlers like an elk, watching turkey hunts on TV or online can be somewhat boring. Hunters who film their hunts can increase the entertainment value by showing the hunt from a variety of angles and by making sure the footage is steady and clear throughout the film.

Bowhunting Longbeards with Levi Morgan

BY TRACY BREEN

 
When it comes to the sport of archery and bowhunting, many consider Levi Morgan to be one of the greatest that has ever lived. He consistently kills big animals and consistently finds himself on the podium at tournaments. Spring is right around the corner and Morgan is preparing for turkey season. “I love turkey hunting with a bow.  It is fun and challenging. People think turkey hunting is easy, but it can be extremely difficult when you are bowhunting them,” Morgan said.
 
SHOT PLACEMENT IS KEY


One of the toughest things about bowhunting turkeys is they have a knack for disappearing after the shot. “You can shoot one and watch the arrow disappear into the bird only to watch as the bird flies or runs off, never to be seen again,” Morgan noted. Because of that, Morgan prefers shooting a turkey right above the drumsticks. “Some bowhunters love shooting them in the head.  That’s a great option, but the margin for error is extremely small. I prefer shooting them two inches above the drumsticks. This takes out the chest cavity and takes out their legs so they can’t fly or run.”
 
MECHANICAL BROADHEADS


One way Morgan increases his odds of success is by using a broadhead that creates a devastating wound channel. “I like using the 2-blade Swhacker mechanical head that has a 3-inch cutting diameter. When that broadhead hits a turkey, it brings them down fast. Since it has such a large cutting diameter, even if my shot is off a little, there is room for error when a broadhead has a 3-inch cutting diameter,” Morgan added.
 
DECOY TRICKS


To increase his odds of success, Morgan prefers taking extra close shots at birds. One of his favorite ways to get close to birds is attaching a decoy to the riser of his bow and stalking birds. “Last year, I customized a Primos B-mobile decoy so it could easily be attached to my bow. I had a fan and everything on my bow. I had the body of the decoy cut just right so I could use my sight and rest without the decoy interfering with my setup. It worked great! Birds would charge me and I would shoot them at 10-15 feet. I love hunting longbeards this way; it is a ton of fun,” Morgan exclaimed.
 
Regardless if you hunt turkeys by stalking them or calling them in, getting them close before you take the shot is fun and increases your odds of success. This spring, shoot a large mechanical head, aim right above the drumsticks, and get close before taking the shot.  Maybe Thanksgiving dinner will be served early this year.

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