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Self Filming Tips with Tim Wells

 

By Tracy Breen

 

Self-filming a hunt isn’t very difficult. What is difficult is getting good footage that can be turned into a high-quality film. One hardcore hunter who spends a lot of time self-filming is Tim Wells from Relentless Pursuit TV. Wells films many of his own TV episodes so he knows about taking raw footage he filmed himself and turning it into a good looking TV episode. “For starters, I think every hunter who plans to film his own hunt needs a 4K camera.  With a 4K camera, a hunter can zoom in and show the animals they are filming when they are editing the film.  One of the biggest problems when people are self-filming is the animals are often way out in the middle of the woods or a field and you can’t see them very well when watching the footage.  With a 4K camera, this problem is solved because you can zoom in during the editing process so the viewers can see the action up close and personal.  There are several good 4K cameras on the market that don’t cost much money.  Everyone should have one,” Wells advised.

Wells also believes self-filming hunters should also have a 4K GoPro camera.  “With this camera, I can zoom in and make my point of view footage look better.  I like to have two cameras going and I want both of them to be 4K cameras,” Wells added.  

Marc Baird from Watermarc Productions believes having a second camera so the hunter can get a couple different angles is a must. “Having two cameras going tells more of the story,” Baird said. “It allows hunters to see what the animal is doing and allows people to see what the hunter is doing. If a person can’t afford a second camera, I suggest they go back after the shot and film some B-roll and add that in so the entire film isn’t just showing the woods and animals walking around.”

Another important thing when self-filming is making sure you use a camera arm that is easy to use when hunting and filming on your own. The Fourth Arrow Camera Arm system is easy to use and sets up quickly and quietly. The base and shoulder system is unique and easy to use.

Those who are filming their hunts with GoPro cameras or other point of view cameras will love the Fourth Arrow Outreach arm or ground stakes that are designed for filming with point of view cameras.

Self-filming a hunt can be challenging and rewarding. Hopefully the above tips will help you produce a better hunting film this fall.

Reasons you should Bowhunt at Eye Level

By Tracy Breen

 

The majority of whitetail bowhunters hunt from a treestand. However, in the last few years, more companies have introduced ground blinds that are perfect for bowhunters.  Below are three reasons every bowhunter should consider hunting whitetails from the ground this fall.


* Modern day ground blinds don’t spook deer.  The Redneck Bale Blind, the Shack Attack form Double Bull and many others blend in perfectly with their surroundings.  I have placed ground blinds out and have deer walking by them the same day.  If you don’t like climbing into tree-stands, don’t like the extreme cold or are taking a youngster hunting, ground blinds are a great option.


* I enjoy hunting from a ground blind because ground blinds allow me to hunt in areas I would otherwise have to ignore.  In many areas of the country, finding a good tree to hang a tree-stand in can be difficult.  Sometimes I am hunting close to a bedding area and I want to slip in and out quietly.  Hunting from a ground blind is the easiest way to do that.  There are times where I need to hunt in the middle of a field where a buck is routinely seen traveling from one area to another.  A ground blind is a great option for this type of hunt.


* Filming a hunt out of a ground blind is much more enjoyable than filming from a treestand.  Filming at buck at 20 yards on the ground is exciting and can provide awesome footage.  When you film from a ground blind, you can easily move around and move your camera and tripod around without getting busted.  Filming from a tree is often complicated.  When filming from a ground blind, getting all your gear set up quickly is simple.


If you plan to hunt from a ground blind this fall, check out the Fourth Arrow Camera Arm Rex Arm.  This simple tripod arm allows you to rotate your camera 360 degrees while on a tripod.  This makes filming from a blind much easier because you don’t have to pick up your tripod while the camera is attached and move it to get the best filming angle.   Simply rotate the Rex Arm and you can get great footage without moving or making noise.


Hunting deer from a ground blind can be extremely fun and rewarding.  Try it this fall!

Why Fourth Arrow Camera Arms

After years of videoing hunts and general videography, a team sat down to start Fourth Arrow and one of the first innovations was reinventing the hunting film industry. The goal was simple: Begin the brand by creating three simple points of perfection that trumped every current arm system out there.
Why:
  

 •    Lightweight. Is there a reason a camera arm needs to be the same weight as your average boat anchor?
    

•    Removable and Affordable Base system. Why does an extra camera base cost $100? Can’t we have something affordable enough to install in every stand location we have?
    

•    Range of adjustment for virtually any tree-stand situation. Why do we have to pick the perfect tree to hang a camera arm? Why can’t the arm accommodate to any situation, tree, or branch that I want to hunt in?


After reviewing these questions, we answered all of them! It took us months of perfection and testing. It was a journey to team up with some of the best brands and productions in the industry to earn their trust and confidence in Fourth Arrow.

Four Archery Tips with Levi Morgan

 

By Tracy Breen

 

In the sport of tournament archery, few archers are as accomplished as Mathews Archery pro Levi Morgan. Morgan makes his living shooting his bow and has won countless professional archery titles. He has a very popular TV show called Bow Life TV. Every year on the line and in the field, Morgan has to repeatedly hit the mark while under an enormous amount of pressure. Most bowhunters I know, including myself, are always looking for ways to become better archers and bowhunters. Below Levi Morgan provides some great archery tips about how a person can shrink their group and put more meat in the freezer.

    1.    To be a top notch archer, your equipment must be fine tuned. Morgan believes this is something many bowhunters overlook. “You are only as good as your equipment allows. If you want to be a great archer, you need to learn how to tune your own bow or find a trustworthy pro shop that can do it for you.  If a bow isn’t tuned properly, you won’t shoot as well as you could if the bow was dialed in,” Morgan explained.


    2.    If you are a hardcore bowhunter, you recognize that to be successful in the field, you need to be able to hit your mark. One way to fill more tags is by extending your range. “Many bowhunters will say that they don’t want to take a shot in the field past 30 yards so they only practice out to 30 yards. When a buck is standing at 30 yards, the hunter often gets nervous because the deer is at the greatest distance they practice at. All bowhunters should practice well beyond what they would shoot a deer at. Practice at 70 or 80 yards. If a person can shoot a pie plate at 80 yards, their confidence will be up and a 30 yard shot will be a shot they are confident they can make,” Morgan advised.


    3.    When shooting at extreme ranges like 80 yards, an arrow must be tuned perfectly. “I use Swhacker Broadheads. I like mechanical heads because they are easy to tune and they fly like darts.  If a person is going to use a fixed blade, they should practice with the heads at great distances so they are confident in the field with them,” Morgan added.


    4.    One of the major reasons most bowhunters go home empty-handed is because they get buck fever and fold from the pressure. Morgan knows all about pressure. When he is filming a hunt, he is under a lot of pressure. When he is shooting in a tournament, a lot of money is on the line and many people are watching. Over the years, he has had to learn how to deal with being under intense pressure. “I think the key to dealing with pressure is having a mental checklist every time you draw the bow. I have a checklist that I go through in my head when I draw and focus on the target. When my checklist is complete, I shoot. I am not thinking about the big buck standing in front of me or all the people watching me. I am checking off my list. By focusing on my list and not on the high pressure situation, I am able to make the shot,” Morgan noted.


Being a top notch archer and bowhunter requires time and effort. Morgan believes archers starting out should try to practice 30 minutes a day almost daily. Seasoned veterans should practice several times a week. They key to success, whether a person is shooting in a tournament or the woods, boils down to practice and being able to consistently make good shots so when the moment of truth arrives, the body and the mind know exactly what to do.

Eight Best Gifts for an Avid Bowhunter

As I am writing this Fathers day is a mere three days away, but I know this topic is relevant to many other holidays as well. How do I know? Because from Black Friday through December 22 of every year my phone explodes with frantic texts from my hunting buddy’s family inquiring about what hunting gear my friends might need. So without farther adieu: The eight best gift ideas for bowhunters.
 
    1.    Broadheads. As a bow hunter, you’re always going to need broadheads. These are one of those things that you can never really have too many of. The only problem with us bowhunters is that we can be awfully picky about our gear, so buying broadheads as a gift may require a little snooping. Find his bow case and snap a picture of the broadhead in his quiver. Bring it to a local store and have them identify it. A three pack of those heads will be a much appreciated gift and should run between $35 and $45.



    2.    Wind Indicator. Unless your loved one exclusively bowhunts turkeys, wind plays a large roll in each and every hunting trip, making it a pretty safe gift idea. Monitoring the wind is absolutely critical. It’s hard to go wrong with the $30 Wyndscent Grenade



    3.    Trail Cameras. Yet another one of those things that is hard to have too many of. Trail cameras can be used year round for monitoring deer and other game. In fact, your loved one has probably over enthusiastically shown you pictures of a deer from one of these trail cameras and had a hard time wiping the smile off his face. These run anywhere from $69 to $300, depending on brand. I suggest going with the bulletproof warranty of a Lift from Exodus Outdoor Gear



    4.    Subscription to a Mobile Scouting App. Now this one is a little less tangible, but incredibly valuable, especially if he loves DIY Public land hunts or is always looking for new land to hunt. An app like this should show property lines, weather, and predict the best time to hit the woods. An added bonus, It helps to keep him safe as it doubles as a GPS in case he gets lost. My personal favorite is Huntwise.



    5.    A Camera Arm. A lot of hunters have the desire to film their hunts. Filming requires a camera arm to keep the camera steady while the hunter focuses on the shot. Packability, Adjustability, and Affordability are all qualities to look for.  If your favorite bowhunter has mentioned filming hunts in the past than a camera arm may be the perfect gift idea! The industry standard is the Fourth Arrow Stiff Arm.



    6.    A Good Target.  Deer hunting may only last for a couple of months, but as you probably know, we shoot our bows year round. Having a solid target to shoot increases our confidence and helps relieve some stress as well. There are many great options out there, but a bag target from Morrell is among my favorites.



    7.    Treestand. Depending on his hunting style you can always get him a good treestand. If he is a public land hunter he will likely want a hang on stand or a climber. If he hunts the same core property frequently a nice ladder stand is hard to beat. Prices vary, but I’d budget between $90 to $250 for a nice stand. If you’re looking for the best, Lone Wolf will have you covered.



    8.    Ozone Go– With every gas station or lunch stop comes unwanted scent. Deer and most other game will flee at the faintest whiff of any human smell or any smell they associate with humans. The Ozone go is an on-the-go ozone generator that aids in eliminating those unwanted odors! Get yours from Scent Crusher!


Now you have it! Some of the best gifts to get your favorite hunter for any holiday! If you’re a bowhunter yourself feel free to leave a comment adding another product that you’d love to open on your Birthday/Fathers Day/ or Christmas. If you’re feeling particularly straightforward you can even send your significant other the link to this article! If you’re shopping for a bowhunter…Congratulations on finding that perfect gift your hunter will enjoy for years to come!

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