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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.

Fourth Arrow Introduces Pillar Kit for Hunting Blinds

By Tracy Breen

 

Fourth Arrow Camera Arms is proud to introduce the new Pillar Camera Arm Kit. The Pillar Kit was designed to be used with a variety of hunting blinds including box blinds, tower blinds and soft-sided popup blinds.


Most hunters who film their hunts from a blind put their camera on a large cumbersome tripod that can take up a lot of room in a blind and is difficult to maneuver at the moment of truth. The Pillar Camera Arm Kit eliminates those problems, thanks to its space saving design. The kit includes a Fourth Arrow monopod, Blind Bracket, Rex Arm, and Tripod Adapter. You can choose from one of the following arms: The Raptor or Cha Cha Slider.


The Blind Bracket can be attached to a blind window or a horizontal shelf in a blind. The bracket combined with the monopod leg creates a stable platform for any camera weighing less than ten pounds. Along with the bracket and monopod, a Raptor Arm or Cha Cha Slider can be used to easily move the camera around quickly and quietly to film from almost any angle without having to move the bracket or monopod. The system can also be attached to the side of a soft-sided blind.


“Using a tripod when filming can be difficult at times, especially when an animal is moving fast in front of you,” said Dave Dykema from Fourth Arrow Camera Arms. “With the Pillar Kit, hunters can easily film all the action without worrying about getting poor footage or having to give up precious floor space in the blind. With this system, there is room for a hunter, a camera man, and all kinds of gear.”

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.

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