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      Self Filmed On The Ground Bowhunt Breakdown with Tag N' Brag

      Self Filmed On The Ground Bowhunt Breakdown with Tag N' Brag

      Bowhunting whitetails from the ground with no blind is one of the most challenging ways to hunt. Then throw self filming into the mix and its even more challenging. In this self filmed hunt breakdown episode, David with Tag-N-Brag takes us through his North Dakota hunt where he tags a velvet monster.

      How To Start A Successful YouTube Channel

      How To Start A Successful YouTube Channel

      By Tracy Breen

      It seems that everybody wants to be a YouTube star these days. Every kid on the planet dreams of being Dude Perfect and making big money posting videos and having fun. The truth is making tons of money off YouTube is about as likely as being the next NASA astronaut, but if your dream is to have a successful YouTube channel with a lot of hard work, success will come. You may not be able to make millions of dollars, but earning some money and having some sponsors is achievable if you take the right steps. Below are a few things to consider, especially if your goal is to have a channel that focuses on hunting and the outdoors.

      DON’T PLAN ON YOUR CHANNEL BEING AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

      Every person who starts a YouTube Channel hopes that they will be an overnight success, but that rarely happens. Nate Sellers knows how much work it takes to build a solid following. Sellers has a popular YouTube Channel called Average Jack Archery. “I started my channel years ago and it has only become popular the last couple years,” Sellers noted.

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      PRODUCE WEEKLY CONTENT

      The key to success is producing content every week, whether you want to or not. “It is really easy to be excited about producing content the first few months,” said Bernie Berringer who has the YouTube channel, Bowhunting Road. “It isn’t as exciting six months later when your average video has 100 views. The key to success is sticking with it and producing content every week. Over time, people become fans of the channel and watch every episode.  It takes a lot of time to get there. It took me about three years before I started gaining a serious following and started making a little bit of money.”

      YOUR CONTENT MUST BE UNIQUE

      In addition to regularly producing content, you must also think about what type of content you want to produce. If you want to stand out and have a channel that people want to watch, the content must be unique in some way. Average Jack Archery focuses on archery-related product reviews. His reviews are entertaining, to the point, and he typically tells the good, the bad, and the ugly about the products he is reviewing. Bowhunters and archers regularly check out his reviews when they are shopping for something because they want an honest review before they spend their hard earned money. Honest reviews are hard to find so the Average Jack Channel has been able to fill a niche. “Filling a particular niche is a must,” said Sellers. “Most bowhunters want to just create and post videos about bowhunting. I have seen some amazing bow hunts with great videography and amazing editing on YouTube that only have 100 views. It takes more than quality bowhunting footage to build a following.”

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      PRODUCE MORE CONTENT THAN YOUR COMPETITORS

      Another YouTube Channel that has been extremely successful is called Whitetail Habitat Solutions. The host of the channel is Jeff Sturgis. Sturgis is a whitetail habitat expert and spends endless hours managing whitetail property and showing others how to do it. There are a lot of shows like his on YouTube, but Sturgis is considered one of the top in his field and produces more content than almost anyone in his category. “We produce over 200 videos a year,” Sturgis noted. “Being prolific without a doubt is one of the reasons we have been successful. We produce lots of videos.  We produce videos that help whitetail hunters solve their land management problems.”

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      MAKING MONEY OFF OF YOUTUBE

      All of the people I interviewed for this article have monitored their channel in several ways. All of them make money directly off Youtube and all of them also make money from sponsors, but all of them told me that people won’t make lots of money right away. Many YouTube show hosts have told me it took them years to make a little bit of money off of YouTube and when the checks started coming, they were $50-$100. “Very few people get rich off of Youtube. It takes millions of views to make a lot of money,” said Sellers.

      BUILD RELATIONSHIPS FIRST

      One way most YouTube shows make money is by having companies sponsor them. This is the path most shows try to take, but in my opinion many shows try to get sponsors too early which can be a big mistake. I am a marketing consultant and one mistake I see many people make is trying to get sponsors before they have many subscribers. I regularly get emails from start up shows looking for free product and sponsorship money. A channel that only has a 100 subscribers or a 1,000 shouldn’t expect free product or money. If you ask for product or money before your channel is popular, you stand the risk of burning a bridge with a company before you really get started. Instead, I suggest trying to create value for the companies you hope to work with. Buy their product and do a review. Wear a certain type of clothing in all your videos or offer to produce a video for free to get your foot in the door. Most YouTube Channels try to monetize their channel long before they should. Produce quality content and eventually the sponsors will come.

      STICK WITH IT

      Over the years, I have interviewed dozens of YouTube celebrities. Most of them have a channel for 3-5 years  before they ever made a dime. If you want to make a living on YouTube or even have a side hustle, realize the road to success is a long bumpy one. The good news is if you work hard, dreams can come true. Bill Winke, the Founder of Midwest Whitetail, learned that sooner than most.  Bill was producing an online hunting show long before it was popular. “The key to success is to stick with it and to constantly work on improving your craft. People who never give up and stick with it usually succeed.”

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      IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT

      Nate Sellers believes writing a script before shooting a video is a must. He also believes having top notch audio is more important than having great video. The key is to always be focused on improving the content you are producing and always do your best to produce videos that people will want to watch.

      Self Filming Hunt Breakdown - Treestand by Foodplot Setup

      Self Filming Hunt Breakdown - Treestand by Foodplot Setup

      The self filming workshop continues! David with Tag N' Brag breaks down a past hunt "play-by-play" and shows how your self filming setup is so important.

      The Tag N' Brag boys have been self filming for years and have a lot of great tips and tricks to share!

      5 Ways To Make Your Turkey Hunt Footage More Entertaining

      5 Ways To Make Your Turkey Hunt Footage More Entertaining

      Turkey hunting can be a ton of fun. Communicating with fired up birds and watching turkeys interact with each other and with decoys can make for a really fun hunt. Filming a turkey hunt can be a ton of fun as well. Some guys say turkey hunts are all the same, but there are some things you can do to make your turkey hunts more entertaining and to better communicate the excitement of the hunt.


      Use a POV Camera in the Blind

      A POV camera (point of view or action camera) in the blind helps tell the whole story of the hunt. With only a camera on the game animal being pursued, you don’t see everything that goes on in the blind to pull the hunt off. With a good POV camera in your blind you can capture exactly what calls you used to draw the turkey in. You can also show what you go through to film the hunt. The best part about a POV camera in the blind is you get to capture the raw emotion of the hunter after the shot.

      One important thing to note about using POV cameras in a blind is placement is crucial to getting good video. Don’t put the POV camera behind you and have it look out the same window that you are looking out of. What usually happens with that type of view is inside the blind gets under exposed and outside the blind gets over exposed. The best place to put your POV camera in your blind is in front of you looking back at you. You will be well lit from the window in front of you, and you’ll be able to capture the reaction of the hunter after the shot.

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      Image courtesy of Ben K. with Michigan Whitetail Pursuit


      Use a POV Camera Near the Decoys

      One of my personal favorite places for a POV camera on a turkey hunt is right near the decoys. A really fun and unique view is having both the decoy and your blind in the frame. When that angry tom approaches that decoy, you’ll be able to capture everything up close and personal. If you are hunting with a bow, you might even be able to capture the arrow in flight. If you are using a shotgun, just make sure to keep an eye on your camera and make sure to avoid shooting it (unless you want an excuse to buy a new GoPro).

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      Image courtesy of Victor G. with Crimson Trail


      A great tool that helps you capture this type of angle is the Fourth Arrow POV stake. With the stake you can easily raise or lower the POV camera to get the perfect angle.

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      Image courtesy of Victor G. with Crimson Trail


      Let the Turkey Interact with Your Decoy

      If you aren’t desperate for a bird, let the tom that comes in interact with your decoy a little. It can be really fun to watch a tom tare into a jake or tom decoy.

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      Image courtesy of Ben K. with Michigan Whitetail Pursuit


      Film a Youth Hunter or First Time Hunter

      Turkey season is a perfect time to get a new hunter into the woods. Its usually not that cold during turkey season, turkeys are fun to watch, and the chances of success are much higher for a turkey hunt than a whitetail hunt. Turkey hunting might just be the thing that gets other people hooked on hunting. Filming a new hunter can be a lot of fun. Capturing the action in the blind before the shot and the reaction after the shot can be priceless. The first time anyone does something can be the most exciting and capturing that emotion can add to the entertainment value of the video.

      Shoot In 4k

      The problem with turkeys is they constantly are moving around. If you zoom in too tight, you will have to constantly be moving your camera. Moving your camera too much can distract from the hunt and be annoying. A helpful tip is to shoot your footage in 4k and export your hunt in 1080p (HD). This gives you the flexibility of zooming in in post production. Having good, smooth footage will really help people enjoy the hunt.

      Capturing entertaining turkey hunting footage boils down to creativity. Be creative with your camera angles and take a new hunter on a turkey hunt.

      Tips for Self Filming From A Ground Blind

      Tips for Self Filming From A Ground Blind

      David Giarrizzo with Tag N' Brag goes in depth on the ideal self filming setup in a ground blind. If you ever hunt from a ground blind, you won’t want to miss these great tips!