I'm a veteran hunter and looking for the challenge of self filming hunts & the rewards of being able to share my passion of archery hunting with friends & family. I'm not going to invest in high-end equipment & video cameras until I try it out for a season using what I have.
I have a few questions for those who self film or have in the past. If you have not self filmed hunts, I ask you not to comment and follow along if you're interested in learning like I am.
Here are a few questions I have: I'm always in treestand and always shoot standing up. Where do you suggest to anchor camera holder in tree - at waist or shoulder height?
I'm a right handed shot, do you suggest anchoring camera holder on my right side or left? Or it all depends on the layout of the terrain and expected path of deer? Do you use an external microphone and if so, which one do you recommend?
Any other tips & advice would be helpful & welcomed.
Lastly, I looked at the last 100 topics and did not see any regarding self filming hunts. If there is one, could you attach link?
Many thanks in advance and wish you all a safe & productive hunting season.
If I think a shot might happen or I'm not free-handing it....the cam is usually facing where I think the shot might happen. If I'm bowhunting in the stand, I have a simple spider cam holder or a handle bar cam holder that you can get on EBay cheap (<$10). It has 3 or 4 flexible legs that you can wrap around a limb next to you or maybe the shooting bar on the front of your hang-on stand. The handle bar cam holder is a little more sturdier however both have their bennies. The spider mount can let you mount the cam in some weird positions or on odd objects. In the below vid, the cam is mounted on the shooting bar with the handle bar cam mount. I'm tracking the deer simply by moving the cam with my hand. Where the camera mounts to the cam allows you to easily pivot/swing the cam. I wasn't going to take a shot.
This next vid is the bear I shot. The deal was I had the cam/spider mounted on a limb next to the ladder stand on the right side. With this cam, I can have the door open and the cam in stand-by mode (open but off). I can press a button and turn the cam on. When I want to start filming I can press the start button. That is what I did in this case. I already had a couple of other bears come by. I heard this bear snap his teeth and woof real loud so I knew one was coming in. When I heard the woof, I turned the cam on and then hit start and just let it film just as you see it.
I'll sit or stand for the shot depending on the scenario. With that in mind, I have found it easier to have the cam mounted about at waist level. If I stand I can rotate the door/viewer up so I can watch the view finder from a standing position and still see all of the buttons. If I mount the cam on the shooting bar, I do some dry runs drawing the bow back and swing it to make sure everything clears. Sometimes I'll mount it on the right or left side of the bar depending on the shooting lane. Same for a limb....as long as I can easily reach it AND turn it on. I'm right handed so I prefer a limb on the right side but can swing either way. Also, if you have gloves on it can be a little more difficult to feel the buttons on the cam so keep that in mind.
Here is a handle bar cam mount on EBay. They're cheap enough you can buy a second one for a spare. One good thing about either mount is they are simple and easily taken on/off for free-handing the cam. You can also mount them to the support bar in your pop-up blind or some other object that will support the mount/cam like a stick you jam in the ground. You can do alot of impromptu ideas to mount it.
The spider mount....you can find them cheaper. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Flexible-octopus-spider-Camera-Tripod-Stand-Holder-1-4-screw-For-Camera-GoPro/382588365471?epid=10024734197&hash=item59140b2a9f:g:sEQAAOSwlUhbhP6Y
The handle bar mount.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Handlebar-For-GP-Hero-Camera-Seatpost-Clamp-Roll-Bar-Mount-Adapter-JG/274013322896?hash=item3fcc777e90:g:u58AAOSw51ldfLWb
" If you hunt on public land, your tree stand must be portable and your name and address, Michigan driver License number, or DNR sportcard number must be affixed in legible English that can be easily read from the ground. Hunting platforms cannot be affixed or attached to any tree by nails, screws, or bolts; however, a “T” bolt or similar device supplied by a tree stand manufacturer can be used. A fall arrest system is recommended. Screw-in tree steps are illegal on public lands. It is unlawful to use any item that penetrates through the bark of a tree in the construction or affixing of any device to assist in climbing a tree."