Self-Filming a Hunt: There are several different types of hunters. The meat hunters, the management hunters, the “one and done” hunters, the die-hards and the leisurely hunters. In other words, hunting is comprised of many different levels, and not one level is better than the other. Hunting is what you make it out to be. Everyone has their own definition of challenges and passions within the realm of hunting. But one task really sticks out above the many challenges within hunting- and that’s self-filming a hunt.
Four years ago, shortly after harvesting my biggest buck to date, I made the decision to bring a camera with me every time I enter the woods. My goal: Harvest a respectable whitetail buck on film. What started my passion for filming was simply the idea of capturing my experiences and sharing it with others. I‘m not talking about being on TV or anything of that nature because hunting is very different than what is portrayed on television more or less. I wanted to show my friends and family what happens on a cool November morning during the rut. A few of my friends that don’t hunt have asked me, “Why do you choose to sit in a tree for hours and stare at nothing?” Part of me understands their thinking because they have a skewed perception and as everyone knows the whitetail waiting game can be pretty dull at times. However, with self-filming a hunt.. if my non-hunter friends could only experience the moment of truth just once I believe that almost every one of them would be hooked.
In order to spark a desire to experience the thrill of a hunt, there has to be a feeling of motivation. It takes a significant amount of effort to try something new on your own. So having a mentor, coach or idol is something we naturally want when learning something new. Typically, we find our way through life by observing and trialing. Dad showed you how to ride a bike or maybe he took you on bike rides because that’s what he loves to do. Then he bought a bike for you to try and learn to ride on your own. Once you learned how to ride your bike, you biked around the square mile five days a week. After out-growing your childhood bike you bought a competition speed bike and trained every day. You entered in competitions, excelled in the sport and eventually got invited to the Tour de France to represent the United States alongside Lance Armstrong. Where did you start? A simple act created inspiration that served as the catalyst for a deeply embedded passion.
Yes, that may be an exaggerated course of events, however, the point of my analogy is to demonstrate the effect of sharing our passions with others. Guiding and showing my self-filmed hunts to my family and close friends is small, but important part of my mission to inspire others to embrace hunting through self-filming a hunt.
If I am fortunate enough to be blessed with children one day I would want them to be exposed to the traditions and values of hunting. I would want them to see what it means to work hard and succeed at something at even the most basic level. It would be beneficial for them to see their Dad pursuing his passion, and maybe that will influence them to pursue passions of their own whatever they may be. Hunting has taught me quite a bit over the years and I know that by self-filming a hunt and sharing my experiences with others I can positive impact, at least, one person’s life.
So I accepted the challenge and simply my goal is to help or influence others with self-filming a hunt. I believe that there can be a lot of good drawn from self-filming a hunt and sharing my hunting experiences amongst ourselves as hunters. Everyone loves a good story. Everyone has a good story to tell. Whether you chose to tell yours that is up to you. There is nothing like capturing majestic whitetails on film in their element, and to be able to harvest one on film is a whole other level of an adrenaline rush that I have yet to experience. I have familiarized myself with the struggles of self-filming and the fact that it has challenged me as a hunter is what has kept me on the path of self-filming. If you have accepted the challenge of self-filming I would love to see your footage and hear your story. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can message me on Facebook. Stay tuned for more self-filming a hunt related articles and thanks for reading!