Things are getting ready to kick off for Huntin the World Southern Style. Opening day is just around the corner and we are busy planning hunts. As a cameraman on these hunts I have a unique perspective and in this blog entry I?m going to elaborate a little bit about being a camera man
As a cameraman for Huntin the World Southern Style the beginning of the season signals getting familiar with the camera again and with any new gear that?s been acquired in the off-season. Like an experienced hunter practices with his gun or bow, I practice with my camera. I practice so that when the time comes to make the crucial shot, I am ready and prepared as can be to get it on film.
This year is unique in that we have all new cameras. In previous years we used Canon cameras that worked great, but they became slightly outdated when everything turned to digital format. This season we are using new Sony cameras that record everything on two 32 gigabyte memory cards. This makes the process a lot easier when it comes time to transfer the raw footage from the camera to the computer for editing. Just as one does with his gun or bow, I have to familiarize myself with the new weapon of my filming arsenal.
I admit that I was a little nervous at first about using a new camera just as I would be about hunting with a new gun, but learning the new camera has not been that difficult as I thought it would be. A lot of the buttons are in relatively the same place and the new cameras have all of the same functions as the old one. John Kennedy, (another cameraman on Huntin the World Southern Style) and I went over the camera earlier this week making sure that everything was set to our specifications. Like any new piece of electronic equipment we had to check over all of the settings and make sure that they are functioning properly.
I?ve learned that there are two critical aspects of filming that a cameraman must ensure are in check. Audio is one of the two most important things to have set correctly when videoing. When the buck of a lifetime comes in grunting the audience will feel like they are right there in the tree with us. Focus is the other important thing. This way when we are filming we can capture the beauty of the hunt with such clarity that the viewer will feel like they are looking through a window into our world. We also have to make sure that every camera has all of the accessories needed to keep it running smoothly in the field. These accessories include a cleaning kit so there are no marks on the lens, extra batteries to keep the camera running during those long sits in the stand, extra memory cards, extra microphones and headphones. All of this is included in each camera bag when we leave for a hunt and there are definitely times when these extras come in handy. Taking the gear plus extras makes sure that we have everything we need to operate the camera while we are away from home.
A few days ago Ken Cobb and I went down to film a hog hunt at Williams Wildlife in the small town of Lodge, South Carolina. Small hunts like this are great practice to get warmed up for the season. This weekend I have another hunt at Cypress Creek Outfitters in Estill, South Carolina with a gentleman from Crosman Air Rifles. It will be important to get all the footage necessary to make a successful show while on the hunt. For this reason I am set with a script that has key points that are needed for this specific hunt.
From then on things will get crazy traveling across North America capturing hunts of a lifetime on film. Preparation is crucial so that I am ready to capture everything from humorous moments in camp to the most intense moments in the field.
This is a little insight as to what goes on behind the scenes as a cameraman for a hunting show. I will have stories from the road to write about soon, but until then, you can follow me and my adventures on my facebook page.
It?s that time of year again. The sun is hot, the days are long, and the start of hunting season is still a couple of months away. Now is the time that I like to start scouting and finding out where the deer are in my area. In some instances this can be a difficult task, but I do a few things to try to make this task easier.
One of the biggest problems I face is trying to find new stand locations for the fall. I know that some of my favorite spots will produce deer just as they have in previous seasons, but it seems that every time I am in the woods I often wonder what is going on in the next section of woods over from my stand. There are so many good places to hunt that I wish I could sit in all of them at the same time, but obviously that?s not possible! I choose the stand that I think gives me the best chance for action and I hope I make the right decision.
One of the best ways I have found to help with this problem is to scout in the off season and keep scouting into and through deer season. In my opinion, trail cameras are a must for anyone who is serious about killing the big ones. You can set them up in various areas and they help a lot with the questionable spots because you can quickly find out if deer are working that area. This information helps me decide if I should hunt in that area. Game cameras will also help me see exactly where the deer are moving when they change from their summer patterns to their fall patterns.
Another great way to scout deer is to put out some sort of bait in front of your trail cameras. This will give the deer a reason to go in front of your camera. Otherwise you would just have to be lucky to get a deer to walk in front of your camera. One of the best baits to use is corn. Mineral licks and other attractants are sure to work as well but I trust corn the most. In the game zone I live and hunt in corn can be used all the way through hunting season. If you do not have or cannot afford to use trail cameras the next best option for scouting is to get out and see firsthand where the deer are going. I still use this method even when I have the trail cameras up and running because it gets me out of the house and gets me fired up for the upcoming season. I try to be careful not to spook the deer though because it may cause them to change up their patterns if they feel that their old pattern has been compromised.
These are just some of the scouting techniques that I like to use. I hope that they will help you on your next scouting adventure and if you have any questions, want some advice, or have a different way of scouting feel free to comment on this blog. I appreciate any comments and will respond as soon as I can!
My name is Evan Peterson. I am twenty years old and live in the ever expanding town of Blythewood, South Carolina. I graduated from Heathwood Hall and attended one year at Clemson. I have been brought up hunting from a very young age and have always had a huge affinity for anything to do with the outdoors. I live in one corner of my grandmother?s 400 acre farm not far from the small horse farm where I grew up. This is the place where my hunting addiction began.
I was introduced into hunting by helping my dad take care of the pesky squirrels that liked to cause damage on our horse farm. I started off by being the spotter. I took it upon myself to be on constant recon for the invasive critters and alert my dad the moment I saw one enter the perimeter. For my eleventh birthday I got my first gun. It was a Gamo high powered pellet gun and from that point on no squirrel was safe at our farm. I can remember several times that my dad and I would keep our guns close at hand, just in case one rodent became brave and decided to cross into the danger zone.
Not too long after that I went on my first turkey hunt on my grandmother?s farm and successfully bagged a good three year old gobbler with an eleven inch beard. From then on I was hooked and moved on to deer and ducks. I am still that way today. The only difference is that my addiction has grown so much that I am looking to become a popular hunting show personality as a profession. It takes time, but one day I intend to see myself on a hunting channel pursuing wild game across the world and getting it all on camera. This may seem like an unusual career path to some, but it is something I can?t imagine not doing.
I got a huge break last July when I contacted Ken Cobb from Huntin the World Southern Style. I went up to the studio to see what the show was all about and from the moment I walked through the door, I was convinced that this was the place for me. From that point on I have been doing all that I can to learn as much as I can about the industry and running a camera. I went on several trips last fall as a cameraman and got to see first-hand what it is like to be a part of a hunting television show. I got to see the low-country of South Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Virginia, and Iowa last deer season which has given me so much experience and really helped me realize that I am meant for this job.
I love everything there is about hunting; the adrenalin, fatigue, and emotion are what keep me craving more. As soon as one season ends, I am getting ready for the next. Whether it is honing my skills in the field by looking at new travel corridors and tracks or shooting dozens of arrows every day in the summer in preparation for the following fall, I am ready and motivated.
I look forward to sharing some of my hunting stories and experiences here with you on WeHuntSC.com. I?m glad to be a part of the team and glad to have the opportunity to share stories with my fellow SC hunters. Hopefully I?ll learn a great deal about the outdoors and have fun doing it. Counting down until the season starts,