Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:55

Early Season Hunting

WV DoeWith a busy work schedule, preparing for hunting season, having kids who play sports and a whole list of other responsibilities, I’ve found it difficult to keep up with a bi-weekly blog. Now that it’s hunting season, I know it’s going to be even more difficult (at least in the early season). I’m just like most of you…I hunt when I can and where I can. I get to work a few minutes earlier each day and find myself not wanting to leave the office for an hour lunch break. I typically run out and grab something (or brown bag it) and just eat at my desk, then when 4pm rolls around, I’m out the door and on my way to a deer stand.Nice buck feeding

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Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:09

Trail Cameras

Josh Checking trail camAs summer quickly approaches I’ve got three things on my mind. Barbecues, beach and BUCKS!!! Yup, that’s right, BUCKS! The hunting season is still four months away, but the bucks are starting to grow antlers and I want to watch them grow and keep tabs on them. This is where the use of trail cameras come in to play. Trail cameras are becoming more and more popular as hunters and hunting clubs practice quality deer management. They’re not only useful in monitoring your antler growth and ultimately what bucks you would like to shoot, but also helping you determine the number of deer on your property. Working with your fellow club members or even with a local game biologist, you can determine your harvest numbers each year and keep your deer herd healthy based off of the carrying capacity of your property, but that’s a whole other blog discussion.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:43

Bleaching A Deer Skull

Removing meat before boilingI got a text message from a buddy of mine late last deer season asking me if I still messed with doing European mounts for folks. I’ve done a few of these for myself, but mostly for other people for a number of years now. I really didn’t have the time, but he’s a good friend so I said ‘sure’ and he said ‘Good, cause it’s already in your garage…LOL’. There are many ways to display your trophy, but I have to tell you, I really like the look of the European mount. If it’s not a giant buck that you’re going to spend the money to shoulder mount, a European mount looks awesome (for any size buck) and you can put it anywhere… with your wife’s permission. I’ve already completed the work on my friend’s deer head, but I still had one from my dad that I told him I would do for him. I’ve been pretty busy with work and my son’s baseball team, but I recently cleaned out my garage for spring and knew it was now or never on this deer skull. I thought this would be a good blog post to show you how I clean them and bleach them so I went ahead and filmed the whole experience. It’s not as hard as you think and doesn’t take all that long, plus it actually saves you quite a bit of money by just doing it yourself. 

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Friday, 04 April 2014 11:47

Film Your Hunt Part II

Josh with GobblerWelcome to Part II of Film Your Hunt…In my last blog I covered the basics about the main parts of some filming equipment and some of the options you have at your disposal should you decide to go out and buy a filming ‘rig’. So, now that you have gone out and spent some of your hard earned ‘jack’ on gear, let’s dive right into the part that’s the most rewarding and fun…the filming part. I’ve gotta be honest with you…this is the part that I’m still figuring out. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning when it comes to filming. I learn something each and every time I turn on a camera. Not just trying to record good footage for our TV show, but actually learning about what I’m doing and what makes a great shot. Being able to take creative ideas and share that with someone else through the lens of a camera is what I really love trying to accomplish. Hopefully, after reading this blog, you’ll have some creative ideas of your own and can incorporate those into some amazing footage to share with your friends and family. Or better yet, you could submit that footage to SVOutdoors for our Film Your Hunt segment and potentially have your hunt aired on our TV show this fall. I’m going to break this down into four (4) areas that, in my mind, cover everything that an audience needs to see to stay engaged in your storyline so let’s get started...

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:24

Film Your Hunt

Film Your Hunt

It wasn’t long ago that I started developing an interest in filming my hunts and started laying down footage from my own adventures. I guess you could say that outdoor television and hunting DVDs sold me on the fact that…’I can buy a camera and do that myself’! It all started, for me, with just a simple video camera mounted on my bow. I had a blast recording squirrels, birds, deer and other forest dwellers in their natural habitat and undisturbed state. It wasn’t professional, high quality footage with great audio, but it was mine. These were my adventures on film and I could do anything with them or show them toSmall HD camera on Bow mount anyone I wanted. Taking that footage back home and watching it on my computer or TV was and still is a blast. I didn’t have to harvest something that day to be excited about reviewing the footage. Just being able to enjoy the outdoors and then play it back to enjoy it again is something I love to do and something I enjoy sharing with my kids. I began playing around with the footage and editing it with some simple software to show my friends and family and I even got up enough nerve to upload some of those videos to YouTube. It was just another fun and interesting way to share my adventures. Simply learning and experimenting with filming my hunts landed me the opportunity to meet our producer, Mike Price, and eventually join the team here at SVO. My arsenal of camera gear for filming my own hunts has grown from one small HD camera mounted on my bow to a ‘prosumer’ style camera running off of a camera arm or tripod and a couple of second presence POV (point of view) cameras. I told my wife that I was buying these cameras not only for hunting, but for family events and to help ‘saver the memories as our children grew’. (Pretty slick huh?) Now most of our ‘family’ cameras are wrapped in camo and have multiple adapters for tree arms, fluid heads, tripods and other filming platforms. Heck, some of my older tripods have even been painted or taped to help me stay concealed while using them in the field. LOL

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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:16

Hello World!

Josh and Caleb I've heard that when you're starting to write a blog it's best to share with your readers 'Who you are', 'What you do', and 'Why you're writing a blog'. I personally don't know why anyone would care about the first two 'unknowns' (especially on a blog that I'm writing), but for those concerned individuals that will actually read this, I'll indulge you for a few minutes. Then we'll unpack the part I'm most excited about and that's 'Why I'm writing a blog'.

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