You Want To Be A Hunting Videographer?

I'm penning this blog from the depths of Africa. We're in pursuit of plains game such as kudu, gemsbok, impala ... and even the giant eland. When I say "we," I'm referring to my videographer, Lonnie Garland (pictured in action), who accompanies me on every footstep of the hunt to bring it back to the North American Hunter-TV audience.

Have you ever imagined working as a hunting videographer? Well, like a TV hunting host, the job of a hunting videographer is far from just going hunting. Sure, you'd be on hunts constantly, but you have so much more to worry about than just the hunt. You have to make sure all the equipment is working and batteries are charged. You have to make sure audio is recording at correct levels and lighting is spot-on. You have to record all the activities of the hunt, including hunting tips and hunting follies. And, finally, you need to be on the kill and not miss the most crucial shot of the hunt. It's a lot of pressure.

Here are just a few of the crazy adventures Lonnie and I have shared.

Lightning At 10,000 Feet
Last fall, Lonnie and I were hustling after a very vocal bull elk. It was hot pursuit and I thought we were going to have a slam-dunk moment at any minute ... when all of a sudden the heavens opened up and it started dumping torrents of rain. The elk shut up immediately, and because I needed to make a phone call, I clamored higher up the slope to get service. Just as I reached an optimum elevation (about 10,000 feet), the lightning and thunder crashed down. We literally had a lightning strike just a few feet up the slope from us. Needless to say we started a quick and slippery retreat back down to safer country.

Nebraska Whiteout
One particular morning, Lonnie and I awoke in a 1950s-era Nebraska motel to a raging blizzard with lots of snow on the ground and more piling up. The radio blared "blizzard warning," but we headed out at a snail's pace through nearly a foot of unplowed highway snow. When we finally reached our whitetail destination, we had to park on the road to avoid getting stuck in the field driveways which were way too deep for my truck. Did we get a buck? No, but we did avoid frostbite in the minus 30 wind chills, and that was good enough for us.

All-Nighter ... And Then Some
Several years back, Lonnie and I were wrapping up a whitetail archery hunt in Illinois. At dark we improvised a new plan: Instead of getting a full night's sleep, we loaded up the truck and headed to Kansas for our next hunt. It was an all-nighter, and when we arrived we jumped into our hunting duds and climbed right into a treestand. I'd like to say that was the only time we did that stunt, but …

Horse Trailer Hotel
Traveling across North America for hunts means spending a few nights in some not-so-great accommodations. Lonnie sucks it up when he hunts with me, especially when I drag my horse trailer along to a remote destination. My trailer is enclosed and houses my mule and horses from time to time, but it also doubles as a great onsite hunting camp. I wash it out, throw some sawdust down and set the cots and kitchen up in the back. It's comfortable, portable and, with some kerosene heat, Lonnie and I have stayed warm and cozy on numerous outback hunts.

So, are you ready to be a hunting videographer? Good luck! But remember ... it's way more than just hunting.


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