Let me bring light to probably one of the clearest cut and understandable struggles of selfilming, packing all your gear in! We as SELFILMers take pride in capturing top-notch footage of each hunt, not just for the fact of producing good Hunt Vids but creating a digital copy of the memories and stories we live while in the great outdoors.
SELFILMED hunters defy the odds and go an extra mile to do what we love and just like everything else, there are pros and cons to filming your own hunts. For one reason or the other we as SELFILMers have decided that it is just too much trouble or unfair to have a buddy with you at all times to capture hunts, plus the addition of another hunter doubles the scent, doubles the movement and the two may have totally different hunting styles that causes friction.
So now you have made the call to SELFILM your own hunts. Great! Welcome to our world, but being down to a one person show… doesn’t mean you cut back in gear. Below you will find a short list of gear that I pack-in to my tree or blind.
Brad’s Gear List:
Muddy Tree Base – Muddy Camera Arm – Manfrotto 501 fluid head – Canon XA10 – wireless mic – (2) back up batteries – (2) GoPro Hero 3 – (2) Joby flex mounts – (3) back up batteries – Nikon D5100 – (2) lens – Bow (any weapon) – Binos – Rangefinder – Calls – bow hangers – Benchmade knife – extra clothing – etc…..
There also a lot of times that we are packing in blinds/stands/sticks, decoys (turkey/deer) to some of the most remote locations in western Colorado or central Ohio. But we never sacrifice on our gear. To capture good footage you must take the gear.
Our best advice to becoming more efficient in SELFILMing, practice…practice…practice. Layout all of your gear, get it in your pack and get familiar with where you want stuff to be stored. This makes a huge impact when unloading, setting up and repacking after the hunt in the dark.
Basically just get familiar with you gear and know where everything is stored. I have found that I like a pack to be between 1200 cubic inches and 3000 cubic inches, nothing smaller and nothing bigger. That may seem like a huge size difference but the 3000 cubic inch pack is my go-to in late season whitetail woods. It gives me the extra room for heavier outerwear without compromising room for filming gear.
Good Luck and be SELFILMED!