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gopro duck hunting

Postby bp_lee24 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:18 pm

the wife just gave me a gopro for an early christmas gift. im wanting to use it to film some duck hunts in the timber as well as the boat ride in. i have 2 tripods, one tall and 1 short(with the flexible legs), a head mount and im working on making a mount for my spotlight, i alsso have one curved adhesive mount and am gonna buy some more of the flat ones along with the suction cup mount.

what im wanting is tips on the best ways to get good footage of ducks working into the trees and being shot, i would also like to try using the time laps feature too, i would ike to use a gun mount and saw on another thread a great way to mount it but will the camera not be on its side? its usually just me and 1 other guy hunting so i dont really have a "camera man"

i just got this thing and am pumped about it but have very little experience filming hunts so any tips would be greatly appreciated.... thanks in advance
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby likesbigspreads » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:10 pm

I have had one for about 3 months now and have used it for dove, teal, ducks in nodak, and ducks here. Looking forward to using it for geese as all of the previous mentioned birds hardly show up. Search youtube for my user name to see my videos if you are itnerested. All I have used is the helmet mount. Good luck
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby TomKat » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:44 pm

I shot this clip with my GoPro using the helmet mount that comes with it. I think you should forget about the gun mount, and worry about getting ducks in CLOSE as the camera has a fisheye lens and you need to be closer than you think to get the video to come out. Also, be advised that this camera needs more light than you think for the images to come out.

I have other GoPro clips on my Youtube channel you can look at.

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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby bp_lee24 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:09 pm

thanks for the quick responce. we hunt the flooded timber here in arkansas so the ducks are usually around 15 to 20 yards when we start shooting. has any of yall ever used the time laps to film? my thinking on is that maybe if i had it recording when ducks came into the hole maybe i woild get lucky and get some still images of the birds at close range and baybe even when they are being shot, but i am mainly concerned with the video to start out with... i am going to look up the youtube videos too, thanks
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby bp_lee24 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:13 pm

tomcat. approx how far were those ducks when you shot? they looked like they were prety far out but i know they had to be inside 40 or so yards
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby kjm1022 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:24 am

I have one as well and I can echo the shooting light issue. Mine recorded 30 minutes of black, you need just about full sun-up to get good filming. I also found it a P.I.T.A to think about turning it on and off when ducks start working, Im thinking about calling and not moving. I bought it primarily for filming my spearfishing dives. You need to convert the lens to a flat lens instead of the convex one that it comes with for underwater. It may also help with making the distance on land look better? I haven't experimented with that yet. I also found that if you use the head strap mounts on a hat, it comes off easily in the heat of the moment when shooting, almost lost mine for good in a flooded cornfield. Now it goes directly on my head over my face mask, no hat. :mad:
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby TomKat » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:22 pm

bp_lee24 wrote:tomcat. approx how far were those ducks when you shot? they looked like they were prety far out but i know they had to be inside 40 or so yards


Probably about 35 yards or so. Go back and read my suggestions to you. the helmet strap works fine. And no I never tried to do anything with the time lapse. You can always get the still frames in the editing process.

I would really love to hunt in a flooded timber some day...one of the things on my bucket list
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby bp_lee24 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:21 pm

thanks again for the responce. tomkat, if you ever get the chance to come hunt the timber, by all means, dont pass it up. the timber is where i do 99% of my hunting and i wouldnt have it any other way.

and big spreads, i watched some of your videos last nite. those canada goode hunts turned out great. looked like a lot of fun
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby TomKat » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:49 am

Up here we have to be ready to hit the fields after freeze up. We have more geese than ducks here.
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby CountryDuck » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:50 pm

I just got a gopro for Christmas and was wondering if you guys are using the head strap or the actual plastic mounts. i want to film some of out geese and duck hunting but need to figure out what mount to get. Thanks
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby TomKat » Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:40 am

I use the head strap
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:37 pm

I use a mount on my gun for my gopro. There are better cameras out there if you want to film a hunt from a viewers standpoint.
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby shadowwalker » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:32 pm

ByersFarm wrote:I use a mount on my gun for my gopro. There are better cameras out there if you want to film a hunt from a viewers standpoint.

What better cameras are you speaking of? No joke, I am weighing options right now.

I am debating whether to go with a mountable one or a more traditional style camera, and which mountable one to go with if I go that route.
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Re: gopro duck hunting

Postby bluegreenteal » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:36 pm

I've seen a guy that pop riveted his onto his hat on the right side so when he looked down the barrel, the camera would too.
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