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Posted: 22 December 2013 08:30 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I recently won a GoPro at my family christmas party. I was wondering if anyone has used one for hunting, fishing, four wheeling, etc… I’m pretty excited to use it and wanted to know if anyone had any tips or recommended accessories for me. Thanks and Hoppy Holidays!

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Posted: 22 December 2013 09:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Never heard of it.  What is it?

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Posted: 22 December 2013 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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This is a picture of it. It’s a small high def camera.

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Posted: 23 December 2013 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I don’t have one but I know and have heard of several folks that have used GoPro for hunting and fishing. Video looks good too. I think you’ll like it!

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Posted: 23 December 2013 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Ok I’ve seen that before.  Duh!  Pretty cool prize!  Bet that cost some serious $$

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Posted: 23 December 2013 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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A friend has 1 and loves it….Ill be getting one and filming lil freaks turkey hunt with it this year.

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Posted: 23 December 2013 12:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I have one and it delivers incredible clear crisp video. There is no “focus” that you worry about. Great for action shots, (clip it to back of boat and catch shots of asian carp jumping, attach to helmet while riding a bike, wear it on chest while fishing etc…) The olny thing I do not like is the fact you cant see things through a view finder or screen like most digital cameras. So if you are using it stationary, you pretty much have to just guess if you have it positioned correctly. I attached to a stake next to turkey decoy in hopes of getting up close action shots of birds coming in and messing with the decoy. I had great action. Unfortunately, all I got was the lower half of the birds as I must not have had the camera tilted at just the right angle. Totally my fault, but just a suggestion to those new to Go Pro that it is much better at being in the action than stationary in most cases. (unless you can guess the camera angle very well) But overall I am a fan.

WTF- IF you do get one- spend the extra and make sure the kit has a waterproof case or purchase it separately. It is worth it. I think Andrew Ragas had a great review and underwater footage from a Go PRo on his blog maybe a year ago. Underwater shots are pretty amazing.

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Posted: 23 December 2013 11:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I am definitely looking forward to getting it out and seeing what I can get video wise. The cam came with a 130’ waterproof case and some mounts. I’ll be using it to do some snorkeling in Florida this summer. I’m gonna try it coyote hunting this winter and for whats left of deer season.

They make an LCD screen for the back of the camera that gives a view of what is being shot. I’m looking at getting that and a remote for easier control during hunting. Probably try out some different mounts to see what works best. Definitely a great early Christmas present. Thanks for the input.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 12:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I own one for work purposes but used it last year to test it out on a hunt.  It’s a decent little camera for the money, but don’t expect broadcast shots of you shooting a deer.  I shot a deer at about 20 yards away, and on video, the deer looked to be 50 yards away.  Very wide angle.  I had mine mounted on my head.  Still pretty cool to watch when you get home though.  If you can swing it, a cool concept is to place a couple of them on the ground in a likely place where a deer will be shot, such as near a scrape.  One or two angles from ground level and up close, along with your head-mounted GoPro, and you’ll have a pretty nice little piece of video.  Good luck and have fun with it.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 08:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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How much does one cost John?

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Posted: 24 December 2013 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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There are three different models of the newest camera. They vary in price from $200-$400. The more expensive models have better still image camera’s. I was more interested in using them for video so I’m looking forward to getting it out and using it.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 09:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I’ve hunted with a guy for multiple years…no real issues.  Two years ago, he showed up with a camera strapped to his barrel.  This year, he’s not only got a camera on the barrel but also has a go pro strapped to his head.  Since he’s gotten the camera’s, he’s become completely unsafe to be around.  I think he is SO consumed with getting footage that he loses are sense of decorum and safety.  I’m so damned tired of getting my ears rung, having to stay down in the blind because he’s already shooting across where I should be standing, the gun aimed at the dog to get retrieving footage…well, I’m just completely fed up.  And, to top it all off, the 20-75 seconds of blurry, jumping (from recoil) videos aren’t even interesting to those of us that were there. 
I vividly remember going to an outdoor photo/videography seminar several years ago.  It was the consensus of the professionals that you are either the hunter or the cameraman and never the twains should meet, as the photos/videos are crap and it is totally unsafe if you are hunting with others.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Well riverrat47 thanks for your input…I guess. I hunt by myself 90% of the time and anything else is with a friend 100’s of yards away from me. Safety is the most important part of hunting, I go out there to enjoy nature and to come home safe to my family. I have the cameras to share my experiences with friends and family. Any video, pictures, and trophies are important memories for me. Quality is all on the person using the technology as long as it is taken care of and used within its limitations. I’m not looking to get my own TV show, just to get some things to share with friends and family who share my passions.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Chris, I guess I should have mentioned that my events took place in waterfowl blinds.  If you want to use one when hunting by yourself, have at it.  You might get decent footage with a tripod or solid mount of some kind.  But, from seeing the videos with the head strap and barrel mount, you see the ducks coming in, then nothing but blurs of sky, water, spots and cussing.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Blogger Andrew Ragas had a series on the Go Pro ahwile back. Here is just one of them reviews and samples. I think he had 4-5 others you will have to search featuring what works, what it can do underwater, pros/cons etc… It is very helpful. http://www.heartlandoutdoors.com/andrew/go_pro_camera_trial_run

Treehugger was right on with a reminder that this is a very wide lense. Originally designed for skiers/surfers if I remember correctly, it is pretty cool with action POV shots. But using it as an over the shoulder type stationary shot will not give you the perspective you might want. But it is cool with action shots. I strapped one on my dog and sent her on her way. It was cool to see the video of what she saw

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Posted: 24 December 2013 05:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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The best results I’ve gotten was when I used to hunt my old place in a couple larger permanent stands.  I’d use a small still photog tripod along with a small digital camera.  I’d try to get as much pre-roll of the deer as possible, then widen out just before I had to draw, then watch the viewfinder.  As soon as the deer would enter the screen, I’d let it rip.  I was even a me to get most of the deer running off and sometimes dropping in camera.  It’s a lot of work though.  I started to get consumed with quality video to the point where I enjoyed each hunt a little less, so I dropped it and went back to just hunting.  It may be an age thing though.  The older you get, the more things become a bit more of a pain in the butt.

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