I shopped around for video cameras and for my price range the Canon XH-A1s is the one that I decided to go with. It has all the features I wanted like a 20x zoom, dual xlr inputs and is HD. I have been using a Canon to record my deer hunting adventures for the past several years and I believe Canon is a dependable good quality camera. I had one issue with my Canon camera in the past and their customer service was good and they took care of my problem. I can’t wait to film some big bucks in full rut deer hunting in Kansas. Last year I got a lot of different bucks on filming hunts with my old video camera.
I can’t wait to see some footage on my new HD camera. I still have got to get several items to be fully prepared to film hunts. I am wanting to get a good camera arm. I have heard a lot of really good things about HunterCam Cradle camera arms. I plan on getting one as soon as possible. Also I need a camera light, a shotgun mic with a wind sock, a wireless mic system, a tri-pod, and a few other things. Needless to say I’ve got to be saving some money. Filming hunts is expensive. I also have got to purchase a couple of more stands and blinds and I need another trail camera.
I plan on getting some great footage next season and I am going to be prepared to get after those trophy bucks. I am still trying to get a Pope & Young buck, last year I missed a very nice buck that easily would have been a Pope & Young. I got it all on film and it still makes me sick to think about it. This year hopefully things will turn out differently. I am reading up on my camera as much as I can to learn the camera inside out. There are a lot of different buttons and learning each one of them and the capabilities of the camera is a lot of information but I am studying hard to learn as much as I can. Another thing I am doing is using the camera as much as I can to get acclimated to it.
I am going to be filming some turkey hunts next week and I’ll be getting some good old fashioned on the job training. One of my buddies I hunted with last year had a camera similar to the one I have now and he taught me a lot about what not and what to do. So I can’t wait for the season to get here, it is going to be a lot of fun and hopefully I’ll get some great footage.