“So this guy, Rudy, is driving across the country just to film you hunt?”
“Yeah, Dad,” I answered, “Well, not just me, but several other deer hunters throughout the country.”
“And you’ve never met him?”
“No, not in ‘real’ life, anyway.”
The only response that my Dad could muster at that point was, “Huh.”
It is pretty difficult to sum up my Huntography experience in a quick blog post. After all, the story isn’t over yet. Rudy is still on the road, with experiences that have yet to be captured, compiled, edited, mastered and then delivered as a documentary about everyday deer hunter’s across the country, including me.
The hunting that Rudy and I experienced over the two days that he was filming was far from what I expected. Although it was early November, there was little sign of rutting or pre-rut activity. Movement was nearly non-existent, the weather was a challenge, and we dealt with some crazy interruptions. (You’ll have to wait and see the DVD.)
I didn’t see all the footage that Rudy captured and I don’t know how everything will come across in the end, but I’m proud of the experience that Rudy and I shared together. It was genuine. The problems that we faced are things that all hunters face, yet hunting shows ignore.
We took the challenge of bad weather and made it an adventure by moving our hunting to the ground and stalking our way through the woods, which lead to some very close calls, but ultimately I didn’t get to let an arrow fly.
I am not a big fan of hearing myself talk or seeing myself on video (which is why I hide behind the written word), but it will be cool to look back at my experience in 5, 10, or 20 years and watch it on DVD.
The idea of Huntography is special. The people who are featured on Huntography are special. But what makes Huntography really special is the guy behind the camera. Rudy takes his vacation time, away from work and family, and he invests it in telling the stories of us. The hunting industry (and the world for that matter) is full of people that want to talk about themselves, see themselves, and be in the center of what’s happening. Rudy, however, sacrifices his time and energy to step behind the scenes and to capture our stories.
Thank you, Rudy.
Huntography isn’t a video project; it is a movement. Just wait, you’ll see.