As July is coming to an end (and yes I know we were hardly as active blogging wise as I said we were going to be on the blog this summer, apologies are in order for that so please forgive me) and August looms on the horizon, mine and Paul's focus is getting turned to the upcoming hunting season. There is still lots to do in the final preparations department with certain spots on public land we have to get ready for camera setupds as well as equipment to be bought and weapons to get dialed in and practiced with, but the other week I start giving my Summit Viper a little TLC and the finished product is discussed in the video below. Give it a watch and maybe it will give you some ideas on how to spruce up that treestand you've had a few years.
That's right, you did not read the above title wrong, this week I have TWO videos to share with you. I ran across them via blind luck when I clicked on a link found in the signature of forum member flinginairos on Archerytalk. Doing so led me to said member's website and blog that he and his friends operate; they are Xtreme Pursuit Outdoors. A quick email asking for permission to post was answered with a enthusiastic "We would love for you to share it!" and here we are. Hope you guys enjoy these two videos on bow tuning and if the guys post anymore up you can be sure that we will post them up for you to see. Thanks to L.G., Jared, A.J. and Larry for letting me share these on this blog post and please go visit their site as it is extremely well-laid out and full of good information, writing and videos that really show the passion for the outdoors and all that comes with it that we enjoy so much.
I mentioned in this past weeks video blog "Scent Control - My OCD: It's All About the Body" that I make my own scent away spray now. I had originally found the recipe in Field & Stream years ago and just never got around to making any. So without further ado, he is the recipe, via Field & Stream, that I use:
2 cups (16 oz) 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
2 cups (16 oz) Distilled Water
1/2 (.5) cup Baking Soda
1 oz Unscented Shampoo or Soap (I prefer a clear type of the scent killing kind)
Gently combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until the baking soda dissolves. Pour this mixture into a 1-gallon lidded container, such as a milk jug. Let it sit for three days with the lid on loosely to allow gases to escape.
Fill a plastic bottle that has a trigger sprayer with the scent killer. It must be clean, so buy a new one from a hardware store or online (usplastics.com).
Want to make your own wipes? Just follow the Field & Stream link above to read how. You can also check out this thread on Archerytalk.com for other recipe ideas. Now what if you also want to make your own cover scents? Well if you head on over to NCHuntandFish.com, forum member Rye has a started a thread on how he makes his own as well as where he buys the essential oils from. Hopefully this helps you guys out who use scent away sprays and cover scents religiously.
Just wanted to share what $25 in PVC pipe, plastic electrical conduit boxes, rubber cement and a can of flat black spray paint will allow you to make (Special thanks to Cheesycam for inspiring me to create my own stuff!) As you can see, the smaller mount I made is for my Go Pro and will allow me to get some low angle shots not only for video but also an interesting view for any time lapses I try to do. To make it was simple (All of this was 1/2"): 3 PVC electrical conduit 45-degree bends and a tee PVC electrical conduit box. I also grabbed 3 end pieces to put in the ends of the 45-degree bends to help level them out. The key to this is I didn't rubber cement anything together, meaning I can take it apart and have it not take up much space in my pack. Quick note: I am hoping when I make a small slider for the Go Pro that I can just figure out a way to use this mount on the rails, which will help me save some time and a little money (the gears have been turning in my mind the past few days about this!).
The second mount is a shoulder rig for our current main cam, a Canon HFS20. I finally got the quick adapter I ordered in the mail this past Friday and put it on the rig; it is going to make switching the camera from my tripod to tree arm to this shoulder support very easy and time-saving. This support was just as easy to make as the Go Pro one, using 3/4" PVC pipe pieces and a L-shaped PVC electrical conduit box. The list of fittings used for it is as follows: 1 tee, 3 45-degree couplings, 2 90-degree couplings and 2 caps. I also grabbed a 5-foot long piece of 3/4" PVC pipe since I didn't have any laying around. I did cement some things together to help with stability, but I can still take it apart and pack it up. I probably won't carry this with me every time we go in the woods, instead using my tripod as a shoulder support for some footage, but if we come back to the truck before getting our game out, it will definitely be used for recovery shots and what not. Plus it gives me a another way to get some interesting shots. Hopefully that gives some of you photographers and video guys (and gals) out there some DIY ideas to try out. If you've got any projects you've completed and want to share with us, post them up in the comments. And since it is the beginning of August, this blog entry is one of those that kicks off our monthly comment contest, meaning you have no reason not to leave us your opinion or drop a bit of knowledge!
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