Hi, I’m Rudy and I’m a Huntographer!
[hunt-og-ra-pher, noun] – A Huntographer is someone who combines their passion for hunting, videography and photography.
Ever since I could remember, I’ve loved the outdoors. As a kid growing up in New York City, I looked forward to heading upstate New York on the weekends to our mountain cabin. There we’d get to enjoy the clean crisp air, lakes, streams, fishing, target shooting, hunting, campfires, the stars, the people, the stories and most of all, just being in the woods. It was a memorable time that left a huge impression on me. One that helped shape much of who I am today. I thank my parents deeply for that.
So what does this have to do with the video above? Well, it turns out there are many of you out there just like me. Regular folks who had the privilege being introduced to the outdoors at an early age. You grew up with a love for hunting and fishing. You experienced traditions passed down by our elders. You became outdoorsman!
Yet, on the flip side, some of your were not as fortunate. You may not have had the same opportunities to experience loading up your Marlin .22 rifle and taking aim at a target or casting a bass lure in a swampy pond or getting up at 5am at deer camp on a cold and frigid morning. Yet somehow along the way, you picked up a love for it on your own, at a later stage of your life. And today, it is a deep part of you.
Each one of you has something in common. A deep passion for hunting, fishing or our shooting sports. But there is something else as well that bonds us no matter what side of the tracks we come from. Our Stories.
It’s these stories that allows us to be able to sit down with each other for the first time and have a good time as if we’ve been lifelong friends.
Last fall, I had the honor of joining some of you on your deer hunting adventures. I travelled across the country to four different states including Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New York. Each deer camp turned out to be very different and unique. I pretty much took all my vacation days off from work and sacrificed my own opportunity to hunt in return for a chance to get behind the lens to capture your whitetail deer hunting memories on camera. Looking back, I had some life altering experiences and wouldn’t change a thing.
Filming America’s Hunters. One at Time.
A snippet of what I captured can be seen in the trailer. More details will follow when I complete the video documentary. Countless memories will be forever engrained in our memory banks. But all would not be possible without the good folks who are the stars of Huntography. Regular people like you and me who hunt public land, their own private land or have managed to pool together a group of folks to get a deer lease. I’ll do my best to cover each of them in detail in follow up blog posts.
I wanted to capture our deer hunting culture as pure as it could be, on their turf, in their own words. It’s not about how many points a buck has or what it will score. It’s not just about the kill. No kill needed for a good time to be had. It’s about capturing everything that happens, before, during and after a hunt. It’s about the small talk, the banter between good friends. It’s about you. For a first time Huntographer, I’m pretty happy with the results.
Yet this is only the beginning. This fall, the journey will continue. Across more states. More deer camps. I will personally come to you, on my dime. The end result, more of your stories available for the world to see through my lens. More lifelong friendships to be made.
Do You Want to Be a Huntographer?
Many of you already are huntographers. Whether you film your own hunts, help your friends and family or film professionally for large companies like Drury Outdoors or Realtree. You do it for fun and with passion. For this, I applaud you. There’s nothing better than capturing a deer hunting moment on camera and later reliving it with family and friends. The video story of the monster buck that got away can now be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and more all from your iPhone 4 of Droid mobile device- imagine that.
If you’d like me to visit your deer camp this fall to film you, just contact me and we’ll set it up.
If you think your family and friends might enjoy a different kind of deer hunting video that focuses on our heritage and the everyday hunting experiences of our peers, please share this with them on Facebook and Twitter.
I look forward to filming America’s hunters, meeting new friends, sharing stories and making everlasting memories. One at a time.