With the weather and rehab I’m not covering the country like I’d like to but I got my gopro and took my first jaunt with it and was kind of disappointed. But I’m sure it’s got some learning to it and my brain has a hard time adjusting. First off, right now, I concentrate too much on the ground so I don’t trip. But that wasn’t much different with my camera. I just would point it in the direction of where I was heading and hope it was covering what I wanted.

It is like the old cameras with no zoom so there is little need to turn it on until I am close to what I want to film. But when the birds flush, if the gopro is adjusted right, I see the flush as I would with a shotgun. Thus I’ll be able to show a lot more flushes of the birds. I often miss the flush with the camera because I can’t aim it in the direction of the flush properly unless they flush in front of the dogs.

Lot’s of learning for me and adjusting to where my head is pointing. The real disadvantage is the zoom deal. I love being able to zoom on the point from 100 yards or more and show the dogs off throughout the flush. But than I can’t shoot because I have the camera in my hands. Plus I probably won’t get the birds taking off. Also I can’t zoom on the weird things that go on. Turkey hunters will like this video of Grady. Grady loves chasing turkeys. This video is with the camera.

Here is a video of Grady on point 120 yards away. I zoomed in and you can see him pointing and I adjusted as I approached. Everything was fine until the flush which was further to my left. I missed the birds with the camera although I swung around and saw them with my eyes. It would have been a great shooting opportunity and probably would have got the flush with the gopro. But the gopro wouldn’t have shown the point until I got closer.

A lot of difference between that and this gopro video of approximately the same distance. You can’t even see Grady on point but can see Jake a little less than half way honoring. But the good thing is we got the birds flushing and I would have gotten a shot if we were hunting.

The zoom is always fun because I can capture little things like this deer watching Grady with little fear of him. Grady got about ten yards from the deer and the deer never showed any fear. When it left, another deer stood up from the sage brush and left with it.

As happens off and on, the computer won’t allow me to show that video. Who knows why.

Any how, I’m a little bored with this therapy stuff and had to do something. If anyone has any experience with a gopro, I’d appreciate any advice. Meanwhile enjoy these sloppy conditions and it won’t be long before were taking chukars again.

Obviously the video of Grady and the deer showed up.

Published by jakeandgrady

Hunting has been a favorite past time for me for 55 years but the last twenty five years I have been consumed by chukar hunting and more specifically chukar hunting with fantastic dogs. In this blog I hope to pass on any information I can about chukar hunting but more than anything I want to showcase what will probably be my last two chukar dogs, Jake and Grady. I am 70 years old, Jake is 8 and Grady is 3 and I'm hoping to stay on the chukar mountain until I am 80 when Grady will be fetching my final chukars.

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