How to Make Shot, React for Hollywood
April 05, 2010
If I can't be out in the woods, I'd rather be watching someone else hunt. Such is the life of a big buck addict. I've watched all the hits, misses and drooled over trophies I couldn't even imagine, and I've examined each hunter's reaction. Depending on just how massive that buck turns out to be, you might see a cheer reminiscent of Tigger on a Red Bull binge or the more subdued, thankful celebration.
I, for one, would rather see the raw excitement produced by hard-earned success. I'm partial to the fist-pumping, yee-hawing, tap-dancing riot that doesn't stop until every single hunter in camp knows just what it means to follow that blood trail to the promised land.
Either way, it's fun to watch normal folks react to deer hunting's ultimate success—big buck down—in whatever manner they choose. It's a large part of the lure of hunting on camera, and even though there might not be a wrong way to go about it, there are a few things you should remember.
After the Shot
Unless you see that big boy keel over, keep it relatively calm. I've known too many hunters that have performed all the aforementioned cheers, and later discovered that a well placed shot isn't always a 100 percent certainty. Remember to breathe, give it a solid fist-pump, toss the cameraman a high five, and start planning the attack for recovering your trophy.
After the Recovery
Whether by flashlight, moonlight or the sun's guiding rays you spy the buck you have worked so hard to harvest. "There he is," you proclaim. This is the moment when it's OK to freak out. It's also just fine if you want to give out hugs. Well maybe not, but it's been done before. Remember, though, it is of the utmost importance that you respect your quarry in this time of celebration. No inappropriate gestures, language or demeaning poses are necessary. Let the emotions fly, but keep your mind's eye on hunting tradition—don't showboat.
The Final Pose
You'll be crouched behind your buck for the final close-up, and you better be ready to replay every second of that hunt for the audience at home. Pretend it's Oscar night and you've just won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Why was this hunt so great? There are so many people to thank, and you have to make sure you give them all a mention. If anything, it's good hunting karma.