I have been looking for a local bowhunter to help with the video chores when hunting around my home area but can’t seem to find one. I have a hunting buddy that shares my lease but he just can’t handle the camera. I have all the video gear. I have some awesome hunting land that I will share with this person. I am on a major archery company’s pro staff and will gladly furnish this individual a bow and arrows that they can keep if they help me out. And this is not all work. I will video them hunting as well. I even had a hunt setup that I would have paid their part of the hunt. I have two video companies willing to pay for my footage if we can capture the video they want. I would even share any income we receive.
During the past 9 seasons, I have put my share of P&Y bucks on the ground hunting Kansas and Oklahoma. I hunt some good spots. I have someone to help in Kansas this year but if I go back next year and this person works out, I would be happy to include them in some awesome hunting. I have already used the “word of mouth” approach. I have told some people that I trust about my needs. Many have said they wanted to but none are serious about it. Oh some of them would go if they do not have basketball league or if the Sooners aren't on TV or some other excuse. But I need someone that wants to hunt as much as I do. One guy I have yet to talk to but I caught his buddies poaching on my neighbors place and I do not want that bunch to know anything about my hunting spots.
So what do I do now? The season is already started and it is fix’n to get good. Do I post a “Hunter Wanted” sign at the local archery shop and handle it like a job interview? Do I spread by “word of mouth” to more folks? This person has to want to hunt as much as I do. That means every weekend, some during the week after work, as much as we can be in the tree. I just do not know if I can find this person around my neck of the woods. Most of all, I have to be able to trust this person and count on them being there.
I need advise. What would you do? How would you find a new trustworthy local hunting buddy that can also video?