Sugar’s Perspective

Probably my favorite use of the GoPro camera to date. Prepare to live the happy life of a duck hunting dog. I’m consistently enamored with the results from these cameras, they produce high quality video and some pretty amazing perspectives. Hats off to the guys that came up with the idea to strap the camera on the dog, field marketing at its finest. Pun intended. [via SUGAR via Gizmodo]

Comments on “Sugar’s Perspective

    Daniel Dahl on March 13, 2011 3:15 AM:

    Perfect. But the season is so far away……
    I need to put this set up on the upland dog.

    JSQ on March 13, 2011 4:02 AM:

    While my own enjoyment of wingshooting is largely derived from my dog’s, and sugar’s perspective is as exciting as hers must be, I have to say that strapping a video camera on a dog is just bad style.
    Of course, American fieldsports have degenerated dramatically in the past few decades and so the GoPro goes hand in hand with neoprene, realtree, robo-ducks, 3 1/2″ shells, synthetic stocks, plastic decoys, nylon vests and blaze orange.

    audwin on March 13, 2011 10:35 AM:

    JSQ, stick it up your ass! and if you are some european fancy shootin slut,… please keep your ass on that side of the water with all your prim and proper nonesense. Over here it’s about gettin everything we can and want out of the outdoors. Sounds like you really know how to have a good time!!! Sounds like you might be just a little jealous of an American Bred And Perfectly Trained hard working GUN DOG! You should use some of those over rated european manners when you comment. The best thing you could have done,,,, as the fine gentleman that I am sure you are,, is not to have said anything! Really we could care less here in “American Fieldsports Land” what the (Your choice of word here____?____, ) you think!

    S Rogers on March 13, 2011 11:45 AM:

    Great Video, reminded me of another one I saw recently where the Go Pro is starpped to an AR Drone: This is the other video that may be the one that tips me over to buying a Go Pro!

    the uses of literacy on March 13, 2011 1:37 PM:

    This is the reason why I prefer cats to dogs

    JSQ on March 13, 2011 2:59 PM:

    Actually no, Audwin.
    Slob hunters like yourself, indignant and self assured, are the reason WE Americans have slipped so far into the abyss. You’re so certain that the NASCAR aesthetic is the only American hunting heritage that you assume anyone advocating differently isn’t from here??? It’s sad to think that you have so quickly forgotten that your grandfathers probably hunted wearing wool sweaters and flannel shirts and shot a Winchester Model 12 or Browning Auto-5. They may even have made there own slip boats and decoys. The richest fieldsport heritage is our OWN and you have completely abandoned it for the Cabela’s catalog.
    I just hope that you actually get out more than just a handful of days each season like most hunters and that you are preserving it as a way of life, not just some occasional hobby.

    There’s powerful irony in the fact that you’re posting on an American heritage and traditional quality blog defending Chinese hunting gear and plastic shotguns.

    Ray Hull on March 13, 2011 4:28 PM:

    My Newfs think they can swim faster…

    SB on March 13, 2011 5:57 PM:

    call me a dumb european but…. is this a sport? you wait in a camouflaged hideaway tooled up like a bunch of soldiers in iraq and shoot birds? and then you train your dog to get them out of the water for you? someone please explain what this is about…

    great camera though.

    audwin on March 13, 2011 6:26 PM:

    I sorely apologize Michael, had a hard hunt with the jagds, hounds and a large boar yesterday, were all lickin our wounds today. I apologize JSQ for calling you an ass, we are all too quick to judge sometimes, I really enjoyed the video though, gives non hunters a perspective that helps with understanding why we are all so passionate about how we go about being sportsmen. I too would like to return to the old days and the old ways, one of the reasons I hunt with dogs, both Labs and Hounds. My Dad had a line of Liver Spot Pointers with orange eyes like you’ve never seen, he’s gone and they are too. Maintaining as much heritage as possible is good, but all those non heritage types pay they’re money to participate and many donate a lot of their time and money to conservation which if they didn’t we all would find ourselves without in a lot of ways. Many can’t afford to keep it in that old heritage vein and others well, they just don’t know any better mostly because they have no personal heritage in regards to the outdoors but we shouldn’t throw them out with the bathwater. My son in law had never hunted till he married my daughter and now he’s hooked on waterfowl and is co training his new lab with a professional. Some of the old ways I don’t miss, I like my thinsulate waders, would hate to go back to those rubber things.
    I am a firm believer in buying American, have a lot of friends that are European Hunters, some I dearly cherish as friends, I hate to hear either side run down those that are of a little less in their opinion.

    Kevin on March 13, 2011 9:30 PM:

    When the dog shakes, that is absolutely Priceless LOL.

    JSQ on March 13, 2011 11:51 PM:

    I’ve read Michael’s links and while I may now be better informed about Audwin I’m also surely more disappointed. It appears that he is no more of an over geared camo’ed up weekend warrior than I am a poncey continental estate shooter. My lab and I spend every other weekend from August to February out of the country bird hunting and we average around thirty to forty days stateside each season. It looks like A makes it a priority to spend an equally significant chunk of his time afield. He also looks to live a life deeply steeped in aesthetic (a little bit of duck tape and nylon shirts aside) and for that reason I would have thought he would understand why a video camera strapped to a gundog on a duck hunt is like a cell phone ringing while working a rooster in cut milo. It’s a distraction and it’s just as likely to detract from your sporting as to add to it because you’ll be messing with it instead of hunting. Sure, I like the video. I watched it three times. But that doesn’t mean I’d ever put a camera on my dog. Just as I can watch In the Blood over and over again, but I wouldn’t ever want a camera crew tagging along on MY cape buffalo hunt.
    My crusade for American fieldsport tradition is to try to reach those whom A says “have no personal heritage in regards to the outdoors” before Cabelas gets to them. And luckily despite what the junk in an Orvis catalog might lead you to believe, the good stuff is not usually more expensive. A 16ga Winchester Model 12 costs a third the price of the latest monstrosities like the VersaMax and Xplor and there is no finer shotgun for the American uplands than the Model 12. A simple Filson upland vest will always work better and last longer than a Mother covered with straps and pouches because if you actually fill that nylon nightmare with everything it’s designed to carry you will have brought way too much junk to the hunt. The novice waterfowler doesn’t need robotic decoys, they need to learn how to lay out their dekes and call sparingly
    I agree strongly with A on the one merit of the latest American hunter: he/she is willing to pay for conservation. Because hunting has become a pay-to-play proposition for most, paying for habitat and preservation comes easily. Previous generations largely believed all hunting was an entitlement without cost and were reticent to get out their wallets. Modern hunters put dollars into conservation that are unmatched by anyone else that recreates in the outdoors.

    Greg D. on March 14, 2011 10:06 AM:

    By your “standards” there will be no hunters left. Without numbers, there’s no advocacy. Yeah, I hunt with a heritage SxS, I only shoot birds that are pointed or decoyed but I don’t look down on people who don’t. I like Filson, but if you’ve ever hunted for more than 2 hours at a time in real Chukar country, you might appreciate the comfort of a Mother vest – I know I do. As far as dekes, I’ll trade you 12 doz. milk jug divers for corks any day – I just can’t justify the 1K price per dozen. Then again, you’re probably not familiar with carvers like Mike Smyser and Bill Kell.

    By your comments I don’t need to meet you to know your a total ass. The great outdoors would be better off without you.

    Alex on March 14, 2011 11:40 AM:

    Wonderful perspective. I’m not currently a hunter and I do hope they use the entire duck (down feathers, meat, and all), but I can surely appreciate the mind that thought to put it on the dog! (Sugar doesn’t seem to mind, either!)

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Alex

    pjharv on March 14, 2011 11:40 AM:

    ah, perfect example of how people may approach hunting with different perspectives and opinions, but in the end it’s the love and appreciation of the sport that keeps us united and develops a shared brotherhood.

    Ye Ole General on March 14, 2011 1:04 PM:

    Nice post. Interesting comments.

    Steve on March 14, 2011 2:11 PM:

    That would be cool on an upland game dog. Standing over quail, watching them move, then bursting and when knocked down burrowing through the underbrush. Thata be great!

    DS on March 14, 2011 6:53 PM:

    I usually like to side with the contrarians, but JSQ, you DO sound like an ass. Not to mention the fact that A acted like a gentleman and apologized to you and you still went after him. What a dick.

    FWC on March 14, 2011 10:07 PM:

    That is so much fun watch! Dogs love hunting and you can tell Sugar was having a blast.

    I think the camera on the dog is an interesting idea, especially to a hunting dog owner like myself. A squirrel dog. Old and tired, but just as happy to go hunting today as he was 10 years ago.

    Id love to have a POV video of him treeing a squirrel so I could have it when he is long gone.

    hnter on March 16, 2011 12:29 PM:

    I think you took some serious liberty with the term “hottie.”

    fishduckdog on March 18, 2011 3:47 PM:

    Great idea! I sent that one out to my hunting friends all over the country. Also shared it with some friends who have never been in a duck blind or know what my Labradors do for a living. Some good banter comments going on for sure! Seems like they have so much to share (opinions). I hope they are taking kids out into the field to show them what they know too. Give a half dozen new kids a new experience (hunting & fishing) each year. Pass that on.. along with all your old gear that you don’t use or does not fit you anymore.

    John on March 20, 2011 9:39 PM:

    Brilliant footage. I’m surprised that not one person has yet commented on the amazing part in the video where the dog instantly looks up in the air at the ducks flying overhead as the guns are fired, while swimming back in! Talk about being in tune with the hunt. Great dog! As far as everyone pissing on each other over the proper way to kill a duck, get a life.

    Grant Gorton on March 20, 2011 9:41 PM:

    Really neat video. That dog must’ve been tired after all that swimming.

    Mike on March 23, 2011 4:22 PM:

    Great video, and seems to be a great product. Thanks for sharing.

    note: any man that prefers cats to dogs cannot be trusted. And I am confused as to how such a person would find this site…

    Jack on April 11, 2011 4:19 PM:

    Loved it, and this is coming from a self-professed waterfowling snob, who also likes fly rods, red wine and fine cooking. Nothing in this diminishes waterfowling or hunting in the least. After strapping my own Go Pro on everything from the six year old while tree skiing to grandma walking our “field trial Lab,” I cannot wait to outfit my duck and goose retrieving machine with the camera this fall throughout Canada and the midwest. Evolve all of you critics. Times change and sometimes that is for the good, or at least for one’s own personal fulfillment which differs from your own!

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