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How to record wild animals?

Joel Newport:
I am preparing to try and record Deer sounds from a deer farm. Does anyone have any experience with wild animal recordings? Just looking for any tips before I go out. The films topic is deer hunting but you never see the deer so sound is very important. I am guessing that I will be burning a lot of tape waiting for a vocalization.

Randy Thom:
Two common ways to get captive animals to vocalize are: 

    1) Separate a mother and her baby. Both will often vocalize in order to find the other.

    2) Put a male, and a female in heat, in close proximity, but not too close. Both will vocalize.

Glen Trew:
Also, to avoid wasting tape and recording tons of unwanted silence, try to use a Deva. With the Deva, you can wait until the deer starts to speak before pressing the record button and it will start recording 10 second before the button was pressed. 

Discussion thread "Whitetail Deer sounds"

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