The concept behind
the HunterCam Cradleís design is
simple. Create a high quality,
user-friendly camera mount that
really works! And to help you
understand that concept fully, here
are some explanations from the
designer Russell Kurtts, to the
questions that video inclined
sportsmen want to know:
1. Q: What is The
A: As our U.S.
Patent reads, it is a highly
adjustable optical device support.
From a hunting standpoint, itís a
clamping, self-leveling, swiveling
arm camera support for those who
enjoy video taping there own hunts.
2. Q: Iíve seen
other products similar to these in
retail stores and catalogues. Whatís
different about The HunterCam
Although the concept is the same,
video taping your own hunt, the
HunterCam Cradle has gone way beyond
the other versions, in terms of
quality, versatility, and stability.
Itís quiet and compact. We actually
put some thought into this. The
HunterCam Cradle is rigid and
steady, unlike those other models
that are flimsy and shaky. Most
importantly, your camera is secure
when attached to the HunterCam
Cradle. Other mounts attach only to
trees, whereas, the HunterCam Cradle
can be applied to the treestand or
3. Q: So I can
attach to the tree or the treestand.
Which is best?
A: When I thought
this thing up while hunting, the
only place that seemed the most
accessible and convenient for set-up
was on the front or side rail of my
climber stand. This mounting
location put my camera in the most
direct line of sight with the
target, therefore limiting my hand
motion. Everything about my camera
and my bow is in very short reach. I
shoot right-handed and almost
exclusively with a bow, so with me
standing up, the mount is directly
to my side, positioned slightly
forward. I can point my camera, draw
my bow, shoot, and if I think about
it, swing the camera to follow
through with the target.
4. Q: Seems like
attaching a camera arm to the stand
would be shaky?
A: Itís not really
like it seems. Now if you move
suddenly while sitting, youíll get a
very small amount of shake. But you
shouldnít be moving suddenly anyway,
especially with the camera rolling
and deer present. When standing,
youíre not in contact with the stand
anyway. With the stand securely
fastened to the tree, the mount is
stable and maneuverable. It all
works quite well. Iíve got the video
to prove it. Also, being relaxed
while shooting video is key. It
lessens your chance for fatigue,
hence making it possible to maneuver
the camera smoothly.
5. Q: I hunt almost
exclusively from a hang-on type
stand and I tried one of those
inexpensive camera arms that
strapped to the tree. It was very
awkward to reach, and all I could do
was record to one side and partially
to the front. What does The
HunterCam Cradle offer thatís
A: More convenient
set-up options, better reach and
stability. Remember earlier when I
spoke of accessibility? I
incorporated the concept of the
convenience of a stand mount to a
tree mounting application. An
adaptor called the Adjustable Tree
Extension in essence took the place
of a missing side rail on a hang-on
stand. By attaching the HunterCam
Cradle to the extension on the tree
at waist height, you will basically
have the reach and maneuverability
of the camera mount on a climber.
6. Q: I hunt from
climber stands, hang-ons, tripod
stands, and shooting houses. Can I
use The HunterCam Cradle on all of
A: Sure. Most of
these stands, The HunterCam Cradle
will clamp directly to it. If it
canít, the HunterCam product line
offers an adaptor that will solve
that problem. Check out the
Accessories page for a complete
illustration. Now, some shooting
houses may not offer a place to
attach The HunterCam Cradle or and
adaptor because the panels are
plastic and very flimsy. So, you may
be able to clamp down on a shooting
7. Q: What size
camera mount do I need?
A: It just depends
on your equipment and your interest
level in making video. The HunterCam
Cradle and The HunterCam Cradle Mini
are mounts for cameras up to 3lbs.
The HunterCam Cradle HD is for
devices up to 6lbs, and the Pro is
rated up to 12 lbs.
8. Q: Iím a
physically challenged sportsman. I
do enjoy making video, but I could
use something to support my rifle.
Can The HunterCam Cradle do that and
be attached to my wheel chair?
A: In most cases
yes. It will clamp directly to it,
or with the help of a Round Tube
Adaptor. It just depends on the
model of wheel chair. We can custom
build adaptor brackets to fit most
chairs to give The HunterCam Cradle
a convenient place to be attached.
All we need is some photos and
9. Q: How can I
possibly maneuver a camera and my
weapon and still get a shot on tape.
A: Itís a lot easier
than it sounds. Really! I took care
in designing a mount that would put
your camcorder in the most
accessible spot to minimize hand
motion, and view the most area
around your stand. Itís all about
hand to eye coordination like I
mentioned earlier. I caught my first
bowshot on tape not even a week
after using the first HunterCam
Cradle prototype. And the camcorder
didnít even have a flip-out LCD
10. Q: Iíve seen
some of the demo video youíve made.
The quality and camera angles are
comparable to what I see on
television. How much is made with
The HunterCam Cradle?
A: Most all of it.
You can tape nearly every angle of
your hunt from the HunterCam Cradle.
On the ground and from the treestand.
The HunterCam Cradle can be used on
the ground as basically a legless
tripod. Create video takes of
walking to the stand or kneeling
next to your trophy after the hunt.
From the stand, create takes of
telling about the hunting
conditions, cut-away shots of
drawing a bow or sighting a gun, the
shot, and more. Just use your
imagination! Then you can dub those
clips onto VHS or DVD and create a
sequential scenes hunting video.
11. Q: Where is the
HunterCam product line made?
A: Proudly in the
U.S. of A! Specifically, in the
great hunting state of Alabama.
12. Q: What kind of
warranty do I get and how well does
The HunterCam Cradle hold up in
A: You get a
complete parts and labor warranty
for a year and then its limited for
the next 2 years. Most all of The
Huntercam Cradle is weather proof.
Water, humidity and extreme
temperatures have never seemed to
effect the performance of any model
camera mount. No maintenance is
required other than maybe a good
wipe down and shot of oil on a knob
at some point. Treat it like your
gun or camera and it will last for