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Boise filmmaker takes you on his favorite hunts

August 8, 2014

By Roger Phillips, The Idaho Statesman

Aug. 08--Bryan Huskey is featured in this year's Hunting Film Tour, which is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Egyptian Theatre (700 W. Main St.) in Boise, followed by showings in Ketchum and Idaho Falls on Aug. 13.

Tickets are $12 at the Egyptian Theatre and $15 online at

The Ketchum show will be at Whiskey Jacque's at 251 North Main St., and the Idaho Falls show will be at the Willard Arts Center, 498 A St. For times and ticket information on those shows, click here.

Huskey explained in a recent interview how these films came together, and the challenging and rewarding life of an outdoor filmmaker.

Q: You're back on another major film tour, which officially means you're on a roll as a filmmaker. Have you cracked the code? How do you keep getting selected?

A: On a roll for sure, but you've heard the saying "Better lucky than good, any day!" and in my opinion a tremendous amount of (good) luck goes into a successful outing whenever cameras are in the equation. However, that said, I do believe there is somewhat of a 'code' to filmmaking, and it's built around basic story telling. I'm still learning to define that process for myself, so it's far from a "cracked code".

I've been quite fortunate to be part of the Fly Fishing Film Tour, Full Draw Film Tour and Hunting Film Tours, due in part to the fantastic characters I've been able to hunt and fish with over the years. With those individual personalities along with what I hope is welcoming narration, and very accessible locations, I try and take viewers along with us for our adventures.

Q. You're probably best known locally for your fishing films like Doc of the Drakes and Hit'em again Doc. How are the two worlds of hunting films and fishing films different from a story telling angle?

A: I try and create films that tell stories about whatever happens on actual hunting or fishing trips. I don't set forth with preconceived intentions of making a film. If any given trip does not have a compelling story at the end of the day, than it simply doesn't end up as a film. So there are a lot of days filming in the field that don't amount for much. But some times really great things happen in front of the camera, which allow me to basically recount the events as if I'm sharing the story with buddies over cold beers at the pub.

Q: Along those same lines, both include "stars" that would rather not be filmed because it typically means they were caught or shot. Which is more challenging to film, fishing or hunting?

A: Hunting is much tougher. Simply because you're often working toward one single shot or event, while with fishing there's almost always opportunities for a day filled with catching (or missing) fish. Not only that, it's much easier to hide from fish, not to mention we're not needing to worry about sounds or scent on the wind when fishing!

Q: You mentioned you spent all your vacation following and filming your buddy, Adam Haarberg, on his hunts. What happens when you get a tag? Does he know how to run a camera?

A: I hunt every year in Idaho and Adam lives in Oregon, so we don't get to hunt together every year. However when we do, we typically do trade off behind the bow or camera. For some reason though, I seem to have much better luck holding cameras than my bow!

Q: What animal and where would you like to hunt for your starring debut if you could pick any animal and any place?

A: For the past few years, I've actually been working with a couple good friends here in Idaho compiling footage of my own archery elk hunts. And to be honest, I'm not sure there is any kind of hunt in any other place I'd rather be, than hunting elk here in Idaho. We have some fantastic resources here, and I'm thrilled every day I can be in the field. It's not that I would not enjoy other species in exotic locations, but I have as much fun creeping around herds of rutting elk that I'm content daydreaming of that and that alone!


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