LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Technology has affected the way we do almost everything and hunting is no exception.
Today, technology is used in nearly every aspect of hunting from GPS to cameras to the latest hunting equipment.
Hunters now place trail cameras, record their hunts, and snap photos of big bucks.
These photos and videos serve as proof to decipher tale and truth.
"It is so unbelievable how technology has changed in the last five years," said Mike Bundy, a West Salem duck hunter.
During a recent hunting trip to southern Indiana, Mike Bundy and friends were hoping for a flock of ducks, but they instead encountered a big buck.
"I have seen deer swim before and as soon as soon as I saw a head with sometime coming at you. I knew it was a buck. I just didn't know how close he was going to get or how big he truly was,"said Bundy.
Bundy says out of instant he grabbed his phone and hit record.
If you Look closely at the video, a whitetail deer is swimming about 400 feet across the Wabash River.
"As he got closer and closer, then our heart started getting faster and faster and then we realized he was a good buck. He was a 130 inch 8 pointer with nice brow tines and good mass," said Bundy.
The video gets better yet.
The buck then climbed the blank for a closer look.
"It was cool enough when he was thirty yards down the bank from us, but then as he kept walking towards us you could see everyone duck down and try to hide themselves," said Bundy.
The West Salem resident says the buck got within three yards of their boat.
"For him to do what he did and for him to give us a show like he did, it is unheard of. You just don't see it. Then, when he got up and tried to sun himself and had a silhouette and then bounced off into the glory of the sunlight. I mean we were high fiving and it was cool. I know as he was swimming we had a bunch of ducks come in and we didn't even shoot at them because we were so excited to see something like this," said Bundy.
While Bundy may never experience something like this again, thanks to a cell phone, he can share and relive the hunt for years to come.
"It is awesome to be able to rewatch it. I can not tell you how many times I have rewatched it just thinking back on how neat this was, but every time you are in the outdoors it never ceases to amaze me how god's creation always surprises you. I have seen a lot of neat stuff while out hunting, but this has to be in the top two or three things that I have ever seen while I was out hunting," said Bundy.
You can watch Bundy give a play by play of the video in the first link or watch the extended clip which is the original cell phone video.
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