What do you get when you combine guns, hunting, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy and a one-in-a-million-type feat? A viral video for sure.
Below is a YouTube post by Austin Stone church, a prominent church in Austin, TX. In it, a man can be seen walking through the brush with his shotgun when his buddies alert him to a quail coming his way. Instead of raising his gun (a good decision considering the bird was between him and the camera man), the hunter instead stretches out his hand and snatches the bird right out of the air to the disbelief of many:
Watch it in real time below:
Since being posted on Monday, the video has over 500,000 views.
The man in the video is Pastor Matt Carter, and the whole thing happened while filming a promo for a new book by Carter and McCoy called “The Real Win.”
Of course with videos like this you always have to be skeptical, but considering the source it does seem to check out so far. And Carter is adamant there are no special effects and no bird training involved.
“It’s actually real. Freak thing … but I caught it,” Carter out in response to someone claiming it was fake.
“We realized that we caught it on camera, and we thought it would be a unique way to get the word out about the book,” he told the New York Daily News.
Local news outlet KXAN-TV is reporting it is real, too.
You know what they say (now): A bird in the hand is apparently worth the walk in the bush.