August 28, 2009
All Public-Land Deer Hunting DVDs
By Scott Bestul
I’ve been watching hunting videos for a couple of decades now and, for the most part, I consider myself a fan. While I won’t burn any hunting/outdoor (or other quality) time on watching other people hunt on TV, I’m happy to watch videos in the rare moments when I have nothing else going. And like many of you, I have my favorites; shows where the videography is great, the whitetails are pretty and the hunters portrayed seem like pleasant-enough individuals.
For the most part, I view such media strictly as entertainment. Most hunts are filmed with outfitters (which I can’t afford) or on big tracts of managed land (also not on my financial radar). So while I certainly don’t begrudge the guys who do get to enjoy such luxury, I also never kid myself that what they are experiencing mirrors the whitetail hunting that I enjoy.
But I stumbled onto a different type of video team just last summer. They call themselves “Whitetail Adrenaline” and their motto is refreshingly simple: “No guides, no outfitters, no sponsors.” I met co-owner Jared Scheffler last year and he rides herd over a bunch of young, hungry guys who love to hunt deer. But here’s the difference; they also recognized that what got them into the sport—finding and hunting deer on small farms and public land—was largely ignored by most other production crews. Indeed, the latest offering by the WA crew is a video comprised entirely of hunts on public land. I find such commitment admirable, and far more reflective of the hunting experience most of us enjoy. I wish them the best of luck in marketing their unique product, and I encourage you to check out their website to view some preview clips and see if you might agree with me.