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March 23, 2012

What Cheeses Me Off about TV Hunting Shows

By David E. Petzal

To be perfectly honest, just about everything cheeses me off these days, so why should television hunting shows be different? Also, I’ve seen very few of them; the ones I do watch are in lodges in places where I’m hunting, and everyone else is watching, and if I suggested PBS or the Oprah Network I would be gutted and hung out on the meat pole.

First, they give the impression that all big game hunts take place in 45 minutes, and that they always end successfully. This, as all of you know, is a load, but there are apparently a lot of people who are just getting into the sport who buy into it. Or at least I’m so informed by outraged guides whose jobs are made all that much harder by “hunters” who can hardly wait to knock something down the first morning and get back to someplace that’s within cell range.

Second is the sh**ty country music that is grafted onto these productions. What constitutes sh**ty country music? Anything that post-dates Faron Young and Marty Robbins or is sung by a young woman who is prettier than Ms. Elisha Cuthbert (seen here).

Third, and most important: Invariably, when someone kills something, there follow high-fives, hog calls, whoops of joy, and general all-around merriment.

To the hunter, I say: All you did, numbnuts, was pull the trigger. Without your guide, you’d be sitting in the blind scratching yourself. Why are you acting like a hero? Also, you’ve just taken the life of something that wanted to live as much as you do. Congratulations are in order, maybe, but show a little respect. Other cultures manage it; I’ve seen them.

Aside from that, hunting shows are fine. I can watch them and nod right off in the chair, and dream about a time when girl country singers were plain-looking women who could actually sing, and who knew something about life.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

How are we supposed to read with that picture up there?

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, Thank you for the wonderful blog today. When I get around to reading the words I'll let you know.

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from steve voss wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

i couldn't agree more

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from rjw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

At least you found a use for these shows.

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from mfox wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Well said. I want to see a show that shows the trials and tribulations every hunter encounters. I want to see a guy on TV pull the trigger because it puts food on his family's table, NOT because of the rack. I want to see an average Joe thank the good Lord for providing the chance of a lifetime while one a DIY hunt.

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from Harold wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

After putting tape on my screen over the distraction in the top left hand corner of your blog I was finally able to finish it and remember what I'd read. All I can say is, "right on!!". The only thing I'd add is that any non-hunter who views one of these abominations (not talking about the picture here, but the hunting videos)could have no respect for hunting.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The lack of reverence at the forefront with many of these shows and with the multi-millionare sports, H-wood types I don't see it will ever get better soon.
DEP, ever think about showing them how it should be done ?( yeah, I know you got that other show )
I would be glad to assist and I have been called just about everything less late for dinner, so I would not take nothing personal. I like real country music also, I would make you proud or go away ?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I haven't seen a hunting show worth a crap for years. I watch them once in a while when I'm visiting my friends so we can sit around and poke fun at the stupid things. While in Montana last fall I stayed with a fella and his wife who were born and raised in that country. Her grandfather actually owned and outfitter operation almost his entire life. Anyway, we would turn on the outdoors channel and watch these disgusting things for a bit every couple of nights. I swear, we had to pass around the barfbags before hitting the power button. It was, however, kinda fun to see just how cheezy these things can be. For example, there was the one hosted by this dynamite brunette gal in skimpy bare midrift attire (similar to shown above) and her wannabee musician/hunter husband on a bowhunting "safari" in Africa. They sat in concrete block "blind" about fifteen yards away from a WATERING TROUGH and shot animals that came for a drink. Of course, it was during the dryest portion of the year and hotter than a pistol. That gal stuck a big impala buck and she didn't stop whooping and panting for five minutes! What the hell was so exciting about THAT? Gees! And there is show after show after show of guys/gals sitting on their usually semi-obese butts in a blind waiting for a deer to walk out into a "food plot" a.k.a. giant bait patch. And they get so excited it seems they're going to soil themselves. Excited? About what? A couple of deer eating bait? Gad, if they had to drive Highway 2 in central Montana any given night, these people would probably have a stroke! And then they miss! Or worse, they clearly gut shoot the animal. Then don't even go look for it till the next day. All whoops and hollers when they finally find the big buck after it's spoiled and the birds have pecked away half of it. No kidding! We actually watched this on one of the archery shows. Totally shameless!

And the music? Most of the time it's NOT country-western but instead some gawdam garage rock band (usually led by the show's host!) cranking out electric racket that sounds worse than a garbage disposal nibbling on a couple of utinsels. Good grief, just check out any of a hundred goose hunting outfitter promos on YouTube. Arggh!

What makes the modern outdoors shows so truely unbearable is the endless advertising and gear plugging. And I mean endless! For every two minutes of actual hunting (such that it is!), there's fifteen minutes of commercials and at least another five minutes of "tips" which of course are merely more advertising in a wolf's clothing. I have to think that the modern wannabees are more interested in the promotions and buying new crap than they are actually hunting. Hmmmmm. I think I'm onto something there!

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from jjas wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I wondered how long you could go Mr. Petzal without mentioning Ms. Elisha Cuthbert.

BTW, I agree with many of the hunting shows today. I had picked a few shows here and there over the last few years but this past season I quit watching completely.

I've grown weary of the fist pumping, the giggling and listening to people saying "I'd better pass on that 150" inch ten pointer, he's an up and comer and next year he might be worth killing"......

Yeah.....whatever....

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from VAHunter540 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hunting shows really grate my cheese also Dave. I think your right on point with how it can affect “new” hunters into thinking this is how everyone acts and how all hunts should be. Good post, better picture! (No offense meant Dave)

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from jjas wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

BTW, I agree with many of the hunting shows today. I had picked a few shows here and there over the last few years but this past season I quit watching completely.

Let me try this again...

BTW, I agree with your assesment of many of today's hunting shows. I had picked a few shows here and there over the last few years that I had continued to watch but this past season I quit watching completely.

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from Calsdadhunting wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Once I was able to focus, I came to the conclusion that once again you are right on all accounts. In addition to your observations, I would like to add a couple of issues that I have with many hunting shows. First I hate seeing shows where the hunters sit over small food plots that are obviously never hunted (due to the way the game behaves) and then they act as though they used a great deal of hunting skill when again all they did was pull the trigger. Next I hate seeing the obviously staged portions of the hunt that most likely happened after the animal was shot. Like when they pose for the camera and flip off the safety or when the move forward and crouch down. All of this when obviously the camera was on the game at the time, and a second camera is very unlikely. Just show the hunt and the result - skip the posing. Finally I hate it when they act as though they are having a difficult time locating the down animal only to find the game and jump around with the camera viewing them from where the game is laying. If they were having such a hard time locating it - why didn't they just walk to where the cameraman was standing. Obviously he already found it...

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from Calsdadhunting wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Once I was able to focus, I came to the conclusion that once again you are right on all accounts. In addition to your observations, I would like to add a couple of issues that I have with many hunting shows. First I hate seeing shows where the hunters sit over small food plots that are obviously never hunted (due to the way the game behaves) and then they act as though they used a great deal of hunting skill when again all they did was pull the trigger. Next I hate seeing the obviously staged portions of the hunt that most likely happened after the animal was shot. Like when they pose for the camera and flip off the safety or when the move forward and crouch down. All of this when obviously the camera was on the game at the time, and a second camera is very unlikely. Just show the hunt and the result - skip the posing. Finally I hate it when they act as though they are having a difficult time locating the down animal only to find the game and jump around with the camera viewing them from where the game is laying. If they were having such a hard time locating it - why didn't they just walk to where the cameraman was standing. Obviously he already found it...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

..and all God's chilin's said: AMEN!

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from BaboosicBomb wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Nothing can really be said after OntarioHonker finished, but I'll echo the"Amen!"

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from 1uglymutha wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

i had a friend who has since gone to the great hunting ground in the sky who filmed african safaris and alaskan hunts back in the day. 16mm sound on film. the hunts were filmed from start to finish with no editing. now there is a hunting show. today's over-edited abominations are nothing but pure b.s. i've never watched more than one, and then only for a few minutes. who would sponsor this crap? oh ,by the way, africa in the 40s and 50s was awesome.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I didn't know they made so many different things that we had to have to deer hunt. I checked my deer hunting supplies and I found out my stach is very meager. I don't know how I ever kill anything. It is getting so bad the actors can't even act anymore. Some of them used to do a pretty good job of acting the part of a hunter but that time has passed. I find myself sleeping through more of them all of the time. I'm like Jim Shockey I trust my life on it and you should too.

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from deadeyedick wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

OH BOY..... YOU SURE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WITH THAT ONE. NOT ONLY DO OUR CHILDREN WATCH THESE SHOWS AND WONDER WHY THEY DON'T KILL AN ENORMUS BUCK EVERYTIME THEY HUNT BUT MOST ANTI HUNTING GROUPS GAIN AMMUNITION TO USE AGAINST REAL HUNTERS. WE ARE BEING POTRAYED AS A BUNCH OF BONEHEAD GOOD OLD BOY NITWITS. I PERSONALLY ONLY WATCH WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE RANGE.

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from Steven Robbins wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

If I hear any more, "new country", I'm gonna hurl! All I know is, when I hunt, it's NEVER like they depict it on the tube, it takes time, patience and commitment, it's not all about guides, bubba trucks and the latest, greatest camo. Learn how to hunt people!

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from larson014 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

uhh who is Ms. Elisha Cuthbert?

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To larson014: Ms. Elisha Cuthbert is a Canadian-born movie and television actor (and a pretty good one, too) who has somehow become the mascot of this blog.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

And speaking of the phony waterfowl hunting episodes: Ever notice how the guys sitting in the blind are whispering to each other as the geese come in? Gad, the birds are out there a quarter of mile making so much noise between themselves that they'd have trouble hearing a bomb going off in the blind. But there the mighty hunters are trying to film some live (maybe) conversation that's all wind/rain noise, a few inaudible whipsers, and a whole lot of excited panting. And I swear almost every show/video I have seen displays the exact wrong way to call birds. Once they're turned and coming in, put a sock in it guys!

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm sorry Dave. Did you say something about blonde guides, beautiful hunters and skimpy ammo? Or something about TV shows? That important, I um think. Holy crap, Is that gorgeous!

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from bigd7400 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Right on!! I especially like the fact that you pointed out that women country singers today are mostly just a pretty face. Priceless!

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Television and hunting are, by and large, a terrible combination. Only exception is MeatEater. Steve Rinella is the real deal.

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

A sad thing is the folks who produce and participate in these shows seem to have no idea the poor publicity these productions give hunting to the general public. I guess they do not care. Just looking for a few bucks and moments in what they feel is the limelight.

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from country road wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm glad to be set straight---all this time, I thought the reason I didn't kill monster animals like the ones shown was because I didn't have the right sound track playing in the background.

I don't have much use for these hunting shows.

By the way, what's her phone number? It's not for me, it's for my grandson.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I have been with a new cable TV company for almost a year,and have only recently discovered that it does not carry any hunting shows.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

David, I don't mean to be ungrateful, but how about a brunette photo next?
As for hunting shows, some look corny and staged, while some are done rather nicely. I mean as far as shows go...

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from Mac in Mo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

AMEN AMEN AMEN I only have antennae TV, don't receive the hunting channels, thankfully. The few that I have attempted to watch were ridiculous. There probably has not been a good hunting show since Fred Bear stopped filming hunts.
Don't even get me started on what is passed off as country music these days. It's mostly teeny bopper pop music.

Kevin

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from larson014 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, thanks for the clarification, as for the article, it needed to be said, the real looser in the end is the image of the hunting community unfortunately...

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from ohiodeerhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The vast majority of the so-called hunting shows are garbage-they don't even count as entertainment.
Many of them show badly placed shots,then the film is edited to make it look like the gut shot deer dropped 35 yards away from where it was shot.
All of the "stars" of these shows are advertising something for the entire show-it's on their clothes,hats,trucks,ATV's,even on their rifles or bows-especially the TC's-who hunts with a big decal on the stock of their rifle?
They also advertise everything needed to grow food plots,from the seed to fertilizer,and the variety of attachments for ATV's.
The celebration after they take an animal is worse than all the silly,dumb assed end zone dances during football games.
Of course,you can not possibly hunt without a $2500.00 laser rangefinder,or a $5000.00 scope that is supposedly going to suddenly make everyone that buys it capable of 600 yard one shot kills,it's impossible to take an animal without using some ridiculous blind that's wired for everything you have at home,or a treestand thats 87 feet up a tree,plus it's just not possible to keep your favorite beverage cold without a $500.00 cooler.
Of course no one would ever get a deer without the latest scent elimation clothing,27 different sprays,powders,soap etc. to kill human scent,or without placing 142 trail cameras on a 25 acre property that has 50 food plots,37 ground blinds, and 67 tree stands,all accessible by electric powered ATV's.
Judging from the current crop of hunting shows-it would cost a new hunter about $275,000.00 to get a deer,and an easy half million to get an elk-it's just not possible without the 137 items advertised on each show.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Ditto on the way the hunters behave. I think they feel they need to try to add some interest in the show. But unfortunately they just look silly. These shows are all the same. Watch one and you've seen almost all of them.

I have to say the same for the fishing shows too.

Maybe I'm selfish, but I have no interest watching someone else do the hunting or fishing. I can only appreciate it if I'm out there doing it myself.

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I couldn't agree more. Thanks for saying it on a forum like this. We need to show a little more respect for the sport of hunting by showing more more respect toward the game we take and (if we have the means to use guides) those who help us become better hunters and find success.

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from Justin Weislocher wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

What I would really like to see is someone hunt on real land. Not on some big game lodge or fenced in crap. I want to see them go out and scout the land for scrapes and rubs. I don't want to see some lard ass sitting above a nice food plot, while advertising for the company who provided the plot, shoot a big buck. I want to see real hunting that we all experience during our deer seasons. Hunting shows on tv are an advertising pant load.

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from Nic Meador wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The only show that comes to mind that doesn't do that stuff is bow madness, and Drury outdoors. The majority of their hunts are fair chase on THEIR land with their sweat and blood.

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from Chinook627 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Honestly I'm a hardcore fisherman and have never hunted a day in my life but this post was a good one. Personally for me even taking a few fish for the table is sort of like killing an animal in the field (and hunters I mean no disrespect if I'm wrong here so feel free to correct me). It's my personal belief though that when you take an animal's life whether it be hunting or fishing it should be more than just showing it off to your buddies and taking pictures just for the sake of killing something to be that cool guy. In fact some of my biggest fish I've ever caught I've let swim not because I knew I was a good fisherman for catching them, but rather because I knew that what I had meant more to me than some stuffed trophy hanging in the wall of my living room. I also feel like hunters can relate to this too because I feel like the true hunters that I have become friends with and are truly dedicated to the sport are much like us hardcore fisherman in that we don't just kill for the sake of killing. And I feel that when we do kill something, it means more to us that can't really be explained to those who just look for their face to appear next week on the cover of a magazine...

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from wingshooter54 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Nice, Dave; nice.....softening us up with a pic of the sultry Ms. Cuthbert before insulting the great American redneck pastime: hunting shows. Even worse is some of the "reality shooting shows" Bleah! You, Phil & Eddie better keep the gun nuts going; it's enlightening and entertaining. As one who has been involved years ago in some hunting and fishing videos,(and some clay shooting vids) let me assure the readership there is a HELLUVA lot of footage that is deleted. Missing comes to mind. Ever notice the change in guns from scene to scene in "Swamp People"? Anyway, ya can't have a hunting show without a smoking hot lady involved in the hunting. It's all entertainment, very little is real, and it makes people run out and buy a lot of sh** they normally wouldn't buy

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Agree with about 99.9 percent of what Dave says. Cannot agree with watching the Oprah network under any circumstances up to and including penalty of death.
There are a handful of decent shows worth watching though. I record those for later viewing and skip the rest. Personally, I find the ones with pounding rock music more irritating than the country music tracks. As far as I'm concerned any rock music post-Clapton is unlistenable.
However, there really are a few good shows. I like Shockey's "The Professionals," "Tracks Across Africa," and a few others. I especially like "On Your Own Hunting" on the Sportsman's Channel. All hunts are conducted on public land without guides and are just as accessible to viewers as to the host, who comes across as a genuinely decent and likeable guy. No loud music, no sponsor-pushing and no obnoxious whoops, hollers and otherwise disrespectul conduct after downing game. In fact, proper reverence shown every time. I just wish one-tenth of the others were one-half as good.

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Couple of others worth watching I forgot to mention; Peterson's Hunting and Expedition Safari, both hosted by Craig Boddington, if memory serves. Best is still "On Your Own Hunting," though. It would fill the bill for several people posting here who say they would like to see something like it. And no, I have no stock in the show. Just an appreciation for one done right.

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from kaanimal wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, watch any Ted Nugent hunting show and you'll be brought back to reality...

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from z41 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

And then there is the "how far away can I shoot them from" crowd. A while back I watched a 1000 yard Elk kill video and posted "good shooting, poor hunting." Boy, did I get flamed. Somebody saw the video a year later and emailed me a nasty. Humanity is going insane, but then again that is what the Book said would happen in the last days. Z41

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from z41 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

PS - Didn't God make some pretty creations. Z

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Excellent blog, DP. Thanks.

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from cbanks wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Vintage Petzal. I moved to an area three years ago that has free Outdoor Channel on cable, and I pigged out on the "hunting" shows for a couple of months, until I got very bored with the format and the "hunters" laughing and joking when they'd just dropped the dime on something beautiful and full of life. Dave has maintained for years that the love of hunting isn't the same as the love of killing, and that distinction is lost on the producers of this crap.

Exceptions and still worth watching: any show featuring Col. Craig Boddington, and, of course, the Gun Nuts.

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from firedog11 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave next time tell us where you found the pic or did she send you that one.

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from wgiles wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

There are a few shows worth watching. I have been a little undecided about Steven Rinella's "Meateater", But I'm finding myself agreeing with most of his views. "Dropped, Project Alaska" is interesting. "On Your Own Adventures" with Randy Newberg is still the best. You can also join his forum "Hunt Talk".

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from ITHACASXS wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I hate and have always hated the ''high five''and fist pumping is silly for hunting, A very close, difficult win at sports? okay, after killing something, never. I was taught by dad and uncles that you can be happy over something you've done without looking like a horse's a**. I sure did love Curt Gowdy's American Sportsman growing up, but that was a long time ago.
Thank you again Mr. Petzal.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I hate and have always hated the ''high five''and fist pumping is silly for hunting, A very close, difficult win at sports? okay, after killing something, never. I was taught by dad and uncles that you can be happy over something you've done without looking like a horse's a**. I sure did love Curt Gowdy's American Sportsman growing up, but that was a long time ago.
Thank you again Mr. Petzal.

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from chaslee wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Those that can't read a good book on the sport watch TV. The guys on the shows probably whine off camera if things don't go their way. To me huntings personal I don't need an audiance.

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from Big Bob W wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, Great Blog. The Bubbaism that you rightly deride after the kill is the worst part of these shows. I personally hunt for two reasons, (1) to put meat on my table. {My daddy taught me you kill it, you clean it, you eat it.} (2) I love watching my dogs work whether it is one of my pointing dogs or retrievers. If fact, these days I would rather handle dogs and let someone else do the shooting.

One final wee bit. The whole food plot thing disgusts me. Where I live, food plots are illegal and one of the two quickest way to lose one's hunting privileges. I believe in fair chase and have more unfilled deer tags than I care to think about.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Like everyone else I totally agree! Hunting shows are terrible! All of them! And the whiney campfire crap they all play at the end of their shows is equally bad!

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from Mark-1 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I see camo for chicks is passe.

Actually there were a few decent hunting and fishing shows featuring Curt Gowdy and Friends. I recall one episode where a New Zealand fishing guide almost tossed Curt in the water for being a lousy fly fisherman. My favorite was Curt getting his chops busted by Bing Crosby and Phil Harris in a Goose/Duck Blind.

...You know Curt, DP?

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from Bernie wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Newberg's "On Your Own Adventures" is the best hunting show on TV, in my opinion. Boddington's also are tasteful and well-done. But 95% of them are abominable and are a terrible reflection on REAL hunting. I consider these shows as a bigger threat to the future of hunting than any anti-hunting organization.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To firedog11: I don't know where the photo came from. It was posted by the folks in New York who administer this blog.

To Mark-1: I sat next to Curt Gowdy on a plane flight once, but didn't know him.

To All: My friend and fellow writer Bob Robb sent me a piece that he had written a little while back on this same subject and it is right on the money. Bob is the real deal, as you will see when you go to bowhunting.net/2012/02/respect.

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from RandyMI wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Exactly correct on the point of whooping & hollering after a good shot! What moronic behavior! No dignity whatsoever! That they nearly always take deer bigger than what most of us will ever have a chance at is also irksome. $$$$$ I think a lot of these excesses stem from the competitive and team-type programs. Personally, such notions have never entered into why I hunt and are at best, distasteful. A few good snapshots and a humble accounting of even a greatly successful hunt is much more satisfying and enjoyable. LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE GUN NUTS TV!!! :-)

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from RandyMI wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Oh, yeah.... Really pretty girl. Young, beautiful skin. Delightfully NATURAL proportions.... Ya did good, ole pal!

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from RandyMI wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I liked that video of the French-Canadian stalking, calling (with his own voice) and bow-killing that 76"+ jumbo moose enough to record it. I don't think any of it was staged, he has also guided others on similar hunts. I'd like to go with him sometime and take my Savage M-99 in .358 Win.!!!
"Just get him within 100 yards, Frenchie!"

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from keithjoyner wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree with you. I've gotten to where I don't enjoy watching hunting shows. Too much killing, too little hunting and respect for the game. Hunting is an art that takes years to become proficient at, yet these hunting shows (and often fishing shows), leave all the hard work and brain work out of the equation.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I used to be into the hunting shows but in the past couple years I just can't watch it anymore. The loss of any realism in the hunts and probably the naming of every antlered animal you encounter and feed for years. As much as the country is bad what really gets me is that several of the shows that proclaim themselves X-TREME play some horrible death metal.

Glad to see you haven't forgetten miss Cuthbert

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from Ga hunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Thank you! I love watching these shows just to make fun of the host and see how many things they can do wrong. When I first started hunting I watched a lot of predator hunting shows and they made it look so simple that a buddy and myself were going to go sit in some regular lawn-chairs and call and shoot 100 of them! Boy were we wrong! Thank you for point these things out!

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from Walt Smith wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Bad thing about these shows is the non-hunting public see this as how we all are and how we all conduct ourselves while hunting. The only good hunting shows I ever watched were back in the 70's--The American Sportsman with Curt Gowdy and Michigan Outdoors with Mort Neff. Both of these shows captured the true essence of fair chase and nobody performed high fives after a kill!!

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from burnettjv wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

There are very few hunting shows I enjoy. My favorite is "The Meateater". For two reasons: 1. Steven Rinella is unapologetically out for meat and meat only! They even show blood and entrails so you get an idea what happens after the trophy pose, and know the meat is going to use! 2. All his hunts are fair chase and unguided! Thats right! DIY, baby! He even goes home empty handed to make tag soup sometimes.
I've got to say this about the Whitetail hunting shows though, and if this applies to you personally, I'm sorry but it is true: If the animals you "hunt" and kill have names, you are not a hunter. You are a deer farmer.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I love Bob Robb, I hate loud mouth Nugent.
Now with that being said it's these hunting shows that daddy is taking daughter/little boy hunting and the kid f's up the shot but they track the poor deer and miracle of miracle they find it! Yea, and guess what, it was a perfect shot, the deer just wanted to run.
Yow know the shows.

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from Larry W. Chavis wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

What, there's an article here? Where? Never mind ...

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from deadeyedick wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

GEE MARK-1 IF YOU REMEMBER "AMERICAN SPORTSMAN WITH HOST CURT GOWDY" YOU MUST BE AS OLD AS I AM. BY THE WAY I BELIEVE THERE WAS A PUBLIC OUTCRY WHEN THE SHOW FIRST AIRED WHEN THEY SHOWED BULLETS IMPACTING ON WILD ANIMALS SO IT WAS IMMEADIATELY STOPPED.

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from tom warner wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

It looks as though we all agree on what totally absurd rubbish and drivel hunting and many fishing shows are. I stopped watching them many years ago shortly after viewing my first ones - and yes, they are a danger to us in regard to public perception. If films depicting the true reality of slaughter in the meat packing industry were shown on TV, we might all become vegetarians. Hunting shows do not (and probably cannot) depict reality, but Mr. and Mrs. Urban America do not know this. And they outnumber us.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Good hunting shows died with Curt Gowdy and the American Sportsman, RIP Curt, Phil Harris, Bing Crosby, Coach Bryant,,,

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

i enjoyed watching tred barta hunt. did it with a bow, typically stalked, and guess what, he didnt kill something every show!

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from Longbeard wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The vast majority of TV hunting shows are just as you say, DP, but as some have pointed out, there are a few good ones. At least 3 folks have commented on Steve Rinella and his "Meat Eater" program and I agree. He hunts in true wilderness (OK, a recent show was a hog hunt on a ranch, but he admitted it was different for him and it was still fair chase), sometimes with his brother or a friend but never another "celebrity hunter", will sometimes take a younger, smaller animal because he wants the meat instead of antlers, has ended a show without killing anything, unabashedly shows the cleaning of game and meat preparation (including a deer heart), usually backpacks in and sleeps outside, and never stays in a fancy lodge. He is the real deal.

Another good fair chase DIY show is Eastman's Hunting Journal. Of course, both Rinella and the Eastmans represent other hunting magazines, but let's give credit where credit is due. I'll also watch anything with Craig Boddington or Jim Shockey. Shockey has undergone a bit of a transition lately as he has gained some big sponsors which has forced him to spend a little more time on selling stuff. But he seems to have chosen his sponsors based on what he uses as opposed to the other way around. I have not watched "On Your Own" but since its been mentioned so many times in these comments, I'm going to have to check it out.

A famous TX ranch which offers some of my favorite turkey hunting (they assign you an area, give you a map and turn you loose) has for years also been the site of numerous turkey hunting shows presented by some of the better known game call manufacturers, a couple of them regularly every year. When you first hunt there, the staff urge hunters to lay back on calling, using more quiet calls than loud ones. But when you'd watch the TV shows filmed there, they would show toms strutting in front of the camera with the hunter yelping away for all he was worth, sounding like he must surely run out of breath before he can kill the bird. When I asked the ranch mgr about that, he said "you know, they can do amazing things in the editing room. Not all of those calls were made during the actual hunt". Talk about no truth in advertising!

I didn't start big game hunting until I was 40, having been strictly a wingshooter before that. By that time, TV hunting shows were just starting to proliferate. And in those early years of my learning curve, I bought dang near every gizmo that was advertised to make me a better deer hunter. I can't tell you how much money I wasted on stuff that either didn't work or broke the first time I used it. I can tell you that I have boxes full of that junk (spent money on it, can't just throw it out). After a few years, I finally figured out that only 2 things will make you a better deer hunter: 1) a mentor who knows what he is doing and can and is willing to share that with you, and 2) more importantly, time in the field.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree with the folks commending Steve Rinella. He seems like a stand-up guy, hunts public land, and I believe really puts a good face on hunting for "public consumption".

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

WOW this article got a heck of alot more comments then I thought it would!!

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from James Black wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

At least you can admit that everything cheeses you off. Basically, you need to go to the doctor and get yourself a prescription of Midol.

I watch hunting show a fair amount of time and they seem alright to me. As for the celebration, if hunting is as difficult and unguaranteed as you say it is, then by all means celebrate. Particularly if you are new at it. Hunting is expensive, even more so if you are not a "local" or "resident." If you want to celebrate, you've earned it.

Of course, people want to come home with something sooner rather than later (or not all). Once again, hunting is expensive (money and time). Having come home empty handed sucks (Trust me, I know.).

Oh yeah, PBS sucks.

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from Greg Cook wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Well deer hunting shows are just another reminder of how others have a better life than you! Well isn't that how we all feel watching unattainable goals being reached by others? The grass is always greener somewhere else. Is this all an attempt to encourage you to buy products you don't really need? Do they even really work or do those guys just hunt at a place that is over run with huge trophy animals. Is there even such a place? Isn't it the world we live in? I want more, I need more, I deserve more! Well maybe your like me and just wish you had more just once in your life. The thought of that once in a lifetime buck stepping into sight. Hearing your heart beat as your body transitions from freezing cold to steaming and alive. The inventory you begin to run through in your mind like nock your arrow, check the wind, get in position. The truth is you may never stare into the eyes of a booner buck but that doesn't mean you are less of a hunter. I say enjoy the thrill of trying to pull that bow back without spooking that doe. You might not hang it on the wall but you earned it.
You do not need thousands of dollars worth of high end gear to be a successful hunter. With that said yes they work and yes you will be more successful. Lets face it awesome gear is part of the hunt. Why not you work, you enjoy it, you deserve it.
If your like me you might not ever have the money to hunt in a place with world class deer. That is an unfortunate truth but lets be honest a 120lb doe is mighty tasty. If all you are after is a trophy take up bowling. Hunting is just that hunting not killing and not just hanging stuffed animals on the wall. Yes I would love to have one of those impressive animals on my wall but I wont ever give up just being a hunter. You never know once in a lifetime may actually happen and I wont complain. Until then I'm gonna be just fine with some awesome gear from www.booneroutfitters.com a cold morning and whatever dinner happens to wander by my tree stand.

Until next time keep your chin up. Those Booner Bucks cost a lot of Bucks!

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I am actually proud that Dave is true to his fantasies. For five years Elisha has been the sole proprietor of the gun nut pin up girl award. And actually I am having a hard time finding a female country singer who can hold a candle to her.

If you are caught watching the Oprah Network I will personally field dress you, but I listen to PBS every day. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

TV is not reality even if it is reality TV. The people I know work hard to take game, and they have a lot of respect for the animal because it is actually hard work to outsmart one. Just ask the high dollar guides or outfitters, not the numbnuts on TV pulling the triggers.

On the brighter side I have seen three wild turkeys in full strut blown up like a balloon in the last three days. All of them had a flock of hens admiring them. One hen even reminded me a little of our favorite Canadian pin up girl...... Life goes on!

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Elisha Cuthbert could end up being the most beloved Canadian of all time.

OK, off topic, but has anybody ever considered what will happen if by some confluence of unfortunate events, someone is able to chamber a fire-breathing .460 S&W Magnum into the long cylinder of a Taurus Judge or S&W Governor? I've no experience with either rounds, so has this been done? Wouldn't the revolver detonate?

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from crowman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Boy Dave did you hit the same nerve that I've been saying for years. Music is so loud on some of these shows [fishing shows too ] that you can hardly hear them talking then again are they saying anything worth listening to? The high fiving white boys crap they do and all the G whatever numbers like the animal from the neck down didn't exist. Most of these a** clowns couldn't hunt anyplace other than over plots. On your next hunt why don't you film it and put it out there for us to watch. You could put it on You Tube so it wouldn't have to be a big production to get it out there. Just you and a Go Pro camera and make magic.

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from smccardell wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

For those of you who are complaining about not seeing any good "hunting" shows in a long time I suggest you check out The MeatEater on Sportsman's Channel. It is a condensed version of Rinella's previous show The Wild Within. His last show on Audad (Barbery Sheep) in Texas had him coming up empty handed. He hunts back country, without a guide and repeatedly shows you his missed shots. Why? Because hunting isn't just about the big racks and money shots. it's about the blood sweat and tears he puts in to every production. Anything less wouldn't do the animal justice.

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from RipperIII wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

When I decided to get into hunting about 4 years ago I watched every hunting/fishing show that I could find in hopes of learning something on a topic for which I knew absolutely nothing, nor did I have at that time any nearby friends who hunted or fished to teach me.
I was very dissappointed that precious few shows were informative in the least.
I did however run across a show hosted by a guy in Alabama who filmed "real" hunts...some where nothing showed up, some where shots were missed, equipment malfunctions, poor shot placement and the resxulting tracking and dispatching, the fellowship by the camp fires etc.
I met this guy at a show, he is the real deal, down to earth, humble. He invited me to be on his show as a city boy rookie.
I killed my first deer while filming one of his shows, a bow killed doe.
Everything was "live hunting" no staged shots.
He does cut up and clown around with his guest and for the viewer, but he is genuinely thankful and respectful everytime he takes an animal.
He is an exception.
I do like a few other shows, primarily the ones who spend most of the show filming the stalk, set up and recovery of the animals, talk strategy, show the beautiful scenery...and leave out the music sound track.
I wish there were a show that was instructional in nature, designed for beginning hunters in particular, focusing on woodsmanship, animal behavior, ethics and that sort of thing...maybe more folks would get into this passion we all call hunting.

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from Douglas wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I recall going to a local American Legion with my dad and uncle for a pot luck game dinner and a viewing of "Wally Tabors African Safari".
That was an outdoor show, in my reckoning. Made my young heart burn for the wild places.

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from Wolfjaw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I, for one, am fed up with the "bait, wait and assasinate" hunting mentality portrayed on TV. What the public sees has nothing to do with fair chase, hunting ethic or the work and skill inherent in true pursuit of game by real sportsmen. What in hell spawned these loonies to carry on as they do baffles me. I recall my stint in West Germany during my second tour in the Air Force. Taking game was a dignified event with the successful hunter paying appropriate tribute to his harvested game. The boneheads on TV should take note.

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from Wolfjaw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I, for one, am fed up with the "bait, wait and assasinate" hunting mentality portrayed on TV. What the public sees has nothing to do with fair chase, hunting ethic or the work and skill inherent in true pursuit of game by real sportsmen. What in hell spawned these loonies to carry on as they do baffles me. I recall my stint in West Germany during my second tour in the Air Force. Taking game was a dignified event with the successful hunter paying appropriate tribute to his harvested game. The boneheads on TV should take note.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I am not sure that any information useful to the new or novice hunter can be gleaned from most of the hunting shows. Some of the infomercial shows tout rifles and such that I never see in the field nor know anyone who owns one of them. I don't know one soul that uses a T/C anything.

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from ishawooa wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I am yet to see any hunting TV show worth the time to watch including several in which I know the participants. The most enjoyable and realistic is "Meathunter". I like the guy at least as an actor, he pretends to hunt by hiking/camping rather than stand, 4 wheeler, or Surburban and exotic lodge, plus sometimes he is not successful. I lke his Carolina Custom rifle as well. WAM just this past weekend a friend and I were trying to determine if we knew anyone who hunted with a T/C anything with both of us drawing a blank.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Weidmannsheil, Herr Wolfjaw

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from RipperIII wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

about the T/C rifles,...my only experience came on my first hunt, my buddy, a long time hunter had one, he boasted on the gun's accuracy and sorta looked down on my Tikka...up until we sighted them in.
My Tikka, in my rookie hands printed a 3 shot group at just under 1" compared to his 3" group (@100yds)
Then just to prove a point, I stood up and leaned against a post and put 3 into about 2"...he eventually sold that rifle, and I've not heard another word form him on Thompson...in fact he bought his sons a Tikka and a Sako.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I would rather have a sister in a whore house than a brother who owns a T/C anything. I had $2400.00 worth of the Encore junk one time and learned my lesson the hard way. Money is too hard to come by to make those mistakes too often.

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from buckeye wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

You need to check out Meat Eater with Steven Rinella on the sportsman's chanel. He goes out himself over several days of camping in remote wilderness and does not always get what he is going after. He does still play some bad music though, nothings perfect.

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from Wolfjaw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To Herr Oryx:

Danke!

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I could not agree more. I get really tired of the blaring, off key, country music that I hear on most of the outdoor shows. The way that the hosts act after the kill shows no respect for hunting nor the animals that they hunt. I think that the "team" concept that most of these shows emphasize has been determental to say the least. High fives, shouting, like they have scored the winning touch down to the Super Bowl. Disgusting! BTW what channel covers this Meat Eater program?

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from Texasranger13 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Best hunting and fishing show in the past few years was The Best and Worst of Tred Barta. That man showed it like it was. He had good days and bad days. Damn shame what happened to him, but he keeps on going.

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from Zermoid wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The only thing worse than the hunting shows are the stupid "hunting" video games that turn hunting into a frigging moving target range........

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from MICHMAN wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Forget the hunting shows and read a good book. You can do this at camp or out in the field. There are plenty of good ones. Fred Bear's classic "Field Notes," Steve Chapman's "A look at Life from a Deer Stand," Rocky McElveen's "Wild Men, Wild Alaska," Jerry Lambert's "Trophy White Tales," Lamar Underwood's, "Greatest Hunting Stories," etc. These books display the true spirit of hunting. ENJOY!

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from okduckhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Spoken like a true old fart Dave, go take a nap or something. You get excited over photos of young ladies you'd never have a shot at, but ridicule those that get excited over a harvest? No matter how many deer, ducks, turket, etc. I shoot, my adreanaline hits the roof and I make NO apologies for it. All you do is pull the trigger? I think not. It's the culmination of emotions that build up sometimes even WEEKS before the trigger is ever pulled. It's knowing I get to provide fresh meat for my wife and children. It's seeing my son's delight from a successful hunt and being thankful I'm here to spend time with him. It's the fulfillment of the food chain since civilization and the grateful heart to God for his provision. It's spending time in the outdoors with friends and celebrating success. Perhaps you've harvested so many animals in your life the fire is gone, but I refuse to let you rain on my parade. Oh, and it's a hunting show, not the Grand Old Opry. High five, anyone?

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from etexan wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Most everything annoys me about hunting/fishing shows, from the perception of easy success to the arrogance of the hosts to inappropriate celebration over kills. When a host has his 9-year old daughter fussing over putting earplugs in before shooting a record-book buck which stands broadside in a field less than 100 yards away, well, that tells you something about the people who produce these shows. We ought not watch them or use their sponsor's stuff.

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from rritchey wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Yeah! Right on with this one. The "hunters" are starting to look like models and always are pedaling something. I watch very few outdoors programs anymore because they aren't really hunting. They bait the game and hunt areas that aren't open to the general public. Put them on public hunting ground and let's see how good of hunters they really are! Anybody can hunt ground that isn't pressured and that you can have food plots or some other type of baiting going on.

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from JackMyrna08 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Totally agree. After 45 minutes in the stand a huge buck walks up. Total bull****.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I randomly surf-stop on a hunting show when I am very, very bored. All of the comments above withstanding,the only revenge is to refrain from buying any of the junk peddled on them and mention to any sponsor rep how dumb the shows are.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I just want to know what show your watching with her on it?

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from tamiller wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

As I was watching one of these shows last night that you are refering to I could not help but think about this blog. Do I know that these guys on tv are not "really hunting" and hunting on ranches and game preserves... yes..do I enjoy being out on public land without a guide walking me through every step of a hunt... yes but I could not help but think that the purpose of this blog and all of the above posts were rooted a little bit in jealousy. These guys and women are doing things that I currently only dream of and that is HUNT and FISH for a living. They get paid by their sponsors to HUNT and FISH. To me this is a dream job, if it takes me promoting a few products while im being watched by people across the country then who really cares.

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from sdditchpig wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I don't beleive anything I see on T.V. anymore. I wasted my money once after one celebrity said that the ribbed condom, was one of man's greatest inventions. I bought one , and after only six uses, the ribs wore smooth, and I had to through it away!

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from MICHMAN wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Someone mentioned Mort Neff's Michigan Out-of-Doors in a earlier post. Actually, this show is still running and is maintaining the same high quality programming. The current host, Jimmy Gretzinger, was interviewed for Woods-N-Water News magazine and he stated that he doesn't see the need for the host to be the one doing the hunting and fishing. Jimmy and his co-host, Jenny Olsen, mainly highlight MI sportsman and women hunting and fishing throughout the Great Lake State. You can watch their program on their web-site. Another unique quality is that they put out 52 shows a year and broadcast them on PBS affiliates. Check them out!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

@ sdditchpig,

While I did not give you the -1, I found your comment a tad inappropriate for this forum. But I almost spilled my cofffee laughing at it! LMAO!

Regards

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Tamiller, you are casting your net pretty far claiming these clowns are hunting and fishing for a living. The point of most of the preceding posts has been that they ARE NOT really hunting or fishing (key word there is "real"). They are just killing stuff. Shooting something from a fancy blind over bait on a private preserve is anything but hunting in any sense of the word. These shows are about false impressions, killing stuff (any way possible), and selling stuff. That's it! Do you think it really means anything to these guys that they are in the created hand of God while they're hunting. Pfft. Gimme a break! On the contrary, they want it as artificial as possible! Fancy hunting lodges, big meals, big fancy trucks plastered over with more advertising than an Indy race car, more gear than they can cram in the rig (and none of it that's not in mint condition or less than a year old!), tame genetically cultivated animals with big racks, virgin food plots/bait, shooting out of padded lawn chairs in heated blinds, etc., etc., ... as much manufactured crap as they can shove in ten minutes of "hunting" and twenty more of advertising. Anyone who would think what these "hosts" are doing would be a "fun" way to make a living doesn't have a clue. If I just wanted to shoot stuff, scream and holler, and "high-five" I'd go to the range. And you'll rarely find me there either. Am I jealous? I'd sell pencils on the street corner before I'd host one of these shows. Most bums sleeping on the bench have more respect for themselves.

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I think your just pissed because you know she'll never be in your hunting camp. Or mine either, I wished.

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from Peter Spadotto wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I disagree with about everything you said EXCEPT for the hooting and hollering after the kill. That always bothers me, and I feel like it paints all hunters in a backwoods, redneck hue. That said, there are more than a few shows that do not conform to your very narrow grouping of hunting shows. But, if you feel that to not be the case, perhaps you should invest the time in doing a hunting show of your own? You certainly have the gravitas that lends itself to a being good television host.

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from sadie777u wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Whoo doggies. She is pretty. You should write something to go with this.

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from dlongknife wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree, what I do like to watch is that tv show about Fish and Game Wardens catching poachers in California, Nevada and elsewhere. These shows are a welcome change to all the hype about "Trophy" hunting, and all the gear you really dont need. Even those shows have endless commercials, where they take up to the moment of truth and then go to commercial...I hate that-just show us what happens and save us from the commercials!

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from jw4319 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Well said, David. So many things to dislike, but the total lack of respect for the animal's life on many of these shows bothers me the most. As for the commercials, I nominate the DVR as one of the top 100 inventions of all time. Watching most of these programs "live" is just too painful.

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from bounty1 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Without a doubt, I agree with most all these posts. Very few hunting shows agree with my stomach. And NO whitetail deer or turkey anymore (Excuse me while I puke). They are insane. And watching Ted Nuget? That's worse then being buried alive (I was buried long enough one time ta know). And this Tony dude on "Under Wild Skies", what the Hell. You don't even have ta hear him talk, just look at him and you can tell he's a major a**, listening to him doubles that call. Like I believe, Ontariohonker said before, the whispering is...... I don't know? I don't even know how to discribe the stupidity in that. I saw a show a few years back where the "hunter" was holding the rack of a buck for photos and he was STILL whispering. Maybe it wasn't gutted yet and still had a chance ta spook. Craig Boddington and Jim Shocky are right up there on top, the rest can be pretty much put in the same catagory with soap operas.

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from dale freeman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The part I like is when one, yes one, duck flies in and 35 shots are fired and some idiot hollors "good shooting boys".

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from Trapper Vic wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

definately saving Elisha to my hard drive! OH gawdam right. Can't do opra Dave but the discovery channel or Mike and Molly would be good. These are nothing more than "dumb*ss reality TV shows (with no reality). Some dip stick must be watching or they wouldn't be on! There is certainly nothing macho about sitting around with a beer watching this crap!

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from nicktyler wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

You know what cheeses me off? All these Wicked Tuna ads popping up as soon as i start reading.

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from 268bull wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

It's fine that they hunt. If,in fact that's something that they've always done ( which with some, it's a ? of balance ). Sometimes though, I'm left with a feeling that this isn't about their love of the hunt as much as it's more of a publicity opportunity, and they have the $ to do it. Reality, it comes across as a canned hunt!

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from CCMJS wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

The "Meat Eater" is my favorite show. That Steve Rinella is a true hunter. Hardcore and old school. He guts and eats his kill on the show. Everyone else is scared to death to try that! No other show comes close. The other hunters are just game show hosts in camo.

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from JamesD wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

I don't waste my time watching these shows. The message they send is by investing thousands of dollars in gear and very little time you'll get instant gratification. The reality is that you have about as much of a chance at that as getting a date with Ms. Cuthbert.

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from Ibrahim Newman wrote 2 years 4 days ago

on the brighter side, the classics of hunting literature are still exceptional (and the older copies smell even better now).

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I agree with somethings like country music. In my opinion there is no more country music. What they are trying to call country music today is a joke. Country music has to have a fiddle and a steel guitar. It would be nice if they wore real cowboy hats ( not the pre manufactured beat up ones)Loose the ear rings and the jeans bought with holes in them. Any how on with my thoughts about the hunting shows. They couldnt possibly run a show that long and have it on TV What I wish they would have more hunting shows about is Hog, bear (all species), big cats, javelina, preditor, and other uncommon animals. Same things all the time White tail, elk, mule deer, know what I mean???

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I agree CCMJS The Meat Eater is the the best. Only wish they would post the recipes on the web site.

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from Greg Hart wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I don't like how the hosts of most hunting shows have to mention their sponsors every other breath. It's kinda like watching an info-mercial.
I also don't like how some programs show shooting an animal a dusk and finding it the following morning. You'll never convince me that meat is safe to eat.
I'd like to see a hunter doing the field dressing, skinning, quartering, etc. There's a great deal more to hunting than going to a high dollar hunt club, sitting in a blind that's the size of a small apartment, and waiting for the animals to come to the feeder that goes off at the same times every day.

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from mfox wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Well said. I want to see a show that shows the trials and tribulations every hunter encounters. I want to see a guy on TV pull the trigger because it puts food on his family's table, NOT because of the rack. I want to see an average Joe thank the good Lord for providing the chance of a lifetime while one a DIY hunt.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I haven't seen a hunting show worth a crap for years. I watch them once in a while when I'm visiting my friends so we can sit around and poke fun at the stupid things. While in Montana last fall I stayed with a fella and his wife who were born and raised in that country. Her grandfather actually owned and outfitter operation almost his entire life. Anyway, we would turn on the outdoors channel and watch these disgusting things for a bit every couple of nights. I swear, we had to pass around the barfbags before hitting the power button. It was, however, kinda fun to see just how cheezy these things can be. For example, there was the one hosted by this dynamite brunette gal in skimpy bare midrift attire (similar to shown above) and her wannabee musician/hunter husband on a bowhunting "safari" in Africa. They sat in concrete block "blind" about fifteen yards away from a WATERING TROUGH and shot animals that came for a drink. Of course, it was during the dryest portion of the year and hotter than a pistol. That gal stuck a big impala buck and she didn't stop whooping and panting for five minutes! What the hell was so exciting about THAT? Gees! And there is show after show after show of guys/gals sitting on their usually semi-obese butts in a blind waiting for a deer to walk out into a "food plot" a.k.a. giant bait patch. And they get so excited it seems they're going to soil themselves. Excited? About what? A couple of deer eating bait? Gad, if they had to drive Highway 2 in central Montana any given night, these people would probably have a stroke! And then they miss! Or worse, they clearly gut shoot the animal. Then don't even go look for it till the next day. All whoops and hollers when they finally find the big buck after it's spoiled and the birds have pecked away half of it. No kidding! We actually watched this on one of the archery shows. Totally shameless!

And the music? Most of the time it's NOT country-western but instead some gawdam garage rock band (usually led by the show's host!) cranking out electric racket that sounds worse than a garbage disposal nibbling on a couple of utinsels. Good grief, just check out any of a hundred goose hunting outfitter promos on YouTube. Arggh!

What makes the modern outdoors shows so truely unbearable is the endless advertising and gear plugging. And I mean endless! For every two minutes of actual hunting (such that it is!), there's fifteen minutes of commercials and at least another five minutes of "tips" which of course are merely more advertising in a wolf's clothing. I have to think that the modern wannabees are more interested in the promotions and buying new crap than they are actually hunting. Hmmmmm. I think I'm onto something there!

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

How are we supposed to read with that picture up there?

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, Thank you for the wonderful blog today. When I get around to reading the words I'll let you know.

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from Calsdadhunting wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Once I was able to focus, I came to the conclusion that once again you are right on all accounts. In addition to your observations, I would like to add a couple of issues that I have with many hunting shows. First I hate seeing shows where the hunters sit over small food plots that are obviously never hunted (due to the way the game behaves) and then they act as though they used a great deal of hunting skill when again all they did was pull the trigger. Next I hate seeing the obviously staged portions of the hunt that most likely happened after the animal was shot. Like when they pose for the camera and flip off the safety or when the move forward and crouch down. All of this when obviously the camera was on the game at the time, and a second camera is very unlikely. Just show the hunt and the result - skip the posing. Finally I hate it when they act as though they are having a difficult time locating the down animal only to find the game and jump around with the camera viewing them from where the game is laying. If they were having such a hard time locating it - why didn't they just walk to where the cameraman was standing. Obviously he already found it...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

..and all God's chilin's said: AMEN!

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from Walt Smith wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Bad thing about these shows is the non-hunting public see this as how we all are and how we all conduct ourselves while hunting. The only good hunting shows I ever watched were back in the 70's--The American Sportsman with Curt Gowdy and Michigan Outdoors with Mort Neff. Both of these shows captured the true essence of fair chase and nobody performed high fives after a kill!!

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from jjas wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I wondered how long you could go Mr. Petzal without mentioning Ms. Elisha Cuthbert.

BTW, I agree with many of the hunting shows today. I had picked a few shows here and there over the last few years but this past season I quit watching completely.

I've grown weary of the fist pumping, the giggling and listening to people saying "I'd better pass on that 150" inch ten pointer, he's an up and comer and next year he might be worth killing"......

Yeah.....whatever....

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from Happy Myles wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

A sad thing is the folks who produce and participate in these shows seem to have no idea the poor publicity these productions give hunting to the general public. I guess they do not care. Just looking for a few bucks and moments in what they feel is the limelight.

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from Harold wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

After putting tape on my screen over the distraction in the top left hand corner of your blog I was finally able to finish it and remember what I'd read. All I can say is, "right on!!". The only thing I'd add is that any non-hunter who views one of these abominations (not talking about the picture here, but the hunting videos)could have no respect for hunting.

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from deadeyedick wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

OH BOY..... YOU SURE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WITH THAT ONE. NOT ONLY DO OUR CHILDREN WATCH THESE SHOWS AND WONDER WHY THEY DON'T KILL AN ENORMUS BUCK EVERYTIME THEY HUNT BUT MOST ANTI HUNTING GROUPS GAIN AMMUNITION TO USE AGAINST REAL HUNTERS. WE ARE BEING POTRAYED AS A BUNCH OF BONEHEAD GOOD OLD BOY NITWITS. I PERSONALLY ONLY WATCH WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE RANGE.

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Agree with about 99.9 percent of what Dave says. Cannot agree with watching the Oprah network under any circumstances up to and including penalty of death.
There are a handful of decent shows worth watching though. I record those for later viewing and skip the rest. Personally, I find the ones with pounding rock music more irritating than the country music tracks. As far as I'm concerned any rock music post-Clapton is unlistenable.
However, there really are a few good shows. I like Shockey's "The Professionals," "Tracks Across Africa," and a few others. I especially like "On Your Own Hunting" on the Sportsman's Channel. All hunts are conducted on public land without guides and are just as accessible to viewers as to the host, who comes across as a genuinely decent and likeable guy. No loud music, no sponsor-pushing and no obnoxious whoops, hollers and otherwise disrespectul conduct after downing game. In fact, proper reverence shown every time. I just wish one-tenth of the others were one-half as good.

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I couldn't agree more. Thanks for saying it on a forum like this. We need to show a little more respect for the sport of hunting by showing more more respect toward the game we take and (if we have the means to use guides) those who help us become better hunters and find success.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To larson014: Ms. Elisha Cuthbert is a Canadian-born movie and television actor (and a pretty good one, too) who has somehow become the mascot of this blog.

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from wgiles wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

There are a few shows worth watching. I have been a little undecided about Steven Rinella's "Meateater", But I'm finding myself agreeing with most of his views. "Dropped, Project Alaska" is interesting. "On Your Own Adventures" with Randy Newberg is still the best. You can also join his forum "Hunt Talk".

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from Steven Robbins wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

If I hear any more, "new country", I'm gonna hurl! All I know is, when I hunt, it's NEVER like they depict it on the tube, it takes time, patience and commitment, it's not all about guides, bubba trucks and the latest, greatest camo. Learn how to hunt people!

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from chaslee wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Those that can't read a good book on the sport watch TV. The guys on the shows probably whine off camera if things don't go their way. To me huntings personal I don't need an audiance.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The lack of reverence at the forefront with many of these shows and with the multi-millionare sports, H-wood types I don't see it will ever get better soon.
DEP, ever think about showing them how it should be done ?( yeah, I know you got that other show )
I would be glad to assist and I have been called just about everything less late for dinner, so I would not take nothing personal. I like real country music also, I would make you proud or go away ?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I would rather have a sister in a whore house than a brother who owns a T/C anything. I had $2400.00 worth of the Encore junk one time and learned my lesson the hard way. Money is too hard to come by to make those mistakes too often.

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from CCMJS wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

The "Meat Eater" is my favorite show. That Steve Rinella is a true hunter. Hardcore and old school. He guts and eats his kill on the show. Everyone else is scared to death to try that! No other show comes close. The other hunters are just game show hosts in camo.

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from ohiodeerhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The vast majority of the so-called hunting shows are garbage-they don't even count as entertainment.
Many of them show badly placed shots,then the film is edited to make it look like the gut shot deer dropped 35 yards away from where it was shot.
All of the "stars" of these shows are advertising something for the entire show-it's on their clothes,hats,trucks,ATV's,even on their rifles or bows-especially the TC's-who hunts with a big decal on the stock of their rifle?
They also advertise everything needed to grow food plots,from the seed to fertilizer,and the variety of attachments for ATV's.
The celebration after they take an animal is worse than all the silly,dumb assed end zone dances during football games.
Of course,you can not possibly hunt without a $2500.00 laser rangefinder,or a $5000.00 scope that is supposedly going to suddenly make everyone that buys it capable of 600 yard one shot kills,it's impossible to take an animal without using some ridiculous blind that's wired for everything you have at home,or a treestand thats 87 feet up a tree,plus it's just not possible to keep your favorite beverage cold without a $500.00 cooler.
Of course no one would ever get a deer without the latest scent elimation clothing,27 different sprays,powders,soap etc. to kill human scent,or without placing 142 trail cameras on a 25 acre property that has 50 food plots,37 ground blinds, and 67 tree stands,all accessible by electric powered ATV's.
Judging from the current crop of hunting shows-it would cost a new hunter about $275,000.00 to get a deer,and an easy half million to get an elk-it's just not possible without the 137 items advertised on each show.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

i enjoyed watching tred barta hunt. did it with a bow, typically stalked, and guess what, he didnt kill something every show!

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from Big Bob W wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, Great Blog. The Bubbaism that you rightly deride after the kill is the worst part of these shows. I personally hunt for two reasons, (1) to put meat on my table. {My daddy taught me you kill it, you clean it, you eat it.} (2) I love watching my dogs work whether it is one of my pointing dogs or retrievers. If fact, these days I would rather handle dogs and let someone else do the shooting.

One final wee bit. The whole food plot thing disgusts me. Where I live, food plots are illegal and one of the two quickest way to lose one's hunting privileges. I believe in fair chase and have more unfilled deer tags than I care to think about.

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from JamesD wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

I don't waste my time watching these shows. The message they send is by investing thousands of dollars in gear and very little time you'll get instant gratification. The reality is that you have about as much of a chance at that as getting a date with Ms. Cuthbert.

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from steve voss wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

i couldn't agree more

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from Justin Weislocher wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

What I would really like to see is someone hunt on real land. Not on some big game lodge or fenced in crap. I want to see them go out and scout the land for scrapes and rubs. I don't want to see some lard ass sitting above a nice food plot, while advertising for the company who provided the plot, shoot a big buck. I want to see real hunting that we all experience during our deer seasons. Hunting shows on tv are an advertising pant load.

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from Texasranger13 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Best hunting and fishing show in the past few years was The Best and Worst of Tred Barta. That man showed it like it was. He had good days and bad days. Damn shame what happened to him, but he keeps on going.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To firedog11: I don't know where the photo came from. It was posted by the folks in New York who administer this blog.

To Mark-1: I sat next to Curt Gowdy on a plane flight once, but didn't know him.

To All: My friend and fellow writer Bob Robb sent me a piece that he had written a little while back on this same subject and it is right on the money. Bob is the real deal, as you will see when you go to bowhunting.net/2012/02/respect.

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from okduckhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Spoken like a true old fart Dave, go take a nap or something. You get excited over photos of young ladies you'd never have a shot at, but ridicule those that get excited over a harvest? No matter how many deer, ducks, turket, etc. I shoot, my adreanaline hits the roof and I make NO apologies for it. All you do is pull the trigger? I think not. It's the culmination of emotions that build up sometimes even WEEKS before the trigger is ever pulled. It's knowing I get to provide fresh meat for my wife and children. It's seeing my son's delight from a successful hunt and being thankful I'm here to spend time with him. It's the fulfillment of the food chain since civilization and the grateful heart to God for his provision. It's spending time in the outdoors with friends and celebrating success. Perhaps you've harvested so many animals in your life the fire is gone, but I refuse to let you rain on my parade. Oh, and it's a hunting show, not the Grand Old Opry. High five, anyone?

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

David, I don't mean to be ungrateful, but how about a brunette photo next?
As for hunting shows, some look corny and staged, while some are done rather nicely. I mean as far as shows go...

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from burnettjv wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

There are very few hunting shows I enjoy. My favorite is "The Meateater". For two reasons: 1. Steven Rinella is unapologetically out for meat and meat only! They even show blood and entrails so you get an idea what happens after the trophy pose, and know the meat is going to use! 2. All his hunts are fair chase and unguided! Thats right! DIY, baby! He even goes home empty handed to make tag soup sometimes.
I've got to say this about the Whitetail hunting shows though, and if this applies to you personally, I'm sorry but it is true: If the animals you "hunt" and kill have names, you are not a hunter. You are a deer farmer.

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from Mac in Mo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

AMEN AMEN AMEN I only have antennae TV, don't receive the hunting channels, thankfully. The few that I have attempted to watch were ridiculous. There probably has not been a good hunting show since Fred Bear stopped filming hunts.
Don't even get me started on what is passed off as country music these days. It's mostly teeny bopper pop music.

Kevin

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from z41 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

And then there is the "how far away can I shoot them from" crowd. A while back I watched a 1000 yard Elk kill video and posted "good shooting, poor hunting." Boy, did I get flamed. Somebody saw the video a year later and emailed me a nasty. Humanity is going insane, but then again that is what the Book said would happen in the last days. Z41

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from country road wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm glad to be set straight---all this time, I thought the reason I didn't kill monster animals like the ones shown was because I didn't have the right sound track playing in the background.

I don't have much use for these hunting shows.

By the way, what's her phone number? It's not for me, it's for my grandson.

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from dale freeman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The part I like is when one, yes one, duck flies in and 35 shots are fired and some idiot hollors "good shooting boys".

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from Chinook627 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Honestly I'm a hardcore fisherman and have never hunted a day in my life but this post was a good one. Personally for me even taking a few fish for the table is sort of like killing an animal in the field (and hunters I mean no disrespect if I'm wrong here so feel free to correct me). It's my personal belief though that when you take an animal's life whether it be hunting or fishing it should be more than just showing it off to your buddies and taking pictures just for the sake of killing something to be that cool guy. In fact some of my biggest fish I've ever caught I've let swim not because I knew I was a good fisherman for catching them, but rather because I knew that what I had meant more to me than some stuffed trophy hanging in the wall of my living room. I also feel like hunters can relate to this too because I feel like the true hunters that I have become friends with and are truly dedicated to the sport are much like us hardcore fisherman in that we don't just kill for the sake of killing. And I feel that when we do kill something, it means more to us that can't really be explained to those who just look for their face to appear next week on the cover of a magazine...

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I have been with a new cable TV company for almost a year,and have only recently discovered that it does not carry any hunting shows.

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from deadeyedick wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

GEE MARK-1 IF YOU REMEMBER "AMERICAN SPORTSMAN WITH HOST CURT GOWDY" YOU MUST BE AS OLD AS I AM. BY THE WAY I BELIEVE THERE WAS A PUBLIC OUTCRY WHEN THE SHOW FIRST AIRED WHEN THEY SHOWED BULLETS IMPACTING ON WILD ANIMALS SO IT WAS IMMEADIATELY STOPPED.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

And speaking of the phony waterfowl hunting episodes: Ever notice how the guys sitting in the blind are whispering to each other as the geese come in? Gad, the birds are out there a quarter of mile making so much noise between themselves that they'd have trouble hearing a bomb going off in the blind. But there the mighty hunters are trying to film some live (maybe) conversation that's all wind/rain noise, a few inaudible whipsers, and a whole lot of excited panting. And I swear almost every show/video I have seen displays the exact wrong way to call birds. Once they're turned and coming in, put a sock in it guys!

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from 1uglymutha wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

i had a friend who has since gone to the great hunting ground in the sky who filmed african safaris and alaskan hunts back in the day. 16mm sound on film. the hunts were filmed from start to finish with no editing. now there is a hunting show. today's over-edited abominations are nothing but pure b.s. i've never watched more than one, and then only for a few minutes. who would sponsor this crap? oh ,by the way, africa in the 40s and 50s was awesome.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I didn't know they made so many different things that we had to have to deer hunt. I checked my deer hunting supplies and I found out my stach is very meager. I don't know how I ever kill anything. It is getting so bad the actors can't even act anymore. Some of them used to do a pretty good job of acting the part of a hunter but that time has passed. I find myself sleeping through more of them all of the time. I'm like Jim Shockey I trust my life on it and you should too.

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from keithjoyner wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree with you. I've gotten to where I don't enjoy watching hunting shows. Too much killing, too little hunting and respect for the game. Hunting is an art that takes years to become proficient at, yet these hunting shows (and often fishing shows), leave all the hard work and brain work out of the equation.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree with the folks commending Steve Rinella. He seems like a stand-up guy, hunts public land, and I believe really puts a good face on hunting for "public consumption".

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Television and hunting are, by and large, a terrible combination. Only exception is MeatEater. Steve Rinella is the real deal.

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from Wolfjaw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I, for one, am fed up with the "bait, wait and assasinate" hunting mentality portrayed on TV. What the public sees has nothing to do with fair chase, hunting ethic or the work and skill inherent in true pursuit of game by real sportsmen. What in hell spawned these loonies to carry on as they do baffles me. I recall my stint in West Germany during my second tour in the Air Force. Taking game was a dignified event with the successful hunter paying appropriate tribute to his harvested game. The boneheads on TV should take note.

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Couple of others worth watching I forgot to mention; Peterson's Hunting and Expedition Safari, both hosted by Craig Boddington, if memory serves. Best is still "On Your Own Hunting," though. It would fill the bill for several people posting here who say they would like to see something like it. And no, I have no stock in the show. Just an appreciation for one done right.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Like everyone else I totally agree! Hunting shows are terrible! All of them! And the whiney campfire crap they all play at the end of their shows is equally bad!

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from Longbeard wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The vast majority of TV hunting shows are just as you say, DP, but as some have pointed out, there are a few good ones. At least 3 folks have commented on Steve Rinella and his "Meat Eater" program and I agree. He hunts in true wilderness (OK, a recent show was a hog hunt on a ranch, but he admitted it was different for him and it was still fair chase), sometimes with his brother or a friend but never another "celebrity hunter", will sometimes take a younger, smaller animal because he wants the meat instead of antlers, has ended a show without killing anything, unabashedly shows the cleaning of game and meat preparation (including a deer heart), usually backpacks in and sleeps outside, and never stays in a fancy lodge. He is the real deal.

Another good fair chase DIY show is Eastman's Hunting Journal. Of course, both Rinella and the Eastmans represent other hunting magazines, but let's give credit where credit is due. I'll also watch anything with Craig Boddington or Jim Shockey. Shockey has undergone a bit of a transition lately as he has gained some big sponsors which has forced him to spend a little more time on selling stuff. But he seems to have chosen his sponsors based on what he uses as opposed to the other way around. I have not watched "On Your Own" but since its been mentioned so many times in these comments, I'm going to have to check it out.

A famous TX ranch which offers some of my favorite turkey hunting (they assign you an area, give you a map and turn you loose) has for years also been the site of numerous turkey hunting shows presented by some of the better known game call manufacturers, a couple of them regularly every year. When you first hunt there, the staff urge hunters to lay back on calling, using more quiet calls than loud ones. But when you'd watch the TV shows filmed there, they would show toms strutting in front of the camera with the hunter yelping away for all he was worth, sounding like he must surely run out of breath before he can kill the bird. When I asked the ranch mgr about that, he said "you know, they can do amazing things in the editing room. Not all of those calls were made during the actual hunt". Talk about no truth in advertising!

I didn't start big game hunting until I was 40, having been strictly a wingshooter before that. By that time, TV hunting shows were just starting to proliferate. And in those early years of my learning curve, I bought dang near every gizmo that was advertised to make me a better deer hunter. I can't tell you how much money I wasted on stuff that either didn't work or broke the first time I used it. I can tell you that I have boxes full of that junk (spent money on it, can't just throw it out). After a few years, I finally figured out that only 2 things will make you a better deer hunter: 1) a mentor who knows what he is doing and can and is willing to share that with you, and 2) more importantly, time in the field.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Ditto on the way the hunters behave. I think they feel they need to try to add some interest in the show. But unfortunately they just look silly. These shows are all the same. Watch one and you've seen almost all of them.

I have to say the same for the fishing shows too.

Maybe I'm selfish, but I have no interest watching someone else do the hunting or fishing. I can only appreciate it if I'm out there doing it myself.

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from MICHMAN wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Forget the hunting shows and read a good book. You can do this at camp or out in the field. There are plenty of good ones. Fred Bear's classic "Field Notes," Steve Chapman's "A look at Life from a Deer Stand," Rocky McElveen's "Wild Men, Wild Alaska," Jerry Lambert's "Trophy White Tales," Lamar Underwood's, "Greatest Hunting Stories," etc. These books display the true spirit of hunting. ENJOY!

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from MICHMAN wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Someone mentioned Mort Neff's Michigan Out-of-Doors in a earlier post. Actually, this show is still running and is maintaining the same high quality programming. The current host, Jimmy Gretzinger, was interviewed for Woods-N-Water News magazine and he stated that he doesn't see the need for the host to be the one doing the hunting and fishing. Jimmy and his co-host, Jenny Olsen, mainly highlight MI sportsman and women hunting and fishing throughout the Great Lake State. You can watch their program on their web-site. Another unique quality is that they put out 52 shows a year and broadcast them on PBS affiliates. Check them out!

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from larson014 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, thanks for the clarification, as for the article, it needed to be said, the real looser in the end is the image of the hunting community unfortunately...

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from crowman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Boy Dave did you hit the same nerve that I've been saying for years. Music is so loud on some of these shows [fishing shows too ] that you can hardly hear them talking then again are they saying anything worth listening to? The high fiving white boys crap they do and all the G whatever numbers like the animal from the neck down didn't exist. Most of these a** clowns couldn't hunt anyplace other than over plots. On your next hunt why don't you film it and put it out there for us to watch. You could put it on You Tube so it wouldn't have to be a big production to get it out there. Just you and a Go Pro camera and make magic.

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from BaboosicBomb wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Nothing can really be said after OntarioHonker finished, but I'll echo the"Amen!"

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from ITHACASXS wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I hate and have always hated the ''high five''and fist pumping is silly for hunting, A very close, difficult win at sports? okay, after killing something, never. I was taught by dad and uncles that you can be happy over something you've done without looking like a horse's a**. I sure did love Curt Gowdy's American Sportsman growing up, but that was a long time ago.
Thank you again Mr. Petzal.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I hate and have always hated the ''high five''and fist pumping is silly for hunting, A very close, difficult win at sports? okay, after killing something, never. I was taught by dad and uncles that you can be happy over something you've done without looking like a horse's a**. I sure did love Curt Gowdy's American Sportsman growing up, but that was a long time ago.
Thank you again Mr. Petzal.

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from nicktyler wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

You know what cheeses me off? All these Wicked Tuna ads popping up as soon as i start reading.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I used to be into the hunting shows but in the past couple years I just can't watch it anymore. The loss of any realism in the hunts and probably the naming of every antlered animal you encounter and feed for years. As much as the country is bad what really gets me is that several of the shows that proclaim themselves X-TREME play some horrible death metal.

Glad to see you haven't forgetten miss Cuthbert

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from Douglas wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I recall going to a local American Legion with my dad and uncle for a pot luck game dinner and a viewing of "Wally Tabors African Safari".
That was an outdoor show, in my reckoning. Made my young heart burn for the wild places.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I am not sure that any information useful to the new or novice hunter can be gleaned from most of the hunting shows. Some of the infomercial shows tout rifles and such that I never see in the field nor know anyone who owns one of them. I don't know one soul that uses a T/C anything.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I randomly surf-stop on a hunting show when I am very, very bored. All of the comments above withstanding,the only revenge is to refrain from buying any of the junk peddled on them and mention to any sponsor rep how dumb the shows are.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

@ sdditchpig,

While I did not give you the -1, I found your comment a tad inappropriate for this forum. But I almost spilled my cofffee laughing at it! LMAO!

Regards

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I love Bob Robb, I hate loud mouth Nugent.
Now with that being said it's these hunting shows that daddy is taking daughter/little boy hunting and the kid f's up the shot but they track the poor deer and miracle of miracle they find it! Yea, and guess what, it was a perfect shot, the deer just wanted to run.
Yow know the shows.

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I think your just pissed because you know she'll never be in your hunting camp. Or mine either, I wished.

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I am actually proud that Dave is true to his fantasies. For five years Elisha has been the sole proprietor of the gun nut pin up girl award. And actually I am having a hard time finding a female country singer who can hold a candle to her.

If you are caught watching the Oprah Network I will personally field dress you, but I listen to PBS every day. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

TV is not reality even if it is reality TV. The people I know work hard to take game, and they have a lot of respect for the animal because it is actually hard work to outsmart one. Just ask the high dollar guides or outfitters, not the numbnuts on TV pulling the triggers.

On the brighter side I have seen three wild turkeys in full strut blown up like a balloon in the last three days. All of them had a flock of hens admiring them. One hen even reminded me a little of our favorite Canadian pin up girl...... Life goes on!

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from jjas wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

BTW, I agree with many of the hunting shows today. I had picked a few shows here and there over the last few years but this past season I quit watching completely.

Let me try this again...

BTW, I agree with your assesment of many of today's hunting shows. I had picked a few shows here and there over the last few years that I had continued to watch but this past season I quit watching completely.

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from ishawooa wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I am yet to see any hunting TV show worth the time to watch including several in which I know the participants. The most enjoyable and realistic is "Meathunter". I like the guy at least as an actor, he pretends to hunt by hiking/camping rather than stand, 4 wheeler, or Surburban and exotic lodge, plus sometimes he is not successful. I lke his Carolina Custom rifle as well. WAM just this past weekend a friend and I were trying to determine if we knew anyone who hunted with a T/C anything with both of us drawing a blank.

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from Bernie wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Newberg's "On Your Own Adventures" is the best hunting show on TV, in my opinion. Boddington's also are tasteful and well-done. But 95% of them are abominable and are a terrible reflection on REAL hunting. I consider these shows as a bigger threat to the future of hunting than any anti-hunting organization.

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from Mark-1 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I see camo for chicks is passe.

Actually there were a few decent hunting and fishing shows featuring Curt Gowdy and Friends. I recall one episode where a New Zealand fishing guide almost tossed Curt in the water for being a lousy fly fisherman. My favorite was Curt getting his chops busted by Bing Crosby and Phil Harris in a Goose/Duck Blind.

...You know Curt, DP?

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from wingshooter54 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Nice, Dave; nice.....softening us up with a pic of the sultry Ms. Cuthbert before insulting the great American redneck pastime: hunting shows. Even worse is some of the "reality shooting shows" Bleah! You, Phil & Eddie better keep the gun nuts going; it's enlightening and entertaining. As one who has been involved years ago in some hunting and fishing videos,(and some clay shooting vids) let me assure the readership there is a HELLUVA lot of footage that is deleted. Missing comes to mind. Ever notice the change in guns from scene to scene in "Swamp People"? Anyway, ya can't have a hunting show without a smoking hot lady involved in the hunting. It's all entertainment, very little is real, and it makes people run out and buy a lot of sh** they normally wouldn't buy

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from firedog11 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave next time tell us where you found the pic or did she send you that one.

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from kaanimal wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Dave, watch any Ted Nugent hunting show and you'll be brought back to reality...

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from buckeye wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

You need to check out Meat Eater with Steven Rinella on the sportsman's chanel. He goes out himself over several days of camping in remote wilderness and does not always get what he is going after. He does still play some bad music though, nothings perfect.

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from Zermoid wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The only thing worse than the hunting shows are the stupid "hunting" video games that turn hunting into a frigging moving target range........

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from RandyMI wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Exactly correct on the point of whooping & hollering after a good shot! What moronic behavior! No dignity whatsoever! That they nearly always take deer bigger than what most of us will ever have a chance at is also irksome. $$$$$ I think a lot of these excesses stem from the competitive and team-type programs. Personally, such notions have never entered into why I hunt and are at best, distasteful. A few good snapshots and a humble accounting of even a greatly successful hunt is much more satisfying and enjoyable. LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE GUN NUTS TV!!! :-)

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from RandyMI wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Oh, yeah.... Really pretty girl. Young, beautiful skin. Delightfully NATURAL proportions.... Ya did good, ole pal!

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from RandyMI wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I liked that video of the French-Canadian stalking, calling (with his own voice) and bow-killing that 76"+ jumbo moose enough to record it. I don't think any of it was staged, he has also guided others on similar hunts. I'd like to go with him sometime and take my Savage M-99 in .358 Win.!!!
"Just get him within 100 yards, Frenchie!"

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from tom warner wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

It looks as though we all agree on what totally absurd rubbish and drivel hunting and many fishing shows are. I stopped watching them many years ago shortly after viewing my first ones - and yes, they are a danger to us in regard to public perception. If films depicting the true reality of slaughter in the meat packing industry were shown on TV, we might all become vegetarians. Hunting shows do not (and probably cannot) depict reality, but Mr. and Mrs. Urban America do not know this. And they outnumber us.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

WOW this article got a heck of alot more comments then I thought it would!!

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from rjw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

At least you found a use for these shows.

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from etexan wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Most everything annoys me about hunting/fishing shows, from the perception of easy success to the arrogance of the hosts to inappropriate celebration over kills. When a host has his 9-year old daughter fussing over putting earplugs in before shooting a record-book buck which stands broadside in a field less than 100 yards away, well, that tells you something about the people who produce these shows. We ought not watch them or use their sponsor's stuff.

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from RipperIII wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

When I decided to get into hunting about 4 years ago I watched every hunting/fishing show that I could find in hopes of learning something on a topic for which I knew absolutely nothing, nor did I have at that time any nearby friends who hunted or fished to teach me.
I was very dissappointed that precious few shows were informative in the least.
I did however run across a show hosted by a guy in Alabama who filmed "real" hunts...some where nothing showed up, some where shots were missed, equipment malfunctions, poor shot placement and the resxulting tracking and dispatching, the fellowship by the camp fires etc.
I met this guy at a show, he is the real deal, down to earth, humble. He invited me to be on his show as a city boy rookie.
I killed my first deer while filming one of his shows, a bow killed doe.
Everything was "live hunting" no staged shots.
He does cut up and clown around with his guest and for the viewer, but he is genuinely thankful and respectful everytime he takes an animal.
He is an exception.
I do like a few other shows, primarily the ones who spend most of the show filming the stalk, set up and recovery of the animals, talk strategy, show the beautiful scenery...and leave out the music sound track.
I wish there were a show that was instructional in nature, designed for beginning hunters in particular, focusing on woodsmanship, animal behavior, ethics and that sort of thing...maybe more folks would get into this passion we all call hunting.

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from RipperIII wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

about the T/C rifles,...my only experience came on my first hunt, my buddy, a long time hunter had one, he boasted on the gun's accuracy and sorta looked down on my Tikka...up until we sighted them in.
My Tikka, in my rookie hands printed a 3 shot group at just under 1" compared to his 3" group (@100yds)
Then just to prove a point, I stood up and leaned against a post and put 3 into about 2"...he eventually sold that rifle, and I've not heard another word form him on Thompson...in fact he bought his sons a Tikka and a Sako.

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from 268bull wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

It's fine that they hunt. If,in fact that's something that they've always done ( which with some, it's a ? of balance ). Sometimes though, I'm left with a feeling that this isn't about their love of the hunt as much as it's more of a publicity opportunity, and they have the $ to do it. Reality, it comes across as a canned hunt!

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from Trapper Vic wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

definately saving Elisha to my hard drive! OH gawdam right. Can't do opra Dave but the discovery channel or Mike and Molly would be good. These are nothing more than "dumb*ss reality TV shows (with no reality). Some dip stick must be watching or they wouldn't be on! There is certainly nothing macho about sitting around with a beer watching this crap!

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Elisha Cuthbert could end up being the most beloved Canadian of all time.

OK, off topic, but has anybody ever considered what will happen if by some confluence of unfortunate events, someone is able to chamber a fire-breathing .460 S&W Magnum into the long cylinder of a Taurus Judge or S&W Governor? I've no experience with either rounds, so has this been done? Wouldn't the revolver detonate?

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from z41 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

PS - Didn't God make some pretty creations. Z

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from Nic Meador wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The only show that comes to mind that doesn't do that stuff is bow madness, and Drury outdoors. The majority of their hunts are fair chase on THEIR land with their sweat and blood.

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from rritchey wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Yeah! Right on with this one. The "hunters" are starting to look like models and always are pedaling something. I watch very few outdoors programs anymore because they aren't really hunting. They bait the game and hunt areas that aren't open to the general public. Put them on public hunting ground and let's see how good of hunters they really are! Anybody can hunt ground that isn't pressured and that you can have food plots or some other type of baiting going on.

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from jw4319 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Well said, David. So many things to dislike, but the total lack of respect for the animal's life on many of these shows bothers me the most. As for the commercials, I nominate the DVR as one of the top 100 inventions of all time. Watching most of these programs "live" is just too painful.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I just want to know what show your watching with her on it?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Tamiller, you are casting your net pretty far claiming these clowns are hunting and fishing for a living. The point of most of the preceding posts has been that they ARE NOT really hunting or fishing (key word there is "real"). They are just killing stuff. Shooting something from a fancy blind over bait on a private preserve is anything but hunting in any sense of the word. These shows are about false impressions, killing stuff (any way possible), and selling stuff. That's it! Do you think it really means anything to these guys that they are in the created hand of God while they're hunting. Pfft. Gimme a break! On the contrary, they want it as artificial as possible! Fancy hunting lodges, big meals, big fancy trucks plastered over with more advertising than an Indy race car, more gear than they can cram in the rig (and none of it that's not in mint condition or less than a year old!), tame genetically cultivated animals with big racks, virgin food plots/bait, shooting out of padded lawn chairs in heated blinds, etc., etc., ... as much manufactured crap as they can shove in ten minutes of "hunting" and twenty more of advertising. Anyone who would think what these "hosts" are doing would be a "fun" way to make a living doesn't have a clue. If I just wanted to shoot stuff, scream and holler, and "high-five" I'd go to the range. And you'll rarely find me there either. Am I jealous? I'd sell pencils on the street corner before I'd host one of these shows. Most bums sleeping on the bench have more respect for themselves.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hunting shows really grate my cheese also Dave. I think your right on point with how it can affect “new” hunters into thinking this is how everyone acts and how all hunts should be. Good post, better picture! (No offense meant Dave)

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from Calsdadhunting wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Once I was able to focus, I came to the conclusion that once again you are right on all accounts. In addition to your observations, I would like to add a couple of issues that I have with many hunting shows. First I hate seeing shows where the hunters sit over small food plots that are obviously never hunted (due to the way the game behaves) and then they act as though they used a great deal of hunting skill when again all they did was pull the trigger. Next I hate seeing the obviously staged portions of the hunt that most likely happened after the animal was shot. Like when they pose for the camera and flip off the safety or when the move forward and crouch down. All of this when obviously the camera was on the game at the time, and a second camera is very unlikely. Just show the hunt and the result - skip the posing. Finally I hate it when they act as though they are having a difficult time locating the down animal only to find the game and jump around with the camera viewing them from where the game is laying. If they were having such a hard time locating it - why didn't they just walk to where the cameraman was standing. Obviously he already found it...

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from Wolfjaw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I, for one, am fed up with the "bait, wait and assasinate" hunting mentality portrayed on TV. What the public sees has nothing to do with fair chase, hunting ethic or the work and skill inherent in true pursuit of game by real sportsmen. What in hell spawned these loonies to carry on as they do baffles me. I recall my stint in West Germany during my second tour in the Air Force. Taking game was a dignified event with the successful hunter paying appropriate tribute to his harvested game. The boneheads on TV should take note.

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from Wolfjaw wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

To Herr Oryx:

Danke!

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from sadie777u wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Whoo doggies. She is pretty. You should write something to go with this.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Good hunting shows died with Curt Gowdy and the American Sportsman, RIP Curt, Phil Harris, Bing Crosby, Coach Bryant,,,

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Excellent blog, DP. Thanks.

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from smccardell wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

For those of you who are complaining about not seeing any good "hunting" shows in a long time I suggest you check out The MeatEater on Sportsman's Channel. It is a condensed version of Rinella's previous show The Wild Within. His last show on Audad (Barbery Sheep) in Texas had him coming up empty handed. He hunts back country, without a guide and repeatedly shows you his missed shots. Why? Because hunting isn't just about the big racks and money shots. it's about the blood sweat and tears he puts in to every production. Anything less wouldn't do the animal justice.

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from Ga hunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Thank you! I love watching these shows just to make fun of the host and see how many things they can do wrong. When I first started hunting I watched a lot of predator hunting shows and they made it look so simple that a buddy and myself were going to go sit in some regular lawn-chairs and call and shoot 100 of them! Boy were we wrong! Thank you for point these things out!

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from tamiller wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

As I was watching one of these shows last night that you are refering to I could not help but think about this blog. Do I know that these guys on tv are not "really hunting" and hunting on ranches and game preserves... yes..do I enjoy being out on public land without a guide walking me through every step of a hunt... yes but I could not help but think that the purpose of this blog and all of the above posts were rooted a little bit in jealousy. These guys and women are doing things that I currently only dream of and that is HUNT and FISH for a living. They get paid by their sponsors to HUNT and FISH. To me this is a dream job, if it takes me promoting a few products while im being watched by people across the country then who really cares.

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from bigd7400 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Right on!! I especially like the fact that you pointed out that women country singers today are mostly just a pretty face. Priceless!

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Weidmannsheil, Herr Wolfjaw

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I could not agree more. I get really tired of the blaring, off key, country music that I hear on most of the outdoor shows. The way that the hosts act after the kill shows no respect for hunting nor the animals that they hunt. I think that the "team" concept that most of these shows emphasize has been determental to say the least. High fives, shouting, like they have scored the winning touch down to the Super Bowl. Disgusting! BTW what channel covers this Meat Eater program?

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from Ibrahim Newman wrote 2 years 4 days ago

on the brighter side, the classics of hunting literature are still exceptional (and the older copies smell even better now).

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from JackMyrna08 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Totally agree. After 45 minutes in the stand a huge buck walks up. Total bull****.

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from Greg Cook wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Well deer hunting shows are just another reminder of how others have a better life than you! Well isn't that how we all feel watching unattainable goals being reached by others? The grass is always greener somewhere else. Is this all an attempt to encourage you to buy products you don't really need? Do they even really work or do those guys just hunt at a place that is over run with huge trophy animals. Is there even such a place? Isn't it the world we live in? I want more, I need more, I deserve more! Well maybe your like me and just wish you had more just once in your life. The thought of that once in a lifetime buck stepping into sight. Hearing your heart beat as your body transitions from freezing cold to steaming and alive. The inventory you begin to run through in your mind like nock your arrow, check the wind, get in position. The truth is you may never stare into the eyes of a booner buck but that doesn't mean you are less of a hunter. I say enjoy the thrill of trying to pull that bow back without spooking that doe. You might not hang it on the wall but you earned it.
You do not need thousands of dollars worth of high end gear to be a successful hunter. With that said yes they work and yes you will be more successful. Lets face it awesome gear is part of the hunt. Why not you work, you enjoy it, you deserve it.
If your like me you might not ever have the money to hunt in a place with world class deer. That is an unfortunate truth but lets be honest a 120lb doe is mighty tasty. If all you are after is a trophy take up bowling. Hunting is just that hunting not killing and not just hanging stuffed animals on the wall. Yes I would love to have one of those impressive animals on my wall but I wont ever give up just being a hunter. You never know once in a lifetime may actually happen and I wont complain. Until then I'm gonna be just fine with some awesome gear from www.booneroutfitters.com a cold morning and whatever dinner happens to wander by my tree stand.

Until next time keep your chin up. Those Booner Bucks cost a lot of Bucks!

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from dlongknife wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I agree, what I do like to watch is that tv show about Fish and Game Wardens catching poachers in California, Nevada and elsewhere. These shows are a welcome change to all the hype about "Trophy" hunting, and all the gear you really dont need. Even those shows have endless commercials, where they take up to the moment of truth and then go to commercial...I hate that-just show us what happens and save us from the commercials!

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm sorry Dave. Did you say something about blonde guides, beautiful hunters and skimpy ammo? Or something about TV shows? That important, I um think. Holy crap, Is that gorgeous!

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from Larry W. Chavis wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

What, there's an article here? Where? Never mind ...

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from bounty1 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Without a doubt, I agree with most all these posts. Very few hunting shows agree with my stomach. And NO whitetail deer or turkey anymore (Excuse me while I puke). They are insane. And watching Ted Nuget? That's worse then being buried alive (I was buried long enough one time ta know). And this Tony dude on "Under Wild Skies", what the Hell. You don't even have ta hear him talk, just look at him and you can tell he's a major a**, listening to him doubles that call. Like I believe, Ontariohonker said before, the whispering is...... I don't know? I don't even know how to discribe the stupidity in that. I saw a show a few years back where the "hunter" was holding the rack of a buck for photos and he was STILL whispering. Maybe it wasn't gutted yet and still had a chance ta spook. Craig Boddington and Jim Shocky are right up there on top, the rest can be pretty much put in the same catagory with soap operas.

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from cbanks wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Vintage Petzal. I moved to an area three years ago that has free Outdoor Channel on cable, and I pigged out on the "hunting" shows for a couple of months, until I got very bored with the format and the "hunters" laughing and joking when they'd just dropped the dime on something beautiful and full of life. Dave has maintained for years that the love of hunting isn't the same as the love of killing, and that distinction is lost on the producers of this crap.

Exceptions and still worth watching: any show featuring Col. Craig Boddington, and, of course, the Gun Nuts.

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from Peter Spadotto wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I disagree with about everything you said EXCEPT for the hooting and hollering after the kill. That always bothers me, and I feel like it paints all hunters in a backwoods, redneck hue. That said, there are more than a few shows that do not conform to your very narrow grouping of hunting shows. But, if you feel that to not be the case, perhaps you should invest the time in doing a hunting show of your own? You certainly have the gravitas that lends itself to a being good television host.

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from larson014 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

uhh who is Ms. Elisha Cuthbert?

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I agree with somethings like country music. In my opinion there is no more country music. What they are trying to call country music today is a joke. Country music has to have a fiddle and a steel guitar. It would be nice if they wore real cowboy hats ( not the pre manufactured beat up ones)Loose the ear rings and the jeans bought with holes in them. Any how on with my thoughts about the hunting shows. They couldnt possibly run a show that long and have it on TV What I wish they would have more hunting shows about is Hog, bear (all species), big cats, javelina, preditor, and other uncommon animals. Same things all the time White tail, elk, mule deer, know what I mean???

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I agree CCMJS The Meat Eater is the the best. Only wish they would post the recipes on the web site.

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from Greg Hart wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I don't like how the hosts of most hunting shows have to mention their sponsors every other breath. It's kinda like watching an info-mercial.
I also don't like how some programs show shooting an animal a dusk and finding it the following morning. You'll never convince me that meat is safe to eat.
I'd like to see a hunter doing the field dressing, skinning, quartering, etc. There's a great deal more to hunting than going to a high dollar hunt club, sitting in a blind that's the size of a small apartment, and waiting for the animals to come to the feeder that goes off at the same times every day.

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from sdditchpig wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I don't beleive anything I see on T.V. anymore. I wasted my money once after one celebrity said that the ribbed condom, was one of man's greatest inventions. I bought one , and after only six uses, the ribs wore smooth, and I had to through it away!

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from James Black wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

At least you can admit that everything cheeses you off. Basically, you need to go to the doctor and get yourself a prescription of Midol.

I watch hunting show a fair amount of time and they seem alright to me. As for the celebration, if hunting is as difficult and unguaranteed as you say it is, then by all means celebrate. Particularly if you are new at it. Hunting is expensive, even more so if you are not a "local" or "resident." If you want to celebrate, you've earned it.

Of course, people want to come home with something sooner rather than later (or not all). Once again, hunting is expensive (money and time). Having come home empty handed sucks (Trust me, I know.).

Oh yeah, PBS sucks.

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