The new show I've been working on for the past several months is about to launch on the Pursuit channel this weekend. If you have nothing going on Sunday evening, tune in 8 p.m. (Eastern). It's also got me thinking again about hunting on television and what was once entertainment, has somehow turned into a cult following. I'm personally not worried about groupies showing up at my Wyoming homestead. I also haven't been shopping for a bus, a graphic designer or an agent to create an "American Idol" image for my future marketing campaign. I do need a haircut though.at least that's what my wife keeps telling me.
Nope, you get the same old Mark. My foundation has been and will continue to be solid strategies presented in a fast-paced format. Yes, I'll be hunting in all types of weather and in a variety of Western and Midwestern terrains so be ready for more crawling, climbing and without question, patient waiting.
Is this celebrity fad causing a black eye on the hunting community? You tell me. Personally I believe any enthusiasm we can bring to the sport is a good thing. If young hunters look up to some of the more popular TV personalities and tune in; can you call that a black eye? If watching an episode of Michel Waddell's "Bone Collector" squad inspires a young or old hunter to pick up a bow, or firearm again, is that a bad thing?
I believe the main issue we need to moderate is the over-the-top reactions after the kill. Hunting creates an adrenaline high that is hard to match, especially after a successful hunt. How that's presented on TV requires careful consideration. Although it's fine to show enthusiasm and extreme satisfaction, there also is a humbling aspect to the hunt from enduring extreme conditions to the actual taking of a life.
Overall, I believe that hunting on TV has brought more awareness to our tradition in a modern format. It shows that hunting is fun, brings meat to the table and offers social interaction in a hunting camp atmosphere. And really, wouldn't you rather watch hunting on TV than some left-leaning sitcom on primetime?
Look over there! It's another groupie. My bad. It's just my neighbor fixing fence.