Despite how much I like the guy I've got to throw Shockey under the bus on this one... "I trust my life to my Benjamin 3000 Air rifle and so can you!".................. Really? Trusting one's life to something is a pretty serious claim don't think I'd let my life hang in the balance on an air rifle/bow/clothing, etc. Just making money I know but still... pretty audacious.
Good thread. I agree with about 95 percent of what everyone else dislikes. Some tv hosts sell out and make ridiculous claims they know are false, and others just don't show any respect with how they speak about animals and hunting. I know this thread is about terminology but lets be honest, pretty much everything discussed in this thread started with tv hunting (or at least the first time I heard all of this terminology was on tv, maybe the hosts just picked it up from other people).
Great thread. I hope the TV folks are reading it.
I agree with most of what's been said. I've about quit watching the Outdoor channel's hunting shows, since they seem to be more about making "stars" of the "TV personalities" and marketing the "personalities" and sponsoring products than about hunting.
I'm tired of the artificial macho of the shows. Shows named "Bone Hunter", and such just tell me I don't want to watch.
One thing not yet mentioned that gets me is "mass". Often I see on the hunting shows a hunter will kill what to me looks like an average size deer or elk. As they walk up on it, usually for the third or fourth time to get good film, they say "look at the mass", as if that makes up for it being an average animal.
For that matter, all the scoring to me is pointless. So often TV hunters will be looking at an animal and say "it looks like about a 150, or 350 or whatever depending on species. When they kill one, they oooh and awww over the rack and points, but never mention how much it weighs. I hunt to put meat in the freezer, and could care less about the rack score. I've never found a good recipe for antlers.
I do enjoy Eastman's shows, Jim Shokey, and Solo Hunting Adventures, although they are clearly not hunting "solo" since there is a camera crew with them.
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“We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities;…” -George W. “Nessmuk” Sears-
"There's an elk on my buddies land that I call gay elk, he flat out will not respond to a cow call ever. He'll come into a bugle though and he only hangs out with other bulls"
I don't care who you are that is funny!
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A bad day in the woods is better than a good day at work.
Public Land Owner
The hunting show that I work for I am allowed to kind of do my own thing and so far I have enjoyed doing that. They are from Oklahoma so they are used to hunting from a tree stand. I take my camera and I go by myself. My footage may be a little shakey and not as professional looking but I want to show what it's actually like to hunt out west and not only the challenges we face but also the levels of frustration and everything. I just want it to be real.. Not sitting in a tree stand for 5 minutes and shooting a 200" deer that falls dead in its tracks with a bow.
I have a friend in Kansas that owns a ranch that some tv guys wanted to lease for whitetail hunting. They leased it and started hunting it. Some big tv hunting names started hunting the ranch and filming. Now this ranch was covered up with big deer and you can but corn down (legal) by your stand to kinda help the big boys along.....EASY hunting but when you saw the show you would think these guys scouted, put in food plots, hung stands, patterned the deer, put in hundreds of hours , ect. ect. but all they did was have my friend put up a feeder under a stand and start filming without showing the corn. The ranch pretty much got shot out of big (160 plus) deer and the tv guys found another ranch in another county. Last year I hunted with my buddy at his ranch and a well known outdoor writer was there and he was hunting for free but he had to put an artical in a hunting mag. in exchange for being there.
They had a whole pen of what they called MOR rams. Male oriented rams! Gay sheep! In their own defense the scientist took us there last, so he didn't have to deal with our antics for the rest of the tour.
Still cracks me up to this day.
many non hunters will ask if I "caught anything" while hunting...
I can handle "harvest" but I don't "catch stuff" when I hunt...
I catch stuff when I hunt; Lyme disease and ticks!