Am I Alone?
Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:37 PM
Am I alone in not being able to stand half of what they air anymore? Don't get me wrong, I'd still rather watch hunting than 90% of anything else on TV. But, it just seems to me that most of what the network considers to be its "top shows" are going toward this hip urban redneck theme. (Is there even such a thing??? I thought the two were polar opposites. Oh well.) So, you basically have a guy (or gal) in a John Deere t-shirt with a ripped up hat and pants wearing "bubba teeth" making bad jokes about eating corn on the cob doing the running man through the woods to his (or her) stand where he (or she) is going to, "Lay it down on some freak dilli-dacky-whacky-nasty-diddly-do buck". Okay...
Best of all is that this really does seem to be taking over the outdoor television industry.
These are definitely some of the most popular personalities in outdoor television.
I guess I'm just not cool anymore. Is anyone else here also uncool?
PA IHEA & NBEF/IBEP Instructor
Posted 17 May 2009 - 01:44 PM
I know it's disgraceful but I don't dance around and hoot and holler when I succeed. Yeah I'm happy but I just can't make myself act that way. Should I feel guilty? I just say a prayer of thanks, God chose to give me success. I humbly realize everything "I" had to do with success was given to me by him anyway. Thanks said, I simply start dragging my gift back to the truck.
When I was in the hospital I watched it a lot. Almost constantly as a matter of fact. Why? Because that's ALL I could do, watch! Now that I can get out and go every now and then I just don't feel the need. When I was only able to watch I decided when I get out of here I'm gonna go do some of this stuff. I actually had done some of it before I got hurt. I'm even more thankful I did that stuff then today! My "one day I'm gonna"s were very very close to being "I'm never gonna now"s.
Yep, I'm uncool. My camo don't match. A lot of it is no-name stuff. My bow is seven years old. My truck is ten. And I still shoot lead.
But you know what? You can be uncool and still be in good company!
Posted 17 May 2009 - 03:33 PM
I'M NOT AFRAID OF COMMITMENT I'VE BEEN HUNTING AND FISHING MY WHOLE LIFE!
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 04:04 PM
Edited by Spirithawk, 17 May 2009 - 04:05 PM.
Posted 17 May 2009 - 05:03 PM
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
Posted 17 May 2009 - 05:38 PM
We do need some of these companies and some of these spokespeople. So be cautious about bashing an entire channels schedule.
Support the ones you like.
Posted 17 May 2009 - 06:33 PM
That's life! A time slot ain't free. Cameras ain't free. Traveling the world to hunt ain't free. (You get the picture.)
Besides, I know for my very limited part "back in the day" that I was proud, for lack of a better word, of the companies we had dealings with at DWP. Some people seem to think a company waves money and/or product at a host and they just go with the highest bidder. That's rarely the case. (First of all, there aren't more than a couple people in the outdoor industry truly popular enough to be able to write their own ticket like that. )
That said, is it getting to be more skewed toward advertising and less toward the hunt? Yes. I've noticed it too. But, to me, as long as I'm still seeing a hunt unfold (not just a kill or two) then I'm okay with it at this point.
Are shows becoming much less informative? YES! But, I'm not so sure that isn't just because of a natural information saturation. When I think back 10 or even 15 years ago there was a true hunger for general hunting and archery knowledge, for example. I remember renting VHS and also waiting all week to catch ONE hunting show on public access television. (Cabin Country with Bill Saiff III - for those of you "old folks" like me.) Then along came hunting-related web sites. Think back (for those of you who've been around a while) to what it was like to be a member, say, 8 years ago. Everyone had questions. It was almost like gathering around a table and just learning from the more knowledgeable members. Now, everyone and their brother is already a self-proclaimed "expert". We've flooded people with so much information and made it so readily available that it's simply getting harder and harder to not just be re-iterating the same tips and tactics over and over. It's a tight spot to be in for the show hosts, I'm sure. (I know it is every time I sit down to write a tech article and then do a Google search only to find 500 other people have already written basically the same thing. )
Oh well. I'd still rather watch even a bad hunting show than American Idol, or whatever it is.
But, yeah, we have some issues to deal with too.
PA IHEA & NBEF/IBEP Instructor
Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:01 PM
Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:15 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:48 AM
I watch these shows fewer and fewer times now cause they aren't about hunting but some sorted way to show the entertainment in camp. Jeremiah like you referred to and I guess I don't see it as professional entertainment nor entertainment. I turned to the Outdoor Cannel to be entertained by true hunters describing, recreating the hunt and give some tips as help from the hunt. The shows I use to enjoy did that. Unfortunately they are getting to be more about the joking around side of it than the Outdoors and the beauty it holds.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:25 AM
this is the point I was getting at
Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:57 AM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:52 PM
Redgreen was reading my mind
Edited by Larry $, 18 May 2009 - 06:57 PM.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:20 AM
On Saturday I FINALLY accepted into the Pueblo West Sportsman's Assn after 4 yrs of impatient waiting. Since it's only 5 miles from my lake house here I anticipate using their many many ranges a lot as the (hot) weather permits. The have it all from 25 yrds to 5 yrds plus clay bird and IHMSA clanger stuff, so it'll be interesting. I can take up to 6 guests, which seems weird to me, but since I dont know 6 people I wont have to worry about that. Funny thing is I hadnt even seen the whole place yet as Dawn got out of her sick bed and went over and paid our dues and sat thru the orientation as I was at a derailment. We've shot there in fall on their "DOW ranges" but I never seen the rest of the place. I may go by there today to scope the place out on the way back from the surgery center(getting my wrists slashed soon).
Have a great summer...
Edited by silvertip-co, 19 May 2009 - 08:21 AM.
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