ORIGINAL: Dan Schmidt
The question: Do the hunting couples you see on TV portray a good image for hunting? What do you like or dislike about them? And ... what are your overall thoughts on this trend in hunting television?
I've never been too big on "image". I think that the obsession with image is one of the things that is wrong with hunting and society in general. I am far more concerned with substance! So it's hard for me to answer your question directly.
Do the hunting couples I see on TV portray a good image for hunting? I don't know. I don't care.
Now, are the hunting couples I see on TV good for the substance of hunting? Not sure on that one either, but at least it's a question I can relate to.
On the positive side, well done TV hunts provide a wealth of information to hunters and promote an ethical and humane approach. Most of the couples shows I have seen are well done and insofar as they attract a more mainstream audience, I think they help the information and message to spread further.
On the negative side, I think they add to the commercialization and degradation of the hunting culture. I won't even get into the trend toward antler worship and competition, that's been done to death. Where I think the couples shows are really bad is that they play into the sexualization of the hunting industry. Let's be honest guys. Nobody is lining up to get their picture taken with Lee. Ever wonder why all of the women in these shows (at least the more recent ones) are bombshells? Are we really supposed to think that hot women just have a thing for deer hunting? Or that a tight fitting t-shirts and Daisey Duke's are really good pre-season scouting apparel? I do not know any of the couples involved in these shows and I do not make any judgments about their values, but I do question the motivation of the produces.