I love the hunting shows out there. Some more than others.
Mostly I get out of it is shot placement/angles and the viewing of the game. And the fact it's the best substitute I can get til the season starts. I DVR everything I can on 3-4 outdoor channels.
But I gotta tell ya I am kind of bothered by the fact that most shows are taped/filmed on large ranches, fenced or otherwise. THe scenario's the hunters encounter are far far far from what you and I will encounter ever in our lives. Not sure how many times I have been able to pass up on a 140 class knowing that "there's gotta be something better out there".
And I know we all have had success with rattling, or grunting, or our plots etc, but it's just amazing how slanted it is to see 15 bucks in 10 minutes cuz some guy is sitting on a deer farm in a stand over a feeder and the door opens suddenly there are all your deer. It's not the fact that they are on a farm, but really, they could hunt in shorts (I have seen it by the way), cook bacon on a hibachi and the deer would still show up.
I really wish the shows would be more slanted towards the everyday guy (not all of us have $5k to take a trophy). Hunting his 40 acres, or public land, and see what him/her go through to get their deer. The prep, the scouting, the set-up, the morning of etc. You know? The real-life everyday guy.
Just my thoughts today.
"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."