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Hog Blog Horn Porn Review – Drawing A Blank

March 2, 2015

Well, last week wasn’t especially productive when it comes to updates to the Hog Blog, and for that I have little to say.  Real life.  Deadlines.  This is not what I get paid to write.  That other stuff is.

There’s another reason I haven’t had much in the way of updates, at least in regards to hook-n-bullet TV reviews.  I just haven’t been watching.

Here’s the thing.  I’ve already gone on, at length, about the current trend of “reality” shows on the major outdoors networks.  Seriously, if I flip on the Outdoor Channel most weeknights after work, it seems like there’s nothing on except repeats of those same, awful programs.  I know there must be something else mixed in there, but I’m not willing to sit through the crap to wait for it.

But there’s another thing, and I should probably have called this out when I first started doing these reviews.  There are a handful of things I just won’t watch, especially not for free.  Those things include the following:

  • Fishing shows – with the extremely rare exception of some bluewater fishing, I just don’t find anything at all interesting about watching someone else fish.  It’s the outdoors TV equivalent of golf, except maybe a little bit cooler because, at least they’re fishing.
  • Gun Nuts TV – I have occasionally tuned in to watch American Airgunner, which was pretty interesting when I started to learn more about air gun hunting.  But I’m not interested in the technical/tactical stuff.  You wanna bring some ARs and such over to my house with unlimited ammo, hell yeah, I’m happy to help you shoot those things.  But if you just want to stand there and tear them down and talk about the specs before firing a mag or two into a stationary target at 7 yards… I think I’d rather watch fishing.  I won’t even mention the shows that are nothing more than infomercials for the gunmaker of the week.  As far as the more politically oriented gun programs, I don’t have time in my life for the rhetorical hyperbole.  I get that there actually are some folks out there who think taking the guns out of civilian hands is actually a good idea.  I get that there are a lot of misguided efforts to control crime by controlling legally owned and possessed firearms.  I get that someone has to stand counter to those efforts, and that it’s a hot, political topic.  But most of these shows are like slightly toned down versions of Puff Blowhard (AKA Rush Limbaugh).  I’m a pretty staunch advocate of the 2nd Amendment and its associated tenets, but I’m not going to turn on my TV and listen to these guys yell at me (and I’m sure as hell not going to turn on my TV to watch a talk radio show).
  • Long Range Hunting – I’ve had my say about long range hunting before, and I probably will again.  It’s not that I’m opposed to the experts doing it.  I’m opposed to selling the idea that your average Joe Blow, sitting home with the remote in one hand and a Cabela’s catalog in the other can do it too.  Because he probably can’t.  Most Joe Blows I’ve known couldn’t hit the kill zone on a Yukon moose at 300 yards from a bench rest.  They sure as hell shouldn’t be trying to whack a mule deer at 1000 from a rock.  But that’s not the reason I won’t watch it.  I won’t watch it because I’m just not that impressed with the idea, and big, damned whoop… with $7500 worth of rifle and optics, backed up by two spotters and a camera crew, you can hit a 16″ target at 900 yards (most of the time).  It just happens that, instead of a steel gong, your target is the kill zone on a living animal.
  • Bird hunting, including turkeys – OK, truthfully, I’ll watch some of these guys from time to time.  A few of the turkey hunting episodes are relatively educational, and I can always stand to learn something new.  But beyond that, I just don’t feel the appeal.  And when it comes to wingshooting programs, by the time you’ve gone through  the first flurry of action, I’m done.  The next 20 minutes will be pretty much lather, rinse, repeat.

This is just me, by the way.  If you like these things, more power to you.

I know that, not that long ago, I could turn on the TV on a week night and pretty much keep myself entertained for a couple of hours, flipping between Pursuit, Sportsman Channel, and the Outdoor Channel.  But now, it seems like I can barely watch the Outdoor Channel at all (except when Lee and Tiffany are on).  And I guess it’s just the time of year, but the stuff I really like to watch, even if I am going to critique it, isn’t getting a lot of airtime.  I know the big game seasons are largely over, but there’s got to be something going on.  Let’s go shoot some hogs.  Do some exotics hunts.  Take me to Africa.  And, for gosh sake, if you’re going to show reruns (because I know you have to), at least don’t show the exact same ones over and over.

Maybe I’m just burned out already… but that, in itself, may be an indication that the outdoors programming is beginning to fall short.  I don’t know.  Is it just me?  What are you guys watching these days?

 

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8 Responses to “Hog Blog Horn Porn Review – Drawing A Blank”

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  2. Ian on March 2nd, 2015 22:04

    Hey Phillip. Long time no talk! Hope all is well in Texas. Sorry to hear you gotta sell that ranch. I envisioned it a lot. Especially Murder Hole. Hey at least you got to be there for a bit, and you will leave having brought some rain to the region!

    Did u ever review Meat Eater on Sportsmans Channel? It’s one of my faves. Point me to the link if you did.

    Cali has been good. Not too many pigs lately. Wonder if the drought has had an effect? Me wandering the woods with a gun fruitlessly busting pigs outta their beds probably isn’t helping either.

    Best,

    Ian

  3. Phillip on March 3rd, 2015 11:33

    Good to hear from you, Ian.

    Things aren’t that bad here, all things considered. It’s still a wonderful place, and I hate to leave it, but NC offers a lot too (and it’s “Home”). So it’ll work out. In the meantime, if you know someone who is looking for a little piece of Hill Country paradise, this place will be officially listed by the end of the week. I think it would be a hell of a getaway for some CA hunter. Hint hint.

    I don’t think I’ve ever specifically reviewed Meat Eater, but I do mention it from time to time. I’m not a fan of Rinella’s writing (or of some of the things he’s said in public appearances), but I do generally enjoy his show. I reviewed his book a while back. You can read that here.

    Oh, and Drought+Busting Bedding Areas=Few Hogs. It’s a pretty solid equation. As you know, it’s all about water when it comes to hogs, so if water is scarce, the hogs are going to be where it’s plentiful. Find those sources, and then find a way to hunt them without crashing through the barracks. But, I am experience first hand the effects of drought on hog populations. My friends near the river are well supplied, but up here in the canyon, despite the presence of plenty of food, the swine just aren’t coming. We’ve had good rain so far this year, though, so we’ll see what happens with springtime. I would dearly love to shoot at least one pig off of my own property before I sell.

  4. Ian on March 3rd, 2015 12:19

    Did u ever read that book about the Siberian Tiger?

  5. Phillip on March 5th, 2015 16:14

    Ian, I did not. As usual, it got added to my “list” and then other things got added to my list, and then… However, when I was glancing back over my past comments about Rinella, I did see your comment there and it reminded me. So now it’s added to the list again.

  6. ian on March 12th, 2015 11:40

    DO IT! You will love it.

  7. ian on March 12th, 2015 11:40
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