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The Hog Blog Horn Porn Review – Sportsman Channel Awards Voting

November 17, 2014

I just realized I went through last week without a TV review post.  Mea culpa.

OK, I’m over it.

So here, to start your week, is a quick one.

First of all, for viewers of the Sportsman Channel, it’s time to vote for your favorite shows, hosts, and a handful of other awards.  The winners will be announced at the 2015 SHOT Show in January.  Click the image below to go vote, or you can paste in this URL:  http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/vote/

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On a related note, I’ve recently become a reluctant “fan” of one of the Sportsman Channel programs, Gun It, with Benny Spies.

When I first saw this program, I have to say I didn’t care much for it.  The host, Benny Spies, came across as sort of a smart jerk, pretending to be a redneck clown.  I didn’t (and still don’t) know much about this guy, but I get the feeling he’s a lot smarter than he lets on.  According to his bio, he’s carrying around a couple of college degrees and some significant experience in the TV industry.  So when he’s acting the clown, I get the feeling he’s laughing in his sleeve… sort of like Larry the Cable Guy, milking the stereotype dry with his fake southern accent and redneck act.

Honestly (if you couldn’t tell), I’ve got sort of a problem with the perpetuation of the dumbass hick stereotype.  “Redneck,” has always been an insult in my mind, and a fairly harsh one.  I know a lot of folks who are country as the day is long, and I hate that a large segment of the U.S. thinks they’re all ignorant, hyper-religious rednecks.  From time to time, I get a little country too.  Here’s a tip, folks.  Just because we talk slow, it doesn’t mean we are slow… well, not all of us anyway.

But this is TV.  It’s entertainment, targeted to the lowest common denominator.  If, as a viewer, you manage your expectations with this in mind, some TV makes a lot better sense and can even be a little bit of fun.  And that’s the case with Gun It with Benny Spies.

So I watched a few episodes, and it sort of started to grow on me.  First of all, his hick shtick is not the only game he has.  I actually like that many of the episodes are about Spies going outside his comfort level to try some hunting or fishing experience he’s never had.  He’s game, and he doesn’t always come out with limits or trophies.  On an episode down in Texas, he goes on his first hog hunt.  I’m not sure how he got set up with the “guide” who took him out, but things were looking pretty desperate.  In the end, after enlisting a little guiding help, he finally manages a small, meat hog for his troubles.  I can’t imagine the lengths they went to in order to get the payoff for that episode, but it came across as real.

The episode that finally sold me, though, was a recent one called Benny, Bullwinkle, and a Guide Named Steve.  I don’t know how, outside of phenomenal luck, but Spies drew a Shiras moose tag in Wyoming.  Throughout the episode, I was fairly impressed by how “real” everything was.  The guide was a character, as was the outfitter.  The hunt was about what I’d expect, right down to leveraging intelligence from the Spanish sheepherders to locate Benny’s bull.  What showed through, though; for all of his usual façade of “hickness”, Spies took the whole thing pretty seriously… even with a level of humility.  You could tell that he recognized what a big deal it was to get a once-in-a-lifetime draw like that.

I’m sure that Benny Spies will annoy me again before long.  Even my favorite show hosts occasionally do something that gets on my nerves.  But I generally come back for more.

Check it out for yourself sometime.  I can’t promise you’ll like it too, but I think there’s some quality there.

 

 

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3 Responses to “The Hog Blog Horn Porn Review – Sportsman Channel Awards Voting”

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  2. David on November 17th, 2014 10:56

    There are two hunting shows which I DVR. This is one of them. For all the reasons you stated. I also like that he does show his failures, missed shots and some days they just get skunked.

    The other one I watch is Buck Commander. It is less “Stupid Redneck” persona than Duck Commander was and much better than Duck Dynasty. Although they are often on trophy guided hunts, I like the guys on the show and their interactions with each other. The family involvement on some of the shows is good too.

  3. Phillip on November 17th, 2014 11:07

    Good to hear, David. The only program I’ve actually bothered to DVR is Pig Man, which, as anyone who’s spent any time on this site knows, remains one of my favorites… despite my occasional criticism.

    I’ve seen a couple of episodes of Buck Commander, and the Robertson guys are sometimes pretty entertaining. I also agree that their actual hunting programs seem a lot less contrived than Duck Dynasty. I don’t spend much time on waterfowl hunting shows, mostly because I feel like they tend to run pretty much identical and redundant (of course, some folks would say the same about any hunting show), but the interaction of the Duck Commander guys is sometimes enough fun to make me linger for a few minutes longer.

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