The boys over at Buck Commander just released their second DVD, Buck Commander 2; Ballistic, and I can’t be more excited to see it. Judging by their first DVD and the trailer for the second, this hunting video separates itself from others by incorporating one of my favorite parts of the Buck Commander philosophy: “It is not the size of the horn, score or location that makes a hunt successful; it is the experience and enthusiasm for the hunt.”
During this part of the year, summer to early fall, deer hunters everywhere are antsy for the upcoming season. In the meantime – throughout the year, really – I watch Outdoor TV and ESPN Outdoors for many reasons: entertainment, education and simply because that’s what I love to do. It’s like a college ballplayer (maybe, in my case, a little leaguer) watching the pros. It drives my friends who don’t hunt crazy, but that’s just the way it is – I’ve sat through soccer games before, after all.
But in a lot of hunting shows, they move from hunt to hunt so fast it all seems kind of the same after a while. It’s almost a race to get the animal down, get a camera up there and hold the antlers up. This style of film and TV totally misses out on the best parts – the anticipation and enthusiasm before the hunt, the story behind the hunt, interaction and behavior of predator and prey, the result, and good times had by all throughout the experience. The entire thing, not just the harvest, is why I love to hunt. From all I’ve seen – and I’d encourage you to check out the Buck Commander 2: Ballistic trailer – Ballistic captures the whole package, just like their philosophy, and makes you laugh and reminds you of being with your buddies right after a hunt on a November morning around 11 o’clock.
What other hunting video have you seen – ever – that has one group of hunters hitting golf balls at another group sitting in the stand!? And the other part is there, too: big, old, experienced deer being hunted by experienced hunters. Even if you don’t hunt, watching the trailer should at least have you cracking a smile and understanding a little more about why hunters love their sport.
Other people are taking notice of Buck Commander as well, as ESPN has slotted a 13-episode miniseries of original video on ESPN2 starting July 5 and running every Sunday morning at 8:30 Eastern.
What about you? What are your favorite outdoor shows and videos to watch?
Caleb Regan and his wife, Gwen, live in rural Douglas County, Kansas, where they enjoy hunting, fishing, and raising and growing as much of their own food as they can. Caleb can’t imagine a better scenario than getting to work on a rural lifestyle magazine as a profession, and then living that same lifestyle right in the heartland of America. Connect with him on Google+.