I've been meaning to post these little concerns in here but keep forgetting...Old age does that I guess...
We have a lot of kids watching these hunting shows and videos as I do and there are a couple of things that I would love to address here.
1 is directly aimed at that show "starring" Tred Barta...Key problem is the shots taken while the show is comming on...If you are looking you see this MORON doing one of the STUPIDEST things in the world and carrying a DEAD DEER out of the woods on his SHOULDERS... Fathers and mothers PLEASE call attention to this MORONIC act to your children and PLEASE express how FOOLISH this act is. Now granted this wouldnt be much of a problem if EVERYONE practiced safe hunting methods and POSITIVLY identified their target and backstop, but as we all know this is not so in todays woods. PLEASE call attention to this act and point it out to your kids!! Say "look at that ignorant moron!! I better not EVER see you doing ANYTHING near something THAT stupid!!" drive it home to them. I have attempted to contact the outdoor channel as well as the Tred Barta contacts and have yet to get a reply or OBVIOUSY any action to remove this stupidity from the credits part of the show.
Now some may see this as just picking on something stupid, but I myself damn near shot a guy doing this and If it wasn't for me being well trained in safe hunting practices a man would have lost his life that day because for one he wasn't wearing ANY orange (neither is Mr. Barta in the video) and he had a BROWN toboggan on and his head was right at the deers' chest. That was one LUCKY man that day!!
Ok another one is one of simple common sense that I saw Just today...NEVER RUN WITH A LOADED WEAPON... Seen a fella ON VIDEO on the outdoor channel tonight on a dead out run trying to get in front of a deer. There was no edit point and he dropped right into a shot so the weapon was obviously chambered and ready for action. Now Im sure again there will be some reading this that will say "lord this guy is a fanatic" and guess what...YOU WILL BE CORRECT...When it comes to safety in the woods, we should ALL be fanatical about it and teach our children to be..Im sure you wouldnt want the death of another on your childs conscience because you neglected to teach them to be safe in the woods..And Im also just as sure you wouldnt want your child killed because someone ELSE didnt teach their child simple steps to being safe!!! These are points that I am making for a reason...The hunting video market is becoming flooded with these kinds of UNSAFE practices and our Kids are watching these SO CALLED "PROFESSIONALS" And thinking that these guys are supposed to be the best they are wishing to copy their every move!! Now I am all for promoting hunting to viewers but we all need to band together and start monitoring these videos and TV shows and call out the stupid stuff to our children and also call attention to the producers of them as well. Hunting takes enough black eyes from the antis without us punching ourselves because of stupidity
Take your Child hunting and fishing and teach them the Outdoors while teaching them the ethical and SAFE way to practice our beloved art.
If anyone has any ideas about how to get in contact with the Tred Barta show please PM me. We do all need to stand together on such issues!!