There are a ton of hunting shows out there but rarely does one focus on hunting whitetails in the suburban setting. History Channel’s new show Chasing Tail, which is filmed in the Connecticut suburbs does just that. I hunt everything from several hundred acre farms to small residential lots and even a golf course and a business. While I like that this type of hunting is getting some air time I have my concerns.
I’ll start with what I like about the concept. Having only seen the sneak peeks and not a full episode I hope it shows hunters as a viable way to safely control deer populations in a suburban setting. I also hope that it shows them either utilizing the deer for food or perhaps donating some to a program like Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry or Hunters for the Hungry. Personally, I think History Channel should have picked up my buddies at Team Overkill they’ve been doing this for a long time, have a good time doing it and show hunting this environment in a good light.
Here are my concerns. My biggest concern is it will create a mockery of suburban hunting. I also fear that the way it is portrayed in the show could hurt future suburban hunting opportunities. For example in the screen shot that is the header the guy is dragging a deer across a front yard. Also in another commercial for the show it shows a deer expired on a pool cover. I know when I’ve hunted in these environments I do my best to stay hidden as much as possible in pretty much every aspect. I do my best to get in quiet, get out quiet and care for any game out of view of the public. Not that I’m ashamed of what I’m doing but as a courtesy to residents. This is their home they might not want to see it. Even as a hunter I have hunters that hunt near my house and I get annoyed with them sometimes. Update: There’s Already a Change.org Petition to get it taken off the air . . .
Every year counties, localities and HOA’s vote on allowing suburban bowhunting and the last thing we need is a nationally televised show giving anyone ammo to oppose. Again, I like the concept and hope it helps portray suburban bowhunting as a safe way of controlling suburban deer populations. However, I have my worries.
Watch the Sneak Peek Below and let me know what you think . . .