New Show on History Channel, Chasing Tail

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  . . .

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  • http://twitter.com/SoCalBowhunter Al Quackenbush

    I am very curious about this one and will have to watch to see what transpires for sure.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Should be interesting! Thanks for stopping by Al!

      • Grandpa

        As you know Will, I grew up in CT…It was very common for people to hunt in their back yard…. Theres not much open land or state land to hunt, but, there is an abundance of white tail to the point where they are a problem. The hunters up there walk a fine line with the others that use the land. The show trailer doesn’t inpress me much. I can remember several times out hiking, fishing, riding dirt bikes and running into angry hunters who thought they owned the area. While the area really needs to controll their deer population. They should take a lower profile approch….

  • http://pedersenoutdoors.com/ Pedersen Outdoors

    It seems like they are going to practice safety and I think that the walking the deer through the yard was simply for the trailer. I’m looking forward to the show, I just hope it doesn’t sizzle out because there’s only so much you can do in someones backyard.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      “We” know that he likely just did that for the teaser but the public most likely will not realize that and see it differently. That’s my main worry is we will completely understand most of it as harmless and fine but the public perception will likely differ.

      • http://pedersenoutdoors.com/ Pedersen Outdoors

        I can see how that’d be true. I guess where I’m raised anyone and everyone hunts so it’s never frowned upon. I have numerous friends who have shot deer out there back window.

  • http://twitter.com/RoninM MRonin ⚜

    I’m in the ‘wait and see’ camp myself. You’re right, this could go either way and my hope is it turns out to be a positive portrayal. I’ll definitely tune in and see.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      We’re on the same page buddy!

  • http://twitter.com/1013Outdoors 10:13 Outdoors

    Even if this is a fantastic portrayal of the benefits of urban hunting to the environment and homeowners I fear it will be used a fodder to put an end to this often misunderstood method of hunting.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      I definitely see what you mean. So many people don’t even really know this type of hunting goes on!

  • http://twitter.com/robchasingtail robert lucas

    I like it. Because I am on the show. I hope you all like it.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Thanks for checking in Robert. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

      • http://twitter.com/robchasingtail robert lucas

        Feedback seems good, except from some fellow suburban hunters. I have always been open and honest and a little “out there”. I have written letters (dozens) to the editors of papers when I see the anti-agenda lying outright, and so on. Some of my fellows criticized that too. This show is meant to be fun and entertaining. If our image among others is a little goofy or silly, I can live with that. At least we are likable. More episodes are coming and they get better and better. If you want the show “picked up” for another season, get the word out!

        • TheWilltoHunt

          Thanks for checking back in Robert. As mentioned I have no problem with suburban hunting and being fun folks it’s more just how the editing and behavior portrays us as hunters and whether it hurts or helps the continuation of hunting and gaining or maintaining access.

    • genesis

      you were quite the contrast in that barn (tofu and cappuccino). hunters can be neat, too? i will watch again

  • David Benoit

    Sorry, I don’t trust the media. It isn’t so much the show, or the people on the show. I’m sure that they are quality and safe hunters. However, in the preview alone I see the stage being set for the “dummification” of the hunter. The scene showing the family out for a stroll while the hunter sits in the tree is just a spawning ground for bad publicity, in my opinion. AND if you end up seeing some deer drop in little Susie’s back yard and her finding it, the whole thing will be turned on its ear.

    The reality is that those that hunt in suburban areas like to stay quiet. This whole show is the antithesis to this and brings the whole thing right into broad daylight for public scrutiny. I too am not ashamed of hunting, but I don’t see this as a way to win the “non-hunter” over to our viewpoint.

  • Genesis 9

    I watched both episodes back to back. They seem safe, and maybe some shock value is being shown here, but they did mention Lyme Disease and culling the deer per the property owners’ requests. Lyme Disease is a horrific disease, in my childhood a friend passed away from it, and as recent as 15-20 years ago – nobody knew how to treat it. Doctors mis-diagnosed it and patients suffered terrible symptoms while not really knowing what was wrong with them.

    Are humans supposed to care about the Deer more than preventing the spread of disease, or about nature and wildlife, how about starvation? We have over 40 million people out of work? Around half our population is on food stamps.

    Two scenes in these shows demonstrated where pure deer meat (without chemicals and processing or genetically modified) was given to two men who both really appreciated it. OK, so maybe the show focuses on some shock value and some dirty camp habits for a contrast to the wealthy land owners, but they did cull the deer, they did talk of Lyme Disease, and they did utilize the deer for meat, hunting and safety tips, providing food via charity in giving to others. Would anyone like to see more of that? Sounds like it.

    Question: “What does the Bible say about animal rights?”

    Answer:
    The Word of God does not mention the treatment of animals to a great
    extent. However, from the creation account we get both what the Bible
    says about animals and how we must treat them. In Genesis 1 we find the
    creation of all things. It is here that we see God establishing the
    relationship between man and animal. In verse 28 God gives to man
    authority over all that was created on earth. Man is to take care of and
    use the earth. Man is to have the authority over all that was created.
    This means that man is to assume the control and protection of all that
    God had created. We must be careful in this role.

    However, it is important to notice what God does after the sin of man.
    Genesis 3 gives to us the details of the first sin man commits. In verse
    21 God prepares for mankind a covering out of skin, and for the first
    time an animal dies. The implications of this flow throughout the Word
    of God; because of man’s sin, death has entered the world. However, for
    our discussion on animals, it is important to understand that the
    animals are to be used by men for our needs.

    In Genesis 9 there is a change in man’s relation to animals. Up to this
    point, animals were not used as food. However, God now includes certain
    animals in the diet of mankind. God also puts fear of man into the
    animals. Again, animals are used to fill the needs of men. However, God
    repeats His command in verse two to watch over these animals.

    Animal cruelty should not take place if men truly understand the command
    to be “caretakers” of the earth. We are to control the numbers of
    animals so disease and sickness do not kill them off; we are to use the
    animals for our needs; we are to control animals in a manner in which
    they are not harmful to humans; and finally we should protect them from
    over-killing and abuse. The problem lies in the fact that many do not
    understand this balance and tend to over-protect or under-protect
    animals. Animals were created for us to enjoy, so protecting a remnant
    for others to enjoy is also proper. Proverbs 12:10 tells us, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/animal-rights.html#ixzz2QG93pK5v

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Hey ‘Genesis’ thanks for taking the time to comment. I think you’re misunderstanding the post unless this was intended as a reply to another commenter. I agree with what you said for the most part. I’m not real sure that the biblical rant was necessary but I have no problem with hunting or the manner in which they hunt. My issue is that ‘shock value’ and how it impacts the public’s view of hunters. If any of their behavior gives a potentially unbiased person a reason to then be biased against hunting it’s a problem. Or if it gives someone who’s ok with hunting a reason to change their mind that’s not ok. For example in the trailer the watches a family go by and says they need to get the hell out of the way so he can kill something. That’s immensely disrespectful. They have more right to be there than he does unless they are trespassing but given the nature of the show they most likely aren’t and even if they were if that’s not made apparent it portrays the suburban hunter in a bad light. I hope you understand what I’m getting at I have no problem in what they are doing for the most part it’s just how they portray hunters and how it can negatively effect public perception.

      • genesis

        I do absolutely understand what you mean. I am not misunderstanding the post, glad you wrote back. Biblical quotes were not meant as a rant, just a source — which does say we have to be careful in our role over the animals, with them, regarding them (temperance and discipline, right?). i watched the first two shows back to back, liked them OK, I mean, I never wanted to change channels and actually had a chuckle or two at a few of the situations. clearly there was some humorous-type, shock-value contrast depicted between the wealthy landowners vs. the good ol’ boys hangin’ in the barn/camp. maybe they should really focus in on: culling deer helps prevent over population, destruction of property, spread of disease among animals and humans, slows down lyme disease, and share the meat with people in need. would really like to more cultural and historical hunting educational fact explained and interwoven, that could be very interesting. i would like to see this show evolve and continue further by exploring the dimension of hunting throughout history — plus even more tips on education and safety – the responsibility of a hunter toward nature and all aspects involved. i also might like a name change to bow hunter – or something like that – but i can get beyond the name since it’s out there now

        • TheWilltoHunt

          We’re on the same page! Not that I’m against biblical teachings and the over all point it just kinda lost me for a minute ;-) I agree with you completely but I’m afraid it will most likely stick with the shock value laugh at the hill billy humor. I hope they prove me wrong!

  • http://twitter.com/SoCalBowhunter Al Quackenbush

    Watched it and my thoughts… Horrible show in the way hunters are depicted. Mike is the only guy working for it in my opinion. Arky is a tool and the incessant smoking is atrocious. Complete disrespect for the animals, too. Plus, they keep flip flopping the hunters images when they are shooting. Makes it look like all of them are ambidextrous. I could go on, but I won’t be wasting my time on this show.

  • Chris Myers

    I think the show is horrible. Sheds bad light on hunters. Mix in some un-reality and it makes it one of the worse shows I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it will make it long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gohuntarizona Go Hunting Arizona

    Lets face it, this show is made for TV. I found it to be funny at times but gives most of us ethical hunters a bad rap.

  • Joseph Delia

    What we have to recognize is that if this show was made to appeal to hunters only, and if every single hunter in the country were to watch every single episode, and nobody else, the show would have such a minor market share it wouldn’t last two weeks. These guys are excellent hunters, who have been given the opportunity to experience their “fifteen minutes of fame” in exchange for “acting” a bit crazy. The show would not have aired on the History Channel, or perhaps anywhere else, without the zaniness. Let’s not begrudge the guys this chance for a little fame, and perhaps a little fortune. You would do it too, if given the opportunity.

    • Emily Lynn

      If you think they are acting you should come to Vermont and meet some redneck men or even some redneck women like me. We don’t act we are fun loving crazy people who need a little spice in life to be happy!!!!!

      • Francis Akiona

        Can I please come over there and shot some deer with my bow, from Hawaii.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kopjanski Billy Kopjanski

    Leave the show alone. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Why bash the show? Jealousy? I think the show is awesome. Period

  • Chris Hall

    This show is a joke. I can see not being a trophy hunter but LET THE DEER MATURE!!!! Shoot a mature doe. Them guys are Pathetic!

    • Francis Akiona

      They are eradicating dude. Try doing the research before you start talking trash about people.

  • DeerBusters

    Just watched Episode 5 and we chuckled. Obvious it’s comedy, people are being way too serious with complaining on ‘this and that.’ We watched Swamp People all day before this episode, and it was basic and simple – same repeat story each time, so is Pawn Stars. But we like those, too – Chasing Tail was more interactive, showing people, etc. Regarding the treatment of the Deer – We have 2 family members w/ Lyme Disease. People don’t know how dangerous that disease is, and it can ruin health for life with replapses. Back when they didn’t know how to treat it, and it ravages a person’s neurological system. Deer carrying Lyme Disease are spreading it rampantly in CT. The show could spend time honoring the wildlife during the hunt, as a native American would; and also show more on the giving of the Deer Meat to others, that is a redeeming quality of good that is there. Again, this is just comedy, tho…we will keep watching.

  • http://pedersenoutdoors.com/ Pedersen Outdoors

    While I get that this show is aiming more at the general public than the hunting population, I can’t help but dislike the show. The biggest thing is that it depicts hunters in a terrible image followed by them being the complete opposite of discreet like they preach they are. The other main reason I dislike the show is that all Arky does is swear with every other word. I can’t believe the history channel would allow that footage to be shown. While I love the concept of the suburban hunter they could definitely change a few things that would make it appealing to both the general public and hunting population. I will keep watching to see how it progresses but there is a few things that I think need to change if this is going to last longer than one season.

  • Francis Akiona

    Hey, Im from Hawaii, and I bow hunt. I love this show. We pretty much do what they do but for pigs over here on Oahu. We even have a four man group and all the same personalities. I hope they make a season two.

  • Francis Akiona

    Here’s the scoop for all you haters. These guys are in a sense “employed” by the land owners. Their job is to rid of the animals that are causing a nuisance, regardless of size and sex. The property owners actually expect them to bag a animal or two, otherwise they man not be able to use the area no more. So that is why the shot whatever deer comes within range.