Big E TV is a Father/Son hunting television show dedicated to bringing hunters together to stand up for one another no matter how they choose
There are hours and hours of Hunting TV shows with the same approach…”look at me hunt” or “let me show you how to hunt”. But nobody is showing the story of who is hunting and why they hunt and more importantly why they choose to hunt where they do.
Although our show is intended to stand up for all controversial and non-controversial hunting methods and unite hunters on the broad front, we chose the most controversial method of all to build our message on…”Preserve and Ranch Hunting”. But we aren’t building this show with us out there hunting or using any paid professional hunters for that matter. Big E TV “Both Sides of the Fence” uses average Joe, Blue collar hunters. Regular working dad’s who want to hunt with their children and be successful in their short vacation time, disabled grandfathers who want to share a memory with a grandson or maybe a son and a grandson and could never do it if it were not for a preserve. Military, terminally ill, Husbands whose wives decided to try hunting for the first time but want to do it privately, even doctors who cannot be away from their patients long enough to be able to scout out places to hunt or sports stars who we love to watch on TV but have no time to hunt if it were not for a ranch or preserve.
Big E TV is out to tell their stories, their successes, struggles and the true hunts that occur both on and off preserves. There are many large fair and ethical preserves and it is time to not only expose the truth but promote it. For without these opportunities these hunters would not be “hunters and we would not have their votes to support us. So we support them, and they in turn support us and our overall cause. Big E TV is about telling the plain and simple truth and being prepared to stand up to the ignorance that may try to negate it. And in this course we fully intend to promote and expose the great products and manufacturers who stand behind ALL hunters regardless of their choice of hunting practice because they realize that in the end the sport of hunting is good for us all and standing together is more important than playing dumb. If our product works it should work on “Both sides of the Fence” and what better way to prove it than in a controlled environment where it can be tested and proven to actually do what it was designed to do.
To help expose our Sponsors and lure in Hunters, we outfit them with all Brand new gear to hunt with on TV, the gear of our sponsors. We set them up, take them out hunting and let them prove the product and be successful. At the end of the hunt they get the product awarded to them on TV providing they filmed a successful and televisable hunt for us to the best of their ability. They become the unpaid, average Joe spokesperson for our products…each week, a new person telling the world how great the product was and how well it worked. The entire show is designed around the dual mission of, uniting hunters by proving the importance of Ranches, which makes the show appealing simply because it is controversial like it or not, it will be watched. And we will be using great new products throughout the whole show and giving them away at the end.
So the only question is…Do you have the backbone to step out of same old boring and mundane hunting shows that run hour after hour and ruffle a few feathers and watch a show that tells the truth about “Both Sides of the Fence”? And when you have an army of disabled military veterans, terminal children, grandfathers, mothers, husbands, wives, and people who lives have left them without the blessing of being able to rush up a mountain any longer, standing behind you, supporting you…for supporting them, what more do you need?
This show isn’t designed for everyone…This is a show for people who are educated and smart enough to realize that each of our own way is not the ONLY way. This is a show that tells the truth about the products we use because the folks using them are not paid to tell us anything. This is a show that gives strong examples of how stereotyping any portion of our sport is a danger to losing it all. It is a show designed for people who want to see all of their options. You can run in the pack with everyone else, or step out and be part of something that will surely be the most talked about show in the years to come.
We look forward to seeing you on, Big E TV…”Both Sides Of The Fence”
Big E TV “Both Sides of the Fence”
We would like to thank you for taking the time to watch Big E TV “Both Sides Of The Fence”. This show is sure to cause some controversial conversations which are good for us as an industry and as an American past time and tradition. By this we are referring to the sport of Hunting. For many years, we have watched TV hunting grow and it has become a great avenue to advertise and search new products, destinations and see pro hunters entertain us.
Throughout the years, this controversy over many types of hunting has grown and we as hunters have begun to divide ourselves. There are many types of controversies within our midst. Some you may not even think about, but rest assured these topics are causing arguments and threatening to divide us into smaller groups and make us easier prey for losing all of our rights very soon. We hear arguments about gun vs. Bow, Long Bow vs. Compound, crossbow or no crossbow, stand hunting vs. drives, elevated stands vs. ground hunting, hunting over water holes, over bait, using dogs, hunting doves, …the list goes on. But far and above the rest, the most controversial method is ranch hunting.
We have heard the terms; “Fair Chase” and “Free Range” a lot in our industry. Both of these terms are being used improperly and are misleading our hunters. We chose the platform of Ranch hunting for a specific purpose. It is the most controversial topic in our midst and by far has the most emotion involved in its conversations. If we can show our viewers how this topic needs a second thought, then all of the other topics become easier for us to support each other on.
As Big E TV grew, our focus changed and we began to see the need to make a show that nobody else wanted to. As we hunted “Open Range” non-fenced hunts we were presented with an opportunity to sell hunts for some High Fence operations. We took the time to ask questions and get to know the clients who were patronizing such places. We found that the stereo-type and the first thing that came to your mind was WAY WRONG.
I have heard that people who hunt ranches are rich people who just want to fly in and kill an animal and fly out….FALSE. I have heard that people who hunt ranches are not hunters and have no skill to hunt…FALSE. I have heard that people who hunt ranches should not be allowed to hunt…FALSE. And that last one is the most dangerous statement of all. Anyone we do not allow to hunt is a lost vote. And we are in a time when every single vote counts. Nobody has the right to say that another Free American does not have the right to hunt. I have also heard statements about ethical hunting, canned hunts and many improperly used terms around High Fence Hunting.
So please allow me to educate you and make you aware of the other side of the fence. Not all high fence operations are the same and not all of them are small. But even the small ones have certain advantages that are important. In my seminar, I give examples of people that I have taken on hunts at high fence operations.
One was a 10 year old girl who booked a hunt with me for an elk hunt with her dad. Of course we try to encourage people to start out smaller and allow time to create the hunt desire and not start out with such a trophy that you can never beat it. I asked the father if he was sure that he wanted to book such a hunt for her first hunt. He said yes he was. Before I could get back to explaining the options for where we could hunt, his daughter looked me square in the eyes and said, “I am dying and probably will not be alive next year”. She went on to tell me that her daddy already had many whitetail deer on his wall and was a really good hunter. But he always said he wanted to put an elk over his fireplace. So when he found out his daughter was terminal, he asked her what she wanted to hunt. She told him she wanted to put that elk over the fireplace so that when she was gone he could look at it every day and think of her. They decided that in her weak health that a high fence controlled environment was the best option. Now does anyone have the right to tell this young lady that she does not deserve to hunt?? I think not. And any group, record book or organization that condemns her for hunting on a ranch is a bigger threat to our heritage than any single hunting method could ever be.
Another true story is a doctor I met at a deer ranch in Wisconsin. He flew in and met his rifle which was still in the box, scope still in the box and had never fired a gun in his life. Now this guy sounds an awful lot like the stereo type doesn’t it?? Well the story is that he is a doctor in Florida who treats people without insurance. He is quite busy and cannot get away to hunt. He has a lot of patients who are hunters and he wants to be part of that group. He wants a big Deer on his wall that he shot, not a purchased mount. He realized he may only get a couple times in his life to go ever and he wants to be sure he is successful. He came to a ranch with a guarantee to get his trophy. We set up his rifle, taught him how to shoot and took him hunting. Today his deer hangs in his office, his rifle on the wall and he is now a hunter. He may never go into the woods again but you can be assured he votes with us and has our back when we need him. Can we afford to tell him we don’t want his vote and don’t want him as a hunter? Absolutely NOT!
I had 2 brothers come to one of my ranches in 2009. Both of them around 70 years old. They had hunted elk in the mountains on public land for 15 years. The only bull they ever got was a spike. So they booked a hunt on a ranch, stalked with bow and both harvested trophies for their homes. They shed tears together and then told us how their days of hunting in the mountains were over, due to diabetes and worn out knees from injuries in Viet Nam. They said this was their last hope and a bucket list item for them to do together. Should we as hunters tell guys like this that we don’t need their votes and that they should hang it up?? I hope not because any one of us can be in this situation tomorrow.
In 2008 a man called me on the phone to book a cow elk hunt. By the way he took long breaths when he talked, I knew he was disabled. He was paralyzed from the neck down. His 2 sons attended the hunt with him and had built special equipment so that he could tell them to raise or lower the rifle and go left or right. He had a special device made to pull the trigger. He harvested his elk and was ecstatic. He shed tears with his sons and told me how it was his dream to harvest an elk. After he went home he became ill and ended up in the hospital. I was informed that he spent the last weeks of his life trying to talk the doctors and nurses into coming along the next year to watch him get his bull elk. He died that winter. In talking to his family I learned how he ended up in that wheel chair. He was a semi driver and was traveling down a state highway when a woman ran a stop sign. He swerved to avoid hitting the van, but still did hit it. His efforts to swerve saved the occupants of the van and caused him to end up completely paralyzed. The van’s occupants were a young mother and 2 small children. He saved their lives. I would like to see which Anti-High Fence person could tell this man that he no longer deserved the right to hunt or that his vote did not matter to us.
Then there is the long list of disabled military folks coming back. Some can go out on open range hunts, some cannot. High Fence Ranches offer an opportunity for these hero’s to go on a hunt, be assured to bring home a trophy and a place that can cater to each of their special needs. They also allow for family to come along, something not available on most open range hunts.
How about sports figures? We expect to turn on the TV on Sunday and see our teams playing at full strength. These athletes are a huge voice in our industry. But when do we afford them time? For those that can get out on an open range hunt it is great, but many of them have only 2 or 3 days max between appearances and really deserve a place to go and relax. And we really need their voice and their votes.
We at Big E TV have hundreds of compelling stories like this. And each of these hunters I can promise will have your back and stand against any law proposed that may take away your right to hunt the way you want to or feel is best. The big question then is…Do YOU have their back in return?
Ranches also bring many new hunters to the sport by offering a place to learn to hunt with less pressure and the peace of mind knowing they will find their animal. It also helps get them their first animal and instill the drive in them to continue rather than coming home empty handed and giving up on the sport.
There are many more examples that were the reasons that we formed the show for what it is. Many hunting TV shows need to use ranches to fill their episodes for your entertainment. They should be allowed to do this honestly and without re-course. Instead they have to hide it.
Preserves offer opportunity for many people that they would not have otherwise. If you as a hunter do not agree then you are FREE to make the decision NOT to hunt on one. But one day you may be faced with an accident or a family member who needs to go to a ranch. We are a FREE country but by condemning such places we are asking the government to make a law for us and tell us what we can do. We are saying we are not capable of deciding for ourselves so please decide for us. Each time we shut down any type of hunting because of our own inner struggle we give up the right and freedom to choose for ourselves when we need to.
I have had so many young hunters come up and confront this issue as unfair and unethical. Yet when I do my questioning I find that many of them have or do spotlight, bait even if it is not legal, have taken more than their bag limit or hunted without a license. They do this all in the name of “Fair Chase” and “Free Range” and then argue about ethics.
I will tell you a “Free Range animal is one that lives in a natural environment, has its own food and water sources with multiple choices and breeds naturally in its environment. There are many High Fence operations with “Free Ranging” herds and Big E TV will explore them, take people there to hunt and show you that it is a hunt. “Fair Chase” is any hunt in which the animal can elude and get away from the hunter, and the hunter may not harvest the animal he wishes because of this. Again, there are many “Fair Chase” High Fence operations.
High Fence operations also have some of the healthiest animals, most of them certified as disease free by the USDA. They offer safe controlled places to hunt and fill your tag. We are being poisoned by the Anti-Hunters into fighting among ourselves and thus dividing our numbers. As hunters we need to stand up for one another and our rights to choose and decide for ourselves. If you choose not to try a certain type or method then so be it, but you should support those that do as we support the method you do choose. When you can understand this message as it pertains to high fence hunting, you can then understand how it relates to all the other methods we mentioned earlier.
In the end all that matters is “Huntin’ Is Good” No matter how you do it. So it is time to start supporting each other. Shut up and hunt, let hunters choose what is right for them. Don’t be fooled by tricks used by the Anti-Hunters or their phony Television campaigns. They air them on the same channels that are still hunting for Big Foot. Support each other and don’t give up any freedoms EVER! Don’t let anyone take freedom from anyone of our group because one day when you are faced with a situation where you may change your mind at least you have the right and freedom to do that on your own.
Please attend one of our seminars at the trade shows we attend, or request a video of this message. It is time to make a stand on all issues and stop our division. We all have reasons that cause us to make the decisions we feel are the best for us. A smart group of hunter recognizes this and supports one another, even in different issues. This is the same freedom as you have in deciding what kind of camo you are going to wear, what kind of truck you want to drive and what you want to have for dinner this evening. Do you want that right to choose or do you want to be told what you can and cannot do?
If you have never hunted a Ranch take the time to at least understand them and the truth about the clientele. It may not be for you and that is your choice. But as we will support you in any conflict that may threaten your right to hunt the way you choose, we request your support for the way many choose or need to hunt High Fence ranches. Our goal is not to talk people into doing something they don’t want to do…it is to educate so that you realize that close minded values can and will come around to bite us in the end.
We all need to stand together and support each other as FREE American’s. As you watch Big E TV “Both Sides Of The Fence” , you will see some hunts that may be hard to determine the reason they chose a ranch. Some will be obvious. But in the end, take the time to think about each individuals rights and reasons.
We look forward to seeing you…on “Both Sides Of The Fence”