Have you seen this show? It is on A&E. I saw 2 episodes last night. It is about a family somewhere down in central - southern Texas. The father sort of look like Charlie Daniels. The son looks like Paul, Jr. from American Chopper and seems to have similar sorts of conflict with his father. The daughter provides the feminine touch and seems to be the background person in charge like the daughter from Sons of Guns and the wife on American Guns. They live in a house that is the same sort of rustic decor house (but nicer) than the Pigman has. Everyone wears and carries fancy guns sort of like seen on American Guns, what I call BBQ guns, but never seems to shoot them (except at a tied hog) and the business seems to be on the verge of going out of business due to expenses sort of like some of the groups on Swamp Loggers. In fact, they lost a dog (died) and needed new ones and paying for them seemed to be a real point of contention. The father said they can't afford it and whined the whole time when they didn't perform as well as the dead dog. They mostly drive junker vehicles, but have guns and mounts on the walls that represent huge amounts of investment. In short, this is reality TV with a lot of situational wrangling created by the producers (it would seem).
Do they hunt hogs? Yes. They catch all of them (so far) with hog dogs and the hogs are kept for eventual live donation to food shelters. So they are philanthropists, sort of like the guys in Hawaii sometimes on Hogs Gone Wild.
I don't know about you, but I seem to enjoy more watching hunters shoot the prey rather than seeing dogs biting on a hog and a bunch of humans dogpiling the hog to get it hog-tied. Oh, and they don't always tie the mouth and the hogs keep trying to bite them. If you are a hog dogger, you might not share my opinion - no problem. However, they seem to have made hog dogging seem even less exciting to me than what is shown on Hogs Gone Wild where the takedowns are actually exciting.
Anyway, it is somewhat interesting if you haven't seen it, but it also seems like a combination of a half dozen other "reality" shows. The only really good part is the hog hunting, but there isn't enough of it.
I saw last night. You can't tell me that the guy who looks like uncle jesse of the duke boys produced that brunette. The hog tyin did look sloppy. One hog got out of the ropes in one scene. All the hopes rested on that one eyed dog named rooster. The old man gave the new dog too much crap, he was gettin hogs for them once he has a real situation to prove himself. That dog will get better in time too. I have to believe that there are better hunters in Texas for a show like that. For all that, they could come film me bumbling around in the woods feeding my pig.
You're right Double Naught Spy - the issue with feral hogs is a very, very interesting one. These wild boars are responsible for over $50 million in damages each year in Texas alone. Feral hogs pose as threats to not only cropland and livestock, but also nearby residents.
I'd encourage everyone to take a look at this infographic about feral hogs & American Hoggers. It can be viewed here
You can catch a new episode of American Hoggers every Friday at 10/9pm ET/PT on A&E. So far, the show has been both interesting and entertaining. I'll definitely be sure to keep up!
I'm helping A&E spread the word about this new series, so if anyone has any questions please let me know.
Howdy all. First post here, hope I don't make too many enemies. First off, I started to watch the show, bailed before the credits were over. I personally can't stand realitiy TV and have no desire to watch it. Even for hog hunting. I have enough drama and turmoil in real life, I don't care to watch someone elses's fabricated disfunction.
Second off, I understand the nuisance issue with feral hogs but if they truly are such a widespread "problem", why is everyone charging more and more to hunt their land. If they really want them gone wouldn't it be getting a little cheaper?
Last edited by Skeaterbait; 10-25-2011 at 04:29 PM.
Skeaterbait, I take it that you are not a land owner here in Texas and don't have any livestock either. Hogs definitely are a problem here in Texas. However, the notion of little strangers run willy nilly across your land and shooting at things comes at a very very high level of financial risk. If one of those hunters happens to shoot another hunter or shoot another person on or off your property, or shoot your livestock or your neighbor's livestock, you can suffer a great loss. Hunters and neighbors won't just sue the hunter who pulled the trigger, but the landowner who let the hunter run around and blast away. In other words, hogs do real damage, but the amount of damage they do is minor compared to being bankrupted by a civil suit.
I find it almost amusing how everyone who wants to hunt wants to hunt for free and those that want to hunt for free aren't the ones paying the bills or in a position of responsibility.
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