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How to hunt, real hard on television

Hard hunting takes more than what a typical hunting television show demonstrates, says Jason Acorn of Red Deer, and he is proud that his show includes how difficult it can be to get an animal.

Acorn and his partner, Calvin Buckler, hunt all over Alberta and Saskatchewan. Their trips are then put together for The Bone Yard, a hunting show broadcast on Wild TV, a hunting and fishing channel.

“We document our passion,” said Acorn. “It also allows us to voice our opinions on hunting, fair chase and the poaching problems we have.”

A bow hunter, Acorn said his program goes beyond what a normal hunting show would and demonstrates the preparation it takes to hunt.

The second season of episodes began airing Monday.

The current episodes were filmed during last year’s hunting season, and then they spent this hunting season filming next year’s season of episodes.

“We’ll be pretty much run all year now, the episodes will be replayed,” said Acorn.

“It’s three months of the outdoors, but we pretty much hunt all year round with coyotes and wolves and stuff like that.”

Ever since the show started airing last year, Acorn said they have seen great response from viewers.

“From the period we left the air until now, we have been getting a steady fan base that keeps growing and growing,” said Acorn.

“I think the big thing about the show (that) people enjoy is that we portray ourselves as normal people. We don’t take ourselves very seriously, but we take our passion for hunting very seriously.”

They don’t use guides or bait.

Acorn called it “hard hunting” that challenges them every time.

“Hunting is not easy,” said Acorn.

“It takes a lot of preparation, scouting, equipment and a lot of days out in the outdoors where you don’t see anything.

“Some shows have guys who get big deer every single time they go out, but people need to realize they go to outfitters, they’re told what tree to sit in, they’re told at what time they can expect deer to walk under their tree stand to the bait pile and they shoot these big deer.

“ It’s sort of misleading to the average hunter who can’t afford a $4,000 hunting trip.”

Some of the locations for this season include the Crowsnest Past area, where they hunted mule deer; a riverboat trip for bull moose along the Athabasca River; Evansburg-area for white-tail deer hunting; east of Stettler for a mule deer; and in the Peace River area for elk hunting.

On top of filming and their hunting trips, the partners go to trade shows. Acorn said he has appeared at the Red Deer Boat and Sportsman Show for a few years, as well as similar trade shows in Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

The show, which airs on Wild TV — a Canadian channel specializing in hunting and fishing available on Bell, Shaw and other cable or satellite providers — can be viewed on Mondays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.



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