Wingshooters, of which I am one, are an interesting group. For one, we don’t have many TV shows to watch. And even fewer of those shows show places we can visit, stay, hunt, and plan to visit.
One of the biggest problems is that wingshooting, in general, does not have the support of the advertising community. While I am glad that deer hunting, turkey hunting, and duck hunting have all the camo, bow, shotgun, rifle, ammo, boot, glove, facemask, spray, scent, and four-wheeler manufacturers, it is difficult to find a good wingshooting sponsor. Mojo has their own show (God bless Terry Denmon, whom I know well). Pheasant Forever has their own show. These shows promote their products and cause respectively. That’s great.
But what I want to see on YouTube, Facebook, TV, Instagram, and whatever new and prolific consumer feeding machines there are, are short, great videos about where to go wingshooting – here in the US and abroad. I want to see a sky full of birds and not a bunch of ‘kill shots’.
I want to see the lodge and great food and happy people sitting at the table with a glass of wine or gathered around the fire or fireplace with drinks in hand, relaxed, smiling, laughing, obviously reliving the day – and I want at least three seconds at the end of the show where the name of the place, the contact information – phone number and email address – and location are displayed so I can jot down the information to make contact and see about setting up my own hunt. Or I want the contact information for the person who is responsible so I can contact them to talk about setting up a trip.
I want to see quality videos to which I can refer for what I am going to experience, and I want them of a quality that makes me want to go, which is woefully lacking in so many videos. Here are a few of my favorites. Watch them at your leisure, but watch the short three- or four-minute ones first. They get a lot of mileage out of a short amount of time.
If these don’t get your blood pumping and make you want to go, check your pulse. The last one is a promotional video done for me by one of the outfitters I represent. What I have found in doing this for about 30 years, and 12 professionally, is that people want to deal directly with the outfitter if they can. I spend an inordinate amount of time, energy, and money finding quality outfitters here and abroad for wingshooting enthusiasts. Once the good folks have the outfitters name and number, and vice versa, they forget the guy who helped them find the outfitter. The only problem with this formula is that the clients don’t save any money booking direct, but they do stop the agent from making any money. Not sour grapes, just the way things work.
There are about 3,000 people on my mailing list. I wish there were 300,000, which I think would be the right number to draw from and have people going on all the incredible trips I have planned for this year and 2022 already.
What do wingshooters want? They want great ‘experiences’ that far exceed the number of shots fired or birds taken. They want clean …, friendly …, great …, warm …, comfortable …, and incredible … to be adjectives to describe their experience. That’s what I want to. I am a wingshooter as well.