January 16, 2014
Granted, it’s not “Duck Dynasty.” Not yet.
But there’s a new camouflage-tinted, hunting-and-fishing show on TV, and who knows whether some day folks will be talking about the “Big Dawg” instead of the ducks.
And the new show comes from right here in the Tri-Counties. If it makes magic and becomes a big hit, remember, you heard about it here first.
The show, “Big Dawg Outdoors,” is the fulfilled dream of Scott Boger, an outdoor enthusiast in Lone Hickory south of Yadkinville. He turned his passion into, first, a backyard business and now a TV production airing on a nationwide stage.
“Big Dawg” debuted Jan. 5, and Boger and crew are working on a 26 episode-run airing on Sunday nights into June. The show is on the Hunt Channel, available on the Dish satellite TV system on channel 266. Check it out.
From here in our Tri-Counties to as far away as Saskatchewan, Canada, “Big Dawg” is loose to take TV viewers on tours of the Great Outdoors.
“I told my wife I’d like to do something like that,” Boger said. “She said go for it.”
It started when Boger made a couple of appearances on a cable TV show, “Pass’n It On Outdoors,” with host David Hinceman, a welder in the Charlotte area. As Boger was looking around, he got ideas.
“It kind of fascinated me,” Boger said.
A customer, Scott Martin, knew about cameras, so Boger recruited him for a new show. By the way, Martin is a baby brother of Sarah Byrd, a former Tribune colleague who now writes books and whom I introduced on this page in 2010. They grew up just down the road from me here in the hometown.
Boger’s wife, Barbara, quite a huntress in her own right, rounds out the show’s regular lineup. A future show will include her bagging a doe.
Boger started out making his own firearms at home, then seven years ago he struck out on a business venture offering his custom-made muzzleloaders from an old tobacco barn.
The business grew and Boger had a gun shop built next to the barn. These days his featured product is a smokeless muzzleloader of which he is particularly proud. “It broke the 3,000-foot-per-second barrier,” he boasts.
“Big Dawg’s” debut episode featured a duck and goose hunt in Saskatchewan, Canada, that was recorded in early November. Last night’s show was on tuna and mahi-mahi fishing on the Gulf Coast.
Boger said he’s planning an episode on deer hunting here. And he wants to do a show on urban bow hunting. Elkin and - new this year — Jonesville and Yadkinville, among others, offer hunting within municipal limits during a special season in January and February.
He also plans a fishing show from Oregon Inlet on the North Carolina coast, a show on pheasant hunting in Virginia and a deer-hunting show in Ohio featuring his taking an eight-point whitetail.
Big Dawg is the brand name of Boger’s powerful muzzleloaders.
“I went back to the saying, if you can’t run with the big dawgs, stay on the porch,” he said. “Then everyone just started calling me the big dawg,” he said. It’s also the name of his business web site on the internet.
What caught my eye is that, on Boger’s web site, he gives praise for “God’s help and blessings,” reminiscent of the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” fame that also has a well-known outdoors-themed show on cable TV.
I’m sure most of you have heard about the Robertsons and “Duck Dynasty” lately.
Boger said he’s met a couple of the Robertsons, and he admires their values, a prominent feature of “Duck Dynasty.” But Boger said he wants to stick to a conventional hunting and fishing show.
“I don’t want to get caught up in the Hollywood aspect of it,” Boger said. “I want it to be a real show with real hunters and fishermen. I don’t want to get into a script.”
The Robertsons could take a page out of Boger’s book. A Christian, Boger ends his shows with a Bible verse in memory of his late grandmother.
Correct me if my memory is flawed, but I can’t recall another TV show coming out of the Tri-Counties that gained nationwide exposure. “Big Dawg” could be onto something here.
From this season’s modest beginning, Boger said he would like to see the show grow and become more widely available.
So little Yadkinville, prepare for hordes of tourists and the curious like those who these days besiege the much larger West Monroe, La., the home base of “Duck.” You never know.
And if you miss “Big Dawg” on satellite TV, look for episodes on the YouTube internet service or on the Hunt Channel website, http://huntchannel.tv
Some day you may get to tell folks you were running with the “Big Dawg” from the beginning.
Stephen Harris returned home to live in State Road.