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Scott & Buddy shooting the "Buddy & Me" segment for the new TV show

Shooting the "Buddy & Me" segment for the new TV show

[Before you read on, help out your favorite cause by voting NOW at these sites:

www.wingshootingusa.org … Take one of your kids hunting on the show next season. Click on the “Win a Shot on the Show” icon.

www.blackswingandclay.com … Cash for your conservation group, Cabela’s gear for you! Click on the “Hot Dog” icon.

www.nativedogfood.com … a TON of food for hunting dog rescue club. Click on the “”Win a Ton” icon in the upper left corner.]

Now, where were we?

The chance to support conservation groups, hunting dogs and youth are part of the new “Wingshooting USA” television series, which debuted Wed. Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday 9:30 p.m. (East) on In Country TV (Dish Network Channel 230). The program launches on Sportsman Channel (DirecTV Channel 605) Saturday Oct. 3 at 11 p.m. (East).

Here are early online comments as the first broadcast aired …

Think you have a winner on your hands Scott- impressive- focus was on the dogs and not the advertising – Shadow

I liked it and will be watching it in the future – Big Dave

Watching it now. So far it looks great !! Sadie_Marie

Producer/host Scott Linden surveyed hundreds of bird hunters and hunting dog owners to create what he calls “a good show that does good.” Highly educational and interactive, the program, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, offers viewers multiple chances to vote a la’ “American Idol” on everything from favorite dog breeds to a “most valuable dog” in each episode. They can also enter to “win a shot on the show” for a viewer and child at NSSF’s website, www.wingshootingusa.org.  Also featured is Linden’s popular “Buddy & Me” training feature, where he learns as much as his dog does.

Highest vote-getters mean cash awards for one conservation group, a ton of Native performance dog food for breed rescue clubs, and merchandise prizes for viewers. A list of over two dozen beneficiary groups includes: American Kennel Club, North American Grouse Partnership, SCI’s American Wilderness Leadership School, Pheasants Forever and breed rescue groups for virtually every hunting dog, among others.

Visit our sponsors:

www.wingshootingusa.org                      www.happyjack.com

www.espamerica.com                               www.cabelas.com

www.nativedogfood.com                        www.tritronics.com

www.rossyoung.com                                www.travelsd.com

www.blackswingandclay.com               www.ravenwoodlodge.com



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A screen shot you'll likely see on the air this season

A screen grab from HD footage you'll likely see on the air this season

Sure, there’s the glamour of airline food, missed connections, lost (expensive, camera) luggage and ever-present doggie breath on the set. Don’t forget the surly airline personnel, rain, cold, gale-force wind, and a spate of bad shooting.  Just kidding!

I’m going over all the raw footage from last year’s hunts, the first step in lining out episodes and writing the voiceover for the new show. And boy, how it can drag when you’re not actually out there doing it. But that’s why we get the “big bucks” (hah!), because we take all those ingredients, add a little seasoning, stir, simmer, and create entertaining, educational, informational, motivational wingshooting programs.

Most of you know it takes hours of hunting to get minutes of good television, and I’m being reminded of it – big time – right now. We don’t have a real one anymore, but there is a big digital “cutting room floor” here, fast becoming cluttered with reject footage. But there’s also the flip side: reliving good times with friends new and old, great dogs, beautiful places, and some adrenaline rushes that ought to be bottled and sold in dark alleys for big dollars.

What’s on the screen now:A South Dakota grasslands hunt with shorthairs, coping with high winds and running ringnecks. If you’ve been there and done that, you know how tough it’s going to be to make a show out of dark skies, sketchy points and wild-flying birds. There is hope, though, as later in the day we salvage it with a new strategy (more later) and additional personnel including South Dakota’s governor and my friend, Mike Rounds.

On a positive commercial note, two new sponsors will help bring you the show, TriTronics (the collar guys) and ESP (hearing protection). It may sound trite, but it’s also true. Without sponsors nobody would be on the air, so get off your high horse if you’ve mounted up and are looking down your nose at the rest of us. I’m grateful to these folks as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Native performance dog food, Black’s directories and artist Ross Young. So, spend some money with them when you have a need!

End of commercial. It’s back to raw footage … as duty calls!

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