GSN’s The Boddington Experience follows veteran outdoor writer, television personality, and international hunter Craig Boddington & family in exciting destinations both close to home and around the globe! Today’s blog comes from Craig’s wife Donna. Be sure to tune in for GSN’s The Boddington Experience Tuesdays at 7:00PM ET
Some people refer to an aoudad hunt as “a poor mans sheep or goat hunt”. Well, I can tell you it’s just as challenging as any expensive sheep hunt, or at least it was for me.
We arrived in El Paso, TX on a beautiful March day. We met our camera op/field producer Kelly at the airport, picked up the rental car and made our way to about as far west as you can get in Texas. On arrival, the beauty of the country we planned to hunt pleasantly surprised me. Wild flowers bloomed all around and the weather was perfect. Too bad my shooting wasn’t.
Most folks don’t know that I dislike being on TV and being followed around by a camera. I feel this way at any time but especially when I’m hunting. I think making TV is the best way to ruin a hunt for me. To be fair though I have to tell ya that I probably wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of the hunting I’ve done if it wasn’t for the TV shows. I’m blessed that we can recoup and pay for part of it because we’re taping “The Boddington Experience.” But, the field production still just frustrates the hell out of me. Double edged sword syndrome.
I wanted to do so good on this hunt but I was horrible. I couldn’t hit the side of an airplane hanger. I wasn’t “building my house” so to speak. I didn’t take the time to get comfortable and set up properly. I was hyper aware of the camera, so it compounded my frustration and I went from bad to worse. I took a shot from a rocky edge but there was a bipod on my rifle and I’m not accustomed to bipods. I own it. I should have removed it.
There are so many upsides to what we do and I know I’m living the dream. But the pressure, the pressure when the camera is rolling is overwhelming. I missed two rams and the pressure should have been low because I was culling for Hunter Ross of Desert Safaris. Truth is, when I miss, I get bitchy and it’s downhill from there. I get so frustrated when I mess, doubly so on TV. I get irritated with myself because I know I can do better, I’ve done it. I’ve trained and I’ve practiced, but once my juju is off I get stuck.
The reality of the frustration we all experience aside, I loved the hunt. There are so many aoudad in the area Desert Safaris hunts. The beauty is stunning and the scenic and the critters will make you start planning your “poor man’s sheep hunt.”
I hope you enjoy this episode of The Boddington Experience, and can empathize with me, your fellow hunter as I miss. Know that the truth is, I am reluctant participant n hunting TV, but also happy when it works out. You know it’s true when they say “you can’t eat your cake and have it too”. What I take from my bad shots in West Texas is this; forget about everything except what your hunting. I’m doing this more over the last few years. When you’re hunting, just hunt.
By the way, Hunter Ross of Dessert Safaris did a great job guiding us. Craig did a great job on getting his aoudad. He also is so calm and encouraging to me when we hunt together. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher and mentor. I just have to listen a little better sometimes. Working this close with your husband can be a blessing and a curse. But that’s just the way it is with any husband and wife business. 24/7 it’s hunting, travel, guns, ammo and trade shows. All in all it was a blast and I will try again!
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