The show throws a wide net, when it comes to content, featuring a variety of hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor adventures, plus his music. It's programming that really provides "something for everyone" and that's the goal. Lucas talks about his desire for the show to go beyond traditional viewing audiences that are already plugged into the hunting, fishing and the outdoor sporting lifestyle. He wants to be able to intrigue and entertain those core viewers, but also wants to break down boundaries and bring in viewers that may have little if any experience or knowledge about hunting, fishing and the outdoor lifestyle. The show really allows viewers to see what sportsmen and women are about, what they are doing afield, learn about conservation and lets them see the whole process unfold. There will always be people who don't understand what we do, Lucas says, but the show is an opportunity to break down barriers, educate and hopefully change perceptions. Hunting is about so much more than killing an animal, and for that reason the show focuses more on the overall adventure than the final outcome. Big game, small game, upland birds, waterfowl, freshwater or saltwater fishing, lobstering, scuba diving - the show covers it all.
Lucas says his guitar has acted like a passport to him over the years, opening the doors to experiencing amazing destinations and meeting new people. "Hoge Wild" makes it possible for him to share those experiences now. Lucas talks about his experience hunting mulies in New Mexico in an area as thick with mule deer as it is with old western historical meaning. He also discusses his love of archery elk hunting and the people and events that led him to discovering a favorite elk hunting locale that he visits almost every year in Colorado. He also welcomes new adventures and talks about a recent trip to Tampa, Florida where he left the more familiar freshwater ponds and lakes behind and instead dabbled in saltwater fishing. In the U.S. and abroad, Lucas says the show is really able to feature a wide variety of fantastic outdoor opportunities. In addition, Lucas talks about marrying his love of music with the show and writing original songs and scores for different episodes which bridges the gap between his passions for both music and the outdoors.
Finally, listen in as Lucas talks about his popular "Sunday Sessions" where he sings gospel music and the following they have garnered. Plus, he'll discuss his new song, "Wishin' I Was Fishin'" and the inspiration behind it. Writing with a friend who had lost a parent, Lucas says the intent of the song was to honor his own dad, but to do so before he was gone. It seems like people always wait until someone is gone and then that person never gets to hear that song, he says. "Wishin' I Was Fishin'" honors and celebrates his father, now. In the middle of writing the song, Lucas says he received a call from the Grand Ole Opry offering him a chance to perform. Jumping on the opportunity, he says he finished the song that day and then performed it for the first time that night on stage at the Ryman Auditorium. He'll also briefly discuss the evolution of country music, navigating between classic country and new country styles, and the ability to stay true to your own aesthetic while still being a successful country music artist.
Watch Lucas Hoge on "Hoge Wild" every Monday 7:00 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel.