Joe says when hunting with a bow you have to understand that you won’t always be successful - to illustrate he cites his experience hunting mountain goats and references the multiple failed hunts he endured before finally tagging out. “The 29” is more than just a hunting show, Joe says. It also highlights the journey, the highs the lows of each pursuit, the people that introduced him to hunting, as well as his fascination and respect for Fred Bear. He credits the ability to let these stories unfold in their own time to the format of MyOutdoorTV, where there aren’t the restrictions of regular television. Tune in as Joe talks about this journey, those that have inspired him in the outdoors and those that have helped him achieve this remarkable accomplishment along the way. If you don’t already have MyOutdoorTV you can try it risk free with a 7-day free trial that gives you access to not only “The 29” but also a huge selection of other outdoor programming on demand.
Sticking around for an extended interview, Joe will dive into wingshooting and his love of grouse hunting. Joe says that he grew up hunting grouse, learning the tricks of the trade and raising Brittany Spaniels to hunt behind. Every year he heads to Wisconsin for a few days of grouse hunting action. He’ll talk about the challenges of hunting grouse like working through the often thick and gnarly cover they call home and shooting from these tight and confined spaces. In grouse hunting, you’re never going to have the perfect shot, Joe says. So, you have to take what you get and know you’re going to miss some of them. Part of the experience of grouse hunting is the dogs and watching them work. Grouse hunting takes discipline for dogs and a different kind of training than a quail or pheasant dog. Joe says that pheasant and quail dogs are trained to lock up and then creep when necessary. In contrast, because grouse don’t hold very well, dogs are trained to lock up at the first scent and not move. Furthermore, grouse dogs are taught to range close, work tighter patterns, and remain disciplined. Joe says that you can walk through the woods and flush grouse, but there is just something about doing it over good dogs that makes it all the better!
Tune in for a fun conversation with Joe Thomas about grouse hunting, bird dogs, his brand-new show “The 29” on MyOutdoorTV and more! Be sure to try out the free-trial of MyOutdoorTV and watch “The 29” and check out a teaser here. You can also see Joe on “Stihl Reel in the Outdoors”, “Excalibur’s Outdoor America” and “Ultimate Match Fishing” – all on Outdoor Channel.
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