I was on a treadmill couple weeks ago, one with a TV which I channel-surfed stopping on a Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation show. An older hunter was solo hunting for elk with a muzzleloader. Are all RMEF's shows like this?
Most of the initial hunt was hiking with commentary - his thoughts about solitude, being in the woods, how hunting has changed in his area. He moved a little stiffly when crouching under branches with his pack I noticed.
The narrative was probably added later but was very effective. He talked about the suddenness of some shot opportunities - just as in the video clips, he suddenly got a shot opportunity as a bull stepped into a clearing from the river beyond. Then, how infrequently a muzzleloader hunter gets a second shot opportunity, just as he got - took and made - a second shot. The seconds of video while he reloaded that shot, with the bull standing on the far edge of a clearing...steps from disappearing into the brush and fog...were tense. Then, elk down.
Here's what happened next.
The hunter, named Bivan(?) - calmly walked up to the bull. Checked carefully to confirm the kill. Knelt. Put his hand on the bull. Turned the head up a bit for a good camera shot. Thanked the game.
In "thanking the game", he described a moment of reflection on the animal, on the habitat required to produce such an animal.
I've been on a few hunts, but have yet to take a large game animal. Learning from what I read and talking to experienced friends, I've never found television hunting shows teach very much before. But this one - struck me as illustrating something that mattered.