SCWF to Sponsor Television Hunting Documentary
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) will be sponsoring a hunting documentary aimed at improving the image and acceptance of hunters and hunting in the eyes of the general public.
The film, tentatively titled “Tracks and Footsteps: The History of the Hunt,” is currently in the process of raising funds. Actors Rick Schroder (“NYPD Blue,”) and Jameson Parker (“Simon and Simon,”) have teamed with writer James Swan, Ph.D. (The Sacred Art of Hunting) to write and produce a two-hour documentary for television which chronicles the evolution of hunting from the earliest times up to the present.
The purpose of the documentary is to change the growing misperceptions of hunting held by Americans whose modern day advantages make hunting to survive stories that great-grandfather’s might tell. This program is an attempt to share these stories with the general population with hopes of educated them on the importance of hunting and its place in evolution, culture, and nature.
The program will illustrate hunting as a major part of art, literature, religious, science, technology, nature, and culture. All this will lead up to the story of how modern hunters, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold, started the movement of conservation. The show will also compare and contrast modern hunting customs around the world, as well as current wildlife management challenges as it seeks out the future of hunting in a world where for the fist time in history, there is a vocal anti-hunting movement.
A program of this scope has never been produced or aired anyplace in the world. Between the three writer/producers, there are many connections to the mainstream Hollywood entertainment community - extraordinary resources for cinematography, special effects, narration, art, dramatic reenactment, and music . A number of well-known actors, musicians and producers have already volunteered to help.
This project has received endorsements from nearly every major hunting organization in America. SCWF is the most recent to join the efforts in the production of “Tracks and Footsteps: The History of the Hunt.”