- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 13, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Videos that depict everything from how to build a backyard deck or a brick barbecue pit to cooking Cajun food aren't hard to find, but when it comes to hunting there's so much poorly filmed, boring junk on the market that it's tough to find tapes that are actually enjoyable.
The reverse is true with Jack Brittingham's "Wide World of Hunting" videos from Briar Lakes Productions. It immediately becomes obvious that the slender Texan is big on sharing the hunting experience with family members. There are sons Barron and Trevor shooting deer with dad by their side and a delightful little daughter, Alex, who in one tape actually is seen doing homework inside an elaborately built deer blind while her father watches a meadow before them.
A couple of beautifully antlered bucks enter the open field, and dad taps Alex on the shoulder. She slowly inserts a marker in her book, puts it down, picks up a rifle while dad wedges a jacket on a blind opening to cushion the gun. You can guess what transpires next. The little girl bags a gorgeous buck that any man would quickly carry to a taxidermist. Dad smiles from ear to ear.
The four videos I watched last week "Buck Fever Volume 1," "Buck Fever Volume 2," "Ultimate Hunting for North American Waterfowl" and "Ultimate Hunting for North American Big Game" are superbly filmed and quickly paced, each consisting of many different hunts.
Unlike other commercial video "stars," Brittingham doesn't insist on being in every segment, although I thought the ones in which he was the shooter were the best. The man is an astonishingly accurate bow hunter who will not hesitate to let a trophy buck walk away if he's not sure he can deliver a killing shot. But when he decides to let an arrow fly, warm up the oven, mom; there'll be tenderloins on the table that night.
You'll see Brittingham, 44, hunt a black bear with a bow and make a fantastic shot. There are mule deer, mountain goat, grizzly bear and moose segments, some with archery equipment, some with rifles and all along you'll pick up valuable hunting tips. Waterfowl gunning from Alberta, Canada, to northern Texas will keep you riveted to the set. But the indisputable stars of Brittingham's videos are the whitetailed deer, some of them Boone & Crockett record book animals, filmed mostly on private lands from Illinois to Texas.
In some instances, Brittingham uses professional bass angler (and ardent hunter) Jimmy Houston to segue into various segments. Even when you consider that Houston's grating, cackling laugh can get on your nerves, the tapes most of them 90 minutes long are well worth it. Visit the Web at www.briarhunts.com, or write Briar Lakes Productions, 609-A East Clinton Ave, Athens, Texas.


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