- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 7, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Texas hunter Jack Brittingham long has been recognized as a superior bow and gun hunter and as a producer of refreshingly honest hunting videos (you actually see the man miss a target now and then). And his latest releases from Briar Lakes Productions might be the finest videos on the subject.

There are two DVDs (or VHS tapes) titled “Buck Fever IV” (volumes 1 and 2), plus three “Quest For African Big Game” videos and a continuation of his “North American Big Game Series” with volume3.

You will never see more exciting, better filmed, high-quality videos on the subject. Brittingham has nerves of steel, and you will watch him go after a fine black bear using a compound bow and making an incredible shot.

He follows that up with an Alaskan brown bear hunt. Be aware that this huge bruin is among the most dangerous creatures on the continent, yet Brittingham zaps one with an arrow. Incredible footage.

In fact, a gun hunt for brown bear by a friend of Brittingham’s is anti-climactic — almost too easy. But that’s a result of watching Brittingham sneak within 30 yards of such a beast with only his bow.

I’m no fan of African hunting, but I thoroughly enjoyed Brittingham’s footage of archery and gun hunts in South Africa, Cameroon, Botswana and Ethiopia. In the famed Okavango swamplands of Botswana, he follows a trophy bull elephant for 88 miles (on foot over a number of days) before the final moment arrives. There are also warthog hunts, antelopes and gazelles, including the elusive nyala and eland. Even a red buffalo faces the American and several of his friends.

Needless to say, the two crowning videos are those about whitetailed deer. If you’re a deer hunter, you will salivate as you watch superbly filmed hunts in Pennsylvania, Texas and Kansas.

I recommend the whole lot, without reservation.

To view the names of the tapes and see details, check out jackbrittingham.com or call Briar Lake Productions in Athens, Texas, toll-free at 800/440-4515.

— Gene Mueller

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