WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/24/13) - Hunter Davis might look like any other freshman at Webster County High School. But he has a talent that was recently discovered and highlighted on a nationally broadcast television show called The Resistance.Hunter and his father, Shea Davis, were at the National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet in Nashville last year, when they stopped at the booth owned by Southern Game Calls (SGC). Hunter picked up a duck call and started to blow it.
“We were talking with some people and we heard Hunter blowing the Cole Train 2, one of our duck calls,” said Rob Erwin, the Director of Operations at SGC and a member of the five man cast of The Resistance. “We started watching him, and after seeing him and his father interact, we knew we needed to talk to him about our youth pro staff.”
Erwin said that the theme of their show is God, country, family and heritage. Shea and Hunter’s relationship encompassed both of the latter themes, and fit with the direction they intend to go with SGC and The Resistance.
“What we’re trying to do is put together a youth pro staff that represent what our show and our calls stand for,” Erwin said. “Good, clean cut kids with a heart and passion for hunting. Kids that can carry our message of hunting and good Christian values forward.”
“We don’t know what, if anything will come from it,” said Shea Davis. “We were really reluctant to talk about it in the paper, because it's really just getting started. Maybe in another six months we might have some idea where it's going.”
Rob Erwin came to Webster County during Youth Turkey Hunt weekend to go on a hunt with Hunter for the television program.
The Resistance is an exciting, and sometimes humorous, show about five men, their heritage and passion in God’s Great Outdoors.
“We’re five guys who hunted with our fathers and grandfathers,” Erwin said. “We have the opportunity to hunt today, but if we’re not diligent, that opportunity will fade.”
That is a view SGC share with people like Hunter and Shea Davis.
“They’re good guys,” Erwin said. “Shea is good people, and I wouldn’t blink about putting him on camera more.”
Erwin showed up at the Davis’ house with his son Gavin and two camouflaged cameras.
“We really didn’t expect them to come so quick,” said Shea. “They spent all weekend with us, and we finally got a kill on camera on Sunday.”
Although hunting shows make it look easy, Davis said that hunting with a film crew was a lot more challenging than it appears. The hardest part was trying to hide four people and two cameras.
The group hunted on land that the Davis’ had leased on highway 630.
“Hunter surprised me,” Erwin said. After two days of hunting, and no opportunities to get a turkey, they spotted one some distance away. Hunter decided to try sneaking up on the bird, so he and Rob took a camera and left Shea and Gavin behind. “I’m 43 years old, and I have crawled through some swamps. Hunter drug me through some of the toughest stuff I’ve ever been through. It was neat for an old man to get to follow him. I really enjoyed it.”
Erwin said that as they develop their youth pro staff, he is already making plans to bring Gavin back this winter to hunt water fowl with Hunter.
The episode featuring Hunter premiered at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, but will be rerun on Thursday April 25 and Sunday April 28 on The Sportsman Channel (685 on DirectTV and 285 on Dish Network).
J-E News Editor
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