NEW CASTLE — A local man will have a weekly show on the Hunt Channel starting this month.
Brian Pierog, 43, of Bessemer said his hunting show, “Callin’ the Shots” will debut at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The half-hour show will be broadcast each week in that time slot on Channel 266 on the Dish satellite TV service.
The first season will include 26 episodes, and run for six months.
The show will feature hunting adventures in this area as well as in Ohio and West Virginia. Pierog’s son and daughter, Caleb, 16, and Teagan, 10, will be prominently featured in the show as they both hunt with him. Wife Jodi does not hunt, but holds things down at home.
Also prominent in the show will be a group of local men with whom Pierog hunt, including Todd Abraham of Neshannock Township, Rich Stewart of Enon Valley and Brian Schnell of Petersburg, Ohio. Other hunters and some children who are being introduced to hunting also will be seen in the show.
Pierog said the show will be about hunting as a family sport, enjoying the outdoors, hunting ethics and conservation. These will be realistic hunts, he added, not guided hunts or leased-land hunts or hunts of fenced animals as are sometimes portrayed on hunting shows. He said he asks local farmers for permission to hunt on their land as well as hunting on public lands.
“There is always a camera running in every hunt we take,” he said, explaining that the hunters in his group takes turns running the camera.
He said it takes 10 to 15 hunts to get one that comes together for the broadcast. He said there has to be humor and fun and it’s not necessary that anyone gets an animal.
Pierog has been hunting since he was three years old. Pierog’s father, Art, of North Beaver Township, introduced him to hunting, but Pierog credits his maternal grandfather, Jim Hardisky of Edinburg, for teaching him to love it.
“He was retired and he had time,” Pierog said. “He taught me the ethics, that you don’t shoot an animal unless you are going to eat it, and that it’s important to have fun, too.”
Today, Pierog also would like to help interest the younger generation in the sport. And he has been successful with his own children. Daughter Teagan “has to wipe the camo paint off her face before she goes to cheerleading practice,” he grins. He added that most of her Christmas list consisted of camo and hunting gear, and that she has bagged a turkey for each of the last three years. She will be featured in the Jan. 12 episode, which will be called “Daddy’s Girl.”
Son Caleb also is an enthusiastic hunter and a great help in the production company that Pierog operates, “Callin’ the Shots Outdoor Television.”
Pierog says one of his efforts is to get more young people involved. His group offers to take children of nonhunting parents out to enjoy the sport, hoping to interest a new generation in hunting.
Pierog has produced several hunting DVDs, and his “Callin’ the Shots” series is available at Gander Mountain, Tic Toc in Mount Jackson and at several area gun dealers.He also produces commercials and films weddings.
His website is www.callintheshotstv.com and it includes a link to his Facebook page.
Pierog is still seeking sponsors, although he already has several major ones including Talkin’ Stick, a game call business in Ellwood City; Migrator Mayhem, a goose call company from Greenville; andl Wad Wizard of Dodgeville, Wisc., which sells choke tubes for shotguns and other products.