American Hoggers, can the Campbells save the business?

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Krystal Campbell's injury has the family business teetering on the edge of extinction. In back-to-back episodes of American Hoggers we watched as Jerry wondered if it would survive.

During the American Hoggers episode "New Recruit" viewers were told a very sad tale of a family that doesn't know how to go outside itself to find help when it is needed.

In "Ranger Come Home" we also learned that without lead dog Ranger, there is no business.

The Ronnie Creek hog hunting crew is slowly taking Jerry Campbell's customers away, pouncing while he's down one member of his team.

Update: The season finale seemed suspicious. Was it a fake ending?

The problem in finding a temporary replacement for Krystal is that no one understands how to recruit and doesn't have the time to do it right. Read: Krystal almost lost a thumb in a contest to earn business.

With pressure from the Creek team, Robert asked a friend to fill in for his sister during the episode "New Recruit". It was an unmitigated disaster.

The young lady pressed into service was reluctant to get right in and grab the hog after the dogs held it at bay. Hogs kept slipping away and you know how that pisses off everyone.

She also got sick from the heat, the sight of a bloody and dirty hog and the expectation that she would know what to do. It didn't help that Krystal was a witch, hurling insults at her and pointing out every error.

To finish the job they had and find the big hog that would net the Campbells $500, Lea took a shot at finding someone via an ad on the Internet.

Another young woman showed up professing to be an expert hunter, just not of hogs. She also wasn't an adept horseback rider and was thrown to the ground, hitting her head.

Neither of the fill-ins were strong enough to hold a hog and tie it without a lot of help. The nature of the business is that if there is none to be had, you have to manage on your own. Robert correctly pointed out that any newbie was "gonna have big shoes to fill" because of little sister Krystal's skills.

What really put the job in jeopardy was Ranger going missing. Jerry opened up about his inability to start all over training a new lead dog and its pack. It wouldn't be in time to save his current business.

Over the decades of hog hunting Jerry has trained multiple packs and now has no energy left to do it again.

He said he'd rather be buried next to Ranger if they found him dead. Luckily that didn't happen.

Jerry admitted he's physically unable to help out and with Krystal on the sidelines, leaving only Robert and Lea as hale and hardy. The Creek team is lurking and ready to take over that part of Texas.

What's a hogger to do?

The season finale of American Hoggers is just around the corner, airing in early October on A&E. Read about what you might have missed right here on HULIQ. Just input the title of the show into the search box. Image: Wikimedia


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The Campbells hunt hogs the right way with class...the ronnie creek pig pile gang on the other hand are nothing but low class hog thieves....nuff said

But the Campbells need some help even if the Creek crew weren't in the picture. Jerry's unstable on his feet and Krystal is out of commission.

Submitted by Heartland Pork (not verified) on
As much as I've enjoyed watching American Hoggers and other shows about feral hogs and hunting them (Hogs Gone Wild, Pig Bomb, etc) I think the upcoming season finale will be the last show we may see at least for a while. The Campbells are entertaining to watch banter and Lea Penick is the epitome of the All-American Woman, that being said there's just not enough there to carry the show for more than one more season. Hog hunting is exciting and plenty dangerous, my family has been doing it for years, but techniques are well known and repetitve. A personality like Jerry's can add quite a bit to production but his days on the trail are numbered at best. The Campbell's weren't getting a lot of business so they took a trip to Louisiana and when they got back a new crew of efficient and effective hunters were actively working to take any business they had away from them. Think what you will of the Creek crew but their methods are faster and they may charge less, factor in that an ATV is less expensive to own/operate than horses which works against the Campbells.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
points well taken...Campbells need experienced help,the Creek crew is efficient,just rubs you the wrong way when Robert & Lea are hauling a pig out of the water & they come over and say "hand over our hog"...either way ...I love the show and would love to see another season no matter how many families are out there hogging !!!

Thanks so much for the insight. The Creek crew looks like unstoppable and I had noted their ATV and realized that the Campbells don't understand that "The Times They Are A Changin". I hope they figure out a way to continue the story, particularly if Jerry leaves the business to the kids. I appreciate you taking the time to read and to comment.

Submitted by Hot, Bothered, ... (not verified) on
<i>First,</i> it appears that the Campbells, having operated the business as an extension of their family, don't know anything about staffing. <b>Jerry should consider taking on an outside partner for managing day-to-day hunting operations.</b> This would interject some professional objectivity and leadership into the equation, so that family dynamics don't creep into managerial decision making, which forces Jerry to take sides with either Robert or Krystal. The bickering and power plays have got to stop. <i>Secondly,</i> <b>Jerry touched off a crisis of leadership when he let Robert take over,</b> knowing: (A.) Robert knows nothing about professional supervision. (B.) Robert and Krystal have a sibling rivalry, and family dynamics were bound to disrupt proper organizational management. There's way too much self-serving criticism and hypocrisy. Example: Robert never consulted Jerry about bringing on his dog Kreiger, yet when the girls brought on "Big" when they were in Louisiana, Robert said they should have consulted Jerry first. What was worse, Jerry's wife overrode his objections. (C.) <b>Neither Robert, nor Krystal nor Lea respect Jerry's authority, which is evidenced by all the independent decisions they appear to be making with regard to staffing,</b> whether the recruits be dogs or people. It's clear that Jerry neither met nor interviewed any of Krystal's proposed stand-ins. <i>Thirdly,</i> <b>the television show itself may be interfering with the business.</b> The Campbells only used cages/traps in one episode because it's not television material that will hold audience attention once they've seen it. Irrespective of the fact that hogs without previous experience with traps will wise up to them very quickly, this consideration has skewed their operational methods in favor of chasing hogs with dogs. <i>Fourthly,</i> a small team with limited resources needs to be very efficient. <b>Jerry should send advance scouts out to the prospective client properties.</b> They need to know beforehand approximately how many hogs are there, and where they are; e.g., by signs of scat, denning, wallowing, feeding, etc. Scouts should determine what times of the day and night the hogs are active, and what the terrain considerations are. Mapping the client property would have militated for the use of different equipment in the sandy creek bed where Jerry got his jeep stuck, and where Robert dumped his horse ass over tea kettle trying to lasso a hog. Robert was lucky that he didn't break his neck. <b>Prior reconnaissance would allow the hunting team to correctly allocate resources, and to "hit the ground running"</b> at O' Dark Thirty on their first day at a client's property. <i>Fifthly,</i> they need to consider taking on advertising sponsors who can provide <b>new technologies, like FLIR thermal imaging, and nightvision with infrared illumination.</b> Feral hogs are unprotected, exotic, non-game animals (Sec. 43.103. DEFINITIONS.). Therefore, they may be taken by any means or methods at any time of year. There are no seasons or bag limits (w-w-w(dot)tpwd(dot)state(dot)tx(dot)us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0195(dot)pdf). Per Sec. 42.002. RESIDENT LICENSE REQUIRED; EXEMPTION. (c) A resident landowner or the landowner's agent or lessee may take feral hogs causing depredation on the resident landowner's land without having acquired a hunting license. Per Sec. 42.005. NONRESIDENT LICENSE REQUIRED. (f) A nonresident landowner or the landowner's agent or lessee may take feral hogs causing depredation on the nonresident landowner's land without having acquired a hunting license required by this chapter. The University of Minnesota Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Group is pioneering a <b>low-cost, small-scale (4 pound) drone program for commercial aerial surveillance purposes.</b> They may be interested in a strategic partnership on a limited basis for perfecting their guidance technology, and for operational testing under differing use scenarios (e.g., FLIR thermal imaging) NOTE: See Texas PARKS AND WILDLIFE CODE, TITLE 5. WILDLIFE AND PLANT CONSERVATION, SUBTITLE A. HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES, CHAPTER 43. SPECIAL LICENSES AND PERMITS, Sec. 43.1075. USING HELICOPTERS TO TAKE CERTAIN ANIMALS. A qualified landowner or landowner's agent, as determined by commission rule, may contract to participate as a hunter or observer in using a helicopter to take depredating feral hogs or coyotes under the authority of a permit issued under this subchapter. Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 481, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
or........the Campbells could simply call in the USAF with B-52's and CARPET BOMB them...or better yet use flame throwers,,,,instant BBQ,,,Jerry's new cooking show !!!

Submitted by Hot, Bothered, ... (not verified) on
No need for overkill. -->> http://4.bp.blogspot(dot)com/_abaJ0xbRju4/TL5o0eZqW_I/AAAAAAAAC0I/cB1sUwW6wWI/s400/Vietnam+Helicopter+Mounted+Minigun(dot)jpg

Submitted by Hot, Bothered, ... (not verified) on
In the season finale, Krystal delivers the winning play with a spontaneous strategy adaptation based on a terrain assessment. <b>I'm going to nickname Krystal the "Field Marshall".</b> Thick scrub/brush dictated what vehicle differences could create a competitive advantage. By using Jerry's jeep to break down the scrub/brush barrier, access was created in the natural cover. Hence, Lea's ATV and the horses were able to penetrate into this natural hog sanctuary. Without the same brush-busting capability, the "Sissy Creek" boy's ATVs were rendered totally impotent, and they were thus shut out of that game. Whether or not Jerry's judgment problems were caused by the stress of the Sissy Creek boys trying to compete for his livelihood, I'm beginning to think that he needs a full neuro-cognitive assessment; especially to rule out premature onset of cerebrovascular sclerosis-related dementia (cognitive deficit secondary to hardening of the arteries in the brain). Jerry was making lots of judgment errors (for his level of experience) before the Sissies showed up. These lapses caused an old relic of a pickup to burn, to get the jeep stuck at least twice, and to turn the jeep over on its side. Things just got worse in this last hunt, when he drove Lea's ATV up onto a tree stump, which ostensibly tore off the oil pan, thus causing the oil to burn on the hot exhaust piping. If the tests turn out to be positive, hopefully changes in diet, increased cardiovascular exercise, and utilizing appropriate medicinal therapies, will attenuate, if not reverse the progression of, any relevant symptoms.


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