Finalists Announced For Sportsman Channel Awards

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New Berlin, Wis. — Following the tabulation of more than 10,000 votes—a record participation level—Sportsman Channel announced today the finalists for each category of the 2009 Sportsman Choice Awards.  By casting their votes over the last month, Sportsman Channel viewers have narrowed the field to just five finalists in the following categories: Best Hunt Show, Best Shoot Show, Best Fish Show, Best Combination (hunting and fishing) Show and Best Show Host(s).


“We are thrilled with the level of viewer participation in the voting process, and we couldn’t be happier with this strong line-up of finalists for our 2009 awards” said Sportsman president, Willy Burkhardt.  “We encourage everyone to cast their vote in the final round to determine the ultimate winners.”


Today marks the beginning of a fresh new round of voting, so everyone is encouraged to log on to to cast their ballot, regardless of whether they voted in the first round or not.  Winners in all categories will be based exclusively on the opinions and the votes of viewers. Voting ends December 14 with finalists announced thereafter.


The finalists for the 2009 Sportsman Choice Awards are as follows.


Best Hunt Show:  Arrow Affliction, Heartland Bowhunter, Predator Quest, Shoot Straight with Chad Schearer, Wired Outdoors


Best Shoot Show: American Rifleman TV Classics, Guns & Ammo TV, Personal Defense TV, Tactical Arms, Tactical Impact


Best Fish Show: Addictive Fishing, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming, Ice Men, In-Fisherman TV


Best Combo Show: Alan Warren Outdoors, Backstage & Backroads with Daniel Lee Martin, G3 Sportsman, HuntFishCook, Midwest Outdoors


Best Show Host(s): Alan Warren with Alan Warren Outdoors, Chris Brackett with Arrow Affliction, Fred Eichler with Predator Nation, Keith Warren with Best of Keith Warren’s Hunting Adventures, Les Johnson with Predator Quest


In addition to these five categories, Sportsman Channel has added four new award categories designed to celebrate the exciting video imagery shown on the channel every day: Best Hunt Clip, Best Shoot Clip Best Fish Clip, and Best New Series.


The nominated clips were required to be one continuous sequence from a single episode that aired in 2009.  The nominees for Best Clips are:


Best Hunt Clip: Family Traditions with Haley Heath, Hunting with the Pros, Own The Zone TV, RNT-TV, Whitetail Properties     


Best Shoot Clip: Africa with Craig Boddington & Ivan Carter, Handguns, Personal Defense, Tactical Arms, Tactical Impact


Best Fish Clip: Breaking the Surface, Fishing 411 with Mark Romanack, Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming, Hardcore Pursuits, In-Fisherman Ice Fishing Guide


The Best New Series category eligibility will be based upon shows that have never aired on Sportsman Channel prior to 2009.


The winners in all Sportsman Choice Award categories will be crowned in January during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.


SPORTSMAN CHANNEL: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel is the only television and digital company fully devoted to the more than 82 million sportsmen in the United States, delivering entertaining and educational programming focused exclusively on hunting, shooting and fishing activities.  Acquired by InterMedia Outdoors Holdings in 2006, Sportsman Channel is now a part of the nation’s largest multimedia company targeted exclusively to serving the information and entertainment needs of outdoors enthusiasts. For more information, visit

The Passing of South Dakota Outdoors Legend, Tony Dean

Sportsmen throughout the upper Midwest and around the country are mourning the loss of broadcaster and outdoors communicator, Tony Dean, who passed away early yesterday morning.   You can read more of the details about Tony’s life HERE.   He was 67–years old.

Check out Tony’s website by linking HERE.

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Wanna Meet At The 2009 SHOT SHOW?

CALLING ALL FELLOW OUTDOOR BLOGGERS!   Hey, you know who you are…please listen up.   I want to float an idea your way and now is the time to start planning to properly develop it.

Here’s my idea.   I would like to hook up with other fellow outdoor bloggers who will be attending the 2009 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show to be held in Orlando this coming January.   For those readers who are not aware, this is “THE GATHERING” where most anybody who’s anybody in the outdoors attends to see what is new for the outdoors industry during the coming year.   Aside from that, the gathering is also one big networking event bringing media, outdoor personalities, outdoor equipment manufacturers and the retail trade all together for one intense 4–day event.

I guess the idea I would like to suggest is simply to have an informal (and brief) “meet and greet” with other fellow bloggers attending.   Please understand this is a trade-only event, so to attend you will need to be credentialed as described here.   If you would want to attend and don’t think you qualify, just drop me an e-mail describing your situation.

Likewise, be sure to drop me an e-mail if you think this is a good idea and perhaps with enough interest I will try to set something up formally through the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) to help officially promote it.   Personally, I think meeting one another not only helps build camaraderie among our blogger ranks, but it also helps take another step toward legitimizing the role we play in the outdoor communication field.

Let me hear your thoughts on this idea.

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