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Most Popular Hunting Shows to Ever Air


We all love watching the greats go out there and do it big. Whether we're watching Steven Rinella trekking across Alaska or Brian Quaca exterminating feral hogs in Texas, it's fun to visualize what a big-time hunt would look like. While several shows have had long runs, some have especially resonated with American viewers. The most popular hunting shows typically travel worldwide or stick to one general area. However, they all have a unique appeal.

5. Winchester & Drury's Natural Born

The Drury Outdoors team joined forces with Winchester years ago to form a show that merged a "natural-born passion" for hunting with the American tradition of Winchester. The show developed an audience impressive in both size and loyalty, and it's still a household name in hunting entertainment. In this show, you'll see big-time turkey hunts in Wisconsin and Texas and heart-stopping deer hunts in the plains of Iowa.

4. Archer's Choice With Ralph & Vicki

Many firmly believe archery is the only way to approach deer hunting. Those people have more than likely heard of Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo. This show brings fair-chase hunting to a new level, focusing on the different challenges of bowhunting without the help of high fences. These two started in the industry with an archery store, coincidentally called Archer's Choice Pro Shop, in Berwyn, Illinois. While they were right in the middle of Midwest deer country, they also outfitted for elk and black bears.

3. Michael Waddell's Bone Collector

Over the years, Waddell has steadily become one of the most popular deer hunters in the industry. His laid-back, humorous personality keeps viewers coming back. With co-hosts Nick Mundt and Travis "T-Bone" Turner by his side, Waddell tackles every hunting method using rifles, shotguns, bows, and muzzleloaders. When the show premiered in 2009, its premise was to reinvent outdoor television. It's safe to say it did just that and then some.


2. MeatEater

Few people in the hunting industry are as easy to watch as Steven Rinella. Not only is this guy a great hunter, but he's a world-class cook. After each harvest, he always shares another cooking tip about how to get the most out of the meat. Similarly, he dedicates full episodes to cooking segments, where he'll give an entire rundown on how to turn your harvest into five-star table fare.

Where Rinella stands out, however, is in his wisdom. No matter how successful he is in each episode, he seemingly always finds a way to make it worth the viewer's time. You'll never leave an episode feeling shortchanged, and yet it shows the reality of hunting. If every episode were part of a highlight reel, you wouldn't get the rawness that makes this show so addicting. Having easy access on Netflix certainly helps with publicity.

1. Jim Shockey's Outdoor Adventures

Jim Shockey has been at the forefront of the hunting community for decades. He's known for embarking on some of the world's most rugged backcountry hunts.

He's written three books and published over 1,000 articles in some of the industry's most popular magazines, such as American Hunter and Outdoor Life. His work in writing, guiding, and wildlife videography and photography alone have won him awards. Still, his time on television is what elevates his career to another level. He's won many awards with his television productions, claiming 15 Golden Moose Awards from 2009 to 2015.


He's produced more than 50 DVDs and also hosts "Jim Shockey's Uncharted" on the Outdoor Channel. However, "Jim Shockey's Outdoor Adventures" has become the engine powering his enormous brand.

This article was originally published on October 10, 2018.


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