Hunting shows have come a long way over the years.
We all love watching some of 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 there a number of shows that have had long runs, there are some that've especially resonated with American viewers. These shows typically either travel all over the world, or stick to one general area. However, they all have their own, unique appeal.
How would you rank these shows?
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 carried by 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, as well as heart-stopping deer hunts in the plains of Iowa. These guys travel all over to bring you the best hunts!
4. Archer's Choice With Ralph & Vicki
There are many who firmly believe archery is the only way to approach deer hunting. And, 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 actually got their start 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 bear.
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 is one that keeps viewers coming back. With co-hosts Nick Mundt and Travis "T-Bone" Turner by his side, Waddell tries to tackle every method of hunting, using rifles, shotguns, bows and muzzleloaders.
When the show premiered in 2009, its premise was to reinvent outdoor television. Looking back, it's safe to say it did just that and then some.
There are few people in the hunting industries as easy to watch as Steven Rinella. Not only is this guy a great hunter, but he's a world-class cook. After each of his harvests, 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 really stands out, however, is in his wisdom. No matter how successful he is with each episode, he seemingly always finds away to make it worth the viewer's time. You'll never leave an episode feeling shortchanged, yet it shows the reality of hunting. If every episode was basically part of a highlight reel, you wouldn't get the rawness that makes this show so addicting.
Having three seasons on Netflix certainly helps with publicity!
1. Jim Shockey's Outdoor Adventures
Jim Shockey has been on the forefront of the hunting community for decades. He's known for embarking on some of the most rugged backcountry hunts the world has to offer.
He's written three books and published more that 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, but his time on television is what elevates his career to another level. He's won a ton of awards with his television productions, claiming 15 Golden Moose Awards from 2009-15.
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.