#DeerWeek Highlights Fall Frenzy on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel

September 20, 2017

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“Daily Catch” Casts Lines on World Fishing Network

DENVER (September 20, 2016) – As the crisp air returns and adventurers catch ‘buck fever’ or seek new ‘honey holes’ in their favorite fishing outpost, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network present a new slate of fall programming with original premieres and new episodes from returning series across all three networks beginning on Monday, September 25.

Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel are focusing on the No. 1 big game animal – deer – with the addition of #DeerWeek presented by Cabela’s running October 15–21 (7 p.m. to midnight ET). World Fishing Network is keeping tabs on the latest sweet spots for fall fishing with new shows and episodes highlighted by their “daily catch” blocks of programming beginning at 8 p.m. ET nightly.

“The outdoor industry loves this time of year and we couldn’t agree more,” President and CEO of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Jim Liberatore said. “We are bringing something new and exciting to our programming this fall – #DeerWeek. We hope our loyal and passionate viewers will come in from their outdoor activities long enough to watch Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel highlight programming that is a new and exciting development for us. We also encourage our ‘bait and tackle’ enthusiasts to tune into World Fishing Network to enjoy our new programming and view the very best outdoor lifestyle content on television.”

Open season begins now on Outdoor Channel with original programming premieres of Dropped: Expedition South Pacific (Mondays 9 p.m. E/P), in which brothers Chris and Casey Keefer are dropped on a remote part of New Zealand and told to fend for themselves and Wild Ops Presented by John Deere (Mondays 9:30 p.m. E/P) showcases a team of veterinarians tracking animals in need of health-help. Plus, don’t miss a week of all-deer episodes on #DeerWeek beginning October 15 and the continuation of “Big Country Fridays” with a mix of country music faces and western movies.

  • #DeerWeek (October 15-21, 7 p.m. to midnight): Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel will introduce a new concept to deer hunting season on television. Hosted by Michael Waddell and Tom McMillan, this premier event will showcase non-stop deer action on television while incorporating educational information, unique recipes, hunting tips and more through Outdoor Sportsman Group’s print, digital (MyOutdoorTV) and social media platforms.
  • Dropped: Expedition South Pacific (Monday, September 25, 9 p.m. E/P): In a land formed by volcanoes and earthquakes, Chris and Casey Keefer are pushed to their limits when they are “dropped” with little more than the clothes on their back into the rugged backcountry of New Zealand.
  • Wild Ops Presented by John Deere (Monday, September 25, 9:30 p.m. E/P): On Wild Ops, veterinary medicine meets Delta Force intensity. A crack team of veterinarians and pilots attempt to capture, study and relocate wild animals. Once captured, the team administers necessary medicines and tracking devices to ensure the health of the animals – and species – for generations.
  • “Big Country Friday” Nights return with new addition Buck Commander (Fridays, 6:30 p.m. ET), followed by Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors (Fridays, 7 p.m. ET) and Nick’s Wild Ride (Fridays, 7:30 p.m. ET). The evening concludes with classic and modern western cinema blockbusters beginning at 8 p.m. ET, including Legends of the Fall, with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins; Geronimo: An American Legend starring Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall; and North to Alaska featuring John Wayne.

Hunters orange will dominate Sportsman Channel this fall, especially during the premiere of #DeerWeek on October 15-21. And when it comes to hog eradication – who do you call? Brian “Pigman” Quaca returns with another Aporkalypse installation: Aporkalypse Aerial Poison on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET with past Aporkalypse events airing prior at 5 p.m. ET. Don’t miss Sportsman Channel’s other unique marathons including the return of “Racksgiving” the week of Thanksgiving and “A Caribou Christmas” on December 23.

  • Guns & Ammo (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET): Award-winning Guns & Ammo presented by Brownells, entering its 15th season on air and voted by viewers as the “Best Shoot Show” for multiple years, enters the second half of 2017 unveiling two new segments – Starting From Scratch and Suppressors 101 – and brings back the popular segment, Real World Training.
  • Bowhunter (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET): Heading into its 14th season of field production, Bowhunter is the television arm of “The No. 1 Bowhunting Magazine” and is dedicated to bringing viewers the entirety of bowhunting experiences. Executive Vice President and Group Publisher, Mike Carney, and long-time magazine Editor Curt Wells share the regular hosting duties.
  • Pigman: The Series (Sundays, 8:30 p.m. ET): Don’t miss Pigman’s newest installment of his highly-praised (and viewed) “Aporkalypse” series with Aporkalypse Aerial Poison on October 7 (7:30 p.m. ET). Following that special, tune in for Pigman’s regular timeslots on Sunday nights for the most energetic – and deadly – pig hunter on TV.
  • MCMILLAN (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET): Tom McMillan is a family man, rancher, farmer and hilarious guide to everyone from celebs to “regular Janes and Joes” on his Kansas property.

Fishing is more than just dropping a line in the water, which is why World Fishing Network brings anglers new adventure series this fall. Check out new series Wild Fish Wild Places that explores the people, places and culture surrounding fishing and Robson Green Grand Slam Fishing where host, Robson Green attempts 10 grand slams in 10 countries. Don’t miss WFN’s “Fish and Trips” block of programming on Sundays beginning at 8 p.m. ET with the sophomore season premiere of Charlie Moore: No Offense (9:30 p.m. ET).

  • iFISHIGAN (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET): iFISHIGAN takes place solely in Michigan. Hosted and produced by former National Bass Tournament Pro, Danny Leonard, each episode is “loaded to the gills” with big fish action and expert tips.
  • Wild Fish Wild Places (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET): Part travelogue and part documentary, this show is an exploration of people, places, culture and heritage. Viewers go around the world for fishing action with characters at every step.
  • Robson Green Grand Slam Fishing (Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET): Robson Green is on a mission to get one of the highest accolades in angling: a grand slam. In his new fishing show, he attempts not one, not two, but 10 grand slams in 10 different countries.
  • Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET): Fishing is inherently unscripted, unpredicatable and humorous, just like Mark Zona. In each episode, he will fish with the very best anglers to catch anything with fins.

Other Q4 Highlights include:

  • Outdoor Channel
    • Lonesome Dove Weekend (October 13–14, 8 p.m. ET): The iconic mini-series comes to Outdoor Channel for two nights.
    • Saturday Night Movie Event – The Hurt Locker (December 2, 9 p.m. ET) – Academy Award-winning movie for Best Picture and Best Director.
    • Other popular series with new seasons airing this quarter include: Gun Stories presented by MidWay USA (Wednesdays, 11:30 p.m. ET); Sasquatch Mountain Man (Saturdays, 2 p.m. ET); Deadliest Hunts (Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. ET) and FOXPRO Furtakers (Sundays, 9 a.m. ET)
  • Sportsman Channel
    • Give thanks to big bucks during Sportsman Channel’s annual Racksgiving presented by Mossberg; all-deer programming on November 20-24, plus the evening of November 25.
    • A Caribou Christmas (December 23, 5-8 p.m. ET) is a celebration of the majestic caribou animal – just in time before its cousins begin their annual trek around the world from the North Pole.
    • Pick up a copy of “North American Whitetail” magazine’s 35th Anniversary issue – on newsstands now – and then tune in for new episodes of the television show of the same name featuring editor Gordon Whittington on Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET).
    • Other fourth quarter series returning on Sportsman Channel with new episodes include: In-Fisherman TV (Sundays, 9:30 a.m. ET), Buckventures: The Woodsman (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET) and Rival Wild (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET).

About Outdoor Sportsman Group: Outdoor Sportsman Group is comprised of the world’s foremost media and entertainment brands for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. It includes three leading multichannel networks: Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, as well as MOTV, the world’s leading outdoor television content platform. The Group also consists of a number of established integrated media assets: 15 outdoor magazines including Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Bowhunting and Florida Sportsman, and 19 top websites, including BassFan.com. Additionally, Outdoor Sportsman Group includes television production operations, Winnercomm. For more information, visit www.outdoorsg.com. #MyOutdoorTV



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