New Series Big Deer with Mike Hanback Rolls Out Exclusively on Sportsman Channel

June 20, 2012

Hunting BIG Deer is the Game and Mike Hanback Delivers Epic Hunts on June 27  

New Berlin, WI – (June 20, 2012) – Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, is honored to introduce exclusive new series Big Deer with Mike Hanback, presented by Cabela’s. The show’s mantra focuses on what is great about being an American Sportsman: Hunting hard, having fun and respecting the game.  Big Deer with Mike Hanback debuts Wednesday, June 27 at 8 pm ET/PT during the premiere week of “Made in America,” which kicks off 575 hours of new content across 100 different series for the network’s Q3 lineup.

Season one brings passionate hunts and two of the toughest hunts in Hanback’s life as a hunter. Hanback and the Big Deer team research, scout and hunt for the biggest bucks in any given area, using a variety of options, from tree stands to blinds to stalking and rattling.  Viewers can expect heart-pounding action in this new reality-driven series and the team will ensure hard and fair adventures throughout North America.

“Everything that is good, genuine and honest in the deer-hunting world, that is what Big Deer is all about,” said Hanback. “We will focus primarily on hunting whitetail deer across North America. This exclusive new series will prove to be the most outstanding show on television for the whitetail enthusiast. We have several must-watch locations this season, including Nebraska, Eastern Colorado, Maine and South Dakota.”

“Mike is one of the most respected and well known hunters in the outdoor hunting space,” said Graig Hale, VP of Business Development at Sportsman Channel. “Sportsman Channel is very excited to introduce Big Deer with Mike Hanback to our extensive lineup of impressive whitetail programming. I’m confident our viewers will enjoy Mike’s journeys across North America.”

Big Deer with Mike Hanback is not all about big racks. Mike Hanback is known and respected by millions of American hunters as a regular, down-to-earth guy who appreciates all that deer country has to offer – the sights, smells and sunrises. The camaraderie of hunting friends – old and new – and connecting with hard-working deer hunters across the U.S. and sharing their amazing big-buck success stories is all about the Big Deer experience.

Don’t miss Big Deer with Mike Hanback and 21 other brand-new series starting June 25 for Sportsman Channel’s exciting premiere week, “Made in America.”  The network’s Q3 lineup includes 575 hours of new content, including 22 brand-new series and 70 returning series with all-new episodes, featuring the network’s battled-tested hunters, legendary anglers and top experts.  The campaign, which bows June 25, is a multimillion dollar, multimedia effort that will garner in excess of 200 million impressions. For a sneak peek of what’s to come, visit for videos and snippets and for print creative.

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