Four Lifelong Friends Share the Hunting Lifestyle on ‘Red Rising’ on Sportsman Channel

July 20, 2021

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DENVER (July 20, 2021) – Four lifelong friends that share an unbreakable bond bound by their outdoor and hunting lifestyle are featured in the series, Red Rising, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel. Follow Jason Bowers, Eric Hale, Chris Ward and Matt Bullins as they travel across grassroots America in search of life’s experiences, while hunting whitetail and documenting their journey.

Jason Bowers was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. At an early age, he discovered a passion for hunting and the outdoor way of life and has been filming outdoor television for more than 10 years. Jason’s love of adventure in the outdoors fuels his passion to share the journey of the real stories of hunting, whether good or bad. Among being an avid outdoorsman, Jason is also a realtor, insurance agent, auctioneer and volunteer firefighter.

Eric Hale literally lived outdoors. His family spent a lot of time chasing whitetails and wild turkeys, as well as catching big rainbow trout in mountain streams and smallmouth bass. Eric and his friend Chris Ward began filming professionally in the outdoor industry in 2003. Eric continues to work as a State Parole Officer and has been a volunteer firefighter for the City of Galax, the town he lives, for 17 years.

Some of Chris Ward’s greatest memories as a child were hunting with his dad and grandad in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He has always loved everything about the outdoors and hunting quickly became one of his greatest passions. Professionally, Chris began filming with Eric Hale and Drury Outdoors in 2003. After six years they branched out and started Legends of the Fall on the Outdoor Channel, where they remained for five years. Like the seasons, Chris and Eric felt it was time for a change and wanted to try something new, something different, which was to tell stories of their hunts and let the viewer live the hunt through them – both good and bad. Chris continues to be a Probation and Parole Officer for the state of Virginia as well as owner/auctioneer of the Dawn Auction Company.

Matt Bullins grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in northwest North Carolina, where hunting wasn't just a hobby, but more of a way of life. His father forged his passion and love for the outdoors and whitetails at an early age, and it fueled his desire to take it a step further. Matt began filming professionally as a freelance cameraman for several Drury Outdoors team members in 2005, while making several appearances on the hit TV series Bow Madness on Outdoor Channel and several Drury Outdoors DVD's. He continued this role until 2010 when he and Jason Bowers were selected as full- time cast members for Dream Season: Workin' Man on Outdoor Channel. In 2012, the entire cast branched out and founded a new hit TV series Whitetail Fix on Sportsman Channel. For seven years, Matt served as Co-Host, Owner, President & CEO of Whitetail Fix. Matt is now the newest member of Red Rising and has never felt more welcomed or at home. Currently, Matt works as a Mortgage Banker for Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group.

Red Rising airs on Sportsman Channel on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. Find Sportsman Channel in your area by visiting

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD/Sportsman Channel Canada (added in 2019) are television and digital media networks fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of North Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman Canada delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel/Sportsman Channel Canada embrace the attitude of celebrating the Great Outdoors in equal measure. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. #IAmSportsman. #MyOutdoorTV



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