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Two Decades of Deer: North American Whitetail Television Celebrates 20 Years on Air

August 29, 2023

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Celebrate by Watching “Throwback” Episodes on Both Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel This Fall

DENVER (August 29, 2023) – For the past two decades, North American Whitetail TV (NAW TV) has been the trusted source for all things whitetail deer. The team of experts at NAW TV travels the continent in pursuit of free-ranging whitetails, capturing the excitement of scouting, hunting and managing the land for whitetails on film — to air on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel and to stream on MyOutdoorTV.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the crew chose “throwback” episodes to air on both Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel. Tune in for these episodes on Sportsman Channel on September 6 and 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET and again on Outdoor Channel December 5 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET. These unique episodes are packed with cast members’ favorite hunts dating back to when the show launched in 2003. These include special moments from NAW Editor Emeritus Gordon Whittington, Biologist Dr. James C. Kroll, whitetail expert Stan Potts, and current NAW Editor in Chief, Haynes Shelton. From Stan Potts’ infamous 2006 Ohio muzzleloader hunt for a 200-inch bruiser buck, to Gordon Whittington’s 2008 successful stalk on a 15-point giant buck in South Dakota to a more recent 2020 crossbow hunt from Haynes Shelton — each episode offers entertainment and education for every whitetail hunter.

Additionally, learn more about 20 years of free-range trophy deer hunts that make NAW TV a “must-watch” for whitetail enthusiasts in the October issue of North American Whitetail magazine, on newsstands in September.

“It’s amazing to see North American Whitetail TV air its 20th season in 2023 on Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel. The entire NAW TV team has remained committed to bringing our fans the highest quality, most exciting and educational free-range whitetail hunting content for two decades, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! Myself and new NAW TV team members Blake Garlock and Dale Evans are honored to carry the torch handed to us by Gordon Whittington, Stan Potts and Dr. James C. Kroll,” shared North American Whitetail magazine Editor in Chief and host of NAW TV, Haynes Shelton.

Shelton is only recently the host of the series, since 2015, but he’s quickly a significant part of the future of this legacy brand. Raised on his family’s farm in Davie Co., North Carolina, Shelton realized his passion for deer hunting and the outdoor lifestyle at an early age through the mentorship given by his father and grandfather. After earning his Bachelor’s in English and minoring in Visual Arts at Hampden-Sydney College, Shelton began his career as Associate Editor for NAW. Soon his role expanded to include the title of Associate Producer for NAW TV. Only outranking his passion for traveling the continent in pursuit of whitetails is his love of life’s two greatest gifts – Faith and family.

About North American Whitetail TV: North American Whitetail TV remains among the most popular and longest-running shows on outdoor television, focused entirely on the pursuit of America’s most beloved big-game species. Tune in each week for exciting hunts and the latest in land management content from across the whitetail’s range. Host Haynes Shelton, NAW Editor in Chief, joins hunting buddies Gordon Whittington, Dr. James C. Kroll, Blake Garlock and Dale Evans.

About Outdoor Channel: Outdoor Channel has been taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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 Channel (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.

About MyOutdoorTV (MOTV): MyOutdoorTV is the No. 1 global subscription streaming platform from Outdoor Sportsman Group created just for outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts. MOTV features favorite Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel Canada television shows, exclusive Major League Fishing content, acquired content from around the world, as well as exclusive MOTV Originals. MOTV is the pre-eminent voice for all outdoor enthusiasts and super serves the outdoor enthusiasts with an expansive acquired library of the best hunting, fishing and shooting programming in long and short form, recipes, tips and tricks, how-to instructional videos, as well as educational and exclusive content focusing on improving success in the field and on the waterways. MOTV is powered by the four networks, along with additional exclusive content available from Outdoor Sportsman Group’s established integrated media arm that includes 15 category-leading outdoor magazines, such as: Guns & Ammo, Game & Fish, Petersen’s HUNTING, In-Fisherman and 20 top websites. Subscribe to MOTV at and watch on the following platforms: Apple IOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung SmartTV, LG SmartTV, YouTube TV, YouTube Primetime Channels, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex, Comcast, Cox and Vizio SmartTV. MOTV is available in 162 markets worldwide. #MYOUTDOORTV.



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