CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's newest TV series - Wyoming's Call of the Wild - will premiere on the Sportsman Channel on December 31. This 13-episode series focuses on getting kids and their families into Wyoming's great outdoors.
"Across the nation, we have been experiencing a decline in the number of people participating in hunting and fishing," said WGFD Public Information Officer Eric Keszler. "This show is one way we're working to get people excited about getting outdoors and enjoying Wyoming's wildlife. People who hunt and fish contribute more to conservation and management of wildlife than anyone else. So getting people off the couch and into the outdoors is vitally important for our outdoor heritage and for the future of our wildlife resources."
Each episode of Wyoming's Call of the Wild features a different youth hunter or angler on an outdoor adventure somewhere in Wyoming. Kids from all over the United States applied to be on the show, at one of several "casting calls" hosted around the country or via the internet
"We had hundreds of applications from youngsters all over the country," said Keszler. "It was very difficult to choose a handful of kids to participate in the show. We eventually picked kids both from within Wyoming and from other states to participate. We looked for kids who had interesting stories and who we felt would benefit from an experience in Wyoming's great outdoors."
The first episode features a turkey hunt in northeastern Wyoming, hosted by WGFD Game Warden Matt Withroder and Biologist Joe Sandrini. The guest on this episode is Jake Bullock, a teenager from Colorado who lost his father to cancer. Jake recently won his own battle with cancer, and is looking to the outdoors to help heal some of the scars accumulated during his young life.
The host of this groundbreaking series is nationally known author, lecturer, and teacher Craig Conrad. Known for his inspiring presentation "The Unstoppable You," Conrad has devoted his career to helping youth reach their full potential. Conrad's innovative 26-year teaching career has earned him six nominations for the Who's Who Best Teachers in America, the receipt of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Colorado Governor Roy Romer, and the first-ever Tradition of Excellence Award.
The WGFD contracted with Orion Entertainment to produce this series. Orion is the country's largest producer of outdoor adventure programming. "Wyoming is a state that clearly understands that to effectively manage fish and wildlife resources you must first have the support of conservation-minded anglers and hunters," said Orion President Chris Dorsey. "And growing the ranks of sportsmen and women is vital to creating future conservation advocates."
The Sportsman Channel reaches 27 million U.S. television households and is a part of the nation's largest multimedia company targeted exclusively to serving the information and entertainment needs of outdoors enthusiasts. For specific episode times, check your local listings or go to www.thesportsmanchannel.com.