Hi everybody and welcome to the Outdoors on the Farm blogs!
The first season of our show passed the half-way point last week and episode 8 is getting ready to air this week. I'm very excited about the show and it just keeps getting better each week. My blog is designed to give you OOTF updates and to give you a bit of a behind the scenes look into the production of the show. I might even include some of my favorite happenings from some episodes that didn't make it into the show.
But first and foremost, this is where you and I can communicate on a regular basis. If you've got a question for one of the OOTF pro-staff, just let me know and I'll make sure they get it. And this is also where I can thank some very important people and companies.
First... the RAM Truck Brand for supplying OOTF with a beautiful 2011 RAM Outdoorsman! It's an awesome truck that -- with a little time in the logo shop -- is obviously the official truck of Outdoors on the Farm!
If you see that truck out on the road in the year ahead... flag me down!
I've been wearing that coat from Carhartt for the show and what you can't see in that picture are the Muck boots I'm wearing. If you've seen the show, you know they are both helping us tell the success stories of farmers working with the outdoors and outdoorsmen.
And there's another guy that gets a big "thank you" -- you haven't seen him on the show, but you hear him on every episode. Country music star Justin Moore wrote the theme song along with Jeremy Stover and Justin and his band perform the song. In spring 2011, Justin will join me and one lucky winner of the OOTF Sweepstakes Hunt!
There are a ton of people that have helped launch this effort... and you all know who you are. Mike Byers (Editor) and Doug Farmwald (Producer) have to deal with all of my "Why can't we..." questions (which are really requests) all of the time. You might not ever see these two on the show... but their creativity and committment are seen in each and every episode.(Thanks guys!)
Where to next?
In Episode 7, Youth Pro-Staffer Thomas Flory told you a story about a program in Nebraska designed to introduce youth to hunting in a safe, educational and active environment. In Episode 8 (Dec. 23 & 25), Women in the Outdoors Pro-Staffer Emily Flory joins me for a quail hunt at a private hunting club in central Iowa as the landowner, Denny Baker, tells the story of how -- and why -- he built this outdoors paradise.
And as Episode 9 (Dec. 30 & Jan. 1) wraps up production... I can tell you we'll be back in my original hometown of Oxford Junction, Iowa, on the Jim Bisinger farm. His efforts to re-establish habitat for deer, turkey and pheasants (yes... pheasants -- he's actually building the wild bird population on his farm) are some of the best I've ever seen. In fact... I see his efforts every year during deer season. I always knew Jim was working hard to build up the habitat on his farm, but after traveling the Midwest and looking at other projects, this is one you've got to see. His efforts are practical... and affordable... and effective!
- If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.
- Sign up for the turkey hunt with me and country music star Justin Moore. (Guys... this is going to be a hoot. We'll keep your travel time to a minimum, put you up in a great place and make sure you're sitting in a great spot when the sun comes up! The food will be great, too -- and we'll do our best to be "good company" on for a couple of days!
And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!