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How do I get my own Hunting Show

July 10, 2015
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Each year we get tons of questions. “how do i start my own TV show?” Well to get on TV there are 3 common ways: 1) become a prostaff for a major company by winning archery, competitive calling contests etc. 2) Shoot a top 10 P&Y or B&C animal on film and open doors for sponsorship. 3) or like the rest of us poor slobs, get a camera, film your hunts and chase down sponsorship money to pay for production and airtime.

Making money in hunting entertainment takes a lot of effort but that being said a hard day doing what you love is better then an east day doing what you hate.

We are going to talk about #3 since it is the most realistic. When I started out in my career, I had a few good trophies under my belt but nothing to shout out from the mountain tops for. I didn’t have TV experience, I didn’t even know how the industry worked. But what I did have was drive and sales experience. Most of us look at some big name guys that their careers are carried by big industry these are your “Realtree” “Mossy oak” guys without taking anything from their achievements this is the fairytale version of having your own hunting show and as you could imagine it is the hardest to obtain. The reality of it all is you need to put a lot of time money and effort into producing a few shows, paying for some air time on your own so you have something to show potential sponsors. Most big name sponsors wont look at you if you don’t already have a show contract on TV.

So lets look at this first you need to speak with one of the hunting networks to figure out what your airtime costs will be, then you have to look at production cost: editing, cameramen, traveling, hunts etc. and lastly you need to figure out how you can have enough money left over for your efforts. A low budget show is looking at $20-40,000 per quarter. I have seen some shows make it on less but they often don’t last long.

Once you have figured out your operating costs you must then “hit the bricks” and start cold calling on potential sponsors. Start with smaller mom and pop type companies, show them how and why going with you will help their businesses. Be creative in your pricing and programs so you will have a solution for every opposition you get. Once you have secured a few pre production sponsors it is time to take the leap and get a airtime contract. Get your show up and running and do things to prove your viewership. For instance drive people to your website and have a place for them to login to capture their emails and names that way you have something to show some of the bigger companies.

So now you are airing on TV, you have trackable viewership, and starting to get a feel for the industry. Get out there and show these big companies that you can help them grow your business. A little secret the tracking viewers thing almost no one dose that, it my number one closing feature for my sponsorship sales.

I have 3 more secrets for you:

1) If you want to take less of a financial risk you can get you show on the web and start gaining sponsors. The Hunting Channel Online, has one of the best programs available for new start up shows, we make it possible for you to get paid while building your business, email info@huntsecrets.com to find out more about this opportunity

2). Hunting For The Dream has put together a contest where 6 teams compete to win a 1 season contract for a TV show. Each team produces shows which are judged by The viewers. You can vote for your favorite teams at http://www.thehuntingchannelonline.com Now this years contest is already underway, so you will have to wait for next season to enter, but you can check out what the competition is doing now by watching Hunting For The Dream on http://www.thehuntingchannelonline.com vote for your favorite team and be sure to put your name and email address into the form when you vote and we will send you an update when the next contest is underway.

3) John Stallone form TV Show Days in the Wild is accepting viewer hunts to include within his show and you just might score a prostaff slot or get noticed somewhere else … Submit hunt here

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John Stallone Marketing Director: The Hunting Channel Host of Days in the Wild Content coordinator: for The Outdoor Insiders Field Editor for Earned DIY journal  Facebook Twitter Instagram I am the marketing Director for The Hunting Channel, a National pro-staff shooter for Mathews, Swhacker, trufire, Sneek Tec, Bow IQ , cogburn and Gold tip as well as many more . I am a outdoor videographer and writer in the hunting industry. My program is viewed over  4million x monthly, I am a published outdoor writer and have over 4 million views on youtube and receive traffic upwards of 65 million each year on my video clips. I have completed my whitetail slam and currently working on my super slam. My TV show was voted viewer’s choice for 2014 on Carbon TV and I have been successfully producing shows for over 11 years. Here is some of my video work: Chevy :Mathews, Tenzing Swhacker Broadheads, Cogburn    Here is a sample of my Hunting Show My books: The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint The Secrets of Hunting Western Game  Some of my accolades:  Featured in Tom Miranda's book rut hunters  Certified Deer Steward from QDMA and Clemson University Certified Wildlife Manager from Penn Foster Master Degree from Colorado State in Rangeland Management and Ecology   Some more about me:  1981 first deer hunt 1990 first deer with a bow 1996 won first archery tournament 1998 Received a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Canyon University 2001 Started shooting Mathews as Pro-shop field staff 2002 Became chief of Infield testing for Huntech Inc 2004 started The Hunting Channel online 2004 Published First article in Midwest Whitetails 2005 Started TV Show Days in The Wild 2006 Release 1st book The Ultimate Guide to staying Scent Free 2006 Enter # 11 pope and young by spot and stalk Antelope 2007 Started Market My Hunting Business 2007 Started THC’s Tip of The Week 2008 Released  2nd Book The Secrets of Hunting Western Game 2008 Began The Hunt Fit Program 2009 Released 3rd Book The Whitetail Hunters Blueprint 2009 Began The Hunting Channel Blog 2013 Completed Master’s of Science Rangeland Management and Ecology 2013 Was awarded  The Whitetail Slam 2013 Was featured in Tom Miranda’s book The Rut Hunters 2014 Became Field Editor for Earned Magazine 2014 -2015  Days in The Wild awarded Viewer’s Choice Carbon TV 2015 first to Harvest a Florida Mt. Ibex with a bow on film 2015 Became The Content Coordinator for The Outdoor Insiders