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Golden Moose Nominees Announced

Michael Waddell to Emcee; Theresa Vail Among Presenters; Ted Nugent, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan & Colton James to Perform

By: Outdoor Channel

TEMECULA, Calif. – January 10, 2014 – Outdoor Channel, America's Leader In Outdoor TV, today revealed the list of nominees, including the Top Five Fan Favorites, that have been nominated for the 14th Annual Golden Moose Awards. The country’s leading outdoor television awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at The Venetian in Las Vegas during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference. The Golden Moose Awards serves as the signature event to honor the hard work put forth by Outdoor Channel’s talent and production teams for their entertainment contributions in 2013.

The Golden Moose Awards will be hosted by Michael Waddell of Outdoor Channel’s “Realtree Road Trips” and “Bone Collector.” The ceremony will include musical performances by Ted Nugent of Outdoor Channel’s “Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild” and Aaron Lewis, along with country music artists Craig Morgan of the network’s “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors” and Colton James. Nugent is expected to play “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States. Lewis will hit the stage for his second consecutive Golden Moose Awards with tunes from his recent projects. Morgan, who received a Humanitarian Award last year for his tireless work with Folds of Honor Foundation through a partnership with Bushnell and NRA Country, will treat audiences to a song from his new album, The Journey (Livin’ Hits). And James, a newcomer propelled by “Brave Men,” his powerful tribute to American troops, will delight attendees with his latest single.

Among the Golden Moose Awards presenters are Joe Mantegna of “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories”; Willie Robertson of “Buck Commander”; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester; former NBA player Jared Jeffries of “Modern Fishing with Jared Jeffries”; NASCAR racing crew chief Greg Zipadelli of “Greg Zipadelli's Drop Zone”; RAM Trucks’ Brian Szalk; and Theresa Vail, a Sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard, a 2013 Miss Kansas winner, a 2014 Miss America top ten finalist and an avid bowhunter.

“It brings us great pleasure to host an all-star lineup at our annual awards gathering, including our emcee for the evening, Michael Waddell; musical acts Ted Nugent, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan and Colton James; and celebrity presenters, Joe Mantegna, Willie Robertson, Theresa Vail and Jackie Bushman, to name a few. We’re not only celebrating the brightest stars in the space, but we’re shining a light on a community that collectively views outdoor recreation as an essential part of their daily lives,” said Jim Liberatore, President and CEO, Outdoor Channel.

In addition to the 20+ awards that will be presented at this year’s event, including Best Overall Production, Best Hunting and Best Comedy, Outdoor Channel will also hand out an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award to a surprise recipient for their outstanding contributions to the outdoor industry.

The highly sought-after Fan Favorite awards will also be presented on the evening of the 16th. Finalists and the ultimate winners were chosen by more than 30,000 loyal viewers of the network over the past several weeks on Outdoor Channel’s voting page in the five following categories: Best Overall Series, New Series in 2013, Hunting Series, Fishing Series and Host(s).

“Our strong 2013 performance is a testament to the diversity of our programming slate and the outstanding achievement of our talent, producers, directors, writers, camera crews, editors and others in front of and behind the camera. It’s because of them we were able to engage, inspire and educate our audiences in 2013, and will do so again in 2014,” added Liberatore.

And the nominees for the 14th Annual Golden Moose Awards are…

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION:
Bone Collector
Bottom Feeders
Buccaneers and Bones
Cabela’s Ultimate Adventures
Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors
Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's The Professionals
Major League Fishing
MidwayUSA's Gun Stories
Sasquatch Mountain Man
Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish

BEST BIG GAME:
Archer's Choice with Ralph & Vicki
Bone Collector
Cabela’s Ultimate Adventures
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
HeadHunters TV
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Ram Outdoorsman
Realtree Road Trips
Solo Hunters

BEST DEER:
Bone Collector
Bow Madness
Buck Commander
The Bucks of Tecomate
Choose Your Weapon
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Heartland Bowhunter
Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's The Professionals
Mathews Adventure Bowhunter
Swarovski Optik Quest

BEST BIRD:
Addicted to the Outdoors
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Driven with Pat and Nicole
Friends of NRA
Realtree’s NASCAR Outdoors
Realtree Road Trips
Red Arrow

BEST TURKEY:
Bone Collector
Chris Brackett’s Arrow Affliction
Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
King of the Spring
Realtree Road Trips

BEST FISHING:
The Bassmasters Elite Series
Buccaneers and Bones
Major League Fishing
Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish
Penn’s BigWater Adventures
Zona's Awesome Fishing Show

BEST SHOOTING SPORTS:
American Rifleman
The Best Defense
MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories
MidwayUSA’s Rapid Fire
Shooting Gallery
Shooting USA
Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots

BEST CONSERVATION / EDUCATIONAL:
Bow Madness
FOXPRO Furtakers
MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories
Penn’s BigWater Adventures
Trip Gone Bad
Wardens
Western Extreme presented by Bowtech

BEST GENERAL INTEREST SHOW:
The Best of the West
Bottom Feeders
Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors
Dirt Trax Television
Fly Rod Chronicles
Hornady’s Dark and Dangerous
The Stihl Timbersports Series

BEST COMEDY:
Chris Brackett’s Arrow Affliction
Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors
Hank Parker’s Flesh and Blood
Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures
Major League Fishing
Wildgame Nation

BEST SHOW OPEN:
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Deadliest Hunts
Driven with Pat and Nicole
Fear No Evil
Jim Shockey's The Professionals
King of the Spring
Ram Outdoorsman
Sasquatch Mountain Man
Under Armour presents Ridge Reaper

BEST SOUND DESIGN:
Driven with Pat and Nicole
Gregg Ritz’s Hunt Masters
Jim Shockey's The Professionals
MidwayUSA’s Rapid Fire
Solo Hunters
Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY / CAMERA WORK:
Buck Commander
Dirt Trax Television
Fear No Evil with Chris Brackett
Heartland Bowhunter
Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's The Professionals
L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors
MidwayUSA's Gun Stories
Nosler’s Magnum TV
Red Arrow
Under Armour presents Ridge Reaper
Sasquatch Mountain Man

BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ANIMATION:
The Bassmasters Elite Series
The Bass Pros
The Choice with Ralph & Vicki
Hornady’s Dark and Dangerous
King of the Spring
Outdoors in the Heartland
Trip Gone Bad
Zona's Awesome Fishing Show

BEST COMMERCIAL:
Barnett Crossbows – Uncle Si BCX Ultra Lite Crossbow
Cabela’s
Hummingbird – 360
Leupold – Tough Binoculars
Penn SFV
Ram Trucks – Got Away
Under Armour Boots

TOP FIVE FAN FAVORITES BEST OVERALL SERIES:
Bone Collector
Buck Commander
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild
Wildgame Nation

TOP FIVE FAN FAVORITES BEST NEW SERIES:
Bass Pro Shops 100% Real Hunting
Chris Brackett’s Arrow Affliction
Deadliest Hunts
Heartland Bowhunter
Mathews Adventure Bowhunter

TOP FIVE FAN FAVORITES BEST HUNTING SERIES:
Bone Collector
Buck Commander
Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild
Wildgame Nation

TOP FIVE FAN FAVORITES BEST FISHING SERIES:
The Bassmasters Elite Series
The Bass Pros
Bill Dance Saltwater
Lindner’s Fishing Edge
Major League Fishing

TOP FIVE FAN FAVORITES BEST HOST:
Bone Collector – Michael Waddell, Travis ‘T-Bone’ Turner and Nick Mundt
Buck Commander– A. LaRoche, R. Langerhans, T. Martin, L. Bryan, J. Aldean, W. Robertson
Crush with Lee & Tiffany – Lee and Tiffany Lakosky
Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild – Ted and Shemane Nugent
Wildgame Nation – Bill, Matt and Ryan Busbice

To view winners from last year’s event, please click here.

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