telly award big deer tv 2015The Oscars are Sunday night.

“Who cares?” you ask, and I agree.

I only bring it up because we were honored recently with 3 Tellys, cable television’s version of the prestigious film awards.

In the TV Programs category at the 36th Annual Telly Awards, BIG DEER TV won a much- coveted Silver for Entertainment for “A Dream Buck For Krista.” In this episode, cancer-survivor Krista Dick, a wonderful and inspiring young lady, and I persisted over 2 years and 4 hunts in South Carolina and finally got her buck, an old 5 1/2-year-old warrior. It was one of the most emotional and uplifting episodes I have ever produced, one of my all-time favorites. I gained a friend and hunting buddy for life.

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Big Deer also won a bronze Telly for Editing for our work on “Acts of Valor,” during which we shared the woods and told the stories of two Iraq veterans and American heroes. We took home another bronze in the Videography subcategory for “The Shed Hunting Obsession.”

In a press release announcing these awards, Mitch Petrie, VP of programming for Sportsman Channel, said, “It is a tremendous honor to receive these awards for our television series. Mike Hanback…along with the entire Outdoor Sportsman Group staff take great pride and careful planning to create such (a) unique series. We work with a superb internal production and editing staff – so hat’s off to everyone for their winning efforts.”

I have the fun and easy part: traveling around and hunting and talking about it. Behind the scenes, we have a very talented group of producers, writers, videographers and editors, and these awards are testament to their hard work and commitment to make Big Deer TV a top-level hunting show.

The new television season kicks off this July on Sportsman Channel. It’s fitting that this season, our 5th year anniversary of doing BIG DEER TV, the adventures and episodes you’ll see are bigger and better than ever.

Thanks for coming along for the ride and setting your DVR and watching, I appreciate your support.