By Mark Kenyon
Last week while at the SHOT show I had the unique opportunity to attend The Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards. The GMAs are the annual award ceremony celebrating the best outdoor television on The Outdoor Channel each year. This was my first time attending The Golden Moose Awards, and I was in for quite a show. Say what you will about hunting TV shows these days, they run the gamut from great to ridiculous, but one thing you can’t deny about these guys is that they know how to entertain.
From the get go, the GMA’s were a fun filled event as host Michael Waddell kicked off the evening with his usual southern style of humor. Michael ended up being a pretty great host in my opinion and did a nice job moving things along throughout the evening, while also inserting some nice comedic moments. Quickly though the award giving got started. There were a whole slew of awards given, but a few highlights stick out to me. Of course of interest to us here on Wired To Hunt is deer hunting, and the Best Deer Hunting award went to “The Crush with Lee & Tiffany”. I know there are plenty of opinions on Lee, Tiffany and their show – but you can’t deny that they kill some big deer and make a fun show to watch. I thought this was a well deserved award, although there are several other shows that could have just as easily taken the cake.
Another stand out was the Fan Favorite Best Host, which was given to Ted Nugent. The Nuge used this moment to provide some rousing commentary on the current 2nd Amendment drama – and it definitely left everyone pretty pumped up. The Fan Favorite Best Hunting Series was won by Michael Waddell and the rest of the Bone Collector team, and the Fan Favorite Best Overall Series was taken home by Buck Commander. A little farther down the page we’ve included a full run down of all the GMA winners.
On top of all the awards, another highlight of the evening was the entertainment. Country music superstars Craig Morgan, Aaron Lewis and Big & Rich all put on great performances throughout the night and it made for a pretty fun show to be apart of.
Overall, my first trip to the Golden Moose Awards was a blast. It was fun hearing from the various hunting personalities, and the pure entertainment value of the hosts/presenters and the musical acts made for this event to be a great way to spend an evening in Las Vegas.
Best Overall | Winner: Jim Shockey’s, The Professionals
Best Big Game | Winner: Driven with Pat and Nicole
Best Deer | Winner: The Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Best Bird Hunting | Winners (tie): Ducks Unlimited presented by Browning and The Flush
Best Turkey Hunting | Winner: Bone Collector
Best Fishing | Winner: Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish
Best Shooting | Winner: MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories
Best Conservation | Winner: BioLogic and Drury’s Wildlife Obsession
Best Educational | Winner: MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories
Best Comedy/Blooper | Winner: Drop Zone
Best Show Open | Winner: Driven with Pat and Nicole
Best Off Road | Winner: Snow Trax Television
Best Sound Design | Winner: Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Best Videography | Winner: Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Best Graphics | Winner: In Pursuit with Greg & Jake
Best Commercial | Winner: Gold Tip Arrows
Fan Favorite Best Overall Series | Winner: Buck Commander protected by Under Armour
Fan Favorite Best New Series | Winner: Sasquatch
Fan Favorite Best Hunting Series | Winner: Bone Collector
Fan Favorite Best Fishing Series | Winner: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Fishing
Fan Favorite Best Host | Winner: Ted Nugent of Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild
Golden Moose Honorary Award – Pioneer Award | Winner: Jackie Bushman
Golden Moose Humanitarian Award | Winner: Craig Morgan