It’s become a tradition of sorts I suppose. Over the past few summers, I’ve been able to catch an early glimpse of the new season of Heartland Bowhunter in all of it’s audio and visual glory. And each year I come away impressed, eager to see more, and even more excited to start my own season. I think that last quality is one that makes Heartland Bowhunter so compelling as a show. If you’re not familiar with HB, they are a TV show that does an incredible job of telling an engaging story of a hunting season and pulling you right into it through incredible visuals, beautiful scenery and real life situations and people. I truly believe that more than any other show on TV today, HB draws me into the story and allows me to live that hunting dream myself for a few minutes right along with the guys on screen. You can hear the sounds as if they were outside your door, take in the vistas as if they were right in front of you, and laugh as if this was your own hunting camp and crew. This momentary escape from reality is Heartland Bowhunter’s forte – and in Season 5 they seem to be on top of their game yet again.

Speaking of tradition, Heartland Bowhunter Season 5 starts off in familiar fashion with a recap of early spring/summer preparation and an early season whitetail trip to North Dakota. The ND episodes have become some of my favorites, for some of the same reasons that the Heartland crew has proclaimed it’s a favorite trip of theirs. The scenery is gorgeous, the deer hunting is great, and the company and fun had seems to be first class. There never seems to be a shortage of laughs, pranks or big deer on these trips.

But it’s not just the content or scenery that’s familiar – we’re also treated to the visual and production genius that Heartland Bowhunter has made us all come to know and love. I know many of you have followed Heartland Bowhunter for some time, or have at least read about it a time or two here on Wired To Hunt – so I won’t dive too deep into the unique nature of HB’s look and feel. But if you want a taste of what they have to offer, watch their Season 5 trailer here. It’s terrific.

Not all is the same though, and one of my favorite new additions is a young man named Clay Craft. Clay Craft and his father Bryhn are two absolute top notch guys, and I’m so excited to see them involved with Heartland this year. Clay is an incredible young man and hunter, and I know you’ll get a kick out of him and his amazing big buck successes this year.

Overall, the Season 5 premiere stays right in line with what we’ve come to expect from Heartland. Great story, incredible production and visuals, and good times. I won’t spoil the suspense for you – but I will say that Shawn has an up close encounter with a dandy velvet 8 pointer on this trip (as seen below). You’ll need to tune into the prime time premiere of HB tonight at 8:30 EST to see if he ends up closing the deal!

For more on Heartland Bowhunter – visit their website here.