New Berlin, WI - (August 16, 2012) - Whether you believe the wolf is a Saint, or Satan in disguise, tune in to the first ever televised lower 48 wolf hunt episode with "On Your Own Adventures" produced by Warm Springs Productions exclusively on Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman. Big game hunter and conservation historian Randy Newberg, along with hunting partner, Matt Clyde, will try to outsmart this most intelligent predator-and explain the reasons why wolf management is necessary-during an 11-day grueling spot and stalk wolf hunt. The series airs tonight, August 16 at 9pm ET/PT and concludes on August 23 at 9pm ET/PT.
Additionally, Randy will chat with Facebook fans during the show on August 23 starting at 9 pm ET. Fans should log onto http://facebook.com/sportsmanchannel
at 9 pm ET to ask Randy questions about his hunt.
"We understand this is a polarizing and highly charged issue," said Sportsman Channel CEO Gavin Harvey. "As the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman we felt the need to address it head-on in a factual, thoughtful and educational manner. The series is going to give viewers a solid understanding of the issues of conservation management as it relates to wolves and why it's crucial for balance, while delivering some incredible action and imagery around this most elusive and incredible predator."
"There are thousands of wolves in lower 48 now. We can't have one species completely unmanaged while you are managing other species," shares Newberg. "As much as we'd like to think there's this natural balance from nature, it's not there anymore. Migration corridors are gone; human development has driven elk from the plains to the mountains. It is not like it was 400 years ago. We can't just manage elk and not wolves."
Just 90 miles out of Newberg's backdoor in the Gallatin National Forest in southwest Montana, the two hunters immediately follow a small group of elk that are migrating out of Yellowstone National Park for the winter. "If you put fence around Yellowstone National Park, elk would die because of the snow and lack of winter range. So elk have to migrate outside the park to public winter ranges, all purchased by hunters. That just didn't happen - hunters purposely bought the
tracts of land around the park to ensure the elk could migrate and survive these harsh winters. In essence, hunters set the table for wolf reintroduction by saving the critical elk winter ranges," explains Newberg. During the episode, Newberg explains how the very valley they are hunting was once considered for 40-acre cabin plots and how that would have been a disaster for the migrating elk. Hunters worked to acquire the land and turned it over to agencies for public use.
The two-part episode explains much of the history of the reintroduction of wolves and how a hunting season became possible. But viewers will also see how much work Clyde and Newberg put in just to stalk one, lone, wolf. The men stretch their hunting over a 11-day period as they encounter fast moving wolves, confusion if the animal is coyote or wolf, changing winds and other hunters. "Wolf hunting is the most difficult thing you can do. If you want to do fair chase spot and stalk hunting, then you've come to the right place," said Newberg. "It's a whole lot of effort of hiking and glassing, hiking and glassing and then suddenly, it gets real interesting."
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