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Outdoor Channel Reveals Nominees For The 14th Annual Golden Moose Awards

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

TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 CommanderDirt 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

BEST NEW SERIES:

  • Bass Pro Shops 100% Real Hunting
  • Chris Brackett's Arrow Affliction
  • Deadliest Hunts
  • Heartland Bowhunter
  • Mathews Adventure Bowhunter

BEST HUNTING SERIES:

  • Bone Collector
  • Buck Commander
  • Crush with Lee & Tiffany
  • Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild
  • Wildgame Nation

BEST FISHING SERIES:

  • The Bassmasters Elite Series
  • The Bass Pros
  • Bill Dance Saltwater
  • Lindner's Fishing Edge
  • Major League Fishing

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.

About Outdoor Channel 
Taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993, Outdoor Channel is America's Leader In Outdoor TV. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is received by 39.1 million U.S. households - the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country - and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit www.outdoorchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook, and download our iPhone and iPad app.

SOURCE Outdoor Channel

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