Two local hunters will be competing in the Campbell Camera's "Top Outdoor Producer" reality show airing on the Sportsman Channel, with the premiere this Sunday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Avid sportsmen Kurt Grimm and Marc McKinney, both of the Roaring Fork Valley, will be featured as Team Keepin' It Wild.
McKinney, who lives in Carbondale, and Grimm, a Silt resident, have been outdoor adventure partners since the late 1980s and have started their own production company, Pyramid Peak Productions, working toward the launch of their own outdoor television show.
"It was truly an honor to participate in the 'Top Outdoor Producer' show," Grimm said. "It was an incredible opportunity to compete and learn with some of the best in the outdoor film industry."
The series pits the best hunters and videographers in the outdoor film industry in a battle to film the perfect hunt and become the "Top Outdoor Producer."
The teams are judged on both their hunting prowess and filming abilities. Eleven teams competed, traveling across the United States in pursuit of three major game species.
"This competition was like boot camp for producing outdoor television," said McKinney, explaining that Team Keepin' It Wild was one of only two teams that did not currently have its own show on television. "I can't say how we did in the competition, but I feel like we did OK for two old guys that struggle sending emails."
"I'm not a trophy hunter," said Grimm. "I'm in it for the total experience. Packing into the high country, crossing rivers, bailing off of sinking fishing boats, it's all good. Even on an unsuccessful hunt, were still out in God's country. We'll always be humbled by our surroundings and by the beauty of nature."
"We're just a couple of old bald guys," laughed McKinney. "We're working guys. We drive old pickup trucks. We're not touring the country in an outfitted bus. Most of what we're doing is do-it-yourself hunting."