Today’s blog post comes from Darin Sims, a member of the Antler Insanity crew. You can catch Antler Insanity on our channel on Sundays at 10:30 AM, Wednesdays at 12:30 PM and Fridays at 6:30 PM.
For many years, the owners, hosts, and affiliates of Antler Insanity have traveled across North America hunting all kinds of game, including everything from whitetails in Kansas to waterfowl in Arkansas. Somewhere along the way we realized there is a diagnosis for the lifestyle we live. Each member of our diverse team has taken a different road to get to where we are, but somehow, all of these paths crossed in early 2011 and our lifestyle took on a new identity, Antler Insanity.
The Antler Insanity brand is the result of a vision by its founding partners John Young, Scot Garland, Randy Buckner and Darrin Holt. They have enjoyed and respected the sport of hunting since they were youngsters and value the tradition they carry on for future generations. The men were hosting a trade show at the Asheville Civic Center in August of 2010 which was overwhelming with its success. “We were all talking during the show and came up with the idea of seeing if we could get a TV show going,” said John Young. Sounds simple right? But there was more to it than that. “The economy went off a cliff in 2008,” Young explained. He and his hunting buddies had businesses that were heavily impacted by the economic downturn. “We thought we would get into a business that would be fun to do,” he said. “We are all passionate about hunting and that seemed like the direction we should go.” Knowing that this would not be easy, they began assembling a team to help get them there. The result of all the investment of money and time has finally hit the airwaves this summer.
Antler Insanity is hosted by industry veterans Dean Davis and Kenneth Lancaster. Kenneth has a background in archery and his work as a guide, videographer, and hunter have made him a popular and respected outdoorsman. His resume includes nine years at Primos and continues to work with Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector. Dean is an experienced producer, editor and host of outdoors shows. During his years as senior editor at Primos, the show won many Golden Moose awards. Also joining us this year is Top Shot winner, Chris Reed. Chris has a decorated career in shooting and shares our insanity lifestyle when it comes to hunting and will be hosting our weekly tips segment, Insane Secrets. Rounding out the team are Darin Sims, Chris Race and Tim Redding, all of which play valuable roles in making Antler Insanity a success.
In a recent press release John Young, CEO and founding partner, talks about what the future holds for Antler Insanity, or maybe what Antler Insanity holds for the future. The important things he hopes the show will affirm is the importance of hunting as an economic driver and the how the culture of hunting is important to the sustainability of wildlife and the outdoors. “The abundance of wildlife we have now is no accident. It is the result of conservation and decades of effort by wildlife agencies and organizations working with outdoor enthusiasts like myself.”
“Our show’s going to be more than just a hunting show. We’re all members of a lot of conservation and non-profit organizations such as Backyard Bow Pro that provides hundreds of thousands of meals from venison, a pure and natural protein, the National Wild Turkey Foundation, Elk Foundation, and many other charitable organizations that we have worked with over the years and we want to promote that through the show.”
The next year for Antler Insanity will be an exciting one! With sponsor support from some industry giants such as Elite Archery, Realtree, Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector and Stealth 4×4, we are well on our way to meeting and exceeding our first season goals. The hunt list for this year is equally impressive with numerous destinations and species ready to make the big screen. We are here for the long haul. We will adapt, evolve, respond, and emerge in an ever changing global and political climate to insure that future generations may enjoy that tradition so deeply rooted in each of us. That tradition is hunting, and we as hunters will never forget the liberty and grace that affords us the right to live the insanity lifestyle.
Learn more at www.antlerinsanity.com