Under Armour Presents Ridge Reaper follows Jason Carter and the Under Armour team as they hunt down the biggest game in western North America. We recently got together with Jason Carter and here’s what he had to say about the show.
Outdoor Channel: What does the Under Armour brand represent in the hunting industry?
Jason Carter: The Under Armour brand represents the ability to make all athletes/hunters perform better in all aspects of hunting in every environment. They strive to always be on the cutting edge of the industry and innovation and produce the highest quality hunting gear available.
Outdoor Channel: Explain the Ridge Reaper line.
Jason Carter: The Under Armour Ridge Reaper line is a collection of innovative, high performance hunting apparel and footwear. It is designed specifically for the western hunter, with the activity of the western hunt in mind and is built to keep you cool, dry and comfortable in any situation. Your hunting apparel and footwear is just as important as your bow or gun and can be a key factor in the success of your hunt.
Outdoor Channel: What can OC viewers expect from the new show?
Jason Carter: They can expect to see hard core hunting of mostly Western Big Game. We hunt with every weapon and strive to harvest the best animals we can find. We live to hunt trophy big game in any environment and I think that will resonate with the viewers.
Outdoor Channel: How is UARR different than other hunting shows?
Jason Carter: Under Armour Ridge Reaper is comprised mostly of Western hunts in Alaska, Canada, Western U.S., and Mexico. We concentrate the majority of our hunting efforts in areas that have world class trophy potential - you can’t kill them if they don’t exist. There is nothing like the feeling of wrapping your hands around a hard earned trophy. Hunting world class animals consistently requires a year-round commitment including applying for tags, shed hunting, scouting, and training. Every show will have a kill scene if not multiple kill scenes. Every hunting show has its niche. I enjoy them all.
Outdoor Channel: Any stories from this season that stood out to you?
Jason Carter: A buddy of mine and I were hunting Mule deer in Mexico. We had our eyes set on a couple bucks that we knew were alive the year before and had trailcam pics of this year. One was a non-typical and the other was a world class typical. The typical proved to be extremely tough to relocate and when we least expected it we found him and finished the deal! The ranch owner is one of the most genuine, down to earth people I’ve ever met. He loves the deer and this particular deer he named Mario Jr. - after himself! When we realized what deer we killed, tears came to his eyes and he started throwing his pocket change in the air shouting praises to the ranch....words can’t describe the feeling we had that evening!
Outdoor Channel: What is your most memorable hunt and why?
Jason Carter: I hunted a buck for 2 years during archery season on public land near my house. He disappeared the first year after an unsuccessful stalk so I killed the deer running with him which scored 221”. On year 2 he was bigger than ever. After several unsuccessful stalks and 9 days I was finally within bow range of the stand of trees he was bedded in. I sat in the blistering sun with no water for 7 hours and waited for him to get up out of his bed. Luckily he got up and fed out in front of me and I threaded him. I felt like I had won the super bowl but was so emotionally and physically drained I could hardly stand up! He gross scored 248” and had mass like your forearms.
Outdoor Channel: What is the biggest trophy you’ve taken?
Jason Carter: I was very fortunate to cut my tag on a Mule deer that scored 271 gross B&C and netted 262 4/8”. He was 11x13 and 35” wide. It was a public land hunt with a couple of my best friends. The hunt was extremely physical requiring us to walk miles in the sand for days. At the kill scene we were hoarse from celebrating. We started a fire and spent hours into the night reliving the hunt and field dressing him. None of us will ever forget that day!
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