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Thankful at Thanksgiving

Outdoor Channel personalities tell us their personal reflections

Thankful at Thanksgiving
Outdoor Channel personalities share what they are thankful for

The complaints are rampant that shopping season is taking over holiday season. Black Friday battles to save a few bucks are giving us a black eye.

Leave it to our Outdoor Channel personalities to put Thanksgiving in perspective. From time with family and friends, to support for our troops, our talent relates what they are truly thankful for.

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Crush with Lee & Tiffany "We are so blessed and thankful for each other and our families and being able to spend our time together in the outdoors. We are also very thankful that our families have not disowned us for being gone on every holiday for the last 15 years!"

- Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Crush with Lee & Tiffany


Deb Ferns, Babes with Bullets "I’m blessed to be a woman in the USA; the only place on earth where I have the right to own firearms and encouraged to use them!"

- Deb Ferns, Babes with Bullets




Dave Mercer, The Bassmasters and Facts of Fishing "When I first started to think of what I am thankful for, so many things started to pop into my head. Of course my family, our health, our happiness … then all of a sudden I realized it’s going to be very hard to pick just one thing when I have so much to be thankful for. So I guess that's it, I am thankful for having so very much to be thankful for."

- Dave Mercer, Facts of Fishing


Ted Nugent, Spirit of the Wild "As a hunter and fulltime “we the people” American activist, I am ultimately tuned in to the most important aspects of the American Dream. Though some people are sadly disconnected from nature, we who cherish Her annual bounty via the natural fall hunting season know intimately why Thanksgiving is in November. As harvesters of God's annual natural renewable bounty, we sincerely thank God for his miraculous creation and how nature sustains our very lives. As a participating American in this sacred experiment in self-government, I am eternally thankful to celebrate every day of life as an American in The Last Best Place. The whole world sucks, but American still sucks less, and during the mystical hunting season, life doesn't suck at all."

- Ted Nugent, Spirit of the Wild


Big Bill Busbice, Wildgame Nation "Family and love from them, and for them."

- Big Bill Busbice, Wildgame Nation

Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo, Archers Choice "We have many things to be thankful for most of all our family and friends! We live in a country that we can freely choose to do what we want and be able and make a living doing it. In all our travels around the world thanks to our Military we have these choices!"

- Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo, Archers Choice



Rick Krueter and Julie Krueter, Beyond the Hunt "Family, true friends and the freedom to chase your DREAMS!"

- Rick Krueter, Beyond the Hunt

"Family, good food and big bucks and FREEDOM!"

- Julie Krueter, Beyond the Hunt



Steve West, Steve's Outdoor Adventures TV "At Thanksgiving I am thankful for the day when my family gets together for a big meal and Dallas Cowboys football. I get to see my brothers, my nephews, my parents, and anyone else who ventures to the house for a hot meal and good times."

- Steve West, Steve's Outdoor Adventures TV



Tim Herald,Nosler's Magnum TV "But I am most Thankful for the men and women of our armed forces who are serving overseas, protecting our interests, and making the world a safer place to live, while spreading democracy. They don't get to be with their loved ones on this special day and I am thankful for their sacrifice. It does not go unnoticed."
"I am thankful for being a Christian, having a wonderful family, and being able to do what I love for a living!"

- Tim Herald, Nosler's Magnum TV


Tommy Sanders, The Bassmasters "Thankful for a great wife and extended family -- and for the umpteenth year I’ve been able to get by without having to qualify for a real job. Because I probably couldn’t."

- Tommy Sanders, The Bassmasters

Don and Kandi Kisky, Whitetail Freaks TV "We are thankful for our family and friends. Thankful for our health and Don's dad beating prostate cancer. Thankful for the right to hunt and share the outdoors with so many. Thankful to spend the morning and evening enjoying the woods! Thankful for life!"

- Don and Kandi Kisky, Whitetail Freaks TV



Terry Drury, Biologic Wildlife Obsession "I’m thankful for friends, family and enjoying the holiday together with them."

-Terry Drury, BioLogic & Drury's Wildlife Obsession

Mike Pawlawski, Gridiron Outdoors "I'm thankful for the great opportunity that America provides. A man can be as successful as he desires based on the amount of effort that he puts in to it. I'm also thankful for the courageous patriots who defend our right to choose our own path. Finally, I'm thankful that I have an 11-year-old son who is on his way to being a first class outdoorsman."

- Mike Pawlawski, Gridiron Outdoors


Mark Zona,Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show "I'm happy for friends and family. I'm gone so much of the year Thanksgiving is when I get to catch up with all my buds."

- Mark Zona, Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show
"On Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for my health. My Dad always said, ‘If you have your health, you have everything.’ I'm also thankful for my wife, family and friends, who have always supported me throughout my career path."

- Jim Zumbo, Jim Zumbo Outdoors


Skeet Reese, Major League Fishing "I’m thankful that I’ve got my family, and they’re healthy. I’m thankful I get to fish. I’ve got the greatest job there is."

- Skeet Reese, Major League Fishing


What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

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