January 16, 2014
LAS VEGAS – A new owner means a new direction, and everyone at Outdoor Channel expressed excitement with the heading of Kroenke Sports Entertainment.
New Outdoor Channel CEO Jim Liberatore opened the 14th Annual Golden Moose Awards powered by Ram Trucks, and he had glowing remarks about the industry and the people he’s met.
“It’s my first SHOT Show, and it is awesome,” he said. “Where we’re headed with the new ownership, you really have an anchor owner in Stan Kroenke. These guys are committed, and it’s incredible how dedicated they’ve shown themselves to the network.
“Outdoor Channel is going to be an aggressive advocate for this business. That is our No. 1 goal right now.”
After Liberatore’s statements, it was off to the order of business – handing out the network’s awards, mixed with humorous and profound moments and good music.
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Ted Nugent walked away with another Fan Favorite award while “Jim Shockey’s The Professionals” scooped up the lion’s share of trophies. The Professionals won four categories; Sound Design, Videography, Big Game Hunting and Best Overall Production.
“Five years ago, the Professionals didn’t exist,” Shockey said on his fourth trip to the stage. “Since then it’s truly been like driving a Ferrari, pedal to the metal, full speed ahead.
“I want to thank Outdoor Channel for trusting us with the keys to that Ferrari. I want to thank the new Outdoor Channel for giving us the keys, not to a Ferrari this time, but to the biggest, shiniest, fastest rocket ship that’s ever been made.
“All of us, mark my words, we are headed into unchartered territory with Outdoor Channel.”
Again taking Fan Favorite Best Overall show was Nugent’s "Spirit of the Wild." He and wife Shemane accepted the award from Marcus Luttrell, author of “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.”
Luttrell received a standing ovation and then a rousing vow from Nugent to show his appreciation for his sacrifice -- and everyone who's served in the military -- to raise “more hell and put more pressure on this corrupt, cruel, punk-ass government of the United States so they don’t infringe any more on our God-given individual rights.”
Other big winners on the night were “Crush with Lee & Tiffany,” who won the Fan Favorite Hunting Series and Best Bird Hunting awards.
Other Fan Favorite winners were “Chris Brackett’s Arrow Affliction” as Best New Series, “The Bassmaster Elite Series” for Best Fishing and the “Buck Commander” crew of Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhaus, Tombo Martin, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Willie Robertson for Best Host.
NRA President Wayne LaPierre made a special appearance to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to MidwayUSA's Larry Potterfield.
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GMA Categories and Winners
Sound Design – Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Best Deer – Bow Madness
Turkey Hunting – Bone Collector
Best Conservation/Ed/Instr. – MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories
Shooting Sports – Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots
Best Comedy – Wildgame Nation
Best Fishing – Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show
Big Game Hunting – Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Best Overall Production – Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Best Show Open – Ram Outdoorsman
Best Videography/Camera work – Jim Shockey’s The Professionals
Best Graphic Design and Animation – The Bass Pros
Best Commercial – Cabela’s
Best General Interest Show – Hornaday’s Dark and Dangerous
Best Bird Hunting – Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Best Overall – Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild
Best New Series – Chris Brackett’s Arrow Affliction
Best Hunting Series – Crush with Lee & Tiffany
Best Fishing – The Bassmaster Elite Series
Host – Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhaus, Tombo Martin, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Willie Robertson, Buck Commander