How important was hunting during your childhood?
JD: Growing up, I worked for my Dad’s company, Danker Roofing. We’d go hunting a lot, but the biggest thing in my life was roping. My dad would haul me to every rodeo in the country when I was a youngster. After graduating high school my life consisted of Rodeo, Hunting, and Roofing. I was content!
How did your hunting shows, Buckventures Outdoors and Major League Bowhunter start?
JD: While hunting big deer across the Midwest I hooked up with a guy that had a local TV show. After filming for him for a year I decided to start my own shown, and in 2003 Buckventures Outdoors (BVO) was born. The first three years were tough, but things took off after we got picked up by Knight rifles, Summit treestands, and Knight & Hale calls. Then, Chipper Jones, Matt Duff, and I started Major League Bowhunter (MLB) in 2010. Both shows have become a platform in my life to spread Gods word.
How are the shows alike, and what makes them successful?
JD: They’re similar in that we’re all humble, hard working, and like to hunt our own ground. I believe people connect with us because they see us like they see themselves. Each week we look viewers in the eye and speak from our hearts, no cue cards or scripts. Everything is in God’s hands, and he paves the way. I feel this is what’s made both shows very successful.
What do you want your viewers to walk away with?
JD: We want our viewers to know that we make mistakes just like they do. We show our failures, and successes in hopes to truly educate the viewer.
Personally, what goals are you trying to achieve with BVO & MLB?
JD: I think we can all make a difference in the short time we have on earth. I believe wholeheartedly that God has given this platform for me to use for Him. I travel in the off season speaking and delivering the Gospel. This is my most important job.
What role/roles do you play in the shows?
JD: I handle most of the business for both companies. I make sure things are always done right, and that we are always giving God the credit. I’m also a co-host on MLB, and show up from time to time on BVO.
How long does it take to make one show?
JD: The edited version of the shows spits out 22 minuets of footage which typically requires two weeks of hard hunting.
How much of your business depends on sponsors?
JD: Sponsors are a huge part of our success, but we’ve never used a product we didn’t believe in. We use products that work, and we believe the people behind those products are the most important part of the equation.
How has your experience with Great Plains Kubota been?
JD: Great Plains is a pleasure to work with. Their Kubota equipment has a strong name, and I’m proud to be associated with them. What’s impressed me most is GPs professionalism. In my opinion Great Plains Kubota is the best in the business!
How important are the Kubota RTVs in your daily work?
JD: The RTVs are huge for us, and get used everyday. We just finished dragging all off our plots with them. The belt driven utility vehicles we used before would always over heat doing this, but not the Kubotas! They are the workhorse of all utility vehicles, and that’s exactly what we need.
How do viewers see Brandon Adams?
BA: I’m the young handsome, somewhat goofy guy of the bunch.
What is your actual job with the shows?
BA: I’ve filmed Jeff since 2007, and done all video production of BVO and MLB since 2010.
How would you say the style/content message of MLB/BVO differs from other shows?
BA: First our message is that it’s okay to put God in the forefront. Secondly, killing big bucks is an obtainable goal by anyone with a little effort.
What is the single most useful tool you have in the field?
BA: The Heater Body Suit may top this list. It allows us to stay longer in the brutally cold plains state’s wind.
From a production standpoint what is your greatest asset in producing a quality hunting show?
BA: It’s the great group of guys that make good ideas happen.
What’s more rewarding, harvesting a huge buck or capturing that perfect video shot?
BA: It’s a toss up, but if I had to pick one it would be harvesting the buck.
If you could film a hunt anywhere in the world where would it be?
BA: I’d say an elk hunt in Utah or Arizona.
What Kubota equipment have you had a chance to operate since partnering with Great Plains Kubota?
BA: I’ve used a SVL90 skid steer to move a 5X8X7 steel safe room into my house. I also used it to take terraces out of my food plots. It’s one BAAAADDDD piece of machinery.
How did you get involved with BVO?
BG: I liked the show so I bought half of it. I’ve been hunting on the show full time now for three years.
How would you describe the show?
BG: It’s a family friendly show that’s educational, and represents the average hunter.
You were a major league baseball player for thirteen plus years, and now you’re a full time hunter. If you could only do one of the two which would it be?
BG: Hunting, because I’ve always had a passion for hunting. They are alike because they’re both challenging, but rewarding when you accomplish goals.
How has baseball and hunting impacted your life?
BG: It takes discipline and hard work to be successful at both. They’ve helped me get where I am today in every aspect of my life.
What’s the most rewarding part of owning BVO?
BG: Being around the guys on the show is rewarding. We’re truly like family, and enjoy hunting together.
GPL: Where would you like to see BVO in five years?
BG: I want to see it as the best show on the Sportsman Channel!
Finally, what’s your most memorable hunting trip?
BG: I’d have to say last muzzle loader season in Kansas. I’d been hunting this buck hard, and finally killed him on the 13th day of the 14 day muzzle loader season.
What does Daniel Mcvay bring to BVO/MLB table?
DM: I co-host and hunt on BVO. I’m also the land manager for both BVO and MLB. I’m responsible for managing, working, and maintaining over 70,000 acres across the country.
What type of hunting did you do growing up?
DM: I was born and raised in West Virginia, and grew up hunting whitetails and other small game. It was a way of life back then. It’s how we lived and survived.
How did your hunting career begin?
DM: I started my hunting career guiding elk hunts. I was introduced to BVO when I guided Jeff on a hunt in New Mexico. After heading to Illinois to guide deer hunts I became part of the BVO pro staff and film crew. Eventually I moved to Chandler, OK to work full-time for BVO & MLB.
What do you like best about Kubota equipment?
DM: I’ve used almost every brand of utility vehicle, but the Kubota RTV is the best when it comes to real work. I love the RTV’s hauling abilities and fuel mileage. I think the Kubota SVL is without a doubt the toughest skid steer on the market. In all, Kubota is the best bang for the buck!
Has hunting lost it’s pleasure due to the long hard hours dedicated to it?
DM: Hunting for a living is definitely different then simply doing it for pleasure. You can’t sleep in when you don’t feel like going hunting. The pressure to produce results can be tough at times, but in all I respect the privilege of hunting even more now.
Finally, what changes or styles do you think deer hunting will see in the next few decades?
DM: I think hunting is becoming more of a casual hobby instead of a way of life, like it used to be. I can remember when schools would close for the entire rifle season! It’s definitely becoming more difficult to gain access to places to hunt, which causes less people to be involved or in some cases include their children. I think that kids are the future of our sport.
How has hunting impacted your life?
BD: It’s created countless memories with friends and family over the years.
Personally, how has hunting changed for you since you started?
BD: When I was first introduced to hunting our mind set was “if it’s brown, it’s down”, but now we try to harvest age and keep healthy herds.
GPL: What is your earliest hunting memory?
BD: When I was twelve I took my brothers bow to the river, not thinking I would see any deer, but when one did walk by I couldn’t even pull his bow back.
Have you ever lost a deer?
BD: Yes, but the memory that stands out the most is a 170 plus inch nine point I lost in northern Missouri. After releasing the arrow it didn’t penetrate and the negative thoughts began to creep into my head. After a long sleepless night, and looking for the buck from daylight till dark I was asking myself what I could have done different. To this day I still think about this hunt.
What is your favorite aspect about being a part of BVO?
BD: The closeness of everyone involved in BVO has made us a family.
Define the BVO brand.
BD: We are followers of Christ! Our motto is…Shoot by Sight, Walk by Faith.
Finally, if you had to choose to be on a horse, or in a treestand which would it be and why?
BD: Wow! That’s a tough question. I can’t choose between the two because they are completely different sports that both mean a lot to me!
Watch Major League Bowhunter and Buckventures Outdoors on the Sportsman Channel. For more information about this article published in the Autumn 2014 issue of Great Plains living visit www.greatplainsliving.com