Bryan Oram has a lot of experience hunting. Not so much in front of a camera.
But last year Wild TV Inc. put out a call last year for new hosts, and now both the Hare Bay, N.L., man and the stunning scenery and coastlines of central Newfoundland are starring in their own show on Canadian channel Wild Pursuit Network.
"As a hunter, for me, someone who's always been involved with the outdoors, it's kind of a dream come true," he said. "So I kinda had to try it and see what happens."
The show, Down East Expedition, showcases Oram as he keeps himself busy outside, hunting and fishing.
It's a life he's used to, but this is the first time he's lugged a camera crew and their equipment along with him.
"It makes it 10 times more challenging, for sure," he said. "I mean, especially on our bear hunts. I'm a bow hunter, so we're up close and personal with these animals, and bears are extremely smart animals. We had a couple situations with the camera guy where we just had so much gear, and just moving around, and kind of spooked the animal. So it was a challenge."
Filming took weeks
They started filming that bear hunt episode in October, which took a week and a half.
In December, they shot a two-parter, taking viewers along on a sea duck hunt out around Hare Bay, Bonavista Bay and Bragg's Island.
I see things on a daily basis, as a hunter, that a lot of people don't get a chance to see. - Bryan Oram
Oram thinks the conversation around food — where it comes from, and what's in it — is changing, driving the popularity of hunting, and hunting television.
"I think that people are trying to connect with the outdoors more than ever, and people are realizing that hunters aren't barbarians anymore," he said. "I mean, we're just people that enjoy the outdoors. We respect animals."
"There's a shift of people who want to eat healthier," he said. "People want to know their meat isn't pumped full of everything that you could think of, and it's just natural, and I think that people are kind of making a shift towards that."
Oram says Wild TV has picked up the show for a second season, and filming will start when the sharks come and he heads out to fish them.
In the meantime, he's happy to share his experiences with others.
"I see things on a daily basis, as a hunter, that a lot of people don't get a chance to see," he said.