In this day and age entertainers who love the outdoors and especially those who love to hunt are a bit hard to come by. That is why a few aspects of the recent crop of hit TV shows has been so refreshing. If you happen to have eagle eyes you just may have seen the Browning Buckmark logo appear in a few very unusual places recently.
For instance on the hit TV show American Idol.
As over 30 million Americans know, each American Idol contestant gets their chance to be the focus of a short video biography. This year two contestants appeared in their bios wearing Browning hats with the Buckmark logo.
The first was Drew Poppelreiter. Drew grew up on a farm in Saltillo, Mississippi. He is the real deal in every way: an icon of the all American country boy. Not only is he a working farmer, an avid hunter and a life-long outdoorsman, he is a down to earth guy with an amazing country voice. And even though Drew didn't move on to the final round of American Idol, you are certain to see more of him in Country music circles, and certain to see more of his Browning hat.
And if that were not enough, you may have caught the video Bio of contestant Kristy Lee Cook and her Browning Hat. Kristy is not only beautiful and talented, but she is also not stretching the truth when she calls herself an "outdoor country girl."
Her hometown is Selma, Oregon where she has plenty of access to the surrounding country for her hobbies. Her favorite quote is "Rope it, ride it, wrestle it, cowgirl it." She is not shy about telling others that she leaves plenty of time to head for the hills to hunt deer and bear and more. Some circles of viewers are critical of her outdoor interests - perhaps we can all show how much we appreciate a hunting girl with a great voice by giving her our vote on the next show.
Lastly, if you haven't tuned in to the latest TV hit the Ax Men, don't miss it any more. In the words of the History Channel, it's "The first-ever non-fiction series about the treacherous life of Pacific Northwest timber cutters." Treacherous is an understatement.
If you are following the show, then you probably know that one of the leading logging companies on the show is called J.M. Browning Logging. The "J" in the name stands for the name of its founder Jay. But he and his team are crazy about another J. M. Browning, and that would be John Moses Browning, the world's greatest gun designer and the originator of the Browning Arms Company. Jay and his son Jesse - as well as many of their crew - are hunters, outdoorsman and Browning fans in every way. Jay is no ordinary logger or outdoorsman. He lost his hand in a logging accident and considers it just part of the risk of the job. He has a prosthetic that lets him keep sawing and, of course, shooting. Stay tuned for one surprise that will be enjoyed by "Show Us Your Buckmark" contest fans . . . Jesse will be getting a tattoo in a future episode and I bet you can guess what it will be.
It's important to note that all of these now famous hunters have been fans of Browning for a long before now. We applaud them and wish them all the best in their endeavors and especially on their next hunts.