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Interview with Fred Bear Airs this week on Sportsman Channel

New Berlin, Wisconsin – It is difficult to place a value on it, but when Mike Avery, host of Outdoor Magazine TV, found an interview he conducted with bowhunting legend, Fred Bear, from 25 years ago, he knew it would be TV gold. In 1985, a young, dark-haired Avery sat down with Bear at the famous Grouse Haven Hunting Camp near Rose City, Michigan to get the legend’s thoughts on bowhunting versus gun hunting and how Bear Archery started. The episode airs this week exclusively on Sportsman Channel Wednesday at 8:30AM, Thursday evening at 7PM, Friday at 1AM, Saturday morning at 7:30 and Sunday night at 9PM.

“Of the thousands of interviews I’ve done over the years, this conversation with Fred Bear probably had a bigger influence on me than any other,” says Avery. “To get the opportunity to talk with a living legend at that point in my career was truly a blessing.” The excerpt also shows Bear shooting his famous recurve and a few seconds from one of his early bowhunting films.

Excerpts from the conversation first aired on a Michigan television station 25 years ago, but the entire interview has never been seen publicly before. “I thought the tape had been lost,” says Avery. “I just happened to find it in a box I was getting ready to throw in the trash.”

The Outdoor Magazine episode that features the Fred Bear interview also includes a segment with show host Mike Avery hunting Michigan turkeys with a crossbow. “It’s a nice comparison of sorts”, says Avery. “We start out the program hunting with the latest high tech Darton crossbow and close it out by talking with the man who started the modern day archery movement.”

Mike Avery is an award-winning television producer and radio show host. Avery’s radio show can be heard on Michigan stations Saturday and Sunday mornings. For station listings, behind-the-scenes information on Avery’s TV show and his blog, visit

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Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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