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Nick’s Wild Ride Wins Coveted “Golden Moose” Award For Conservation

The 18th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards were announced on January 9 via a LIVE Facebook presentation by the Outdoor Channel and Nick’s Wild Ride was the WINNER of the award for BEST CONSERVATION for it’s episodes shot in Namibia, Africa which showcase the debate and quagmire of African game conservation and hunting.

Nick Hoffman, host and co-producer of Outdoor Channel’s Nick’s Wild Ride is proud of the award. “I have always been passionate about habitat and conservation as a whole. But, in the past few years, while filming Nick’s Wild Ride, I’ve learned so much more about the issues that face not only hunting rights but also about the growing threat wild game face all around the world. Every place I go I see the habitat loss and I can feel the pressure from people who don’t understand hunting -or are flat-out against it- growing every day,” Hoffman says.​​

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the episodes we did about my Africa journey. And, to be honest, the trip truly was life-changing,” Hoffman says about his 2016 trip to Nambia, Africa. “But, to give a conservation award to one person doesn’t do the entire cause justice. There are so many people and such amazing organizations like Safari Club International, Back Country Hunters and Anglers, Delta Waterfowl, Pheasants Forever, Grand Slam Club Ovis, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and so many more that do so much for awareness, habitat and hunters rights. I’m proud to be a very small part of that conservation army.”

Highly-rated Nick’s Wild Ride, which is produced by Watermarc Productions and Ugly Duckling Entertainment, was nominated for 4 “Golden Moose” awards for Season 2 of Nick’s Wild Ride: Best Overall Production, Best Big Game, Best Wingshooting, and Best Conservation. But Hoffman says he isn’t disappointing about not winning in the other categories, “I’m the ‘new guy’ on the block when it comes to Outdoor TV. And, the awards we were nominated for are peer-voted. So, to be recognized by a group of people that I respect so much makes me so excited. It makes me feel like they maybe approve of what I’m doing. It sounds so cliche but I really am honored by it all.”

Hoffman is currently filming Season 3 of Nick’s Wild Ride which will begin airing in July of 2018. You can see re-airings of Season 2 Friday nights at 7:30PM/EST every week until then. See a recap of the past 2 years of Nick’s Wild Ride here: ​​

To see the full list of winners for the 18th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards – Click HERE

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Nick's Wild Ride

“Nick’s Wild Ride” Debuts on Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT ”
on the Outdoor Lifestyle Cable Network

This summer, Outdoor Channel is premiering the highly-anticipated, new travel and outdoor adventure TV series, Nick’s Wild Ride, starring award-winning fiddle player and country artist, Nick Hoffman. The half-hour, 13-episode series will make it’s debut on the network Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT.

Hoffman, a former member of Kenny Chesney’s band, is a member of the country music trio THE FARM. He has also performed with music superstars Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, John Mellencamp, Trace Adkins, Steve Miller, James Otto, and more.

Produced by Watermarc Productions and Ugly Duckling Entertainment, Nick’s Wild Ride is unlike other hunting or fishing shows. The Nowthen, Minnesota native and Nashville transplant goes beyond hunting and fishing to explore the music, food, culture, history and heartbeat of each stop he makes along his journey. The show’s aim is to reveal fascinating places and captivating people around the world.

Viewers will follow Hoffman as he explores interesting locations, hunts and fishes for unusual species, and dives into the culture of each place he visits. The first episode takes Hoffman to Louisiana, where he learns from locals how to make hot sauce. The host then travels the Mississippi River and hits the swamps to hunt turkey and catch crawfish. From hunting waterfowl in Nebraska and checking out the best microbreweries in Denver to spending time in the Argentine Republic capital of Buenos Aires to hunting javelina in Mexico, get on board with Hoffman to see where this wild ride ends up.

The series is part of Outdoor Channel’s Friday night “country” programming roster, which includes the return of new episodes of Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors, the debut of Nick’s Wild Ride, along with a slate of classic and modern western cinema blockbusters.

Watch the trailer for Nick’s Wild Ride here and tune in to Outdoor Channel on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT to catch the riveting new series.

Viewers can join the conversation by using: #NicksWildRide. Follow the series on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Nick Hoffman:
Growing up in the countryside of Nowthen, Minnesota, award-winning recording artist, musician, and songwriter Nick Hoffman not only developed a passion for the outdoors, but also learned to play the fiddle at the young age of four. Hoffman is most commonly known as former long-time member of Kenny Chesney’s band for over 12 years and most recently as member of country-trio THE FARM. In 2012, Hoffman won the Country Music Association’s esteemed award for Touring Musician of the Year. Performing alongside many artists including Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn and more, Hoffman has established a fanbase of his own. Combining his passion for music, his affinity for travel, and his love for the outdoors, Hoffman is excited to premiere his new travel/hunting television series “Nick’s Wild Ride.”

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