“The Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely,” a nationally syndicated outdoors show airing on some 500-plus stations nationwide and also with international distribution, will feature the local Paris and Kentucky Lake area, as well as me, when it airs this week.
The show can be seen in this region on WPSD-TV out of Paducah on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m., just after the local newscast.
McNeely’s show travels the world and has a wide variety of outdoor destinations and subjects. One week it takes viewers to places like Panama for sport fishing, then bounces the next week to far away locations such as Zimbabwe for cape buffalo, then on to Nicaragua for wing shooting, followed by a wrestling match with alligators in the bayous.
This week, McNeely’s show drops anchor at Kentucky Lake where he returns and talks to me. McNeely is an old friend of mine. The show will feature some of the area’s amenities — from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Buchanan Resort at the lake with glimpses of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry — while we test the waters of the famous reservoir, catching a few crappie.
“We’ve been trying to link back up for the last few years and do another show but our schedules and other hurdles got in the way,” said McNeely from his Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based office. “We worked together decades ago on a show and I’m glad to be back in the boat with my old friend who’s now a member of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin, and Tennessee-based Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.”
McNeely started his filming career while still attending Southeast Missouri State University. What began as a school project developed into a lifelong endeavor that has taken him from a small classroom to foreign countries.
His hobby and school project grew — a tribute to his hard work, longevity and marketing skills — into a full-time occupation that has withstood the test of time in a very challenging and competitive business.
His show has earned multiple awards for high definition production and is billed as the largest syndicated outdoors adventure series in the world.
His company, Timberwolf Productions, has expanded and before he finishes shooting a show in one location he’s looking ahead at other possibilities in other corners of the world.
Buck and I hope to join up again next year and tape another show here on Kentucky Lake, in pursuit of more crappie, of course.
For additional shows and airings, contact Timberwolf Productions at www.outdoorsmanint.com.
STEVE McCADAMS is The Post-Intelligencer’s outdoors writer. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.