The Sovereign Sportsman was birthed from a personal and professional friendship between Eric Richey and Forrest Parker, two fanatic outdoorsmen from two very different parts of the country. Each grew up in very meager working-class families, Eric from a farm and ranch family in south central Montana and Forrest as a enrolled member of the Cherokee Indian Tribe in North Carolina.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any other two guys more passionate about hunting, fishing, and the preservation of our great outdoors than these two guys.
Eric left the family ranch in Montana on an athletic scholarship to attend college and over the past 20+ years since has owned a number of hi tech and outdoor focused companies that included a business that designed, built and implemented wireless video surveillance solutions for military and law enforcement agencies and another company that builds fish and game licensing & permitting solutions for federal, state and tribal governments.
Forrest pursued a Biology and Natural Resource Management degree and has since overseen a number of successful businesses which currently includes the fishing, hunting, and tribal hatchery programs for the Easter Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
The synergies between these two guys, their unique personal & professional backgrounds, their passions for hunting & fishing, technology, wildlife conservation, game management programs, and their desire to use The Sovereign Sportsman show for sportsman AND humanitarian purposes has resulted in an amazing hybrid show that has been compared to a cross between classic outdoor / sportsman television and "Extreme Home Makeover".
There are two primary industry differentiators regarding The Sovereign Sportsman:
The show is what we refer to as a “thematic” production. What this means is that great care and a very deliberate and purposeful approach is taken on the show to not only expose really great sportsman events (hunting, fishing, etc.) but also focus on memorable and impactful humanitarian, conservation, and/or environmental issues & stories -all of which we weave throughout the 30 minute experience.
Some of the shows have been filmed with wounded soldiers & federal agents and tribal members from around the world while other shows have highlighted political figures, celebrities, technology innovators, etc.
Every show is meant to have something of interest for each member of the viewing family AND showcase some of the most amazing hunting & fishing outings ever captured on TV. This is done by drawing in the viewer and his or her family with heart-capturing stories of bravery, sacrifice, survival, and recovery while pursuing whatever game or sportsman outing being showcased on that episode. We also film about 75% of our shows on Tribal property both in the US and overseas, some of which we have exclusive rights on. In some cases, these properties haven’t been hunted or fished on in decades which has resulted in enormous animals being taken as part of these shows.
The Emmy-award winning production team at Sovereign Media Group (our in-house production organization) is recognized around the US for its work with Nike, J.L. Powell, the US military, Nissan, and a multitude of other large, recognizable entities. We shoot every show in high definition with ground breaking innovative approaches to filming that we will be showcasing this season.
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