WWE superstar turned outdoor celebrity, Shawn Michaels, has earned a coveted “Golden Moose Award” in his very first year as an Outdoor Channel personality! Shawn, along with his good friend, Keith Mark, hosts the outdoor adventure program, Shawn Michaels “MacMillan River Adventures on Outdoor Channel. MRA enjoyed top ratings and received the highest acclaim from industry insiders and fans alike, but established themselves as one of the most popular and successful shows in outdoor television history when MRA was nominated for an astounding five Golden Moose Awards, including “Best Overall Series” and won for “Best Conservation Show!”
When we caught up with the MRA team back stage at the Golden Moose Awards they were all smiles! “It is really exciting and gratifying to be nominated for, and to actually win one of these awards this early in my outdoor television career!” Shawn told us. “I have been so blessed that so many people welcomed me into their homes every week during my twenty-five plus years in the WWE; but for them to allow me to keep hanging out with them every week as I share my outdoor lifestyle with them through MacMillan River Adventures is humbling! Add in the fact that I get to do all this with my buddy Keith Mark, and I really don’t think it can get much better!” Shawn added!
When Keith was asked what winning the Golden Moose Award meant to him he replied, “First of all, someone needs to pinch me because I can’t believe I get to do this with ‘The ShowStopper’ Shawn Michaels! And to win the award for the show we did attacking the wolf problem head on, which has been a passion of ours for years, is really like a dream come true for me! “
The award winning show was almost like a documentary addressing the issue of the over population of the grey wolf in the western states subsequent to the reintroduction that occurred in Yellow Stone National Park in 1995. It is an issue that had become a hot button topic in recent years as the western big game populations drastically decreased as the wolf population exponentially increased. However, for some inexplicable reason, with the exception of a relatively new conservation organization, Big Game Forever, no conservation groups and certainly no other outdoor personalities were willing to attatch their names to this controversial issue.
In stepped MRA, and in typical Shawn Michael’s fashion, he attacked this issue straight on. The episode presented the facts surrounding the reintroduction efforts accurately and honestly. Wolf populations in conjunction with big game populations were presented in a way that accurately demonstrated just how critical of a problem hunters and sportsmen faced. Guests presented the facts regarding the science behind why the wolves needed to be delisted and hunted as well as the constitutional issues involved!
In the end, people on both sides of the issue admitted that MRA had presented the fact honestly and accurately! Hunters and sportsmen applauded Shawn and Keith for having the guts to attack the issue and for creating a much greater public awareness of this devastating problem. Finally, the critics were blown away by the shows over-all presentation and it’s huge popularity, and voted it “The Best Conservation Show” on Outdoor Channel in 2012!
Congratulations to Shawn Michaels “MacMillan River Adventures!”