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PURE HUNTING

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Live the adventure like never before through a groundbreaking approach to outdoor entertainment. Pure Hunting puts you completely in the moment with the most hardcore hunters on the planet. Join extreme hunting host Will Schmidt and his best friends as they set out across the country and around the globe in a quest to discover and conquer the world’s last, best and purest hunting adventures. This is Pure Hunting
Willi Schmidt
Willi Schmidt has no fear of taking on the world’s toughest environments and most dangerous or elusive species by himself. And he’s made it his mission to become stronger, faster and better every day while feeding his passion for Pure Hunting and sharing his discoveries with the world.

As a regular host for Winchester’s Whitetail Revolution series on Versus Network, Willi Schmidt is no stranger to the world of big-time, prime-time hunting. But even if there were no cameras pointed at him, Willi would be doing what he was made to do: Hunt. Unlike most TV hunters nowadays, Willi doesn’t hunt just to be in front of cameras, he hunts because it’s in his blood, and he’s driven to be the very best. Last fall alone he completed four elk hunts, one bighorn sheep bow hunt, a mule deer hunt, and a whitetail hunt¬-and that’s just what he did for fun in between all the deer hunts required for the TV series.

After years of showing just his whitetail hunting abilities for Whitetail Revolution, Willi is ready to show the world the full breadth of his passion for hunting. From the wilds of Alaska to the harsh outback of Australia to the rugged Rocky Mountains, he’s determined to prove that he ranks among the best in the world on any playing field. And like any athlete at the top of his game, preparation is everything. Willi puts himself through grueling daily workouts using P90x2-the advanced version of the intense hardcore training regimen known as P90x in addition to running and biking all of which keeps him in incredible athletic shape and ready to tackle any environment. He also spends countless hours training with his weapons, scouting and glassing new terrain, studying maps and analyzing weather patterns to make sure he’s ready for what he will face from the very first moment of the hunt.

Willi has been hunting since before he can remember, starting with upland and waterfowl hunting when he was a boy, and gradually taking on more and more big game species. He began bowhunting in 1992 and has been addicted ever since, taking every opportunity he can to pursue the world’s toughest game with a bow when possible. Willi is also an ardent conservationist who has a first-¬hand love of our world’s precious landscapes and wildlife, and believes strongly in the importance of protecting them for his children and grandchildren to come.

Recent memorable adventures: South Africa 2006, archery, Harvested Blue Wildebeest and Impala. Prince of Wales archery black bear hunt in 2007, drop camp by an outfitter, DIY. “Trifecta” 2009, 3 archery bulls in 3 states in 30 days (NM, CO, MT). Colorado archery Bighorn sheep 2010. 4 archery elk hunts in 2010 (NM, WY, CO, MT), including a wilderness hunt in Wyoming.
BRAD BILLINGSLEY
Brad Billingsley’s skill and passion for the outdoors inspired him to create a legacy of exploration and great adventure. Brad began a lifetime of exploration at an early age. He began duck hunting at age 3 and passed the hunter safety course when he was 7.

While attending college at the University of Colorado, he played inside linebacker until dislocating his shoulder twice and getting reconstructive surgery. Two years of rehab later he took up the same sport without pads – rugby. After college, he developed an interest in running and has since completed several marathons (mostly remote trail marathons), Ironman triathlons, two 24-hour solo mountain bike races, and a 24-hour adventure race.

In 1991, he bought a Pearson Spoiler compound bow while living in a small cabin in the Colorado mountains, but like many of us, it took him years to harvest his first elk by bow.
CHRIS NOWAK
Chris Nowak was born a hunter. Brought up in Wisconsin, his family has deep roots in hunting over the generations. His influence as a hunter came from the roots of his father, who was also a hunter. His father specialized in bow hunting and taught Chris the tricks of the trade. He started hunting when still a very young boy of five and from then on, there was no turning back.

He started with a fiberglass bear recurve bow, and progressed to a compound bow—the Jennings’s Model T—which he still has to this day.

After honing his hunting skills to perfection, Chris headed west to Colorado. This is where his dream began. He started chasing elk, but soon realized that his upper-midwest whitetail hunting tactics didn’t work in the mountains chasing elk. After 10 years of dedication and practice, he reached the epitome of the sport, harvesting an elk every year–first with a musket, then with a bow. After developing a reputation as being good elk hunter, he started calling elk for friends. Over the last several years, Chris has called-in and witnessed the harvest of 16 bull elk.

All in all, Chris prefers hunting elk. He believes that these are the toughest animals to hunt and are the hardest to chase on foot. This past year, Chris went on five elk hunts in four states. Besides elk, he went on four deer hunts in four states, a bear hunt, three turkey hunts in three states, as well as a Newfoundland moose hunt.