We recently had the opportunity to catch up with the World renowned hunter and Florida resident Tom Miranda for a Q&A interview. Tom has been a personal fan of mine for as long as I can remember, especially during his days with ESPN. I can remember waking up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings just to catch his latest shows.
Now, Miranda is still busier than ever contributing to the hunting and trapping industry in anyway he can. Here is some of what Tom had to say:
AOF: How did you get your start in the industry?
Miranda: I started as a trapper writing for Fur-Fish-Game magazine- then doing "how to" trapping videos.
AOF: What was your "big break" moment ?
Miranda: I decided to try TV in the late 1980's and started with a show called Outdoor Adventure Magazine. In 1992 this show debuted on ESPN. The series included hunting, fishing and adventure. ESPN was the pinnacle of outdoor TV in the 1990's. My shows were airing with shows like Jerry McKinnis Fishing Hole, Jimmy Houston Outdoors, Fly fishing the World and Mark Sosin's Salt Water Journal. It was the big leagues.
AOF: Being a resident of Florida, what type of hunting opportunities do you take advantage of and what is your favorite game to hunt in Florida?
Miranda: I have taken Osceola gobblers and hogs. I also enjoy spearfishing.
AOF: What is your perception of hunting in Florida and why do you think it takes a back seat in the industry when it comes to some big game animals like white-tailed deer?
Miranda: My perception is that Florida is my home- and since my career is hunting- I usually travel to hunt. When I am home, I like to relax and do things other than hunting.
Midwest deer hunters look at Florida hunting as hot, buggy and few chances at good bucks.
AOF: What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
Miranda: I would have to say my proudest accomplishment is my TV career longevity. Typical hunting shows and their hosts last less than a few seasons in the world of big time broadcast. I was blessed to spend 20 years on ESPN and continue to produce hunting TV on the big networks- now at NBC Sports.
Of course I am very proud of completing the archery Super Slam of North American Big Game on DVD.
AOF: What projects are you working on and what do we have to look forward to that you currently have planned?
Miranda: I am co-founder of a whitetail hunting club called Whitetail SLAM. Whitetail SLAM divides North America into 8 territories and hunters who harvest any 4 bucks earn a Whitetail SLAM. Florida has 2 territories and it's my hope to bring more attention to hunting in Florida. Whitetail SLAM is everyman's slam.
From humble beginnings as a school boy trapper, Tom Miranda has taken his love of the outdoors and turned it into the career of a lifetime.
Running trap lines near his home town of suburban Columbus, Ohio, Tom learned the ways of the wilds catching muskrats, mink and raccoon. Tom learned to love nature in these early years and to respect and cherish it.
After high school, when many graduates went off to college, Tom was off to the wilds of Michigan’s upper peninsula to build his own log cabin and launch his professional trapping career. Questioning parents and confused friends maybe didn’t understand, but Tom Miranda knew that his life pursuit was found along the streams and in the wild places.
Rambling around the snowy northern woods, Tom learned to catch fox and coyote, beaver and otter as well as bobcats and bears furthering his wilderness education.
Several years later, Tom found himself in South Dakota, working as a government trapper and hunter mastering the art of trapping and honing his skills. These bold steps have since led to authoring 5 books, over 60 how to trapping and hunting videos and eventually the chance to host his own adventure television show.
An accomplished bowhunter, Miranda has taken over 50 whitetails on video and has taken the all 29 North American Big Game animals with archery tackle, being the first bowhunter to have documented the archery SUPER SLAM® on video. If it’s big game bowhunting, Miranda likely has achieved it including African Elephant, Hippo and Cape Buffalo.
As an outdoor television producer, Miranda is known as one of the best. His award winning series have appeared on ESPN for 20 consecutive seasons as well as on numerous other networks. Using creative story telling supported by dramatic footage and creative editing, Tom Miranda’s series continue to sit atop the Nielsen television ratings at each network his series appear. Miranda has produced nearly 1000 individual TV episodes in his long broadcast career and knows the in’s and out’s of the Television market place.
Tom’s latest TV venture is “Territories Wild” a fast paced hunting documentary that chronicles Miranda’s adventure bow hunts around the globe.
Click to read more about Tom Miranda on Wikipedia.
Learn more at http://www.whitetailslam.com/
This past weekend Floridians just experienced a slight brush by of Hurricane Sandy which brought some wind and rain and left us with some dryer air as the clod front moved in. Parallel to that was the "Ruttin' Moon" that officially began on October 29th which is the second full moon after the fall equinox. Many hunting enthusiast believe this to be the trigger event that starts the "seeking phase" of the rut.
I was personally a witness to this phenomenon earlier this week in the central Florida region while in the woods. I witnessed several bucks with their nose to the ground following and chasing does. Bucks are also starting to respond to grunting with aggressive behavior.
If you haven't already done so, it's time to get out there and head to your favorite hunting spot! Good luck out there and share your experience here on the forums!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Osceola County announce a public workshop to which all persons are invited.
EVENT: Triple N Ranch Shooting Park public workshop
DATE AND TIME: October 9, 2012, 7 – 9 p.m.
PLACE: Holopaw Community Center – 8801 Community Center Road, Holopaw, FL 34773
PURPOSE: To meet the public requests for a shooting park in Osceola County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Osceola County evaluated nine area sites including the 112,280 acres of wildlife management areas the FWC oversees in Osceola County. This evaluation process determined an old orange grove located on the Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to be the optimum location for a suitable public shooting park and hunter education center. The FWC included this public recreation enhancement in its recently approved management plan for this WMA, and now is seeking additional public input on the design elements and construction phases of the proposed park.
The conceptual plan consists of an access road; known distance and action pistol ranges; 50/100, 200 and 1,000 yard rifle ranges; trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clays shotgun ranges; along with a clubhouse, hunter safety classroom and support facilities. Limited funding will not permit all elements in the conceptual plan to be delivered during the first construction phase of this project. The purpose of this meeting is to present an overview of the conceptual plan, receive public comments on the overall park concept and prioritize the elements of the park that would be used most by those served by this facility.
To assist us in planning adequate facilities and seating, please R.S.V.P. electronically at MyFWC.com/events. Select the registration link under Triple N Ranch Shooting Park.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop is asked to advise the agency at least five days before the workshop by contacting: the ADA Coordinator, at 850-488-6411. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency by calling 850-488-9542. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (Voice).
For more information, you may contact: FWC’s Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Range Section at 620 S. Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399 – 850-413-0085
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