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the Hoot
By Rebekah Savage, associate editor
Boulware poses for a picture with singer/songwriter Craig Morgan while in Louisiana this past December.
The Golden Moose Awards, not to be confused
with the Golden Globe Awards, are awarded for
the best wild game hunts caught on video. To
win one Golden Moose Award would be a big
deal, but videos shot by Stephen Boulware, a
2002 William Woods University graduate, won
Boulware recorded the hunts of country singer/
songwriter Craig Morgan for Morgan’s hunting
show called “Craig Morgan: All Access
Outdoors,” which can be seen on the
Outdoor Channel.
Marc Womack, producer for Morgan’s outdoor
show and a well-known and respected
producer and videographer, originally hired
Boulware to be the videographer for Morgan’s
television show.
The Outdoor Channel offers programming that
captures the excitement of hunting, fishing,
shooting, off-road motorsports, adventure and
the Western lifestyle and can be viewed on
multiple platforms including high definition,
video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic
broadband website.
The 12th Annual Golden Moose Awards were presented at the Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade
Show. They honor the producers and on-air talent from the Outdoor
Channel’s programming. The show was hosted by Michael Waddell of
“Realtree Road Trips” and “Bone Collector.”
“The Golden Moose Awards recognize the creative achievements of our
quality outdoor programming, and the talented personalities and skilled
production work that bring these shows to life,” said Tom Hornish, COO at
Outdoor Channel.
Morgan’s show won awards for Best Deer, beating out 50 competitors, and
Best Turkey, surpassing six other nominations. Best Deer had the largest
number of Golden Moose Award submissions.
The deer hunt was filmed in Kansas and required Boulware to rotate the
camera angle 180 degrees behind his sitting position in his tree stand. Three
different cameras were used for the hunt.
The eight-point deer that Morgan killed was 160 inches gross on the Boone
and Crockett scale, “which is pretty big,” said Boulware.
The turkey hunt was filmed in Oklahoma and had four different live camera
angles. The final footage looked “pretty cool when it was all put together,”
Boulware said. “Craig gets really excited, which makes for great TV.”
He added, “My favorite shot from the particular hunt was from a camera I had
set up anticipating where the gobbler would come from. When he did, I was
able to hold Craig off until the turkey had literally strutted to within three feet
of the camera for the close up ‘kill shot.’”
Boulware became involved with videoing big game hunts when he was still a
communication student at William Woods. The summer before his senior year
he completed an internship with Heartland Productions in Illinois. At the end
of the internship, Heartland Productions offered him a job.
During his senior year, Boulware missed eight weeks of class to continue
working with Heartland Productions. He explained to his professors that “it