Published November 14, 2008, 12:00 AM

Local hunter gets Somerset on national TV

Ever since he was little, Ron Hill has been fascinated with hunting. “My dad took me with him every chance he had, even before I was old enough to carry a gun or bow,” Hill said.

By: Tom Lindfors, New Richmond News

Ever since he was little, Ron Hill has been fascinated with hunting.

“My dad took me with him every chance he had, even before I was old enough to carry a gun or bow,” Hill said.

Thirty years later, Hill has had the opportunity to bow and gun hunt all over the country for mountain lions, deer, bear and other western big game animals.

He has even taken his love for hunting to other countries, including Australia, Argentina and the continent of Africa.

“For twelve weeks out of the year, I go wherever they let me,” Hill said.

As a result, Hill has made many contacts and gained a following. It was during a guided hunting excursion last year that he was approached about filming a TV show.

“A few years back I met Mike Schoby, also from Somerset, who works for Gander Mountain (an outdoor retail store),” Hill explained. “Mike asked if I would be interested in doing a late season goose hunting show with Gander Mountain, in or around the Somerset area – that way it would be easy for me to locate some geese and they could get here on a short time frame.”

The show would take three days to shoot, and would feature some new steel shotgun shells just for waterfowl that the store was planning to promote.

“Finding the game is usually the biggest challenge,” Hill admitted. “There is a lot more that goes into it than I ever thought with all the camera gear, setting up and keeping the stuff well hidden so the birds don’t see it. That’s a job in itself.”

Hill said he took a different group of people into the field with him each day, but the production crew remained the same.

When asked if the camera presented any challenges to the hunt, Hill was quick to reply.

“In the past I’ve made my own hunting videos, so it didn’t bother me that the camera was rolling during this event,” Hill said.

As a trophy hunter, Hill said he is very selective about the animals he harvests. He could be out all day and not bring anything home. However, he always brings his still and video cameras with him and edits his own videos.

“You can sell the raw footage,” Hill said.

For this show, however, Hill said there was no stock footage. In fact, he said the show contains shots of the Apple River, complete with tubers floating down, and Float-Rite Park.

The show is part of a series called “We Live Outdoors” narrated by Michael Waddel. It originally aired in August, but will repeat showings on the Outdoor Channel Friday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16, at 8 a.m.

Hill said his family reacted favorably to the show.

“My family and I watched the video when it aired and we think it turned out great,” Hill said. “My wife and kids have hunted with me for several years.

“The most memorable thing for me in being involved with this,” Hill continued, “is that I met some new good friends while doing something I love to do.”

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