Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg is a new idea for outdoor TV, taking the core principles of On Your Own Adventures; self-guided hunting on public lands, and telling a deeper story about hunting and conservation as it happens in America. In the new format, we travel to the same amazing public landscapes in the west, showing viewers the multitude of great hunts than can be had on these public lands, while showing what happens both in front of, and behind the camera.
We take the viewer with us, not only from the perspective of the hunter, but also add the challenges involved with producing a backpack hunting show under these difficult public land conditions. This style brings raw footage and unstaged reactions of our hunters.
The goal is to replicate the hunting experience most viewers recognize and associate with while they are out hunting. Whether hunting in the East, West, or parts in between, all hunters can associated with the struggles, frustrations, joys and accomplishments that only hunting can provide.
Our hunts are all filmed on the rugged and beautiful landscapes of the American west. Public lands were all people can hunt; as Theodore Roosevelt envisioned when he insightfully wrote, "...whether he is, or is not, a man of means."
Only in America do we have this amazing story of public land hunting. No place or group has such a remarkable conservation story as do the hunters of America. The story of American hunters you will find in Fresh Tracks.
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Episode 1 - Arizona Bulls and Blizzards: Randy and Matthew Newberg are in Arizona trying to hang a tag on an over-sized Arizona elk. Arizona has become famous for huge elk. The weather is hardly Arizona-ish, with fog, blowing snow, and single-digit temps making this an elk hunt to remember. Yet, a monster bulls does make an appearance and Randy has his chance at the largest bull of his life.
Episode 2 - Pronghorn Promised Land: Randy joins friend, Jerry Pritchard, as Jerry’s 18-year Arizona antelope quest unfolds. Arizona is renowned for huge antelope bucks. Randy brings his decades of pronghorn experience to Northeast Arizona, in hopes that he can help Jerry Pritchard tag a huge buck on a public land hunt that has been 18 years in the making.
Episode 3 - Montana elk; bows, bulls, and bugles: Randy invites David Brinker to join him on his favorite Montana elk grounds. Land-locked parcels are always a challenge. Randy has shown creative ways to reach those isolated lands and chase the public land bulls living there. David Brinker of Sitka Gear has first dibs on this hunt and that chance comes at point-blank range.
Episode 4 - New Mexico elk rematch: Randy returns to his favorite New Mexico grasslands to spot and stalk archery bulls. An old elk friend, “One-beam,” again becomes the bull of choice in Randy’s hunt. Three years prior, the bull was granted a reprieve, in hopes his other antler would re-grow. At 28 yards, “One-beam” and Randy have a 15-mintute showdown.
Episode 5 - New Mexico pronghorn challenge: Randy accepts a new level of challenge, trying to tag a New Mexico pronghorn. New Mexico pronghorn have been one of Randy’s greatest passions. Washed out roads, lack of animals, scarce water, and tough conditions cause Randy to enlist the help of Mike Spitzer, as they scour the plains for a quality buck.
Episode 6 - Montana mule deer surprise: A Montana elk hunt in the high country gives Randy a big surprise; a mule deer surprise. What starts out as a week of public land elk hunting is interrupted when a gnarly old buck appears on a far away ridge. Randy and his camera guy scrambled the icy slopes, hoping to get a shot before light and the buck disappear.
Episode 7 - Colorado elk redemption: Randy returns to Colorado, committed to finally making good on this public land elk hunt. In three previous attempts, Randy’s Colorado elk hopes have been ruined by all possible elements; weather, hunting pressure, bad luck, you name it. Finally, after four days of hiking and toil, Randy climbs to his favorite spot. And here, there are bulls aplenty.
Episode 8 – Colorado mule deer victory: While Randy has been away hunting elk in Colorado, his buddy Mark Hirvonen has been trying his best to find a great buck. Not wanting to be considered a road hunter, Mark passed a remarkable buck on opening day, while driving to the trailhead. Will he be rewarded for sticking to his principles?
Episode 9 – Wyoming elk action (Part I): Randy and Mike Spitzer do their best to fill two public land bull tags in Central Wyoming. Last time Randy hunted here, the weather was against him. Mike is looking for his first six-point bull and there are bulls aplenty.
Episode 10 – Wyoming elk action (Part II): With one bull down, Randy and Mike continue their quest to fill the last of their two bull tags. The wind and weather are typical for Wyoming. And the final result makes a perfect ending to another season of Fresh Tracks.