MyOutdoorTV Boss Bans Trophy Hunting Shows

Businessman Stan Kroenke is no stranger to stirring things up when calling the shots and making business deals.  Just ask the people in St. Louis what they think of him.  Kroenke is a billionaire who owns the L.A. Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and the popular Arsenal FC in the UK. But what you may not know is that he is also the owner of Kroenke Sports Entertainment, the group which owns the Outdoor Sportsmen Group (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel) along with  MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), a subscriber-based, online outdoor network.

When My Outdoor TV launched in the UK, it didn’t take long for their anti-hunting watchdogs to jump on owner Stan Kroenke for showcasing lion and elephant hunts with the various shows on the network. Photo credit: MOTV

MyOutdoorTV allows subscribers to access thousands of hunting, fishing and shooting sports shows for a monthly fee. MyOutdoorTV has been around in the US for some time, but just recently launched in the UK.  And that’s where the trouble began.

The anti-hunting agenda in the UK is unlike anything we’ve ever seen here in the States. They are a relentless group of folks that, due to extremely strict hunting laws, haven’t a clue when it comes to the positive and wholesome side of hunting.  They simply have one mission, and that is to shut hunting down.

So when MyOutdoorTV launched in the UK, anti-hunting groups and various celebrities included noted anti-hunter Ricky Gervais went straight for the jugular.  Since Kroenke owns a controlling stake in the popular Arsenal soccer club in the UK, he was an easy target for threats, petitions, and backlash.

Stank Kroenke is certainly no stranger to public backlash over his business decisions.

The same people that show little-to-no regard for human life, suddenly became outraged that the MyOutdoorTV network included the killing of lions and elephants through safari hunts. And all it took was 10,000 signatures from an online petition for Kroenke to cave to the anti-hunting agenda and call for the removal of all trophy hunting on the MyOutdoorTV network.  Quotes like the one below bombarded the online petition, news sites and social media throughout the U.K. and eventually the world.

….Hunting is not a sport and has no place in the modern world. As an Arsenal supporter, I am ashamed, embarrassed and very angry that our great club is being associated with this barbaric ‘pleasure’ for the wealthy and depraved.

It’s sad. It’s sickening. And it smells a lot like the recent knee-jerk response we saw from Under Armour when they caved to the anti-hunting community over a bear hunt with a spear.

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You can bet the anti-hunting community won’t stop here.  Photo credit: MOTV

This statement from Outdoor Sportsman Group was recently released: “Outdoor Sportsman Group is dedicated to serving audiences around the world interested in the outdoors. In the past few days, there has been significant public attention to a small portion of programming on our MyOutdoorTV app that contains content associated with hunting certain big game animals. While many on both sides of this issue have made their voices heard, and this content is only available through paid subscriptions, Stan Kroenke has directed us to remove all content related to those animals in light of the public interest.”

So What’s Next?

You can bet the anti-hunting community won’t stop at the removal of “trophy hunting” (whatever that means) from the network. This is simply another stepping stone for them.  Every time a person or a business backs down to their demands, they grow bolder and larger in number.  Social media has allowed these bullies to force their will upon others simply through shouting louder than their opponents.  Such seems to be the way of the world these days.

Now more than ever it’s critical for hunters to stand together and let their voices be heard.  Organizations such as the Sportmen’s Alliance, Safari Club International, National Shooting Sports Foundation and others are fighting hard to preserve our rights and need our support.

We want to hear from you. What’s your thoughts on this latest display of big business caving to the anti-hunting community?  How should hunters response to Mr. Kroenke’s decision?  Will you continue to support his businesses and his various teams?  Comment below and let us know what you think.

Comments

  1. Mickey Baker says:

    I have been a hunter since I was 7 years old I am getting close to being 59 I think under armour should stick with track n field and leave the hunting to Scentlok and Gamehide and the rest people like that is the reason people like us always the bad guys keep up the Good work bowhunt forever

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  2. Hey Stan you billionaire piece of dung. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you! Plenty of other options out there…

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    • Steve Wiliams says:

      I am a subscriber to MOTV in the UK. Keep it as it is. The antis can’t watch it unless they pay the subscription fee.

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  3. Kent dorf says:

    this is the trouble with “Trophy” hunting as per the pic with the lion – killing an animal for the individuals ego so they can put the head of an animal on their wall.
    Darwin’s theory is survival of the fittest – the biggest, strongest animals pass on their genes while the weak die. Trophy hunters aim to kill these dominant animals. Then there are animals who are facing dwindling populations because of human encroachment & the destruction of their habitat, now we get these hunters killing more for no reason than to massage their ego’s.
    In Australia it is illegal to kill native animals but free rain given to kill introduced animals as they are pests that destroy the habitat & cause the extinction of native animals.
    Any animal not native should be killed no matter of size, sex, season, while native animals should be allowed to live with possible hunting to cull if population is too large
    And as for rifle hunting – how hard is it to kill an animal from 100 meters? At least with bow hunting you have to creep in close where the animals senses come in to play

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  4. Brian Schrift says:

    My wife does not eat meat (she does eat fish and eggs, just nothing with legs) and I along with my two daughters are avid Bowhunters and love to eat meat. My wife will cook us up a steak all day long she just chooses not to eat it however she never says anything negative and knows if she ever gets hungry enough she will eat meat. The point is everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and the anti hunters need to learn that even the Bible states that it is more wise to listen than to talk. I wonder what would happen if the tractor trailers stopped running up and down the highway and stopped delivering the tofu and garbonzo beans… They would be knocking out door down asking for a bite of the back straps.

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  5. Rusty Faulk says:

    Pursuit Channel didn’t cave when same thing happened over Milissa Bachman lion kill not long ago when she aired here. Had over 100,000 signatures delivered to DIRECTV and Dish from change.org to pull us off sir…. Pursuit stood strong for Melissa and rest of our hunters as it should be. Join us and catch all the Big Game Action

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  6. Buckdragger says:

    Under Armour is losing enough business now to close stores and lay off employees. What do you think will happen to your business when you start taking it away from your loyal fans like they did. It will begin to go down the tubes. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you without repercussions. We don’t have to buy the outdoor channel or any other network for that matter. There are plenty of young men and women out there who would give their right arm for a chance to put together their own network related to hunting. Web series are taking over and cable is less and less attractive. This guy isn’t long for this new world anyway. Where there is a will there is a way and that is what will keep hunters going. You can take the hunt out of the TV but you will never EVER take it out of the man. Bowhuntordie!

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  7. Definitely feels a lot like Under Armour’s reaction. Seems like OSG could have a similar decline as UA due to them turning their back on their true customers. Groups like Pursuit, Waypoint TV, and Carbon would not fold like this.

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