Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, is proud air the final episode the long-running outdoor TV program, Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine. After more than a quarter of a century in outdoor television, longtime outdoor TV broadcaster, Mike Avery, is hanging up his TV hat to focus on his syndicated Outdoor Magazine radio show and podcast. The final episode is a retrospective edition at how the show started. Viewers will see everything from Avery’s early days in TV news to his encounters with famous industry personalities like Fred Bear. The final show debuts on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. EST.

Condensing thirty years of television into one-half hour can be a daunting task; however, Avery continues to make it look easy with style and grace. The 2008 recipient of Sportsman Channel’s “Sportsman of the Year” will educate viewers as he re-visits some of the most exotic locations over the years. Marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas, bonefishing in Biscayne Bay and a close encounter with an alligator while bass fishing in central Florida are all featured.

“Thirty years is a long time and it’s been a great run,” said Mike Avery, host of Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine. “I think viewers will enjoy the last episode as I feature some of the most memorable highlights over my career. I feel blessed to have been in outdoor television this long and would like to send a special thanks to my loyal co-workers, viewers and Sportsman Channel. There are a lot of moving parts in TV and I have worked with some of the best people in the outdoor industry.”

“Mike represents what is good about outdoor TV,” said Todd Hansen, Sportsman COO. “Mike has been a BIG part of Sportsman Channel and has always put first-class programs together. He truly embodies the outdoor lifestyle and has been a great representative for us in Michigan. We are very appreciative of what Mike has accomplished over the years and he will be missed.”

The final episode will also feature hunting as Avery goes on his first African adventure where he harvests a wildebeest with a bow, as well as a trophy Ontario black bear – not to mention his biggest whitetail to date.

Mike Avery’s radio show is currently heard on 20 AM and FM stations across Michigan. The podcast is available everywhere via iTunes as well as his website and facebook pages. Avery also has a FREE Outdoor Magazine Radio app for android and iPhones.

To learn more about Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine, visit www.outdoormagazine.tv and “Like” him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OutdoorMagazine. Please follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AveryOutdoors

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