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About The Show

BackLand Experiences is one of the longest running outdoor series in America, going into its 9th 52 week season. Scott Anderson the producer states “We have just begun, the last seven years was only the warm up, it is time to unleash a flagship look and feel into outdoor programming that embraces all of those that hunt.” The show has a powerful feel that is best described as honest. Filmed in HD with breath taking cinematography and gripping story telling that weaves together adventure, travel, culture, exploration, education, hunt and the culture of hunt. All into to this award winning riveting series. Come unravel new regions and species with Scott Anderson as he steps off the tar and into the wild. Let your emotions go and get lost in this epic journey of our world through hunt.

“Wow the photography is amazing, like I am there. Can’t wait for next weeks show like to hunt you have to see this one!”- Justin Fowler, Alabama

"If I had to pick one show to watch this is it. My Dad told me about the show and I am now a fan for life.”- Maxx Allison, New York

"Only time I have ever seen a man make his own archery gear and then us it. Makes me wonder if I could do the same if I had too? Inspiring!”- Brady Chevon, Oregon

When did Scott start getting involved in the outdoors?

“As soon as I could walk my parents tell stories of having to come find me for dinner and I was always in a creek, woods or swamp around the house. I guess the wild places are my calling, everyday I would ride my bike to some location just so I could explore and learn.”

What was the first animal Scott took by himself?

“I would have to say frogs, fish and birds were the first. I have taken many a rabbit squirrel, pheasant and goose from the air with my trusty altered for more power sling shot. Most were cleaned and cooked on an open fire that day. My mom would always wonder why I smelled like smoke and was never hungry! Tried a deer one day, stalked up to within 10 feet, pulled back on my sling shot and took the shot, my special hand picked round rock bounced off the ribs only to see a flagging tail run away wondering what happened. I knew on that day I needed something more powerful more effective and big game hunting was soon to come.”

When did Scott get involved in television?

“About 15 years ago I was asked to do the hunting tips for Ron Schara’s show called Minnesota Bound. One thing lead to another and I decided that it was time to produce my own show, I called it BackLand Experiences. After my first season of only 26 weeks in 2003 I decided it best to air 52 weeks a year. This is what the people wanted and the network asked if we would consider a year around show. All big game, mixed with culture, adventure and the desire of many I accepted the challenge.”

Scott’s shows are entertaining and educational have they always been?

“Had a desire to help, to educate and to share this great planet with others. If even in the smallest of ways I might help one person, make their day a bit better, teach them a skill or make them smile - then I have accomplished my goal. Where does it say we have to be self serving – “share and you will leave this earth a better human”.

What are Scott’s views on society and hunting?

“There is nothing more natural then hunt itself. A man or women choosing to go obtain their own food is the way it has been since the beginning of time and the way it should be today. I am proud to call myself a hunter, my entire family hunts. I make no excuses to those that don’t hunt. I believe the anti hunter or that person that states I couldn’t kill an animal or those that say how can you do that? Are confused individuals! Knowledge is power and the fact that they have been removed from the cycle of life as it has always been is disturbing. It is not necessarily their fault, but the fault of society of today.

They don’t understand, have had no one to teach them what I consider the proper ways of taking care of their needs. Many today do not grow a garden or would even know how to start to grow a garden. Yet they choose to go down to the grocery store and buy the supplies they have paid someone else to grow and kill for them. Again they might not understand this process but they do it because they have to eat to survive. “We are all hunters deep down, even the simple task of grocery shopping is a hunt in its own way.”

How does Scott feel about using both bows and guns?

I have a saying: “It doesn’t matter if you use a rifle, a muzzleloader, a compound bow, a crossbow, a recurve, a longbow or a slingshot. If you hunt you are my friend. If it is legal then use it and go do it!” Hunt with honor, integrity and a purpose. (HIP) to you my friends.”

Scott wears a leather necklace with a piece of flint around his neck - why?

“Self Reliance! The flint piece is an artifact dated back to Paleo times. The artifact was found by me on a private ranch in Texas and is roughly 10 – 12,000 years old. It was a scraper made by a our ancient ancestors, they used it to scrape the hides of prehistoric bison or mammoth, broken at the time found I did the appropriate thing, rework the rock like they would have into another usable tool.

I left the scar marks from the past crafter in the rock and re knapped it into an arrowhead that could be used anywhere at anytime. All I would need is an antler or a stone to finish out the piece with a razor sharp edge if need be. Wrapped with enough imitation sinew to hold the rock onto my leather tether if ever needed I can unravel it and re-attach it to a wood shaft, one arrow anywhere with a self bow can obtain meat if you had to.

The leather that holds the necklace around my neck is deer hide and is long enough that if I have to make fire without a match, it is strong enough and plenty to make a bow drill from. After being stranded in the arctic many years back I vowed that I would always be ready for what ever was thrown at me and this is one of those many tools to be prepared at all time for self reliance. Not just a necklace but a survival tool.

So why does Scott kiss his necklace every time he hunts?

"Sometimes I can be a bit superstitious and when my grandson Brody kisses my flint rock he blesses it for me and brings me luck, just before hunt I lay down a kiss on top of his connecting the circle of my quest. I feel we are part of a much larger picture and this is my passage into that circle. I am there to hunt, to obtain meat and to share with many what has taken place."

What does Scott say when he honors an animal?

"Scott’s words of honor:

“Today Brother our path has crossed
It is by my hand that you have fallen
Your meat will go to feed my family and others
Your memory will live with me forever
It was an honor to have shared this moment and space on Mother Earth
May your spirit journey be blessed
Today I have hunted with Honor, Integrity and a Purpose! (HIP)”

Does Scott feel others should use his words of honor?

“I feel that if you have chosen to take an animal’s life then respect and honor your animal. You should say what ever you feel, make it from the heart, connect with that moment, that animal and that place. This is your time, your life and your memory. If you are short on words and want to use mine please feel free, as they are from the heart, they have deep rooted feelings smothered in respect. If you have never honored then you should think about doing so, whether silently or out loud. The day that you the hunter take the time to honor your animal is the day you the human will have experienced a new meaning to hunt. That day, moment, memory and feeling will stay with you forever. From this moment on you will connect and truly have a better understanding to the full circle of hunt. Hunt with Honor, Integrity and a Purpose! (HIP) to you my friend.”

Why does Scott honor an animal?

“Hunt is much more then just killing and moving on. I have never glorified in the actual kill itself. In fact many times it is tough for me to take an animals life, I respects the animals and feel that all life is important. Yes I hunt for a living; yes I take many animals a year. It is about the entire package, time spent by yourself, with family and friends, the adventure, the hunt itself, the people that I meet, the places that I get to experience, the wild places that only a few get to navigate to and the food that a successful hunt provides. This is why I honor, for if it was not for the animal then I would not be there. “Respect - it is all about respect. God put these animals on the planet for us to utilize; he didn’t put them on the planet for us to abuse. I believe we are all connected in some way, no matter how small that connection is we are connected.”

Does Scott think that flint tipped arrows or primitive gear should be used by everyone?

"Here is my personal take on this. I am a hunter; I shoot modern weapons just like everyone else does. However I wanted to be trained, to be ready for what might ever happen when I am in these very remote and often dangerous places. I am a survivor and a survivalist, I love my family and I love what I do so at all costs I will make sure I come home if ever faced with unpleasant circumstances.

Does that mean everyone should do this, NO! It happens to be the hardest thing I have ever learned and is extremely difficult, you really have no one to ask how when learning ancient craft. Think about it for a second, it has been a very long time since these skills have been used. I have had scientist tell me that 80 % of the stone arrowheads that were shot were broke on impact. Really, how do they come up with this theory? The fact is, that is just what it is - a theory?

I believe in facts and after documenting 13 shots taken with stone points into animals only two have broken. One passed through the animal and hit a rock in the dirt on the other side breaking the tip off and the other hit shoulder bone and it cracked in half but still did the job at hand and the animal expired.

To attempt this level of hunt you have to be willing to fine tune your skills to a level only a few will accomplish. You have to be able to say: its ok that today I don’t shoot. You have to except that the game even if at 20 yards is too far for an ethical shot to be taken. It has nothing to do with a big rack or a trophy, it is all about an incredible journey the adventure called hunt.

Most people in today’s society would not have the time to even attempt this task. They might have only a few weeks a year plus weekends to hunt and need to be as effective as they can be when in the field. That is ok and should be done, I use modern gear, I shoot a steal Muzzy Phantom every chance I can – why because it works very well. Yes I shoot flint this is my choice, it is a way that I can experience what it had been like to make tools from your own two hands and to actually put them to the task. When I hunt like this, I will say it is the purist of hunts any man can do and never is there a time that you will be more connected to your environment and grounded to the planet you live and breathe on. It is the ultimate experience in hunt no questions asked.

If you ever attempt to make your own gear and especially stone points check your local regulations to make sure you are legal to hunt with stone, not all States and countries allow it. Strange isn’t it? It was good enough for us as the human race to survive allowing us to advance over the last 12,000 years to where we are today, yet we are not allowed in some areas to do so.”

Where does Scott see his programming going in the future?

“I feel we have only scratched the surface of what outdoor programming could be. Quality needs to be imbedded into every shot, the more we can bring our viewer into the hunt the better off we will be. My crew and I are on stage two of a multi year makeover and can hardly wait to start our new projects.

I tested the water this last year with a show I called ‘The Flint Quest’. We took 7 days dark to dark to film the show. We used 6 multiple cameras, cut no corners, showed hunt in real form, didn’t hide a thing and capture the real essence of human emotion. We produced a show from the heart, nothing but real. The entire show had not one spoken word; a show through the eyes of the hunter. Accomplishing this in a way our viewers could connect with what has happened. All through top end cinematography and well executed shots. Give better story telling, capture better adventure then and only then are capable of the next step. We aired production, our first mini movie, one that our viewers recognized and complemented on, one that left them wanting more.

We will launch two three part mini series this season. One mini series takes you to the far away lands of the Sweden. We lived and hunted with the Sami, slept on reindeer hides in teepees and shared raw meat with our new friends. One of the best environments we could ever film in.

Second mini series we set wall tents up on 22 thousand acres of free range land in Texas. 6 guys, all traditional gear one week; if we didn’t shoot we didn’t eat meat. The week produced 5 whitetails, 3 hogs and 27 bass: all caught on film and shared through the eyes of hunt. A week of yesteryear!

We have just begun, and can hardly wait to roll our sleeves up the rest of the way. Say it like it is, share the true side of hunt in the highest quality cinematography, mix in culture, the wild places and the people will make BackLand Experiences the most watched outdoor program in America.”

How do I send information or a product to Scott?

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How can I hunt with Scott Anderson?

"I wish I could hunt with each and every one of you, however due to stringent film schedules it is very difficult to except any offers at this time. We book our schedule a year (if not years) in advance. If you wish, send your request to info@backlandtv.com.”

I'm an Outfitter and would like to have Scott film a show at our place?

“We always welcome new locations that our viewers can experience. Please send your request into info@backlandtv.com.”

How do I apply for a job at BackLand?

“At this time BackLand is not accepting applications for employment.”