by Joey Crandall

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June 27, 2012
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Carson Valley teen to appear on hunting TV series

For as long as he can remember, Zach Davies has been a hunter.

He started going with his dad when he was 4 years old and pulled his first trigger when he was 8.

Starting this week, the 14-year-old Douglas High sophomore-to-be will be able to share his passion with a greater portion of the country as he makes his debut on the television series The Birdmen.

The show, which will air on The Sportsman Channel on Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. starting this weekend and on Wednesday mornings at 2:30 a.m., is hosted by Denis Isbister and Darrell Dyer.

This first season of the series will cover bird hunts in Fallon, Carson Valley, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Davies was one of several "Future Fowlers" who come along on the various hunting adventures.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," Davies said. "Hopefully it keeps going. I have always loved to hunt geese and ducks, and that's essentially everything this show is about."

Davies was first introduced to Dyer on a guided youth hunt last summer. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to appear on the show, which was filmed this past hunting season.

"It was weird, at first," Davies said. "You'd be out on a hunt, sitting in a blind, and there were all these cameras in another blind just five feet away.

"It took some getting used to, just in terms of realizing every move you made was on camera.

"Then, after the hunt, you had to talk about everything that had happened that day. It was pretty nervewracking at first, but I got used to it as the season went on."

The series is billed as promoting the tradition, camaraderie and passion of the Birdman.

The Future Fowlers aspect is meant to organize a youth pro staff between the ages of 10-18 with conversation, ethics and outdoors in mind. The end goal of including younger hunters is to get kids involved in the educational and conservational aspects of the outdoors, along with the hunting side of things, according to the show's Web site. More than 20 Future Fowlers were included in the first season of filming.

Davies said a trip to Canada is planned in the coming season, which he is looking forward to.

"I've gotten to see some cool places and go on some great hunts," he said. "It's been really fun. It'll be really weird to see how this last season plays out on television."

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