Student’s talents noticed by Outdoor channel
Kacie Cooper Collegio Reporter
On March 6, Pitt State student and avid hunter Nathan Oehlert, senior in communication, gained national airtime on a show that ran on the Outdoor Channel. The show, titled Mathews TV with Dave Watson, aired a video sent by Oehlert, which took viewers along for one of Oehlert’s hunts. Oehlert’s submission was picked out of a nationwide competition where contestants were asked to send in their “Matthews Moment.”
The Matthews Company produces hunting bows and sponsors the contest each year.
“I was pretty nervous to see how it (the video) would actually look,” Oehlert said. “I didn’t get to see a final copy before it aired.”
Oehlert, who edits his own film after each documented hunt, says he knew his final copy would be edited by the show’s producers, but was somewhat surprised with how the final video appeared. “I’m not complaining, but the hunt seemed different than how it really happened.”
What most viewers may not be able to see is how Oehlert long followed the buck featured in the video.
“It looked like I was just really lucky to get the kill, but really, I had seen that buck before and wanted it” Oehlert said.
Oehlert says it was an amazing opportunity and he established great contacts because of his video.
The Outdoor Channel is not the only place to view Oehlert’s work. He currently has his own hunting show on Pitt State’s CAPS 13 channel. Oehlert’s 30-minute program, Outdoor Addiction, airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and chronicles his experiences in hunting and fishing.
Oehlert says he has been working with the communication department to hone his skills behind the camera. Oehlert has no problem being in front of the camera, as he has been hunting and fishing for years, but time spent in the communication department is helping him produce his own footage.
Oehlert recently finished his own DVD, which features various hunts of his from the past three years, and says that the contacts he made from his television deal have given him places to send the DVD.
Oehlert hopes that in turn, the people he is in contact with now can help transform what started as a hobby into a career.
“I definitely want this to be my career,” Oehlert said. “This is my life, and I want it to be my job, too.”