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Melissa Bachman Forced Off Nat Geo’s ‘Ultimate Survivor Alaska’ by Anti-Hunting Activist and Online Petition

National Shooting Sports Foundation

National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn --( Outdoor TV producer and host Melissa Bachman has been forced off the upcoming National Geographic Channel reality series “Ultimate Survivor Alaska,” the cable channel announced on Friday.

What’s the reason? Well, it’s because Melissa is a hunter.

The channel said that Ms. Bachman will no longer be a participant in the new series after an online petition started by Tim Martell, a Florida resident, protesting her involvement went viral and it received more than 13,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

Protests and threatened boycotts are nothing new. But things happen very fast these days, thanks to the instant clout of social media and the fact that corporate executives are quick to surrender to noisy internet rebellions for fear of having the online wrath transferred directly onto them.

After Nat Geo’s decision was announced, the hunting community soon began making its own voice heard. Field & Stream weighed in, pointing out the absurdity of a show dealing with survival in Alaska that somehow doesn’t include hunting.

Melissa grew up hunting with her family in Minnesota. After earning her college degree, she became a producer for the “North American Hunter” program. She has traveled the world working on hunting shows and spends much of her free time in the field. Some have criticized her for not being a real hunter. This is off-base. She is the real deal and the successful effort to get her off this show was, in a sense, an attack on all who enjoy the sport and understand the significant contribution hunters make toward conservation.

The odds of getting Melissa Bachman back on “Ultimate Survivor Alaska” may not be great and one has to question how much reality could there be in this reality show. Still, we encourage hunters and those in our industry to make their voices heard. Contact the National Geographic Channel at and let them know what you think. Why be quiet?

No matter what, we’re very sure that we have not heard the last of Melissa Bachman. Maybe this outburst and preemptive censorship will become the basis for her to play a starring role in a new and far better cable television program.

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  • 6 User comments to “Melissa Bachman Forced Off Nat Geo’s ‘Ultimate Survivor Alaska’ by Anti-Hunting Activist”

    1. Get use to the B.S. folks…soon its going to be right in your laps…and then what?

    2. MacBeth51 on September 6, 2012 at 12:51 AM said:

      Well, there’s a show I’m not watching

    3. Tom Douthitt on September 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM said:

      I dropped my natgeo magazine subscription years ago when they refused to sell advertising to the “I’m the NRA” advertising campaign. I have never seen the natgeo channel and for sure will now never watch it.

    4. alex limos on September 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM said:

      Those who think survival in AK without hunting is possible- is stupid and should go live there (I did) and try it. One would soon starve – or DEPEND!!! on those who DO hunt and fish.

    5. Norm Balog on September 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM said:

      She’s not the first. Didn’t some high muckety-muck in California just get relieved of his job because he was hunting cougar in another state? Forget his name, but the anti-human rights “activists” started a petition against him and it worked. She won’t be the last.

    6. Nat Geo was one of the last to succumb to the Leftist PC/Enviro Kook agenda, but succumb. After more than 50 years of my family (first Dad and then me) subscribing to their magazine, I finally cancelled in 2010. Everything was Global Warming or something Man was supposedly destroying. It is a supremely crappy magazine and the channel is the same. Freaks control the media.

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