Trophy Hunters TV

TROPHY HUNTERS TV® Wins EMMY Award


   November 30th, 2011

San Antonio, Texas – Texas Trophy Hunters Association™ (TTHA) is proud to announce that its television show, TROPHY HUNTERS TV®, has been awarded a Lone Star Emmy Award for excellence in video editing.

The Lone Star EMMY Chapter is part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY Awards in Texas. TTHA is honored to have won the category, Editor – Program (non-news).

“This is a great honor that represents the awesome work of Editor, Preston Janis and our entire production team and host, Matt Hughes,” states Joe Betar, TTHA President. “Winning three Telly Awards and now a Lone Star Emmy Award in 2011, demonstrates that we are reaching our goals for excellence in production. Thank you to our viewers and program sponsors Nikon® Sport Optics, Mossy Oak® Brand Camo, Cuddeback® Digital, Barnes® Bullets, Browning®, Otis® Technology, Big & J Industries, Barnett® Crossbows, MB Ranch King Blinds and Morrell Targets.”

“Congratulations to Preston Janis for his award winning editing work on TROPHY HUNTERS TV®,” states Dean Schanbaum, Director of TROPHY HUNTERS TV® and TTHA’s First Take Media television production department.  “This award reveals the caliber of talented individuals who make up our entire post production team. It is truly an honor to work with such gifted people.”

TROPHY HUNTERS TV®, winner of three Telly Awards at the 32nd Annual Telly Awards, features host 9X UFC® Welterweight Champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Matt’s love of the outdoors guides viewers through stories and exciting hunting adventures-both his own and those of others. More than just the pursuit of wild game, Trophy Hunters TV® blends compelling storytelling with exciting hunting action, featuring Texas deer hunting and adventures from around the world including bow hunting, trophy elk hunting, bear hunting and more.

TROPHY HUNTERS TV® airs exclusively on Outdoor Channel, Saturdays at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST (check your provider for additional air days and times). Outdoor Channel may be found on DirecTV Channel 606, Dish Network Channel 396 or check your local cable provider for additional listings. To see the complete show schedule, a complete listing of upcoming episodes and to watch show samples, log on to TTHA.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!


   November 23rd, 2011

Just a quick note wanting to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day holiday.

You Can Help Matt Hughes and Trophy Hunters TV® Win “Fan Favorite” Golden Moose Awards


   November 16th, 2011

San Antonio, Texas – Texas Trophy Hunters Association™ (TTHA) needs your help to make TROPHY HUNTERS TV®, a contender for the 2011 Golden Moose Awards.

Each year, Outdoor Channel viewers choose their favorite outdoor television show as a Golden Moose “Fan Favorite.” Voting for the Golden Moose Award, “Fan Favorite” begins Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Viewers are encouraged to log on to www.OutdoorChannel.com to cast their votes for TROPHY HUNTERS TV® (you can also copy and paste this address in your browser bar: http://www.outdoorchannel.com/content_norail.aspx?id=7161 ) in the FAN FAVORITE voting. Voting will continue until December 26, 2011.

Please vote for TTHA in the following categories:

Best Host/Personality: TROPHY HUNTERS TV® – Matt Hughes

Best Hunting Series: TROPHY HUNTERS TV®

Best Overall: TROPHY HUNTERS TV®

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Winner of three Telly Awards at the 32nd Annual Telly Awards and a 2011 Lone Star Emmy Award, TROPHY HUNTERS TV® features 9X UFC® Welterweight Champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes as host. Matt’s love of the outdoors captivates viewers through stories and exciting hunting adventures-both his own and those of others. More than just the pursuit of wild game, Trophy Hunters TV® blends compelling storytelling with exciting hunting action, featuring Texas deer hunting and adventures from around the world including bow hunting, trophy elk hunting, bear hunting and more. TROPHY HUNTERS TV® is sponsored by Nikon® Sport Optics, Mossy Oak® Brand Camo, Cuddeback® Digital, Barnes® Bullets, Browning®, Otis® Technology, Big & J Industries, Barnett® Crossbows, MB Ranch King Blinds and Morrell Targets

To see the complete show schedule, a complete listing of upcoming episodes and to watch show samples, log on to OutdoorChannel.com.

TROPHY HUNTERS TV® airs exclusively on Outdoor Channel, Saturdays at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST (check your provider for additional air days and times). Outdoor Channel may be found on DirecTV Channel 606, Dish Network Channel 396 or check your local cable provider for additional listings. 

Penn vs. Diaz – UFC 137


   October 26th, 2011

This weekend is UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz and Audra and I will be out there rooting for several fighters. Dustin Jacoby, who used to fight out of the HIT Squad is competing; also from Pat’s old gym, Bart Palaszewski; Jeff Curran, a native northern Illinois boy is competing; and, as you all know, I’m going to go out and help BJ cut any weight and help him out in any way I can.

I really feel that if BJ is in shape, he should win this fight. I think BJ’s striking is better, I think BJ’s take-downs are better, and I think BJ’s ground game is better. So the only way I see Diaz winning is if he gasses BJ out. If you’re going out for the fight, hit the forums and let me know.

I’m currently driving home from the airport dictating this blog to Nate (my webmaster) over the phone. I’ve been sitting here debating whether I should tell this story or not and I’ve decided to go ahead and share it. So here we go: I’m in the airport bathroom washing my hands, getting ready to pick up my luggage and get on the shuttle. A man at the sink next to me says, “I’m surprised to see you here.” I do my typical thing where I look at him like I don’t know what he’s talking about. He then says, “UFC right?” and I say “Yes.” I then look him over a little bit and he’s an older gentlemen (he eventually told me he was 62) wearing nice clothes. He asks for a picture and I say sure we’ll step outside and snap a pic. Usually when I do this, we’ll find a third person to actually take the picture, so that way we’re both in the picture. Well he just whipped his camera out and took a picture of me, giving me just enough time to get my hands up into a fighting pose. I then went and grabbed my luggage and found a shuttle to take me to my truck. When I sat down in the shuttle he was sitting across from me. We struck up a conversation and as more people got on the shuttle, space got cramped, so I jumped over and sat next to him. I thought if I’m going to sit next to somebody, I might as well sit next to a good conversation. I would call myself a question-asker, so I quickly started to find out a little more about him. He was returning from a trip down to Dallas for a job interview. A few months back, he was let go from his job. He had mentioned that he was going to send the picture to his kid, so I asked about that. Turns out he’s been married for a long time and has 11 kids, ages 21-31. Then he tells me one of his boys is handicapped and lives in the house with them. He also said that his wife has never asked for anything, except that her father with cerebral palsy live out the rest of his life in their house. I asked a few questions about that and he says it’s tough because people with CP just don’t remember anything. After he tells me this, he keeps talking; but to be honest, I go straight to prayer for him and his family. Especially asking that he gets the job that he travelled so far to interview for. At this moment, I feel God putting something on my heart and when I get that feeling, a lot of times I’ll try and make God prove it to me. So I fired right back, “God if you want me to do this, have him get off the shuttle when I get off.” In a parking lot with a couple hundred cars, there is no chance he’s going to get off the shuttle when I do. So we keep chatting and when we get to the parking lot the driver asks where I was parked and what I was driving. The guy I prayed for said “That’s right next to me,” and he got off the shuttle when I did. So now I know what I need to do, but how am I going to phrase it? That’s what I’m thinking the whole time as I put my luggage in my car as he’s still standing there chatting with me. So I told him, “I’m trying to hurry up and put my kids to bed; but I’ve got to tell you a story.” I tell him “I started praying for you when you told me a little bit about yourself. God put something on my heart – so I told him to prove it and have you get off the shuttle when I did. Well, you did and now I have to do what God has put on my heart.” I gave him a $100 bill out of my wallet and said, “Go take your wife out to eat wherever she wants to go.” Of course, he wanted nothing to do with the money, but how do you say no? I told him I consider myself a greedy man, because I know that if I give him $100, in a short time God going to give me $1000. I could tell he was astonished and speechless, so I jumped in my truck and, at this moment, I am still trying to race home to catch my kids before they fall asleep. One of the funny things is, I never caught the man’s name. I believe what happened tonight is what you might call a “divine appointment.” God knew that this man and I would meet before I parked my truck at the airport. Even before this whole trip was scheduled, God arranged for this meeting. So I’m just humbled and awe-struck at how He works in our lives. I will continue to pray for this man and I would ask that anyone else who feels led to should pray for him as well.

Here are the air times for this week’s episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning August 15, 2011
Wednesday, 10:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CST
Thursdays, 2:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM CST
Thursdays, 12:30 AM EST / 11:30 AM CST
Saturdays, 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST

The show description for this week:

“Grin & Bear It”
(Airs the week of October 24th, 2011)
On his first archery hunt for bears, Matt Hughes enjoys the scenery of Saskatchewan, Canada. After a long wait, his patience is rewarded with the opportunity to take a cinnamon bear.

The Bible verse for this week:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

-matt

GSP Out of UFC 137


   October 19th, 2011

I guess GSP is out of his title fight at UFC 137. All I know is it is some sort of knee injury, but I don’t know how bad or how long he’ll be out. I will go out on a limb and say it doesn’t have to be all that serious for Georges to pull out of the fight, because I know that he likes to make sure he’s 100% before he steps into the octagon.

Well this Thursday I’m going to the World Series with Matt Pena, Robbie Lawler and Tony. I’ve never been to a World Series game, so I hope the weather’s decent. Who knows when the next time the Cards will be there? I know this might come as a surprise for some Cubs fans; but they do play baseball in October. Most of the Chicago area has been in football mode for a little over a month now.

Here are the air times for this week’s episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning August 15, 2011
Wednesday, 10:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CST
Thursdays, 2:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM CST
Thursdays, 12:30 AM EST / 11:30 AM CST
Saturdays, 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST

The show description for this week:

“Whitetail – Four for Four
(Airs the week of October 17th, 2011)
Share the adventure of four passionate whitetail hunters as they pursue their own unique experiences in very different parts of Texas.

The Bible verse for this week:

Let the loveliness of the LORD, our God, rest on us, confirming the work we do. (Psalm 90:17)

-matt

Happy Birthday Matt and Mark!


   October 12th, 2011

Happy Birthday 2011

October 13th is Matt and Mark’s birthday (it’s also their dad’s birthday) so don’t forget to wish them a Happy Birthday here or in the forums.

UFC Documentary DVD


   October 7th, 2011

First off, I want to thank all my sponsors for the last fight:

UFC 135 Banner

Browning
Otis
Cage Fitness
Element Arms
Legend Hunting
Dollamur
Texas Trophy Hunters Association
Dale’s Harley-Davidson

Second, I want to thank everyone for all the support that I had before, during and after the fight. I can remember during the fight that it was so loud I could barely hear my cornermen. I could hear them yelling behind me and I had to back up to understand what they were saying. I have always liked listening to my corner and I have always said that MY cornerman make it a team sport. Several forum members have told their stories about the weekend so here is a link to that: Boomer Tale – Denver

At the end of the month, Audra and I will head to Vegas to talk with DW and decide what to do next in regards to my UFC career. My wife says I’m going to retire and I can’t say I blame her. Back when my brother was still fighting, it was hard enough for me to watch him in the octagon; so I can imagine that it is much harder when it is someone you are married to in there fighting. But I told her that I will decide when I give it up. I just feel I have more to give. I’ve never been hit in practice and hurt and I think in my last two fights I’ve just been hit hard. Like I said, we will get it figured out at the end of the month.

I’m headed into hunting season now, so I’m still busy. I’ve had 2 weeks with the family so that has been great. Tater (Katelyn) my 21 month old and I have gotten to spend some good time together. Joey and Hanna are in school, so I’m not around them during the day. Mark’s in the field now, so I will tell Nate to snap some pictures of the work being done.

Like I said before, I want to thank you all for the support and I will know a lot more after BJ’s fight.

The UFC has made a very good DVD collection with a lot of footage shot at my house and several interviews on it. It should be available for sale right now, if you’re interested. Here is the link to the UFC’s promotional video for the set (it’s in hi-definition so it might take a while to load up): ULT-HUGHES-PROMO

Here are the air times for this week’s episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning August 15, 2011
Wednesday, 10:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CST
Thursdays, 2:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM CST
Thursdays, 12:30 AM EST / 11:30 AM CST
Saturdays, 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST

The show description for this week:

“Long Time Coming”
(Airs the week of October 3rd, 2011)
After three seasons of near misses, a dedicated bowhunter from New Jersey seeks success in bringing down his first Rocky Mountain elk.

The Bible verse for this week:

Surely this is our God: we trusted in Him, and He saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation. (Isaiah 25:9)

-matt

September 11, 2001 – Never Forget


   September 11th, 2011

Ground Zero Cross

As you all know, today marks 10 years since 9/11. Please pray for all those families who lost loved ones in the attack and continue to pray for those who are serving overseas protecting us from future attacks.

Opponent Switch


   September 6th, 2011

As most of you know, Diego hurt his hand and is now out of the fight. I was sad to hear that, I was looking forward to going up against another Christian and thought that I could just let the fight go in God’s hands. Dana called me yesterday and told me the bad news, and said that Koscheck or Fitch would most likely be replacing Diego. I said “yes” to either fighter and then here about a half hour ago, DW called me and told me it was going to be Koscheck.

Training has been going great. Yes, we’re switching things up with a different opponent and I will be ready.

Here are the air times for this week’s ALL-NEW episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning March 28, 2011
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM CST
Thursdays, 2:00 am EST / 1:00 am CST
Saturdays, 8:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm CST

The show description for this week:

“Hunting in the Heat”
(Airs the week of September 5th, 2011)
Blake Barnett discovers the true meaning of heat during a Texas crossbow hunt and TTHA’s Hal Gahm returns to his home state of Illinois during the whitetail rut.

The Bible verse for this week:

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. (Psalm 86:11-12)

-matt

Matt on Twitter


   September 6th, 2011

Tweeted at 6:10 PM CT, Tuesday, September 6, 2011:
I just got off the phone with DW and it looks like Josh for the 24th. (Follow Matt on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/matthughes9x )

Tweeted at 2:26 PM CT, Tuesday, September 6, 2011:
Still waiting to hear back from the UFC. I have said “yes” to facing either Koscheck or Fitch at UFC 135. I should know more later. (Follow Matt on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/matthughes9x )