Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, owners of The Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, has suspended the show Wildgame Nation and host Bill Busbice, Jr. Jim Liberatore, CEO and President of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks made this announcement today, effective immediately.
“Outdoor Sportsman Group is committed to legal and ethical hunting,” said Liberatore. “We have strict policies and procedures in place that require all of our talent and producers to abide by all hunting regulations. We hold our employees to the highest of standards in order to ensure that we are effectively serving the outdoor community. As a result of the recent charges in Wyoming involving Bill Busbice, Jr., we have suspended the show and Busbice indefinitely from Outdoor Channel.”
The full statement from the OSGN can be found here.
Busbice, an owner of Plano Synergy which encompasses brands such as Ameristep, Avian-X, Barnett Crossbows, BloodSport, Caboodles, Creative Options, Evolved, Flextone, Frabill, GroundEFX, Halo Optics, No Limit Archery, Plano, Tenzing, Wildgame Innovations and Zink Calls, was convicted earlier this week of some series game violations. Busbice was ordered to pay $23,000 in fines and has lost hunting privileges in 45 states for 2 years.
So far Busbice has been convicted of :
- False oath for purchasing a resident general elk license as a nonresident
- Purchasing more than the authorized number of deer licenses
- Intentionally leaving an antlerless elk to waste
- Taking an elk without a license
Has the drive to kill a trophy completely erased hunters ability to exercise sound ethics and their moral compass? Will you continue to support and or purchase brands owned by Busbice? Was the penalty enough for the crimes committed? Lots of questions remain unanswered and were still waiting on an official statement from the the Busbices or anyone representing Plano Synergy.