Former Manila resident Scotty Watkins to appear on Outdoor Life Network (OLN)

Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Former Manila graduate Scotty Watkins and his dog, Remington, will appear on the television Outdoor Life Network later this week. (photo provided)

Scotty Watkins, a 2000 graduate of Manila High School, will appear on Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Watkins graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a bachelors degree in agriculture and he also finished his baseball career with the best overall team record in the school's history.

Upon graduation, he received a job offer to be a guide and a sales/advertising manager for the company Premier Wildfowl Destinations. Since his graduation from college in 2005, he married Bridgett Moore of Manila and chased his longtime dream of becoming a waterfowl guide and dog trainer.

In his first year as manager for this company Watkins has accomplished many of his goals. He went to Canada at the start of the 2005-2006 hunting season and guided there for about one a half months. He then went down to their second operation in North Dakota where he would stay for about a month of their season. Then he was off to where he has recently located in Northwest Missouri and began guiding the start of the season. In January he headed south to Louisiana, their last full scale operation, where he stayed about three weeks before he had to go back to Missouri and get things ready for the spring snow goose season that runs through the end of March. This has been a very long year but one that will never be forgotten Watkins said.

While Watkins was in Canada a video was scheduled to be made with Benelli's American Safari. This was going to be a first for Watkins, being on national TV. This was another dream of his. Watkins and his dog, Remington or Rem, were ready for some non-stop action in the prairie lands of Northern Alberta. Mark Pierce, one of the hosts for Ducks Unlimited TV, was the host for the show and John Disanti, an actor from California, was cast in the hunting video. Anyone interested in Waterfowl hunting who would like to see Watkins and his dog Rem get in to some hunting action can watch them on Friday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday. Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m; and Tuesday, Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m.

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