THE GIVEN RIGHT

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About The Given Right TV

Hunting always has, and continues to be, integrally woven into the fabric of American society. Hunting is not a privilege, but a God-given right. Kenneth Lancaster and Mark Heck travel the globe, celebrating our God-given right to hunt in each and every episode, and portray the passion we all have for this sport that we love so much. Never apologize for your God-Given right to hunt!

Host, KENNETH LANCASTER

A veteran in the hunting industry, Kenneth Lancaster has become a household name, synonymous with big game hunting and a love for the outdoors. Spending 13 years as a member of the Primos Truth About Hunting team, Kenneth was a regular face on the TV show and appeared in numerous DVDs. In 2009, Kenneth joined up with the Bone Collector Team and long-time friend, Michael Waddell. To this day he remains as one of only two pro staff members on the Bone Collector team. Additionally, Kenneth has appeared as a guest on an impressive lineup of shows including Realtree Roadtrips, Bone Collector, Monster Bucks, and Swamp People.

If you have followed Kenneth through the years, you know he lives by the words “Never apologize for your God Given Right to Hunt.” Being a son of a trapper and the grandson of a commercial fisherman, Kenneth has the outdoors running through his veins; which is why in 2013 Kenneth fulfilled the lifelong dream of starting his own show called “The Given Right.” During his career Kenneth has traveled throughout North America harvesting multiple big game animals, but his true passion is turkey hunting and calling.

Even after years of traveling throughout the country, Kenneth values his southern roots and is proud to call Mississippi “home.” Often times he finds his favorite hunts take place close to home with his girls; wife, Holly and two daughters, Gracen and Briley. Kenneth has always been known as a fun loving family man that does not always have to kill the biggest animal to enjoy hunting, but you will never catch him without a smile on his face and bow or gun close by.

Host, MARK HECK

Mark grew up in the hills of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Mountains in a coal-mining and farming family, where he was raised in the backwoods hunting tradition.

A shy teenager, Mark passed up a college wrestling scholarship and instead obtained a nursing degree. He worked forseveral years in hospital administration and psychology. Life changed the day he started his own refrigerated transportation service company, initially based in the Philadelphia/New York corridor. Today, with 57 operating locations, managing over 75,000 shipments a month, it’s the largest company of its kind in the US and one of the biggest in the world. Next, Mark started a technology company providing remote tracking and monitoring of containerized fresh and frozen cargo shipments around the world.

Applying the same business principles, Mark now has a number of hunting properties where he has set up a high-end QDM program. He enjoys all aspects of hunting and pursues his passion all over the country with the same zeal he had as a kid in the backwoods of Pennsylvania.

Mark has a beautiful family with three daughters and a loving wife.

JEREMY ATKINS

Jeremy Atkins has spent his entire life in Grand Island Nebraska. Hunting and the outdoors in general have been his true passion since the day he could remember. After a fourteen year career doing road construction Jeremy started experimenting and testing his own deer attractants and feeds in his garage. As time went on his side hobby of making deer attractants quickly changed his path to forming the company we all know today as Big and J. Due to his obsession in wildlife management and all around love for hunting it became clear Jeremy’s work was going to be a successful road.

Jeremy’ s true passion is deer hunting but if the truth be told there isn’t a species of animal that he wouldn’t pursue with true passion. As Big and J has grown so has Jeremy’s hunting experience. Whether filming hunts with the Bone Collector crew or off in the North woods with the team from Canadian Whitetail TV, Jeremy has gotten to experience some of God’s greatest creations. When the opportunity came about for Jeremy to join the The Given Right team it was a great opportunity to showcase the Big and J products as well as make more memories with true friends.

As Jeremy’s children have become of age his hunting career has taken a new turn. He has spent much time with his son and two daughters in the outdoors as they are becoming true outdoors enthusiasts. This is a dream come true for Jeremy. With the love and support of his loving wife Michelle, Jeremy would tell you there really is an overabundance of blessings in his life that he never takes for granted.

BEHIND THE SCENES

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Matt Covington

Field Producer, Editor

For as long as he can remember, the outdoors has consumed his life. Before he could talk, he was in a duck blind with his dad in their home state of Arkansas. Matt's passion for the outdoors has now developed into a job that he used to dream about. Whether he's behind the camera filming a whitetail, beside a cypress tree with a duck call in his hand, or producing outdoor related content in the office, there’s nothing else Matt would rather be doing. 

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Kurtis Blosser

Field Producer, Editor

From the first time he held a bow at 2 years old, his parents instilled in him a passion for hunting and the great outdoors. Thankful for them never pulling on the reins, but instead allowing him to pursue his passion without hesitations. Fast forward to the first time he picked up a camera and that fire was reignited and he knew that he had found his calling. Kurtis has been lucky enough to be producing in the outdoor industry for a little over 6 years now and he has loved every minute of it.

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Tyler Weaver

Field Producer, Editor

Tyler's passion for the outdoors derived from his father. Shortly after graduating high school, Tyler got his first freelancing gig with world renowned hunter and author J. Alain Smith. Tyler spent the next 3 years traveling the globe with J. Alain, filming hunts on 5 of the 7 continents. During this time, he also met Mark Heck and  9 years later he’s still Mark’s right hand man and producer of The Given Right.

If Tyler isn’t on the road with Mark or Kenneth, you can bet he’s probably out chasing long-beards or whitetails in his home state of Virginia. Tyler is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Annie.

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