Majesty Outdoors Timeline
After 7 knee surgeries, Bill Blodgett needed a full knee replacement. While recovering from this surgery, Bill constantly watched outdoor television during bed rest in between physical therapy sessions. He believed outdoor television was truly missing something – he often says, “There’s only so many ways you can catch a fish or harvest a deer – all of which has been done on television”. With a combination of his passion for the outdoors, youth ministry and the fatherless generation, Bill decided that he needed to start a television series where he is the host but the the teen star and the storyline changes week – Majesty Outdoors TV was born.
After sharing his vision online in fisherman forums, Bill was approached by Terry Thompson to meet in Rockport, TX to fish and discuss Majesty Outdoors. Terry heard the vision and shared the passion for seeing this through – he built upon Bill’s dream by adding his expertise in TV production and ministry to continue Majesty Outdoors’ creation.
Terry Thompson introduced Bill to Ed Smith, who at the time was the television producer for John Hagee Ministries. Ed immediately saw the vision, and agreed to help with the television production including, filming and editing activities. Both Terry and Ed would later become members of Majesty Outdoors Foundation’s Board of Directors
With rented cameras and microphones, the crew set off in Rockport, TX to film with Johnny, a fatherless teenager from San Antonio, TX. This episode was edited and put on DVD and taken to ICAST 2009.
In a meeting at ICAST 2009, Bill met with Mark Fisher of WileyX eyewear. They immediately saw the vision and agreed to become the first sponsor of Majesty Outdoors Television.
Without ever having met before, Bill and Kenny Wright were both in Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress to discuss generational issues facing the fisheries and conservation issues. After a long day of meetings, the two discussed Majesty Outdoors over dinner. At the time, Kenny was in senior management of a coastal habitat restoration firm based in St Petersburg, FL. Bill wanted to begin Kenny’s involvement in Majesty Outdoors and asked him to appear on an episode focused on seagrass restoration. Kenny agreed and the planning began.
Majesty Outdoors Foundation received its IRS Determination Letter – Majesty Outdoors Foundation was Formed and officially recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501-c-(3) non-profit organization
Majesty Outdoors Television Premiered – the entire season consisted of 13 original episodes, which aired for 26 straight weeks in the first two quarters of 2010.
Majesty Outdoors Television aired its second season of 13 original episodes, which aired for 26 straight weeks in the first two quarters of 2011.
Majesty Outdoors Television aired its third season of 13 original episodes, which aired for 26 straight weeks in the first two quarters of 2012.
Majesty Outdoors Foundation gave away it’s first scholarship to a deserving Majesty Outdoors Television Alumnus! The first receipient was Leslie, who was accepted to Texas A&M University!
Majesty Outdoors Television aired its fourth season of 13 original episodes, which aired for 26 straight weeks in the first two quarters of 2013.
Majesty Outdoors airs it’s 50th Episode with Jessica from Florida!
Generation Outdoors was created as the mentorship arm of Majesty Outdoors Foundation – this represented a major milestone in acheiving the original dream of Majesty Outdoors. With Generation Outdoors, Majesty Outdoors Foundation is partnering with local faith communities to train men and women to positively impact the lives of fatherless children all over the United States of America.
Scott and Shannon Dahlstrom signed on to become the Directors of Generation Outdoors, leading the mentorship arm of Majesty Outdoors Foundation, while expanding the reach of Generation Outdoors by training / equipping mentors through local faith communities.
Majesty Outdoors Television aired its 5th season of 13 original episodes, which aired for 26 straight weeks in the first two quarters of 2014.
Majesty Outdoors Television aired its 6th season of 13 original episodes, which aired for 26 straight weeks in the first two quarters of 2015 on The Pursuit Channel, Discovery’s Destination America, and Time Warner Cable’s Sports Channel.
Majesty Outdoors Television is airing its 7th season of 13 original episodes, which airs for 52 straight weeks in 2016 on The Pursuit Channel. This is a milestone as the show is aired continuously.