Live2Hunt with Cody & Kelsy Robbins chronicles their quest to combine the biggest free-range, fair chase animals; hard-core, never-say-die hunting attitude; and a humble, everyman approach that makes you feel like you’re having a once-in-a-lifetime hunt with your best hunting buddy. Cody’s the guy who became Jim Shockey’s first official cameraman and TV producer. For years he was Jim’s right-hand man, traveling and hunting with the legend in more than 15 countries. Now Cody steps from Jim’s shadow to blaze his own trail in professional hunting television!
I was born and raised on our family farm, located in central Saskatchewan, Canada. Riding horses and working cattle was the way of life. Since I was very young I have had a love for animals that has not faded. Having grown up on a farm, there were always a few guns around the house. My dad always kept them in case we had a sick animal that needed to be put down, or for the odd coyote that needed some persuading to relocate. Due to the fact that there were guns around, my father enrolled me in a firearm safety course when I turned eleven. I had to miss a hockey tournament to take the course, which didn’t impress me in the least. I guess sometimes things happen for a reason because that course developed a curiosity that was impossible to ignore.
Later that fall when I turned twelve, I asked my best friend Shane if he and his father would take me hunting for the first time. It was during this hunt that the roots of my passion were planted. I did not get a deer that fall but it did not matter to me. I realized hunting wasn’t just about killing. In fact the killing was only a very small part in the incredible sport I had come to love.
By the time I turned fourteen I was an avid bow hunter. Up to this point no one else in my family hunted, and I needed a guardian until I was sixteen. Luckily for me, my 75 year old grandmother was kind enough to come out and spend countless hours in the blind sitting quiet as a church mouse as I waited for my prey to pass us by.
At the age of sixteen I was a die hard hunter and loved to entertain everyone with my hunting stories. I decided to buy a video camera and try to capture those rare and exciting moments on film. I filmed as an amateur for a couple years before getting the opportunity to take my cinematography to a new level.
In late October 2001, Mr. Jim Shockey offered me a job. He informed me he was starting a hunting television show on the Outdoor Channel and needed a full time cameraman/editor. I agreed to the life changing opportunity, and started living every hardcore hunters dream!!! I spent six years with Mr. Shockey and his show, traveling to over 15 different countries, enduring some of the most fascinating moments in the wild! Throughout those years I received numerous awards such as The Golden Moose Awards for Best Camera Work, and The Outdoors Writers of Canada Award for The Best Television Show (for which I did the camera work and editing).
In the early spring of 2008 my life long dream of producing my own Outdoor television show became a reality, I created the new series Live 2 Hunt. Along with my dreams came allot more responsibility then I ever imagined too; becoming the Host, cameraman, editor and marketer of a television show is a little overwhelming to say the least! But, I have come to realize, the opportunity for a person to do something that they love, every single day of their life, is a rare gig!
I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and although being raised as a city girl, I’ve always felt more at home in the country. I have always gravitated towards the outdoors, horses, fishing, and hunting and now these passions have become a lifestyle for me since I have joined the Live 2 Hunt team.
I am so fortunate that my home Province of Saskatchewan offers the opportunity to hunt some of the best wildlife in Canada. To experience the intensity of an adrenalin filled sport while surrounded by the serenity and beauty of nature is an adventure unlike any other.
I thoroughly enjoy every moment of my days in the field, whether I am hunting or just a spectator, I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything. I live 2 hunt.
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