Back in high school, my cousin Brandon, and my friends Brady and Grant Forney and I would spend countless weekends outdoors. We were always thinking about fishing and gunning trips, chasing a variety of different species of game and fish, as well as perusing a variety of outdoor sport activities. Our fathers and grandfathers owned many diverse and beautiful properties across Pennsylvania which facilitated our desire for exploration and sport.
Brady’s younger brother Grant was a little young to come along on all our our adventures as a participator, but in order to stay in on the fun he asked if he would be allowed to take his parents Sony HandyCam and film our expeditions. Immediately, he started a YouTube channel and posted the film. Grant was really the innovator for this idea. Without him, we probably would have never put in the effort to film and capture our experiences. The rest of us jumped on board with his idea and we came up with the name Pennsylvania Outdoors Unlimited, a state specific outdoors channel. Since then, we have become oudtoorsmen with a focus on photography and videography. Three years and 100 videos later, the page boasts over 600,000 views and 2,100 subscribers.
With these numbers, the dividends from YouTube have been starting to slowly accrue. More recently, we have teamed with Pennsylvania Whitetail Pursuit to create a marketable outdoors DVD for the 2014 season, and this past May, our organization won a Gopro Hero 3 camera in a video entry contest from Hunteos.com. Even though we are all college age now, we are still excited to spend time outdoors in any facet we can find or experience. This adventure filming idea is really just fun for us, and if it never pays off, we would have no regrets. However, as time goes on, we see more and more potential to find some sort of niche market for our brand and put together a sustainable business model.
In the meantime, check it out!
Instagram: paoutdoorsunlimited on Instagram
Facebook: Pennsylvania Outdoors Unlimited
– Herschel Miller