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The earliest record of the Eastman family in the West dates back to 1856. Since then six generations of the Eastman families have lived in the West. Gordon Eastman grew up in the West hunting and living outdoors. Unlike most other hunters, who had to move to the West to become trophy-hunting authorities, the Eastman family knew the outdoors and the wilderness hunting as a layperson would know his backyard.
Gordon Eastman is today considered not only as a pioneer in hunting, but also in shooting outdoor films in the film industry. Gordon Eastman almost created a new genre of films as early as 1957, when he produced landmark films such as Hunting Alaska Today, High, Wild and Free, and Challenging the
Gordon Eastman believed in ethical hunting practices and set highest standards of fair chase.
High, Wild and Free produced in 1968 are colorful outdoor documentaries of the wildlife of British Colombia. Although none of the animals are particularly unusual to North Americans, Gordonís treatment of the subject allows viewers to observe these animals with sense of awe. The film clearly shows Eastmanís love for the wilds and wilderness of
His son Mike and grandson Guy share Gordonís love for hunting, and filming wildlife in the
Hunters consider Gordonís son Mike Eastman as a living legend. Mike grew up in
In the year 1999 Eastmanís began producing a series on trophy big game hunting and ethics of fair chase. The series has since become very popular, as it does not contain loud music, and has edited kill shots. Though the background music is light and beautiful, panoramic view of the herd of animals and the landscape is realistic. So too, the demeanor of the host is calm with an emphasis on ethical hunting and fair chase. What really strikes a cord with hunting enthusiasts is the quote ďno fences hereĒ.
Mikes son Guy Eastman is also an accomplished and very well respected hunter. Guy has inherited his grandfatherís artistic qualities. His knowledge of the outdoors and hunting techniques is reflected, when he is behind the camera.
The shows produced by the Eastman family have helped viewers become better hunters through their emphasis on fair chase.
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Posted November 30, -1 by Justin Ott