I’ve been feeling like a bad Canadian for a while now.  Despite writing a daily Canadian entertainment blog, I had never seen an episode of OLN’s Mantracker.   I had it heard that it was addictive, but ever since Blair Witch Project, I’ve approached anything to do with trees with caution.

Tonight’s season premiere features Olympic bobsledders  Jesse Lumsden and Justin Kripps  facing off again Terry Mantracker Grant, in what will be his last season on the show.

I got my hands on the first episode and within in the first five minutes, I. WAS. HOOKED.

If you’re like me and you’ve never seen the show, the premise is pretty basic:  You and your teammate have to get from Point A to Point B.  Simple right?  Wrong.  Hot on your trail is a Mantracker and his sidekick who are pros at looking for clues about your whereabouts deep in the woods of some of Canada’s roughest terrains.  Their goal is to find you before you reach Point B.

What makes the show so exciting is the editing and overall production values.  The show is tight, clean and most importantly, exciting.   A sure sign of me really enjoying a show is my reaction, and I hadn’t felt this excited about a race since the first few seasons of The Amazing Race, when I used to watch the whole show standing up and yelling at the TV.

I think my favourite part is when Mantracker gets close he says terrifying things like, “Howdy boys.”  If Terry ever decides to be a serial killer, I think that should be his line.  Seriously, can you imagine running through the woods for two days and then having someone come up and say “howdy boys.”  Chills.

If your summer is feeling a little dull, I suggest that you hunt down Mantracker.

Mantracker airs tonight on Outdoor Life Network (OLN). 

UPDATE:  The show is now accepting applications for prey for the show’s seventh season.  If you’re interested, click here to apply.

Mike Morrison


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