Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo films episode of The Outdoor Channel’s American Gun Dog

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 09, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Hunting is a favorite seasonal pastime for many Kentuckians, providing innumerable opportunities to get outdoors in diverse locations across the state: from the mountains of the east to the wetlands of the west. This week, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo and his Yellow Labrador, Gunner, brought Kentucky into the national outdoor recreation spotlight as the focus of an episode of The Outdoor Channel’s popular television program American Gun Dog.  

The episode, which will conclude two days of taping this evening in Elliott County, follows the Lieutenant Governor, Gunner and the program’s host, Harley Jackson, as they embark on a bird hunting expedition for Kentucky native quail and ruffed grouse. The hunt—which has spanned three counties—began early Monday morning in Corbin, proceeded into Floyd County for the second day hunting and will end tonight outside of Sandy Hook.

“Having the chance to show the nation what unmatched outdoor choices we have in Kentucky is an exciting opportunity for me,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. “There are an estimated 20.6 million hunters in the United States, and I hope—through this program—that many of them will come to the Commonwealth to see all we have to offer, for hunting and beyond.”    

The program will draw attention not only to Kentucky’s ample opportunities for hunting, but the Commonwealth’s great natural beauty and other avenues of outdoor recreation. The taping of American Gun Dog is another part of Kentucky’s Adventure Tourism initiative, which has been going strong since the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 196 during the 2008 legislative session. With myriad regional events across the Commonwealth—from trail rides to fishing tournaments—and now a chance to shine in the national hunting spotlight, Kentucky is well on its way to becoming the premier choice for outdoor adventure not just in the United States but across the globe.

American Gun Dog—one of the most popular programs on The Outdoor Channel—seeks to showcase the nation’s top hunting dogs and dog handlers, as well as some of the best, most unique areas of the United States for hunting a variety of game, from deer to waterfowl. Previous shoots have taken the show’s host, Harley Jackson, to locations as diverse as Scotia, South Carolina hunting wild boars and Livingston, Montana hunting Hungarian pheasant.

“We try to push the threshold of the hunting story,” said Harley Jackson, host of American Gun Dog.  “We do different things. We chase wild game that has not necessarily been filmed before, like hunting quail in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.  It’s kind of hard-core as far as bird hunting goes.”

The episode featuring Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo is scheduled to make its premier on The Outdoor Channel in Fall 2009. For more information about American Gun Dog, visit