We are excited to announce Southern Boyz Outdoors as the Expo Title Sponsor. Kinion Bankston and the entire SBO crew bring a down home country outlook to the expo. SBO produces a Hunting Show that airs on DIsh Network and the Pursuit Channel. Additionally, Kinion operates one of the most popular Hunting TV Show based Facebook Pages, boasting over 550,000 Likes, and more importantly, consistent "talking about this" numbers that typically stay in the 1.5 to 2.0 Million range - that's some powerful reach!
Kinion was born in Pumpkin Center, Louisiana and still lives near there in the 4th ward in Livingston Parish Louisiana. Kinion recently celebrated his 27 th wedding anniversary with his wife Tanya (Southern Girlz Outdoors) he has 2 adult children John and Brandie, he has 2 grand kids, who he loves to spend time with in the Sportsmen’s Paradise state of Louisiana. Kinion starting filming in 2004 in his home town several different hunts and enjoyed showing his hunts to all of his family and friends, then in 2009 the owner of the local channel 17 in Hammond, LA Wayne Glascock saw some of the clips that Kinion had put up on YouTube.
Mr. Glascock said “Kinion you should do your own local hunting show, I can put it on channel 17, I know our viewers would love to watch it.”
Kinion responded “I don’t have a clue of what to do or even how to do it, where would I start, or even what should I call it.” Kinion continued with the story “I know people are going to think that I am making this up, but it is the truth. I literally woke in the middle of the night, SOUTHERN BOYS OUTDOORS ! no SOUTHERN BOYZ OUTDOORS !, yes that was it.
So I got up went to my PC and did a Google search and no one owned the name. My friends that is when SBO Southern Boyz Outdoors was born.”
So Kinion started by watching as many hunting shows as he could, looking up items online to help him learn how to film and edit his own show. A year or so later after airing locally, he wanted to reach more viewers with his unique Southern style of hunting everything.
After watching several national outdoor hunting shows on the different channels, he said “ I knew I wouldn’t make it by just buying airtime and trying to get sponsors to help me, I needed a good reason for them to want to sponsor my show.”
The REASON was FaceBook!
Kinion continued, “I needed to build a way to get my FRIENDS to help me get my message out to the country.”
Because there is a little bit of Southern Boyz Outdoors in everyone, anywhere you live! It doesn’t matter what state you live in, Kinion continued, “I really believe in people, I want to share the great bounty of Louisiana with ALL MY FRIENDS from around the world.”
So after a couple of years of spending a tremendous amount of hours each day working on his FB page, with the help of his over 95,000 FRIENDS. Southern Boyz Outdoors launched on the 4th of July 2013, Independence Day, I think there is a message in that fact. I ask Kinion what made him so successful with his FaceBook page? Kinion didn’t even take a breath:
“The page is SBO but SBO is really anyone who enjoys hunting, fishing, frogging and anything that we do in the outdoors. My FRIENDS are what made me the person that I am today, I truly appreciate all of them and I always want to try to give back to them by sharing their photos on SBO Face Book page . We started SBO NATION on my TV show as a way to say THANKS to all of my FRIENDS.”
Folks please feel free to go check out his Face Book page at Southern Boyz Outdoors and congratulate him on the American Sportsman Expo Title Sponsor role!