To clear up any misconceptions, the first thing people should know, Matt says, is that "For Love or Likes" is not a dating show. Instead, it's a fun outdoor themed show that is the world's only hunting competition designed specifically for women who have found notoriety posting hunting and fishing pictures and videos on social platforms like Instagram. Because social media now plays such a massive role in the way people communicate there are a lot of outdoorsmen and women putting their passion out there for the world to see in photos and short videos. Matt says the "For Love or Likes" series was developed as a competition for outdoors loving social media influencers to prove whether or not they hunt and fish for the ‘love' of the sport, or if they do it for the ‘likes', follows and attention they get online. The show puts female contestants through a series of hunting and outdoors challenges that essentially help them prove their authenticity and ability. "That's the fun of it," Matt says, "to see if they are the real deal or not." Are they the outdoor buffs they portray themselves online as, or not? Not only is the show fun to watch, but it has a secondary objective as well which is to empower women in the outdoors. By providing a platform to these talented contestants, they can help recruit new hunters into the lifestyle. Matt says he's also hopeful the show can help change the dialogue and end the bullying that hunters experience online from both non-hunters and fellow hunters alike. Although it's a competition and each contestant wants to win, Matt talks about the overall camaraderie that the women have and likens it to that of the real friendship and camaraderie forged in hunting camps across the country where hunters root for their friends. Now in its fourth season on Outdoor Channel, Matt says the show is unique, well received, and a fun watch for anyone.
Briefly switching gears, Matt talks about his own hunting pursuits. With spring turkey season upon us, Matt says the hunting is slow and kind of tough right now in Louisiana. Part of that may be his unique and untested hunting technique. Always one to look for a fun, challenging or entirely new way to hunt, Matt talks about his mirrored approach. Using a large mirror about 7 feet wide and 4 feet tall, he says that the mirror has been attached to the front of a QuietKat bike to resemble something like a bulldozer blade. The mirror is tilted in a downward direction so that the ground is reflected in the picture. Matt says he has been riding around on his mirrored bike everyday for about 3 weeks trying to set up on a turkey using the mirror as a blind. In theory, any turkey he happens upon should only see the natural surroundings being reflected in the mirror and that should, hopefully, give him the opportunity at a close shot. Matt says that although he has taken on some interesting hunts, this one is the most challenging yet. The mirrored bike tukey hunt is proving to be more challenging than the paddleboard crossbow buck hunt that took him 2 years to accomplish and the tricycle buck hunt which took him 18 days to complete. Right now, Matt says he has been trying this technique for 2 years and has spent about 30 days filming his attempts. Not deterred yet, Matt says he is certain that there will be a situation at some point where a turkey comes in, sees its reflection and comes all the way up to the mirror where he will be able to peek over the top and take the bird at close range. Matt talks about the challenge of getting close to turkeys and how fanning has helped hunters get within reaching distance of birds. Putting an actual fan or decoy aside, Matt says he wants to see what a turkey does when it sees its own reflection and he's in for the long haul to find out with his mirrored bike turkey hunting technique.
Be sure to watch Matt and the contestants of the fourth season of "For Love or Likes" every Thursday at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel. You can also see previous seasons and episodes with MyOutdoorTV, anytime.