Ricky Mills, top and above, does promotional photos for his television show “Hunting In The Sticks.” Mills and his friend Jimmy Duncan, holding a video camera, star in the show that debuts on the Hunt Channel on Dish Network Sunday at 6 p.m. The men are from Bedford, Ky. (Photos provided by Teresa Tebib from Tag Studios)
Ricky Mills, top and above, does promotional photos for his television show “Hunting In The Sticks.” Mills and his friend Jimmy Duncan, holding a video camera, star in the show that debuts on the Hunt Channel on Dish Network Sunday at 6 p.m. The men are from Bedford, Ky. (Photos provided by Teresa Tebib from Tag Studios)
Two hunting buddies from Bedford, Ky., have bagged a big one ... their own reality television show.

Ricky Mills and Jimmy Duncan said they serendipitously showed some of their hunting footage to someone at the Hunt Channel. That quickly turned into a deal, and now their show, "Hunting in the Sticks," is scheduled to premier Sunday at 6 p.m.

The friends have been hunting together for a few years. They've hunted a wide variety of animals including deer, wild hog, elk, coyote, bobcat, fox, and bear.

During one of their early hunts together, they shot video and decided to make a teaser reel to show to people and put on the Internet. While they thought it would be fun to have a reality show about their exploits, neither thought it would happen as quickly as it did.

"We went to the ATA (Archery Trade Association) show in Louisville," Mills said. "I guess we just showed our little clip to the right person, and he was like 'Man that's awesome. Have you ever thought about having your own show?'"

The man they showed their clip to was Jimmy Sites who has been the host of "Spiritual Outdoor Adventures with Jimmy Sites" on the Hunt Channel for 12 seasons. He, according to Mills, put them in contact with the right people at the Hunt Channel.

"And then wham, bam, before you know it he was sending us a contract to sign."

Shortly after signing a contract, Mills and Duncan, along with two other friends, Shawn McMurtrey and Mark Porter, filmed 13 episodes.

Mills said they currently are filming another 26 shows to run next year.

The show has turned into a full time job. Mills said he spends close to 50 hours a week going on hunts, editing clips, looking for show sponsors and working with the show's editor. All of that in addition to his regular 9-to-5 job at Louisville Gas & Electric. He also has a wife and two children waiting for him at home.

"We absolutely do it all. People have no idea how much time it takes," he said. "There's a lot more to it than I thought."

"I was up until about midnight last night working on a show, and then up again at 5 this morning."

Mills said he watched hunting shows on TV and then tried to contact as many companies as he could that he thought might be interested.

The show is making only enough money to pay expenses, but Mills said once the show premiers he's hopeful they will be able to make some money from the show.

"Deer hunting is the same. You've got two people up in the tree. You've got to contend with those two people's scents for the deer to smell," Mills said. "Then you've got all your camera equipment. Now it seems like everybody's got a second camera running."

Some animals make the hunting a little tougher on the film crew.

"Turkey hunting is a beast and trying to film it isn't easy. Turkeys have such great eyesight. They see that black camera sticking up and it's just tough."

Mills and Duncan just returned home from a two-week long camping trip in Wyoming. The trip is going to be cut into an episode of "Hunting in the Sticks."

Normally, Duncan said, it takes two hunts to make one episode of the show.

"If you have one great hunt you can make that into an episode, but it usually takes more," Duncan said.

While the amount of work off camera both are putting in has increased, both say they still love to hunt.

"I think it's more fun now," Duncan said.