Their first videos were shaky and the footage “in this day and age, would be considered terrible,” he said.
But they gradually updated their equipment and created a website called Fired Up Outdoors. They started posting videos on the Internet and “it kind of took off,” he said.
That led them to recruit other outdoorsmen to add to video adventures on the website. They didn't intend to make it largely a firefighters' pro staff, Magee said. It just kind of happened that way.
Most of their outdoor adventures are based in Oklahoma, but they also feature elk hunting in Colorado and deer hunting in Kansas. A salmon fishing trip in Alaska is in the works. The men pay for the hunting and fishing trips themselves.
“It's do-it-yourself stuff,” Magee said. “We are hunting public land or private land that we basically knocked on doors and paid access fees to. We are trying to show that this is stuff anybody can do.”
“Fired Up Outdoors” has two financial sponsors, the Firefighters Credit Union in Tulsa and Magic Bait in Tulsa. Other companies have donated some gear, but getting financial backing has been difficult, Magee said.
“We are still trying to get some more sponsors,” Magee said. “Being a brand new show nobody has heard of before, it's tough. Nobody wants to take the chance.”
In the meantime, nobody is quitting their jobs.
“We are not making any money at it,” Magee said. “Some of us are juggling two jobs. We work hard so we can play hard. It's more for fun and being in the outdoors. We have a good time.”