Whether you’re into hunting, fishing, or general outdoor and nature shows, Netflix seems to have something for everyone. It’s become an excellent place for outdoors-loving men and women everywhere to absorb quality content. So when the time comes for every outdoorsperson to take their hunting boots off, kick back on their sofa, and relax, Netflix is waiting. It will make you want to get back up and go outside again, but that’s part of the fun. There’s nothing wrong with getting a little inspiration from some video content now and then. If you’re looking for a hunting show, fishing show, or even an outdoor documentary, Netflix is the place to go.
Keep in mind that Netflix is constantly adding and subtracting shows and movies, so the list as it appears now (in September of 2022) may look different in the future. We’ll do our best to keep updating this post as shows are deleted or added. Let’s start with some hunting-specific shows.
Hunting Shows on Netflix
When the MeatEater TV series made it to Netflix, outdoorspeople everywhere rejoiced. Saying that MeatEater is a good outdoors hunting TV show is like saying that Darcizzle is “cute.”
Steven Rinella and his gang of hunting companions have found a way to entertain us on the hunt, in the podcast studio and in the kitchen since 2012. They’re not going anywhere soon except on a hunting trip. While the eleventh season isn’t confirmed, all previous ten seasons are still available on Netflix.
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
This Netflix film is the story of a once-great hunter Buck Ferguson (Josh Brolin). His trusted cameraman Don (Danny McBride), sets out for an epic weekend adventure to reconnect with Buck’s young son Jaden (Montana Jordan). It’s silly and, at times, outrageous, but it does capture a lot of what’s great (and laughable) about deer hunting.
Stars In the Sky: A Hunting Story
Stars in the Sky is a feature documentary made by MeatEater’s Steven Rinella that focuses acutely on the lives of a specific group of Rinella’s hunting companions. It’s presented as an honest exploration of the controversies, emotions, and traditions of hunters and hunting.
Calibre and Hold the Dark
These two Netflix films are mystery thrillers that involve the lives of hunters. In Calibre, the story revolves around two lifelong friends that head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend of hunting. Wouldn’t you know it, things descend into a never-ending nightmare by the end.
Hold the Dark is about a naturalist who finds himself hunting for a wolf pack blamed for killing a local boy. He eventually learns there’s much more to it than that.
Fishing Shows on Netflix
During the fishing season in the northwest, the toughest men and women pursue the lucrative albacore tuna in the ultra-competitive waters off the Oregon coast. Battlefish is the epitome of an American reality television show that follows the adventures of several west coast fishing boats as they search the Pacific Ocean for albacore tuna.
Our Great National Parks
Our Great National Parks is a five-part Netflix documentary series about (you guessed it) national parks. But! The great thing about this series is that it doesn’t limit itself to America’s (obviously excellent) national parks. Instead, the series celebrates public lands across the globe, from Japan’s islands to California’s vibrant coastline to Kenya’s famous Tsavo Conservation Area.
Night on Earth
This series uses ultra-sensitive night vision and thermal cameras to capture some of the never-before-seen actions of our natural world after the sun goes down. Nocturnal predators, charismatic megafauna, and even the tiniest of insects are depicted in a way that gives us a unique glimpse into what happens after dark.
Each episode of ‘Our Planet’ is around 50 minutes long and includes excellent cinematography and wildlife insight from around the globe.
Survival Shows on Netflix
Survival shows have become all the rage, and Netflix isn’t short on choices.
Southern Survival follows two experts, Daniel Dabbs and Brandon Currin, as they test out everyday items that promise help in survival or emergencies. They then curate the best, highest-performing gear and offer it up through BattlBox, their subscription-based service.
Alone follows ten new contestants each season made by the History Channel and distributed to Netflix. They’re dropped off in the extreme wilderness and expected to survive as long as possible. It’s a seriously intense show that teaches real survival lessons while also capturing the physical and emotional stress a person goes through while trying to stay alive in grim circumstances.
You vs. Wild
Bear Grylls brought this “choose your own adventure” style show to Netflix, and it’s not a stretch to say there’s never been anything entirely like it offered up on the streaming platform before. Bear encounters specific survival situations in the interactive series and then gives you a choice between a few different ways to handle them. Will Bear make it out alive? Only if you help him in the right ways!
Tales By Light
More travel-based than strictly wilderness-based, Tales By Light follows some of the world’s best photographic storytellers and brings their global journeys to the screen in a fascinating depiction of the planet we live on.
How to Watch Outdoor Shows on Netflix
Starting and paying for a Netflix subscription is as easy as pie. As of February 2022, Netflix has three choices of subscription services, depending on the video quality and other permissions you desire. A Basic Netflix streaming plan costs $9.99 per month (480p). It’s $15.49 per month for the Standard Plan (HD available). A Premium Plan costs $19.99 per month (Ultra HD available).
It is easy to start your search for titles and content you’re interested in. Netflix’s algorithm is smart enough to recommend shows and movies based on your watch history. More good recommendations for outdoors shows on Netflix will pour in as you consume more hunting and fishing shows.
From the Arctic to Alaska, it’s easy to sit back and take a road trip to the outdoor world on your TV with some of the best outdoor documentary series you’ve ever seen. This streaming service provides some of the best storylines on nature documentaries this side of Yosemite National Park.
Filmmakers and the mountaineers, fishermen, and hunters they report on have found a great way to share their experiences with the general public to make us feel like we are right there with them as it happens.
Netflix is a great way to relax for a while and find an adventure that fits our lifestyle while giving us an idea for something that we might like to try in the future, and that is one of the best things that outdoorspeople can have: a way to recruit others into the hunting, fishing, and outdoor world.
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