Due North Outdoors
Due North Outdoors airs every Thursday night on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin. Hosted by Bill Sherck and Laura Schara, Due North Outdoors celebrates the outdoor lifestyle in the upper Midwest by sharing stories and adventures from life in the outdoors. Hunting, Fishing, Camping and so much more. Ron Schara and Travis Frank contribute as regular reporters from the field. Now in it's 10th year of production, Due North Outdoors seeks to find unique people, places and pursuits and bring them to Fox Sports viewers.
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Laura Schara’s versatile experience as a television host brings a special energy to the outdoor world. Her outdoor TV career began in 2000 when she created and hosted the segment “Wild in the City” on NBC’s Minnesota Bound, where she explored unique things to do in the outdoors right in the metro area of Minneapolis/St.Paul.
She has since hosted numerous television projects including nationally televised Destination Polaris on Fox Sports Network, Golden Moose Awards for the Outdoor Channel, Minnesota Bound on NBC, North American Fisherman and North American Hunter on NBC Sports, FLW Outdoors and ATV Sport TV on NBC Sports.
Laura currently appears weekly on Fox Sports Network’s Due North Outdoors and nationally televised Destination Polaris. She also currently hosts MN Bound’s “Wild in the Kitchen” segments on NBC, where she creates delicious easy wild game recipes.
Laura’s passion for the outdoors was passed onto her from her outdoor enthusiast father, Ron Schara, who taught her all the lessons that needed to be learned to be a successful hunter and angler. Her best catch to date is a 46” Muskie caught on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. She is also an avid sporting clays shooter.
Telling outdoor stories comes naturally to Bill Sherck. Television viewers know him better as “The Man About The Woods”; A six-time Emmy Award-winning outdoor reporter and show host. Bill’s earned just about every award in the business for his unique style of storytelling.
Viewers can catch Bill’s work on several of the country’s most popular outdoors television programs including, “The Flush” on Outdoor Channel, “Due North Outdoors”, “Rooster Tales” and “Backroads” on Fox Sports Networks and “Minnesota Bound”, seen on NBC affiliates throughout Minnesota.
Sherck enjoys sharing his stories with conservation groups, teaching as part of fishing and hunting seminars and also fishes/guides for various charity and celebrity tournaments.
Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Bill’s family eventually moved to Minnesota where his father and grandfather taught him to fish and hunt. After graduation from St. Norbert College in 1994, Bill went to work in the television business. He reported local news throughout the Midwest and eventually Fox News. In 2001, Bill turned his focus to outdoor television. He’s been at it ever since!
As a writer and television personality, Ron Schara has been sharing the great outdoor experience with readers and viewers for over four decades. He’s a story teller who often relays the wonders of nature through the lives of others. Over the seasons, Ron’s stories have been enjoyed by millions of outdoor enthusiasts who share Ron’s passion for the outdoor lifestyle.
Ron’s soft spoken but direct delivery and appealing on-camera image have made him a popular resource as an all-purpose, outdoor/naturalist commentator.
Ron’s knowledge and understanding of our natural surroundings is more than just a journalist’s assignment. Born in Postville, Iowa, he grew up loving the outdoors in northeast Iowa’s rugged bluff country. He graduated with degrees in journalism and fish/wildlife biology from Iowa State in 1966 and he has never veered from his ambition.
Whether writing a newspaper story, talking with his radio and television audience, or appearing before a live audience, Ron Schara likes to use colorful storytelling to create an experience for his audience. The results speak for themselves, as Ron’s full service television production company has won hundreds of awards including a dozen regional Emmy Awards.
Travis Frank has worked in the outdoor world for over 15 years. At age 16 he started a fishing business chasing Minnesota's biggest, baddest fish; guiding clients from all over the country. Driven by a passion for the outdoors and a drive to share good stories, Travis joined the Ron Schara Productions team in the spring of 2008.
Travis is the lead producer for Due North Outdoors and FOXPRO Furtakers, the hit series on Outdoor Channel. He’s also a regularly featured reporter for Minnesota Bound and produces shows for The Flush, Destination Polaris, and other Ron Schara Productions television programs.
Aside from producing television, Travis appears as a regular co-host for WCCO Live Outdoors and a guest of KFAN Outdoors. His outdoor photography has been showcased in many national publications, along with freelance articles written to grow the sport of fishing and hunting.
Travis has a passion to fish and teach fishing, so he remains a part-time fishing guide on Minnesota’s waters (to scratch his itch). When he’s not chasing a story, or a trophy fish, he soaks up as much time as possible with his wife, and his son.