A shot at hosting: Lauren Rich takes host role in Destination Whitetail

Female whitetail hunter

Lauren Rich with the 10-point velvet buck she shot while filming in Wisconsin.

Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM.

Longtime hunter Lauren Rich got an unexpected break simply by sharing her outdoors lifestyle on Facebook.

Her big break came in the form of becoming the host of The Sportsman Channel’s “Destination Whitetail.”

“I got the job solely on Facebook,” she said. A friend “saw I was hunting and … here, always in the water.”

Rich wasn’t an aspiring TV host who chased down the spotlight; she merely shared her outdoors-centered life on the popular social networking website, and the right person saw it.

Her Facebook friend connected Rich with Destination Whitetail producer Jamie Wilkinson, who has a home in the area, and he didn’t hesitate to hire her to be the host of the popular hunting show.

“You never know who’s looking,” she said, referring to the point of her discovery.

Now, the South Walton resident balances her hosting duties with a full-time job in sales at a local resort, but when she has time off, she is out on location seeking the next big buck.

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