John Scoutten was involved with Shooting USA from day one – but back then he was a production assistant, toiling behind the scenes with all the gear and equipment needed to make a television show. Now, some 20 years later, John is host of the show that is anchored by his father, Jim Scoutten, now as it was then.
“If you told me then that in 20 years, not only will you be a regular presenter and host, but that it’s still going to be going 20 years from now, it would be staggering,” John said. “It’s been an absolute blessing and a dream. We’ve come together as the face of Shooting USA and continued to build the brand. It’s something special, definitely.” John interviews and participates alongside the best competitive shooters in the nation. He shows the challenges they face, as well as their thought processes. The idea is also to show the audience that you don’t have to be an expert marksman to enjoy and compete in shooting sports.
“Shooting USA has given me the of benefit of looking back to see what I did at Steel Challenge a few years ago, and people in the audience can see my improvement and it makes them want to go out and do it,” John said. “To me, that’s validation in the first place. The goal as far as Shooting USA goes is to get people involved.”