Did you ever wish you could go fly-fishing on the Bighorn River in Montana?
You will be able to do so vicariously this summer through Wild Adrenaline, a Nicktown-based website.
In late June, three staff members will journey to the river and film fly-fishing episodes that will be shown on www.wildadrenaline.com.
The video presentation is among a number of categories that outsdoorsmen can access through a computer or smartphone.
Other categories include Wild Adrenaline magazine, equipment reviews, a trophy room, and a site where hunters and anglers can tell their stories.
The elaborate website is the brainchild of Bob Paronish of Nicktown. The site has been in operation for a year.
“I started it as a way to bring outdoor fanatics together online to share their outdoor, adrenaline-filled moments in the field,” said the teacher and football coach at Penns Manor High School.
“If someone harvests a nice buck or catches a trophy fish, they can go to the website and post their photographs, stories and videos for other outdoorsmen to enjoy.”
“We also use it as a way of sharing information or experiences that can help everyone become more successful in the great outdoors.”
There are about 300 active visitors on the website. The goal is to increase that number immensely during the next year, Paronish said. The visitors, or members, register and then log in with their own personal outdoor name, he said.
“Then they go to the hunting or fishing categories. Each category is subdivided into specific categories.”
A traditional archer can visit a category that is specific to using traditional bows as a method of harvesting game, he said.
There are monthly contests on the website that allow members – mainly from Pennsylvania but also from adjacent states – the opportunity to win Wild Adrenaline apparel, he said.
The site also offers for sale apparel and decals for trucks and boats as a way of earning money to fund excursions such as the one to Montana later this month, Paronish said.
The majority of excursions are in Pennsylvania.
Paronish said they also have five sponsors, who provide new equipment and products to try out in the field or on the water.
The website also uses social media such as Facebook and Twitter for people to share their experiences, he said. The social media keep members informed about various matters, he said.
“We grow together,” Paronish said about the members and staff. “It’s not just my staff that is gaining exposure, it’s also the members.
“They (members) get to post their success stories and that helps them to gain exposure to big-time outdoor sponsors.
“The network allows us and others to gain long-lasting friendships with other outdoor enthusiasts.”
He said the website is a hobby for him and the staff, which is comprised of relatives, friends and co-workers.
Other staff members are Chad Paronish, Carson Rhea, Tom Buterbaugh, Noah Paronish, Andy Hancharik, Colin Krevel, Shawn Paronish, Mike Yamrick, Joe Packer and Eric Misko.
All are from Cambria, Somerset and Indiana counties.