CN citizen launches YouTube channel to showcase love of outdoors
GREASY – Cherokee Nation citizen Shane Ford, along with his wife Cassie, have taken their love of the outdoors and launched a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing their passion with others.
“We started filming just to kind of see how much we liked it, and it turned out that we fell in love with it. It adds a whole different aspect of difficulty to hunting,” Ford said.
Ford launched the “4D Outdoors” channel earlier this year and has used the platform to document and share the hard work that goes into preparing for deer season. Ford and his family own more than 800 acres of private hunting land, which has been unofficially named the “Ford Ranch.”
“I think I was 8 or 9 years old when my dad purchased the first piece of our hunting property,” he said. “Over time we have slowly bought properties around us. We’ve just been really blessed to have the property that we have.”
Lots of hard work and preparation goes into managing a property of that size for hunting purposes, he said. “Sometimes in the springtime we like to burn certain areas of our property just to kind of clear it out a little bit, but it usually starts in the summertime. We spray the weeds, spray everything with Round Up that we’re going to plant and then we brush hog everything. Labor Day weekend is usually our weekend to plan food plots. We also have corn feeders that we have to fill about every 45 days and each feeder takes 200 pounds of corn. It’s a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding when it all pays off, and these last few years it has paid off quite a bit,” Shane said.
As a CN citizen, Ford attributes his love of hunting and the outdoors to his Cherokee heritage.
“I believe my specific love for the outdoors stems from the fact that I was born and raised in Greasy, Oklahoma, and if you’re familiar with Greasy, Oklahoma, it’s predominately a Native American community,” he said. “My dad was raised here, and he had mentors that taught him how to hunt and Dad passed those traditions and those tricks and stuff down to me. I’m very grateful to the Cherokee Nation, to the Cherokee tribe, because I think it has a lot to do with my love for the outdoors today.”