Do You Know Who These Hunters Are?
Since the day he was born, Tyler has been exposed to all sorts of hunting and every aspect of the Realtree business. “Hunting has always been an important part of my life,” said Tyler. “My dad never forced me to go to the woods, but hearing all the stories and seeing the photos of all these huge deer, I knew I wanted to have my own stories to tell one day.” Tyler understands the importance of upholding hunting in a positive light. He practices what his father has taught him about ethical hunting and takes great pride in making the right choices . . . continue reading . . .
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Melissa Bachman is an accomplished hunter with a unique ability to share her love for the great outdoors and all things wild with her passionate fans and viewers. Growing up in a region known to sportsman for its unique blend of hunting and fishing opportunities, Bachman immersed herself in a central-Minnesota lifestyle filled with options. Decisions regarding which treestand to hunt before school or if she’d have better luck on snow geese were just some of the decisions a young woman had to make. Surrounded by a family filled with love and mentors galore, Bachman pursued her academic life with the very same tenacity she approached her passion for hunting. After graduating with honors and armed with a degree in television broadcasting, and another in Spanish, from St Cloud State University, Melissa set her sights on a career in outdoor television . . . continue reading . . .
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Randy Birdsong had a dream at an early age of hopefully securing a career in the outdoor industry. Determined to fulfill this dream, he bought his first video camera at 16 and started filming as much as possible. Lucky enough, he got a chance at his dream when he began hunting and filming for Don and Kandi Kisky on Whitetail Freaks which is also on The Outdoor Channel. After finishing a degree in Finance at Southern Illinois University, Randy was faced with a choice of either to continue in the outdoor industry and try to make a full-time career of it, or give up the dream and start an office job in finance. He rolled the dice and came up with the concept of HeadHunters TV -- a show designed to give an inside look at what it takes to produce an outdoor television series . . . continue reading . . .
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Nikki Boxler grew up on one of the largest dairy farms in Western New York and continues to reside there today. It is this pristine setting that has shaped her love for the outdoors . . . a passion that drives her to spend as much time hunting and fishing as possible. Nikki credits her dad for introducing her to hunting and she quickly embraced the lifestyle. “One of the biggest reasons I fell in love with hunting was the camaraderie and the bond I experienced between fellow hunters. I vividly remember how special it was when we would all gather and grill venison after a successful day of hunting,” Boxler said. Between fulfilling her duties as marketing director for a firm in Buffalo, New York and helping on her family's farm, Nikki appreciates any time available . . . continue reading . . .
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Kip grew up in the country near the banks of the James River in Central Virginia and spent his days bowhunting, fishing and playing sports at Fork Union Military Academy. Kip knew early on he wanted to work with a weapon in his hand, so the military, law enforcement or pro hunter were the only jobs that would be acceptable in his mind. The last option seemed pretty far fetched, though. He didn't come from a big buck state and had no tie in with any hunting companies. After high school, he attended Lynchburg College where it all fell into place. Playing on the Lynchburg Lacrosse team took up much of his time in school, but he continued to bowhunt whenever he could. In his second year, he switched his major to communications and started making short films and hunting videos. This gave Kip less time in the classroom and more time in the field. He also found that editing was something he really enjoyed. Then, when Chad came to school there in 2003, they formed Shotfish Productions Inc. and started filming what would be the first pilot episode of Red Arrow . . . continue reading . . .
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Jeff Danker grew up on a small horse farm in Chandler, Oklahoma. His parents raised him in a Christian home, and Jeff's father, Eldon, taught him how to rope at an early age. Jeff played basketball, football and baseball, but most days you could find him in the roping arena practicing his calf-roping skills. Jeff competed in the MRCA miniature rodeo until he was 12 years old, and went on to "team roping" for the next 14 years. In 2003, Jeff said "God blessed me and gave me the opportunity to start a hunting show called "BuckVentures Outdoors." As the host of BuckVentures, which airs on the Sportsman Channel, Jeff showcases his true passion of chasing huge fair-chase whitetails . . . continue reading . . .
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Fred Eichler is the owner of Fulldraw Outfitters. When he is not guiding hunters, he splits his time between wildlife photography, freelance writing and trapping. He is the traditional editor for Bowhunter Magazine and his articles and photos have appeared in Bowhunter, Bowhunting World, North American Hunter, Buckmasters, Traditional Bowhunter and many other magazines. He was the first person to harvest all of the 29 North American species recognized by Pope and Young with a recurve bow. He is the host of Easton Bowhunting TV and Predator Nation on the Sportsman's Channel as well as a guest host on Muzzy Bad to the Bone Bowhunting TV. He resides in Aguilar, Colorado with his wife Michele, their three boys, 11 hounds, a golden retriever, a chocolate Lab, 10 horses, 20 chickens, one goat and an ugly cat . . . continue reading . . .
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There are a couple of things Montdale, Pennsylvania is known for, one being its dairy farms and the other being Lakeland Football. But here lately, there is one more buzz coming from the small populated town, and that is none other than HeadHunters TV's own Nate Hosie. He has built a name for himself locally and beyond for his skills in the woods as co-host of the popular show on The Outdoor Channel, but also now for the upcoming release of his debut country music album. Hosie was born and raised in the endless mountains region of Pennsylvania, where by the age of six, his father and grandfather began taking him on pheasant hunts every Saturday throughout the fall. It didn’t take them long to realize they had created a monster. His love for the outdoors became like an obsession. Hosie was there on every hunt no matter what Mother Nature had in mind. Be it rain, snow or a crisp sunny morning, Hosie would be there with his Orvis double-barrel cap gun slung over his shoulder busting caps at every pheasant that took to the air . . . continue reading . . .
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Kandi co-owns Kisky Productions with her husband Don. Kandi started hunting when she met Don in 1990. Since that fateful day, she's taken numerous large bucks with her top five grossing more than 160 B&C each, with her largest being 188 inches. Kandi and Don are farmers by trade and cherish the simple family life that comes from livingin the country. Kandi and Don have a son, Kaleb, who loves the outdoors as much as his parents and is now an accomplished hunter. They also have a very adorable daughter, Kaylee, who will be tagging along in the woods before you know it . . . continue reading . . .
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An avid hunter for more than 30-plus years, Don and his wife Kandi run Kisky Productions, a video-production company that they started in 1998. Don is known throughout the industry for harvesting monster mature bucks -- his top 10 bucks gross more than 170 B&C each, with the top being 213 4/8. When Don isn't hunting, he's working his large row crop farm in south-central Iowa. Don has been on Realtree's pro staff since 2001 and has been featured in various publications. You can see his hunts on Whitetails Taking to the the Extreme, Whitetail Country, Realtree, and NAW Television, Huntmasters. More recently, Don and Kandi are hosts/owners of Whitetail Freaks TV that airs on The Outdoor Channel . . . continue reading . . .
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Michael was born in a small town in South Georgia called Cordele, raised on the Flint River and the banks of Lake Blackshear. His love for the outdoors started very young as his father, grandfathers, and uncles all took Michael out to hunt or fish. Michael also grew up loving sports and playing baseball for many years. After college at Valdosta State University, graduating with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems, he jumped into the world of outdoor television after co-founding the TV show Southern Backwoods Adventures, which is now Backwoods Life . . . continue reading . . .
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Growing up in a small town in southwestern Indiana, Krysten was raised like most little girls playing with dolls and learning to put on makeup, but her grandpa looked past the ribbons and frills and introduced her to the outdoors at an early age. Everyday after school they would go fishing or target shooting, except during the spring and fall when there was work to be done in the field. However, it wasn’t until her husband took her turkey hunting for the first time that Krysten truly fell in love with the outdoors. She not only harvested her first animal ever but to make it even better, it was a nice longbeard. Her husband’s love for hunting rubbed off on her and from that moment on, she was hooked. Not long after, Krysten wanted to take her love of hunting to the next level and soon got her first bow. Shooting a bow came as more of a challenge to her than shooting guns, but Krysten loved the challenge of archery . . . continue reading . . .
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The McFerrins value God, family, friends, community and the outdoors. Raised in the Lone Star State, both Mike and Bonnie take pride in their Southern heritage and deep-rooted traditions and beliefs. A family friend introduced Mike to the outdoors in his youth and Mike is just as passionate about his hobby today as he was when he first started hunting. Mike introduced Bonnie to the sport of hunting early in their marriage and she fell in love with the outdoors and immediately started hunting on her own and with Mike as much as possible. Outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and shooting reflect who MIke and Bonnie are as individuals. Therefore, they maintain morals based on respect, honesty and authenticity in those activities, as well as in everyday life. Sharing the outdoors with fellow hunters or introducing a non-hunter to the outdoors is a passion they both feel is an important part of the sport and have practiced for many years. The McFerrin's continually strive to share the love of hunting with kids of all ages. They realize the importance of passing down the heritage of hunting to the next generation . . . continue reading . . .
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Television producer, host, trapper and adventure bowhunter Tom Miranda is no stranger to outdoorsmen. In the mid 1980s, Miranda gained notoriety as a professional trapper who offered trapping lessons on VHS video. Miranda was a pilot and used his small airplane to operate his trapline, a novelty that made his video instructions popular. Also a bowhunter, Miranda began making hunting videos and by 1992 had his own adventure TV series on ESPN. Self-taught in TV production, Miranda would hire a freelance cameraman to tape his adventures then write, produce and edit the programs himself. Tom soon became known on ESPN as the crazy bowhunter who would do anything as his adventure show featured adrenaline stunts like sky diving, bull riding and bungie jumping along with his bowhunting . . . continue reading . . .
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A native of Spearfish, South Dakota; licensed hunting guide in Wyoming for 15 years; Realtree cameraman for 9 years; and a barber by trade, Nick Mundt has lived, breathed,and loved hunting since he was a young boy. Nick is one of the three hosts of Michael Waddell's Bone Collector that airs exclusively on the Outdoor Channel and his comedic, charmismatic character is true and real. Nick has had the opportunity to travel and hunt in over 15 states, three different continents, and helps to spread the word of the culture of the hunter at speaking engagements and appearances in many venues. Nick not only talks the talk but he also makes the shots. Even with the fast growth of Bone Collector and his popularity to the public, Nick keeps himself grounded with his roots in South Dakota using his free time to relax by the lake, hone his shot, crank out a Karaoke tune or cook up a tasty meal. What he enjoys most about this public platform is sharing with all that will listen why it is important not to apologize for being a hunter, but to teach that hunting morals and values is what our culture was built on . . . continue reading . . .
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Travis "T-Bone" Turner is one of the most respected archers and hunters in the outdoor industry. He earned his status as an ASA and APA Certified Pro shooter, competing on the pro tour for over 15 years. He won the 1991 ASA Archery World Championship, many podium finishes and several state titles during that time. Through his years as a pro, along with his role as owner and manager of one of the largest archery shops in Georgia, Travis has developed long-standing relationships with companies such as Realtree, Hoyt, Bone Collector, and Whitetails Unlimited. He serves as archery bow technician for national celebrities, pro athletes, and others in the outdoor industry . . . continue reading . . .
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As a country boy from the heart of Georgia, Michael Waddell only dreamed of the opportunity to hunt for a living. Growing up hunting and fishing with his father, Waddell quickly developed a knack for turkey calling and never looked back – unless they gobbled, of course. “I started competing in local competitions as a teenager,” Waddell said. “It was those competitions that eventually opened the door for me. After I won the Realtree Grand America Turkey Calling Contest, the next thing I knew, I had a camera in my hand and a check coming in from Realtree. And that was cool.” Since joining Team Realtree in 1994, Waddell has gone from cameraman to producer to host of the Realtree Road Trips television show. Waddell’s work ethic and knack for absorbing information has earned him the reputation as one of the most successful hunters and outdoorsmen in the industry, not to mention one of the most entertaining . . . continue reading . . .
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Bill earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa in 1986, spent four years working in the aerospace industry in Kalamazoo, MI and now lives on a farm in southern Iowa with his wife Pam, their 18-year-old daughter, Jordan, and their 16-year old son, Drew. Bill Winke has been writing for hunting magazines for 25 years. He specializes in articles about hunting strategy – primarily white-tailed deer – and assembling, tuning and shooting archery equipment. Despite a humble, small farm upbringing, Bill has had the amazing opportunity to hunt deer in 16 states and three Canadian provinces as part of his dream outdoor profession. In 2016, Bill and his team stopped producing the network TV series and focused their efforts on creating an all-digital series called Chasing November. This new series is available for viewing online on the Midwest Whitetail YouTube channel and on the WhitetailTV channel on streaming media devices connected to televisions, such as Roku, Amazon FireTV and AppleTV. “The Midwest Whitetail web shows will never go away,” Bill said. “That near-live story-telling format is what we enjoy best, but we felt we needed something that was all-digital to stay up to date with current technology. That is why we created Chasing November . . . continue reading . . .
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There is nothing in the world that Mike enjoys more than chasing big, mature white-tailed deer. He has been hunting ever since he could shoot a rifle and has been addicted ever since. After only a few rifle seasons, Mike realized that he could not limit himself to 10 days in the Missouri hardwoods. He had to pick up a bow. After taking his first Pope and Young whitetail at the age of 16, he never looked back. Since then, Mike has taken numerous trophy whitetails with archery equipment and has documented a majority of them on film. To Mike, it is more than just hunting; it is a way of life. From scouting nearly every day in the summer to shed hunting in the spring, Mike is in the field nearly every day of the year . . . continue reading . . .
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Shawn has been in the whitetail woods of Missouri since childhood. He grew up in the town of Grain Valley. His father and him have been hunting together since Shawn was old enough to climb into a tree. If he wasn’t at school you could find Shawn hunting with his father and twin brother at a young age. He loves pursuing giant whitetails in the Midwest but enjoys the challenge of Western game as well. Shawn made his debut with Realtree on Monster Bucks about 6 years ago. He harvested his largest whitetail to date after having multiple encounters with him in prior seasons. Since then he has appeared on Monster Bucks with other whitetails he has taken in the Midwest. Shawn co-hosts Heartland Bowhunter but is also heavily involved with the production of the television show. Telling the story through the lens of a camera is his true passion . . . continue reading . . .
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