Guest Line-up: Saturday June 28, 2014
Barbara Baird is a contributing editor at SHOT Business and a news blogger for Realtree.com. She publishes an e-zine, Women’s Outdoor News, and freelances for several gun, outdoor, and travel magazines – including Combat Handguns, Turkey Country, Range Report and Show Me Missouri.
As a columnist for Shooting Sports USA, Baird interacts with the top shooters in the country. She also writes Web content for outdoor marketing agencies and gun companies.
A former newspaper editor and bluegrass magazine editor, she lives in the Ozarks of Missouri on a ghost cattle ranch, and loves hunting, fishing and traveling old highways and country roads with her husband, Jason.
Guest Line-up: Saturday June 21, 2014
Mike Helton – NASCAR President
Loveland, Colorado (June 16, 2014) – The sport’s most visible leader at the race track, NASCAR President Mike Helton, assumed that role in November 2000 when he succeeded Bill France Jr., who had served as president since 1972. Mike serves as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the company’s Executive Council. Helton was well-prepared for his new position, to say the least.
In February 1999 he had become the first person outside the France family to take over the day-today operations of NASCAR, when he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating
Born and raised in Bristol, Va., Helton’s motorsports experience is multi-faceted. In addition to working for a sanctioning body, during his career he has also been a track operator, and even raced a little himself.
Helton is well-known by NASCAR’s many fans as the man who presides in the “big hauler” on race weekends. He is the voice of authority – and reason. But he also is a portrait of popularity,
Join Bob and Mike as they discuss the exciting world of NASCAR and Mike’s passion for the sporting life.
Cathi Comar – Executive Director at the American Museum of Fly Fishing
Cathi Comar has been the Executive Director at the American Museum of Fly Fishing (Manchester, Vermont) since 2008. During her tenure, AMFF has expanded its public programs to include community events, educational programs, publications, and a series of groundbreaking exhibitions. Comar curated AMFF’s recent exhibition highlighting women’s contributions to the sport, A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, and she authored the companion book of the same title. Under Comar’s direction, the Museum is undertaking several new initiatives, including the launch of its first online exhibition, the documentation of American saltwater fly fishing, an annual conservation symposium, a project to archive and make accessible conservation projects, and the expansion of the Museum’s online presence to engage all generations of anglers.
Comar was born and raised in upstate New York and began to accompany her father and brothers on weekly summer fishing trips at the age of six. If she is out fishing, Comar can usually be found along small streams, rivers, and lakes in Vermont or upstate New York.
Join Bob and Cathi as they discuss the American Museum of Fly Fishing and her love for the sporting life.
Manchester, Vermont 05254
Guest Line-up: Saturday June 14, 2014
Irlene Mandrell was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is the youngest sister of the world famous country trio, The Mandrell Sisters. Irlene and her sisters come from a musical family. She began playing the drums professionally when she was eleven. Irlene is a Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars inductee. She has received many awards including two comedy acts of the year awards from Music City News.
Though music has always been the Mandrell Sister’s mainstay, other entertainment forums appealed to Irlene. Irlene has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career as an actress, model and performer. Her first television series, Barbara Mandrell and The Mandrell Sisters aired on NBC and also in the UK. The show featured good-humored interplay between Irlene and her sisters.
After the series ended, Irlene sought opportunities in film, television and video. Irlene’s television credits include a guest appearance on The Love Boat and appearances on a variety of game shows and talk shows including Hollywood Squares, The Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show,. Bright Lights & Country Nights, This Week in Country Music, Oprah and many others. Irlene starred in the country variety series Hee Haw for its last eight years.
In addition to her many stage and television appearances, Irlene has enjoyed great success as a spokesperson. She has pitched products to millions of American homes; these products include Swift Premium Brown & Serve, Lanne Skin Care products, Smith and Wesson firearms, Lea Furniture, Realtree Accents, Shedd Spread Country Crock Margarine, ChoiceDek, Cover Girl shoes & 9West shoes, Harmony Guitars, and a spokes person along with G Gordon Liddy for Natures youth.
She had an annual Celebrity Shoot, The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot, that benefited Wish Upon A Star and of Scouts of America which ran fourteen years. She also supports Easter Seals, Special Olympics, American Heart Association and many other charities. She has done several TV segments for Tennessee’s Wildside which was titled “Irlene Mandrell Straight Shooter” for the Outdoor Channel and Public Television.
Irlene has been an accomplished hunter for several years.
If Irlene endorses a product, you can be assured she believes in the product as well as uses it. Currently, Irlene has been performing with her children. Her daughters, Vanessa and Christina are both gifted singers, dancers and actresses. Her son, Deric is a very talented drummer. Even though Deric is now living in PA because of a very successful business, he still finds time to perform with his family on occasions. You can learn more about Irlene Mandrell at IrleneMandrell.com
Join Bob and Irlene Saturday June 14th as they discuss Irlene’s career, and her passion for the sporting life.
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The Izaak Walton League is dedicated to a dual mission of enjoying and protecting America’s outdoors. Founded in 1922 by sportsmen concerned that the rivers and streams they loved were too polluted to fish, the League’s more than 44,000 members and 245 chapters are leading conservation efforts today in communities across the country. The League’s logo describes the organization as “Defenders of soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife” – that describes the breadth of our commitment to conservation.
As the League’s Conservation Director, Mike Leahy is responsible for planning, oversight, and implementation of the organization’s conservation programs, including public policy and projects at the national, state, and local levels. The League’s core areas of expertise include clean water, renewable energy, and agricultural practices that benefit both farmers and fish and wildlife.
Mike brings to the League more than 18 years of professional experience in natural resource conservation as well as a personal passion for of hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, and America’s outdoors. He is part of the growing ranks of new “old fashioned” sportsmen and women: Folks who enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting, and many other outdoor pursuits – from bird watching to mountain biking – and care as much about conserving natural resources as enjoying them. Mike is proud to be part of an organization that is carrying the conservation and outdoor traditions of our past into the future.
His background includes work at the federal, state, and local levels on conservation of wildlife, grasslands, and wilderness areas; roadless rules; management of public and private lands; and clean water issues. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Please join Bob and Mike as they discuss The Isaac Walton League and his passion for the sporting life.
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A legendary golfer from New Albany, Indiana, who attended the University of Houston and became a professional golfer in 1973, Frank Urban Zoeller, “Fuzzy”, is known around the world for his success and charismatic character. With ten PGA Tour victories, including the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open, Fuzzy knows the taste of victory. In addition, he helped to enhance the exposure of the 1985 and 1986 Skins Game, with his victories.
After joining the Champions Tour in 2002, he won the 2002 Senior PGA Championship, as well as the 2002 Senior Slam Championship.
Continuing with his winning ways, Fuzzy proceeded to win the 2003 Tylenol Shoot Out, the 2004 MasterCard Championship, as well as the 2007 Senior Skins with partner Peter Jacobsen and the 2008 Senior Skins with Ben Crenshaw. Today, he is often heard whistling down the fairway as he continues to play on the Champions Tour.
Fuzzy has received the highest honor given by the USGA. In 1985, Fuzzy was given the Bob Jones Award. Also, in 2010 he was honored with the Dave Marr Memorial Award, which exemplifies sportsmanship, honesty, character, and an enthusiastic passion for the game of golf. Fuzzy is always a gallery favorite because of his humor and relaxed approach to the game.
On June 1, 2009, Fuzzy launched a new venture, “Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.” He created a vodka that not only satisfied, but exceeded his tastes and preferences. Distilled five times and filtered ten times through charcoal, Fuzzy’s Vodka has a smooth and exceptional taste.
PGA Tour Victories (10)
Champions Tour Victories (2)
International Victories (3)
Other Victories (6)
To read more about Fuzzy please visit his website at: Fuz.com
To read more about Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka visit his website at: FuzzyVodka.com
Join Bob and Fuzzy as they discuss Fuzzy’s professional golf career, his Ultra Premium Vodka and his passion for the sporting life.
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Guest Line-up: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Loretta Lynn Morgan was born to make music. Barely a teenager when she made her first, and everlasting, impression on country music fans, its legends and the community, Lorrie Morgan, a child of the Opry, staked her claim as being one of the youngest to have made his/her debut at the Mother Church of Country. Taking center stage at the Grand Ole Opry, alongside her father, George Morgan, young Miss Morgan performed her rendition of “Paper Roses.” — Lorrie Morgan, however, was no “imitation,” she was as pure and authentic as a freshwater pearl.
Three short years later, after her dad’s passing, Lorrie became a road warrior to launch her own career, touring with her father’s band. Walking in her father’s footsteps, she kept his memory alive while winning countless fans encroaching her rights to become a front-and-center entertainer. Applauded for her talents and commitment to country music and her heritage, Lorrie made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of twenty-five; Lorrie was the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today, Lorrie has become the essence of country music femininity. Having blossomed from a bright-eyed Opry starlet to carrying the torch for many a lady trendsetter—Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette—Lorrie Morgan has become a renaissance woman of the genre recognized as royalty by her fans and her peers. Lorrie’s confidence in her sexuality opened the door for many a female artist who walked in her path; her glamour and grace brought “Hollywood” to the format.
Her whirlwind life and career have earned her valuable lessons and timeless stature among her peers and music enthusiasts and enabled her a confident sense of self that shines through in her music like a late afternoon sunglow through the stained-glass windows of the Ryman Auditorium.
“One of my biggest struggles in the earlier years was to gain confidence in myself as a performer–to close a show behind a singer’s singer, an artist who was on the cusp of the cutting edge, or a known fan favorite. It took me a while to see myself as a stylist–that I no longer had to sing other artists’ songs; I could sing my own and create my own identity. I’ve finally grown into my own shoes and they’re mighty comfortable.”
Lorrie inked her first recording contract in 1988. As an RCA recording artist, and later on the roster of its sister label, BNA, Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part Of No” to establish her place as a bright and shining country star—a modern woman making country music history.
Lorrie’s success is defined by her love of a great song and ability to sell it. A woman made of character, stamina and, most importantly, embraced in a shadowy blue-green aura, her music is a reflection of her heart and life.
“There is no doubt, my personal life has, from time-to-time, grabbed more attention than my music. That’s sad in one way because there is no “how-to” book on life; we just live it the best we can and when we make mistakes, that’s all part of our growth. Everyone goes through growing pains. Whether in sad, painful, or in what may have appeared to have been ‘dramatic’ times, I feel blessed to have experienced all of it–the emotions and the experiences. I make no apologies; I’ll take what I can use to teach my children, my grand children and share in my music.”
Over the past twenty some-odd years, as musical trends came and went and her personal life rose and succumbed to the turbulent, changing tides, Lorrie has remained true to herself—unshakable.
“Life experiences, life choices, a music career and the commitment alone can make you ‘hard’—some may identify it in another term. But. I think that’s a misperceived misperception! If you listen carefully, sadness, revelation, willpower and tenderness are revealed.”
Without pretending, nor pretension, Lorrie’s musical stories are as truthful and telling as a carefully crafted painting. The colors as they appear on the canvas are brilliant yet mysterious, thoughtful yet tempestuous, and her sultry, flawless vocals make it oh, so real.
“I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a grandmother, a breadwinner, and, ultimately, a survivor. It seems, in many ways, that I am a living, breathing country song and I know what I sing. My music and songwriting has a healing power for me personally, and I these days, that’s what I aspire to be, a compelling and captivating music poet!”
A poet indeed… Lorrie has written and recorded more than 15-plus of her own songs over the course of her career.
A singer, songwriter, worldwide entertainer on the performing and theatrical stage, a producer, duet partner, wife, mother and now, a grandmother, Lorrie Morgan the songstress has sold over six million records and a trophy room adorned with reminders of gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top-ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year Awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. She’s performed on Broadway and abroad.
Lorrie’s life story and decorated career is captured in her documentary entitled Beyond the Interview: Lorrie Morgan (from ANR Records) which includes up-close, intimate conversations with Lorrie who shares stories of her childhood and growing up backstage at the Grand Ole Opry; she reveals her road to stardom and discusses with candor her much-publicized personal life (including her marriage to and the death of country legend Keith Whitley).
Complementing the momentum of the applauded Grits & Glamour tour, Lorrie teamed with gal pal, Pam Tillis to record an album. The new project (entitled DOS DIVAS—released in 2013) features solo performances by both Morgan and Tillis as well as collaborations. With titles such as “That’s So Cool,” “Bless Their Hearts,” “I Am A Woman,” “I Know What You Did Last Night,” and “What Was I Thinkin’ ” (a Tillis/Morgan co-write), the 14-song collection is lush country–rich in the sounds characterized by tradition (fiddle and steel) laced with cello and flute.
Like a freshwater pearl, Lorrie Morgan is a natural gem that shines in a palette of colors. Her music, her life, her heart–black, white, lavender or pink, the overtones reflect her light. Learn more about Lorri at Lorrie.com
Join Bob and Lorrie on Saturday, April 12th as they discuss the singer/songwriter’s music career and passion for the sporting life.
Tom is an award-winning writer, columnist and blogger who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for Covey Rise magazine and the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a spokesman and blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. He writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines. When they are not fishing the flats, beaches, and rips of Cape Cod, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.
Join Bob and Tom as they discuss Striper fishing and the author’s passion for the sporting life.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Ruffed Grouse Society is North America’s foremost forest conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop this critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.
Preserving our hunting heritage is of utmost importance to the Ruffed Grouse Society. Devoted to the sporting life, ruffed grouse and woodcock hunters are a special group with a passion for the unique challenge these birds present. From Alaska and the Canadian Provinces to the Gulf of Mexico, RGS members include hunters, non-hunters, woodland owners, industries and conservation professionals. Our events and activities focus on camaraderie, learning, sharing and supporting the goals of our organization.
Forest conservation is facing the important challenges of unhealthy forest management practices, habitat loss and declining wildlife populations. RGS exists to protect, create and enhance healthy forests, abundant wildlife and our sporting traditions through scientific management of woodlands and public education.
As the Editor and Director of Communications for RGS, Matt Soberg splits his time between Brainerd, Minnesota and RGS headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this role, he publishes the Ruffed Grouse Society magazine and handles communications duties for the organization with the focus on spreading awareness to members and the public. Matt was born and raised in Minnesota, earned his law degree in 2005, joined RGS as editor in 2013 and spends his free time hunting grouse and woodcock with his English setter.
Ruffed Grouse Society / RuffedGrouseSociety.org”
Guest Line-up: Saturday, March 29, 2014
In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world. He’s the complete package – fierce competitor with multiple championships, ambassador to the sport, and family man. Professional bass fishing has risen to a major sports level in recent years with regular season and national championships televised on ESPN2.
“When it comes to professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is as close to perfection as I’ve ever seen,” says ESPN Outdoors Commentator Mark Zona. “in my mind, he is the best of this era and will be the best I cover as long as I am a commentator.” In fact, VanDam was honored with the first-ever Outdoorsman of the Year ESPY trophy at ESPN’s televised awards program in 2002.
As the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail, VanDam has earned more than $5 million through February, 2012, captured four Bassmaster Classic titles (2001,2005, 2010, 2011) and seven Toyota Tundra Angler of Year titles (1992, ‘96, ‘99, ‘08, ’09, ’10 and ‘11). The Bassmaster Classic title is the most coveted in bass fishing, attracting the best anglers in the world who qualify for it through a regular season schedule. VanDam has earned berths in 24 consecutive Classics since he turned full-time pro in 1992, the longest running Classic qualification streak of any active pro. In 263 career Bassmaster events, he’s won 20, finished second 13 times and landed in the top 10 an amazing 100 times!
The 46-year-old pro honed his angling skills while growing up in Michigan where he had the opportunity to fish for a variety of fish species, including trout, salmon, muskies, walleyes and northern pike. “You can learn a lot by fishing different species in the diverse variety of lakes and rivers we have in Michigan,” he offered. “But bass is my first love.”
As a teenager, VanDam dominated tournament circuits around his Kalamazoo home, winning The Michigan BASS Federation Angler of Year twice before turning pro. At age 23, he became the youngest to win the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year title, collected an unprecedented 23 consecutive in-the-money finishes and shattered tournament records.
VanDam and his wife Sherry have two twin boys, Jackson and Nicholas. When he’s not touring, you’ll find him spending time with his boys – fishing during the summer and deer hunting in the off-season. For more information on Kevin please visit his website: KevinVanDam.com
Join Bob and Kevin on Saturday, March 29th as they discuss Kevin’s professional fishing career and his passion for the sporting life.
Marianne Huskey – 2012 Angler of the Year!
Fishing has been in my blood since age 6 on the big waters of Lake Michigan. I have targeted many species including perch, northern pike, bass, salmon, musky, pan fish and of course my favorite “Walleye”.
2009 was the beginning of my Professional Angling Career as the only woman on tour. Since then I have fished all of the AIM Pro Walleye Angler Tournaments as well as a few FLW Tournaments. I am currently into my second year competing in the National Walleye Tour.
In 2010 I was awarded the “Dave Anderson Sportsman of the Year” award. The award was voted on by all of my professional angling peers.
In 2012 at the Bay Mills AIM Can-Am Pro Tournament I finished a strong 2nd and made history as the highest placing female competing against all males in a Pro-AM format. Later that year with the most points earned throughout the season I won the “Angler of the Year” title and making history again as the 1st woman to compete against an all male field and win this title.
As in the beginning on the waters with my mentor (my grandfather) it was the highlight of my carrier to win this prestigious award on August 18, 2012. That day happened to be my Grandfathers birthday. My grandfather had passed the year prior with me by his side and it was a great opportunity for me to dedicate the Angler of the Year Award to him.
Prior to Professional Angling I spent 10 years coaching youth sports such as soccer, basketball and track. My coaching skills have carried into angling for our youth. Since 2009 I have been the Youth Clinic Director for the National Professional Anglers Association for all of the AIM Pro Walleye Tournaments as well as the National Walleye Tour Tournaments.
As the years have passed I have found myself blessed with multiply opportunities and enjoy passing on the fishing excitement with non-profit organizations such as Fishing Has No Boundaries.
During the winter months you can find me speaking throughout the Midwest at multiple Ice Shows, Boat Shows and Fishing or Outdoor Shows.
I am also a licensed U.S.C.G Captain on the Great Lakes and guide on Green Bay in Wisconsin. For more information on scheduled appearances, seminars and guide trips please visit me at: MarianneHuskey.com
Join Bob and Marianne as they discuss winning the 2012 Angler Of The Year award and Marianne’s passion for the sporting life.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Retired Sergeant First Class, Allen Berberick
In September 2000, Sergeant First Class Allen Berberick retired after twenty-years in the United States Army and Special Forces, (the Green Berets).
He retired from Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina after serving in the 5th SFG, 3rd SFG, USAJFKSWC, and finally the 3rd SFG again. While in Special Forces he held such MOS’s as (18B30W7) Special Operations Weapons Sergeant, (18B40H) Senior Instructor/Writer, (18F40W9) Special Forces Assistant Operations & Intelligences Sergeant, and a secondary MOS of (11B40P) Airborne Infantryman. Some of the duty positions he held in his units were; SFODA Operations Sergeant, team sniper, combat diver, NCOIC Combat Dive Facility, ASOT operator, HALO parachutist, static line jump master, fast rope master, rappel master, and so on.
Sergeant Berberick served in ‘Operation Desert Storm’ in 1991 as a Special Forces weapons sergeant where he advised a Kuwaiti commando company on combat tactics and operations.
After retiring from the military he worked over-seas for the US Government for seven years. He provided some special services on hardened US Government structures around the world, in the form of Top Secret security.
The specifics are (CLASSIFIED) by the Department of State… For 2010, 2011, and 2012 he was a member of the Kabul Embassy Security Force.
He protected the American Embassy and its Department of State diplomats in Kabul, Afghanistan; the #1 terrorist target in the world… The KESF fended off several terrorist attacks during this time frame with no loss of American life.
In July of 2012 Allen began writing works of fiction. He is currently an author with the Tate Publishing company. His first action novel’s release date is 29 April 2014. However, his book (SOVEREIGN SOIL, civil war is forced again…) may be purchased now from his or the Tate publishing website now in the form of hardcover, paperback, or E-book in all formats. For more about the military author, Special Forces, and his book, go to; Allen-Berberick or TatePublishing.com
Join Bob and Allen this Saturday, March 22nd as they discuss the Green Berets’ military career, his recent book, our 2nd amendment, and Allen’s passion for the sporting life.
Gray N. Thornton
Gray serves as President and Chief Executive of the Wild Sheep Foundation, the premier sheep and mountain game conservation organization in the world dedicated to “Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain™.”
Prior to joining the Wild Sheep Foundation in 2008, Thornton served as Executive Director of the Dallas Safari Club. During his tenure with Dallas Safari Club, membership grew 600%; fundraising net revenues increased 700%, cash reserves 800% and grants to mission programs 1000%. Prior to Wild Sheep Foundation and Dallas Safari Club, Gray served Safari Club International as their Chapter & Membership Director from 1990-1997 and Acting Administrative Director during 1996-1997 where he directed the organization’s 25th Anniversary Convention with record results.
As a public speaker he has been invited to present keynote addresses on wildlife conservation and hunting and angling ethics internationally to diverse audiences ranging from civic and sportsmen’s groups, to international associations, the Serbian Parliament and former Presidents of the United States of America, France and South Africa.
Gray was awarded the “Wildlife Utilisation Award” by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), the Association’s highest conservation honor. He also received PHASA’s highest service honor, the Coenraad Vermaak Distinguished Service Award and is the only non South African to be so recognized. Thornton has received the President’s Award from the Guide Outfitter Association of British Columbia for his years of dedicated service to the hunting and conservation community. As an Outdoor Writer, he received a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas representing the southern USA for the best Outdoor Story of the Year with “Iron Horse Fly Fishing.”
Thornton serves on the Steering Committee of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, the Board of Directors of the Ballot Issues Coalition, the Banovich Wildscape Fund, the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa Conservation and Empowerment Fund and Bear Trust International where he serves as Vice-Chairman of Board
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from California State University at Fresno and has earned advanced credits in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University at Fort Collins. WildSheepFoundation.org
Join Bob and Gray as they discuss the Wild Sheep Foundation and the current status of wild sheep populations.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, March 15, 2014
There comes a time in an angler’s life when counting the number of fish you catch takes a backseat to the size of fish you catch. It’s almost a natural maturation process that seems to happen over time and for most of us, it happens later rather than sooner.
Trev Gowdy is part of the new generation of American Sportsmen and one of the country’s signature outdoor television producers and fishermen. Born into fishing at the age of 5, Gowdy is the son of the original “American Sportsman” himself, Curt Gowdy, also known as one of the greatest sportscasters of all time.
“The American Sportsman” television series hosted by Curt Gowdy was revered by the outdoors community and what is still considered to be one of the best fishing and hunting shows of all time. The show took viewers on fantasy journeys to the best fishing and hunting locations in the world. Curt Gowdy shared his passion, particularly flyfishing with his sons Trevor and Curt Jr. on gold medal trout streams in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. At a young age, Trev learned what the outdoors were all about through the daily teachings of his father and years of production experience at the ABC network.
In his career as a producer and host of hunting and fishing shows for cable television, Trev Gowdy has battled with a wide range of trophy game fish, including 1,000-pound hammerheads in the Florida Keys, giant stingrays off the coast of Thailand and razor-toothed payara below Venezuela’s Uraima Falls.
Though the fly-rod remains Gowdy’s preference, the best way to characterize his angling style these days is: whatever it takes to get the big ones. Gowdy says; “Do what the fish want, not what you want them to want.”
In recent years, Gowdy has developed into one of the country’s most notable hosts and producers of quality outdoor programming, winning several Emmys and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Awards. The “New York Times” recently called him, “The most complete angler.” Gowdy currently resides outside Boston, MA.
Watch Trevor Gowdy as he co-hosts Monster Fish airing on the Outdoor Channel. Click this link MonsterFishTV.com to learn about the show.
Join Bob and Trev on Saturday, March 15th as they discuss Gowdy’s passion for the sporting life.
As an international hunter and fisherman, Carl Pepi has been in the taxidermy industry for over 38 years. As a second-generation Italian, Carl Pepi was introduced to the outdoors at an early age by his father and grandfather. Born and raised in the city, it was important to his family to instill in him a love of the outdoors. Beyond that, Carl learned to hunt as a means of putting food on the table.
As a teenager, Carl worked as an apprentice for Kenya Studios in Bronx, NY. In 1980, Carl bought the company. A few years later, in 1985, Carl bought his second company, Jonas Brothers Studios of New York, a world-renowned taxidermy company, serving famous clients such as James Mellon and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway once said of the company, “If I were ever to be mounted, I would prefer to have the job done by Jonas Brothers of Yonkers, New York. The finest taxidermist in the land.”
Jonas Brothers Studios of New York has completed projects at museums all over the world, and examples of his artistry can be seen in The Smithsonian in Washington, DC, The Museum of Natural History in New York City, The Bruce Museum in Connecticut, The Springfield Museum in Massachusetts, and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums throughout the world.
As a subject matter expert in the field of taxidermy, Carl has worked with clients from all over, including England, Spain, Italy, France, Canada, Sweden and Brazil. In addition, Jonas Brothers Studios has worked with eight Weatherby Award winners, the ultimate lifetime achievement award in the sport of hunting.
Over the years, Jonas Brothers Studios of New York has expanded beyond just animal trophies to trophy room design and fabrication including mountain dioramas, desert scenes, and jungles, bringing the outdoors in. The Jonas Brothers have always been known as innovators in the field, and Carl has continued that tradition, introducing Zoological Art—a combination of taxidermy and sculpture—to the industry. This one of a kind artwork is offered exclusively at Jonas Brothers Studios of New York.
As a family-owned business, Carl runs Jonas Brothers Studios of New York with his wife Mary, and two children, Sierra and Michael. Just as Carl’s father introduced him to the outdoors, he has introduced his children, sparking the next generation of hunters, conservationists, and innovators in the field of taxidermy. Having their children working alongside them has offered a fresh perspective, combining old traditions with new technology.
Jonas Brothers Studios of New York proudly supports the following charities: The Wounded Warrior Project, Grateful Nation, Congressional Sportsman, The National Forest Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and the youth organization Get Hooked on Fishing.
Jonas Brothers Studios of New York is a proud member of the Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club International, Grand Slam Club/OVIS, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever.
To learn more about Carl Pepi and Jonas Brothers Studios of New York, please visit JonasBrothersTaxidermy.com.
Join Bob and Carl as they discuss the world of taxidermy and Carl’s passion for the sporting life.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Will Primos is the founder of Primos Hunting, America’s top-selling brand of game calls and hunting accessories. For nearly forty years, hunters have trusted the Primos name, from the award-winning calls to ground blinds, trail cameras, scent control products, and more.
Will’s love of the outdoors and passion for hunting began at an early age, hunting with his father, Kenneth, and his uncles and cousins. At age eleven, right after a green timber duck hunt with his uncle Gus, Will crafted his first game call – a single reed duck call that would prove to be the forerunner of millions of Primos game calls to come.
After earning a business degree from Belhaven College, Will went to work in the family’s restaurant and catering business, a Jackson mainstay founded by Will’s grandfather, Angelo “Pop” Primos, an immigrant from Greece. Game calls were still calling Will however, so in 1976, at age 24, he founded Primos Hunting, a one-man operation based in his garage. Just one year later, the company had eight full-time employees working long hours to meet the growing customer demand.
Will first ventured into media with an instructional turkey hunting audiotape in 1983, followed by his first video, “Spring Turkey Hunting with Primos,” in 1986. The success of that video led to the Primos TRUTH video series, with annual titles
With a growing line of products and sales topping the million dollar mark, Will brought in his cousin, Jimmy Primos, to manage day-to-day business operations in 1986. The nineties were a decade of rapid growth, beginning with the company’s largest investment to date in new technology and skilled staff in 1990. The Primos brand’s visibility grew further with the 1999 premiere of “Primos TRUTH About Hunting,” a weekly program on the Outdoor Channel that has consistently ranked as one of the most popular hunting shows on TV. Outgrowing its Jackson facility, Primos Hunting broke ground in 2000 on a 100,000 square foot office and manufacturing complex in nearby Flora, where the company is based today.
As Primos Hunting grew, so did the opportunities for strategic partnerships. In 2006 Will sold the company to a private equity firm while remaining the company’s President and keeping his management team intact. In a few short years Primos doubled both its gross sales and net profits, making it an attractive partner for Bushnell Outdoor Products, which bought Primos in 2012. Bushnell was in turn purchased in 2013 by Alliant Technical Systems, or “ATK”, bringing both the Bushnell and Primos lines into ATK’s expansive Sporting Goods Division.
Today, Primos Hunting offers almost seven hundred different hunting and hunting accessory products, with a team of product developers continuing to create new products each year.
The company holds more than 50 patents and 30 trademarks, and employs more than one hundred staff members at its Flora and Brookhaven, Mississippi facilities.
Despite the company’s growth, Primos Hunting is still very much the company Will began in his garage back in 1976. Visitors will still find him testing the calls that come out of the factory, ensuring that the Primos name stays synonymous with quality workmanship.
“The company’s success comes down to quality, and a belief in what we are doing.” Will explains, “Everyone here is a hunter. If we don’t use a product and don’t believe in it, we can’t market it. If it’s not our heart and soul, we aren’t going to do it. We’re going to keep on caring about the products that we manufacture. The bottom line is that we are our own customers. That’s the foundation of the whole company.”
Will resides in Madison, Mississippi with his wife Mary, who has taken her share of spring gobblers. They are active members of Broadmoor Baptist Church. In addition to representing Primos Hunting, Will is an avid conservationist who works with wildlife conservation groups promoting the wise use of wildlife habitat. Primos.com
Join Bob and Will on Saturday, March 8th as they discuss the early days at Primos Hunting and Will’s passion for the sporting life.
Miles Moretti became President/CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation in October 2006. MDF’s president serves as chief executive officer and is charged with implementing policies and programs of the Foundation for the benefit of mule deer and black-tailed deer. Since, Miles has been in the position of President/CEO, MDF has become one of the fastest growing wildlife conservation groups in the United States.
Previously, Miles worked 30 years for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in various positions. When he retired, Miles was the Deputy Director and had served as Acting Director of the agency.
Miles has extensive experience in working with a diverse array of conservation groups, sportsman, industry and private landowners on many difficult wildlife issues.
Miles has served on several national committees and is currently a board chairman of Intermountain West Joint Venture. Miles is past Chairman of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP). Miles is a Board member of North American Grouse Partnership. Miles is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Policy Council and past board member of California Outdoor Heritage Council.. Miles has also served as a member of the Pacific Flyway Council and served as chair. Miles has served as a member and chair of the Colorado Fish & Wildlife Council. Miles served on the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Federal Budget & Legislative committee as its Vice-Chair for several years.
Miles is a Life Member of the Mule Deer Foundation and a Life Member of NRA, a member of the Wildlife Society, a professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Miles has is also a published author, recently writing a chapter for Boone & Crockett’s book ” A Retrospective of Mule Deer”. Miles also writes articles for MDF, the member magazine for the Mule Deer Foundation.
Miles grew up in Southwest Wyoming and developed a passion for hunting, fishing and wildlife at an early age. This passion for wildlife led Miles to a career in Wildlife Management.
Miles has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Utah State University and an M.S. in Range/Wildlife Resources from Brigham Young University. Miles and his wife, Julie, have two daughters and reside in North Salt Lake City, Utah. Muledeer.org
Join Bob and Miles as they discuss what the organization is doing to raise its awareness and the contributing factors for the decline in Mule Deer populations.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, March 1, 2014
LOVELAND, COLORADO (February 23, 2014) – Ronnie Coleman is one bodybuilder who needs no introduction. With eight consecutive Mr. Olympia titles and more IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding) wins than anyone, Ronnie is arguably the greatest bodybuilder of all time.
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, he grew up in nearby Bastrop from humble beginnings being raised by a Christian single mother along with three other children. Ronnie was always a hard worker and helped out his family holding down one or two jobs after school and on weekends to do what he could to ease his mother’s financial
After high school Ronnie played football for Grambling State University and was also an excellent student. He graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting. A stable career as a CPA was his plan at the time. But the same God who he worshiped, ever since he was a young boy, had other plans. Ronnie knew little of what his future would hold but having a work ethic like no other is what eventually would earn him the nickname “King Ronnie”.
While working as a police officer he continued to lift weights at the police station weight room and was eventually convinced by his fellow officers to check out Metroflex Gym which had been open just two years but was already know as the best hardcore gym around and home to many competitive bodybuilders and powerlifters. The gym owner Brian Dobson tried to persuade Ronnie to be his lifting partner but had to finally offer Ronnie a free membership which he accepted. At first glance Dobson knew he was looking at a genetic freak and told Ronnie he could become Mr. Olympia some day. Whether Ronnie believed Dobson or not, the seed was planted and as they say, the rest is history.
Here is an excerpt from Ronnie Coleman’s website; “For those of you who don’t know me, my career and success was built on hard work and dedication. After graduating from college at Grambling State, I needed a job, so I followed a friend of mine to Texas from Louisiana for work. At the time the one job that was available was a police officer so I took the job. In addition to working as a police officer, I delivered pizzas and worked security, three jobs at once; I ain’t never been afraid of hard work. This same attitude I took into the gym with me when I first started training at Metroflex for a free membership, thanks to Brian Dobson. The harder I worked in the gym, the more success I saw and that just fueled my fire.
The first contest I won was the Mr. Texas in 1990 and in just a short time I turned Pro at the 1991 World Amateur Championships.
Even though I was a professional bodybuilder, it was still a hobby so I continued to work fulltime as a police officer which just further fortified my unbreakable work ethic. By putting in the work, I laid the
There are champion bodybuilders and then there is Ronnie Coleman. Success has been defined by some as nothing more than doing the right things, consistently over a long enough period of time to bring about the desired outcome. And if that’s true, Ronnie Coleman is a glowing example of that role model for others to pattern themselves after. BigRonColeman.com
Join Bob and Ronnie on Saturday March 1st as they discuss how Mr. Olympia developed the largest muscular physique of anyone, what his future professional goals are, his life growing up and his passion for the sporting life.
Randy Hampton is statewide spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He started his career in the outdoor industry in 2004 with the then-Colorado Division of Wildlife as a regional public information officer based in Grand Junction. Randy has become a leading authority on human-black bear interactions and has appeared on Good Morning America and in the New York Times as well as hundreds of local and regional media outlets.
Prior to his work as a spokesman for Colorado’s great outdoor opportunities, Hampton worked as a radio news director and talk show host in western Colorado for nearly 15 years. In his spare time, Randy is an aspiring novelist and often escapes to the wilds of Colorado for inspiration and solitude. He and his wife Beverly spend most summer weekends on their boat, fishing or taking in some sunshine. Randy holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s Certificate in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. CPW.State.Co.us
Join Bob and Randy as they discuss a variety of Colorado Parks & Wildlife topics including big game license applications.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Joan Wulff is without a doubt the most famous lady fly fisher on the planet. She has had a long and distinguished career in sport fishing and a commitment to conservation.
A native of New Jersey, Joan was a tournament caster from 1937 to 1960, winning seventeen National and one International casting titles. In 1951, she captured the Fisherman’s Distance event while vying against an all-male line-up. In 1960 Joan cast a fly a distance of 161 feet in a registered tournament, establishing an unofficial Women’s World record. At that time there were no distance events designated for women.
Joan is the co-founder and chief instructor of the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in Lew Beach, New York.
She has appeared in many fishing films and authored Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Techniques, Fly Fishing: Expert Advice from a Woman’s Perspective and Fly Casting Accuracy.
Through promotion of measures, such as catch and release, she has helped the sport of fishing to be accepted as environmentally-sustainable. Both Joan and her legendary husband the late Lee Wulff have had an amazing and positive impact on fly fishing.
To learn more about Joan Wulff’s fly fishing school click here: WulffSchoolOfFlyFishing.com
Join Bob and Joan Saturday, February 22nd as they discuss the legendary flyfisher’s career and her passion for the sporting life.
Born in Southern England, David moved to the United States in 1991. By 1996, he had entered the world of publishing, where he found a niche in the Real Estate publishing market in 2000. He oversees all aspects of publishing the four quarterly titles and is in constant contact with advertising clients, brokers and the audience the magazine is aimed at reaching. Combined with a strong background in horses and an abiding love of the land, David is in a unique position that affords access to, and a singular perspective of, the real estate market.
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Join Bob and David as they discuss the publisher’s popular magazine, including what to look for when buying sporting properties.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Chris Dorsey is the founding partner of Denver-based Orion Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of outdoor adventure television programming. He’s helped create more than 40 outdoor television series—more than anyone in history—for nine networks and 32 of those series are still in production today. In addition to helping transform the branded entertainment model in the outdoor genre, Dorsey’s approach of fusing brand DNA with entertaining programming has captured the attention of mainstream networks looking for a new vision to engage brands with television audiences. Because of this success, he’s a highly sought after speaker and television industry consultant.
Prior to his career in television, Dorsey was a publishing executive running some of the largest outdoor titles in America, including Sports Afield, America’s oldest outdoor periodical. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Television Week, National Geographic, Writer’s Digest and scores of outdoor periodicals. He’s the author of seven books on outdoor, natural history, and business subjects.
Because of his connections to the celebrity community, Dorsey has been retained to assist in developing campaign strategies for a wide variety of political candidates ranging from those seeking the Oval Office to governorships, Senate and House seats. His ability to craft messaging that appeals to America’s 50 million sportsmen—whether creating branded entertainment or highlighting the ties between political candidates and the passions and concerns of American sportsmen—has been at the core of his success.
Dorsey lives in Denver, Colorado with is wife Amy and twin sons Luke and Nathan.
Orion Entertainment receives Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Award at the 2014 Shot Show, click here to see the award presentation: vimeo.com/86336978. To learn more about Orion Entertainment click here: OrionEntertainment.com.
Join Bob and Chris on Saturday, February 15th as they discuss Chris’ extraordinary career, several new and exciting outdoor television series and his passion for the sporting life.
“PULL”…..what can I say? It is my favorite four letter word! It is the word that releases a clay target but what it really turns loose is more fun than should be legal!
As an avid shotgunner and NSCA Level III Shotgun Instructor, I am often asked how I got so involved in the shooting sports. About 16 years ago I gave my then husband shooting lessons. He was already a hunter and wing shooter but had not had much experience with clay targets. The day he took his lesson I went along as well. The instructor insisted that I give it a try….I did…. And I LOVED it!
Between carpooling three children around, after school activities and keeping up with home and family obligations, I managed to squeeze in and steal his remaining lessons.
After a trip to Scotland to shoot driven pheasants, I quickly realized I was one of few women having fun with a gun. It was the sheer enjoyment of shooting and the need for social interaction while doing so that led me to form a women’s shooting group called the GRITS.
Yes, the GRITS….Girls Really In To Shooting. I formed the group as a way to get more women together who might enjoy shooting but not always be comfortable or confident enough to give it a try, or to go to a shooting alone or might feel some intimidation entering into a sport traditionally enjoyed by more men than women.
It was forming that group that made me realize the importance of good first experiences with a gun. With that in mind, I went and got my Level I instructors certification. I needed to be sure that while I was guiding new people into this sport that I was doing it correctly. During the last six years, and thousands of hours of instruction, I went on to get my Level II & III certifications from the National Sporting Clays Association. I now teach on a full time basis.
Though I teach men, women and children, it is seeing the women evolve as they take on the challenge of shooting, all the pride of improvement and feel the sometimes therapeutic benefits of shooting. It is certainly a great release from the daily grind.
I also have loved introducing women to the thrills of wing shooting. There is nothing like being outdoors, walking and watching the beauty of the hunt, whether it is quail hunting in Georgia, shooting driven pheasants in Scotland, or right here in the States, and witnessing the joys of that very successful first shot!
As I watch these women at the end of the day talking about the fun, the camaraderie, the sometimes “handsome” distractions on the course I cannot help but smile and be thankful for the somewhat serendipitous journey that has led me to love saying “PULL” and far beyond.
To learn more about Lanier Shooting Sports click here: LanierShootingSports.com
Join Bob and Elizabeth as they discuss the empowering effect and wonderful fun it is for women shooting shotguns.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Jason Hirsh was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2003 Draft by the Houston Astros out of DIII California Lutheran University.
In September of 2013, Jason started to teach kids, teenagers and young men the art of pitching through proper mechanics, arm care, arm strength and mental toughness. Currently based at Legends Indoor Facility at 7150 Leetsdale Drive Denver CO 80220.
Anyone can contact the academy via the following media:
Join Bob and Jason on Saturday, February 8th as they discuss Jason’s baseball career, his pitching academy and his passion for the sporting life.
Guest Line-up: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Guest Line-up: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Warrior. Survivor. Deer Hunter. Nicole McClain is the femme fatale triple threat who embodies the true spirit of a warrior. She’s a fitness freak obsessed with tactical weapons gear who grew up covered in the color of mud and muck rather than pretty in pink, later becoming an icon in the modeling, acting, fitness, cancer and hunting arenas. But she is more than just another female who rides ATVs and calls herself a hunter to turn heads. This accomplished bow hunter, gun hunter, staunch 2nd Amendment advocate, and a cancer survivor who has made it her life’s mission to educate men and women on the importance of early cancer detection. She is also a subject matter expert on hunting and the outdoors and writes for Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine about hunting strategies, gear and product reviews, and many controversial hunting topics that are debated across the industry. For McClain, there’s only one approach, and that encompasses passion, integrity and a full throttle attitude — no matter what the scenario or the consequences. Always. Every damn day. Because character counts.
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/Nicole.Mcclain.Model.Actress.Deerhunter
Join Bob and Nicole on Saturday, January 25th as they discuss Nicole’s career and her passion for the sporting life.
Guest Line-Up: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Born in New York City on October 30, 1945, Henry Winkler is an actor, producer and director best known for his portrayal of Fonzie on the hit 1970s sitcom Happy Days. He went on to produce and direct TV shows, as well as acting in movies such as Scream (1996) and The Water Boy (1998) and the TV shows The Practice and Arrested Development.
An effervescent child, he loved performing and by the age of 14, Winkler decided to become an actor. Despite poor grades, his excellent audition won him acceptance into Yale University’s Drama School. At Yale, Winkler devoted his time to performing, often rehearsing one play by day and performing in another by night. After graduation he moved back to New York to make his mark on Broadway.
In 1973, Winkler moved to Los Angeles to take his shot at a career in television.Within two weeks he won a part as Valerie Harper’s date on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and followed with a bigger role on The Bob Newhart Show. After a month in Los Angeles, Winkler was homesick for life in New York and decided to move back. Before packing his bags he went on one last audition, for the role of a biker in producer Garry Marshall’s new TV series, Happy Days. Marshall originally envisioned a big hunky Italian in the part, but after Winkler’s audition, his exhausting search ended.
On January 15, 1974, Henry Winkler made his television debut as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days. Despite few lines and a secondary place in the story line, Winkler began attracting attention. Before long, Winkler was receiving top billing alongside Ron Howard. His newfound fame was almost overwhelming as “Fonzie Fever” swept the nation. Winkler’s first major film role was also in 1974 in The Lord’s of Flatbush in which he played a member of a Brooklyn gang.
After the cancellation of Happy Days, Winkler formed his own production company and went on to produce the successful television series Ryan’s Four and MacGyver, as well as directing the film Memories of Me (1988). Continuing his diverse acting career, he has performed in such films as the teen horror hit Scream (1996), The Waterboy (1998), starring Adam Sandler, the Emmy-winning television series The Practice and Arrested Development.
Off screen, Winkler is a devoted husband for over 30 years. He married wife Stacey Weitzman on May 5, 1978 and is a dedicated father to their two children as well as stepfather to Weitzman’s son from a previous marriage. His dedication to children extends beyond his family; he served as the producer of All the Kids are Doing It and Strong Kids, Safe Kids and is an advocate for several groups that benefit underprivileged children. Additionally, he is involved with the Epilepsy Foundation, Toys for Tots, and other charitable organizations. Winkler is also a passionate fly-fisher, photographer, and author. Biography.com/Henry-Winkler
Join Bob and Henry on Saturday, January 18, 2014 as they discuss the actors’ career and his passion for the sporting life.