2015 Celebrity Bios

New invitations are sent based on economic development, conservation and our mission of education and opportunity in the Great Kansas Outdoors!.  This is an "invitation only" event and the past shooters who attend must first join the Past Shooters & Guides Association in order to be invited back to another hunt.

Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt
                                      2015 Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Youth Hunters

Mason Claassen from Berryton, Kansas is 14 years old and enjoys all kinds of music whether it be singing, playing his tuba, trombone or guitar. With friends, he is a member of the Topeka Renegades. His latest hobby is Trap & Skeet shooting with his dad, uncle and aunt. For the past 3 years he has competed in both at the Sunflower State Games.  Mason hopes to continue with his love of shooting and begin shooting sporting clays this year. He enjoys swimming and spending time at the lake with family, driving RC cars with his brother, and riding ATV’s with family and friends. Mason’s dad Jeff Claassen is attending the hunt with him.

Dawson Garcia from Overland Park, Kansas is a 15 year old freshman at Blue Valley Northwest High School. He is a percussionist in the school marching and ensemble bands. Other than school, Dawson participates in Boy Scouts of America and earned his Eagle Scout badge in July 2013. In his troop, he likes to camp, hike, shoot rifles and shotguns, and fish.  His troop camps monthly and each trip holds a new adventure. In general, Dawson likes all outdoor activities. He received his Hunter’s Safety education certificate in 2010 and has hunted turkey, duck, deer and squirrels. Dawson’s dad Mark Garcia is attending the hunt with him.

Colton Haug from Manhattan, Kansas is 13 years old and his interest in hunting was sparked by friends and relatives. Within the past year, he obtained his Hunter’s Safety certificate and has been enthusiastically honing his skills. Taxidermy is something else related to the outdoors that interests him. Colton enjoys playing football, basketball and track. He also participates on his Scholars Bowl team. He raises chickens with his little sister and owns 4 cows on his family’s farm. Colton’s dad Jerry Haug is attending the hunt with him.

Josey Mestagh from McLouth, Kansas is a 7th grade student at Jefferson West Middle school. She participates in volleyball, softball, track, rodeo, and hunting. FCCLA is also an enjoying pastime for Josey and she is in 4-H. She likes to listen to music, read, fish, take photos, ride her horse, King, and also hang out with family and friends. Josey credits her dad Michael Mestagh for her interest in hunting and he is attending the hunt with her.

Erin Shaw from Logan, Kansas is a home schooled sophomore. She lives on a farm with her parents and older brother. Active in 4-H, she has held numerous club offices and serves on the county 4-H council where she is currently Vice-President. Erin participates in many leadership opportunities through the county 4-H leader’s program including Northwest District Youth Leadership conference, Kansas Youth Leadership Forum, Generation Joshua’s IGOVERN and Teen Pact. Erin loves her dog, Lucy, as well as her 4-H goats. She also enjoys Ultimate Frisbee and most any outdoor game, as well as card and board games.  Erin’s dad Mark Shaw is attending the hunt with her.

Liza Ward from Great Bend, Kansas is a 14 year old 8th grade student at Hoisington Middle School. She is a member of HMS Band and she earned 3rd chair clarinet in Southwest KMEA Honor Band. She is secretary of the HMS KAY club and competes in Scholars Bowl. Liza also participates in church youth group and in her spare time likes to read, drive her race car, fish, hunt and golf. Race cars have been a passion since she was 7 years old. In the past 3 years she has become more involved in the outdoors and also in her community. Liza’s dad Richard Ward is attending the hunt with her. 

                                         Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt Celebrities 2015

Governor Sam Brownback of Topeka, Kansas is the 46th and current Governor of the great State of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a U.S. Senator of Kansas from 1996-2011, and as a U.S. Representative for Kansas’s 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 1996. Governor Sam Brownback has spent his life in the service of others.  He was born in Garnett, Kansas and raised on the Linn County family farm where his mother and father still live.  At Prairie View High School, Sam was elected state president of Future Farmers of America.  His interest in public service continued as he attended Kansas State University.  During his senior year at KSU, Sam served as student body president.  After graduation, Sam decided to attend law school at the University of Kansas where he was his class president before completing his law degree in 1982.  Sam met his wife Mary while they were both in law school.  They have now been married for 28 years and have five children. In 1986, Sam became the state’s youngest Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  During his stint as Ag Secretary, he also served as a White House Fellow in the first Bush Administration.  At the age of 38, he was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In 1996 he was elected to complete the term of U.S. Senator Bob Dole, followed by two more terms of his own. As governor, Sam is focused on getting the state’s economy growing again through improved regulations, controlled spending, and lower tax rates.  Governor Brownback is working with Kansas business and community leaders from across the state as well as current and former state legislators to craft policy solutions.

New hunter Mark Brownback from Topeka, Kansas is the son of Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas.

Gus Bader of Overland Park, Kansas is the CEO of TriStar Sporting Arms.  Gus is a Diamond Life sponsor of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is also a member of Quails Unlimited & Ducks Unlimited. In his “leisure” time, he enjoys hunting all over the world including Spain, Czechoslovakia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Gus donates the gun awarded to our TOP GUN winner and is also a sponsor of our Kansas Youth Program. 

Ryan Bader of Overland Park, Kansas is currently working with his father Gus at TriStar Sporting Arms. He was born and raised in Kansas and is a 2005 graduate of Kansas State University business school with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in economics. He received a master’s degree in business administration also from KSU in 2007. Currently, he is the director of Sales and Marketing for TriStar Sporting Arms and has taken over sales of all distributors while his dad continues sales for larger retail outlets and specialty stores. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golf, hunting, skiing and softball. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, a diamond life sponsor of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a member of SCI (board member for the Great Plains Chapter) and also a life sponsor of the National Rifle Association.

New hunter Raymond Beck from Woolford, MD is an Associate Judge, Carroll County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, October 3, 1989 to January 1991, and June 2, 2003 to July 4, 2004 (County Administrative Judge, January 1991 to June 2, 2003). Retired July 4, 2004. Member, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 1994-2000, Judicial Compensation Committee, 2001-04, and Legislative Subcommittee, Maryland Judicial Conference. **Member, House of Delegates, 1972-82. Minority Whip, 1974-78. Minority Leader, 1978-83. Member, Ways and Means Committee. **Member, State Senate, 1983-89. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1983-89; Joint Budget and Audit Committee; Spending Affordability Committee; Special Joint Committee on Pensions; Joint Committee on State Government Revision; Special Joint Oversight Committee on Juvenile Services Initiative. Member, Joint Legislative and Executive Committee on Pensions, 1983; Task Force on the Administration of Human Services, 1985; Task Force to Examine the School Construction Program, 1985; Task Force to Study Alternative College Financing Methods, 1987.
New hunter David Blanton has been an integral part of Realtree's video efforts since he started in 1991 as video production manager. He has served as executive producer of Realtree Outdoors since the show premiered on TNN in 1993. The popular show moved to ESPN2 in July 2004 after more than a decade on TNN. Blanton is also executive producer of Realtree's popular Monster Bucks video series. He has earned a solid reputation throughout the hunting industry as someone who knows the ins and outs of videotaping and harvesting trophy bucks, turkeys and other wildlife. His countless hours in front of and behind the camera have taught Blanton how to be consistently successful on whitetail and other big game across North America.
Blanton is an accomplished hunter who gets a thrill out of hunting with a bow, rifle or muzzleloader. If you've ever wanted to find out where to go for exciting hunts - or if you just want a tip or two that will make you a better hunter - he's always glad to share his experiences with anyone who loves hunting. .
Blanton resides in LaGrange, Georgia, with his three sons, Harman, Alex and Lucas.
New hunter Bill Bryan from Russellville, Missouri is the director of the Missouri State Parks.. After an 18-year career at the Missouri Attorney General's Office (AGO), Bill Bryan was appointed to the role of state CIO this January by newly elected Governor Jay Nixon. Bryan has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his progressive ideas using next-generation technology in animal agriculture. He is also known for handling complex environmental cases, including the Taum Sauk dam overflow disaster in which he discovered faulty programming logic as one of the causes of the $180 million catastrophe. As a lawyer, Bryan helped blaze the path to using technology in the AGO. He recalled, during a recent teleconference with the Center for Digital Government, "We weren't quite at the carbon-paper stage, but we were close. Attorney General Nixon, who is now our governor, made me the guinea pig and I was the first attorney in the state of Missouri who had access to our green-screen environment." Bryan saw the advantages and potential productivity that could come from having Internet, word processing, legal research and writing at an attorney's fingertips in the form of desktop computers. Since then, he has been a proponent of using technology to help make government staff more efficient and effective in the way they do business. Bryan attributes his appointment to the work he and Nixon did to establish Web presence in the AGO.

Pat Cannon from Longmont, Colorado is the owner of Western Refractory Construction, Inc. In 1972, after serving in the Marine Corps, Pat went into the mason trade working his way up starting as a hod carrier, to brick mason, to superintendent, to project manager, to sales manager, to general manager. In 1984, he started Western Refractory Construction with the home office in Longmont, CO, a branch in Salt Lake City, UT, and a warehouse in San Antonio, TX serving industries in the western United States. He is an avid hunter and has hunted in numerous countries.

New hunter Ted Capel from Chestertown, Maryland spent the first 31 years of his career as a Natural Resources Police Officer with the State of Maryland. During his tenure he achieved the rank of, and retires as, a Sergeant. Once retired from the state, he served as the Police Chief of Rock Hall, Maryland for 2 years. In spare time, Ted enjoys hunting and working on cars. His passion for turkeys is well known in his small community. He participated in all 3 turkey transplants in the county he lived in and neighboring county as well. Even though his passion is watching the population grow, he has harvested a Royal Slam (accompanied by his daughter) and 2 Grand Slams, all while hunting in 11 states and Mexico. The Mid-Shore Chapter of NWTF has benefited from Ted’s knowledge of the wild turkey for more than 15 years. He has served on the NWTF Maryland State Board, 4 years as Vice President and now is the Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt coordinator. The Easter Neck Island Wildlife Refuge began offering youth hunts on a lottery draw 15 years ago, all because of Ted and his help in mentoring other hunters and his love of the bird. His knowledge and hunting skills have been passed on to not only youth hunters, but other adult hunters, both male and female, asking for his opinion and wisdom on “his” animal.  
2015 Hunting Hero SSG Antonio Castillo is a Gunnery Sergeant of the Alpha Battery 2nd of the 32nd Field Artillery. Antonio entered the U.S. Army via Bronx New York as a Cannon Crew Member (13B) in May 2001. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. SSG Castillo’s assignments include: 1-40 Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1-320th Field Artillery, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 1-78 Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Bravo Battery, 2-32 Field Artillery, Fort Riley, Kansas and Alpha Battery 2-32 Field Artillery, Fort Riley, Kansas. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, III, V and Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13. SSG Castillo’s awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal (1 Silver OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (4Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2Stars), Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal (4), NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, Drive/Mechanic Badge, MQBE-R. Antonio is currently assigned to 4th Brigade 2-32 Field Artillery as a Gunnery Sergeant for a Light towed Howitzer Battery. In addition, he volunteers to serve his fellow soldiers and the surrounding community of Junction City as a Cub Scout Den Leader for the past 4 years, obtained certification to become the only Distinguished Faith Group Leader on Fort Riley in order to hold religious services on Post and is currently working toward certifications to become a Volunteer Fire Fighter in the town of Grandview. He has also been recognized as the Volunteer of the Quarter twice for Fiscal Year 2015 and is currently in the running for Volunteer of the Year. Antonio is married to Amber Castillo and together they have 1 daughter and 5 sons; Victoria 13, Alexander 12, David 11, Damian 10, Orion 10, Xavier 3. They are also expecting a boy in June.

New hunter James Champagne from Junction City, Kansas entered the US Army, from Chicopee, Massachusetts, as an Airborne Infantry (11B) in June 1982. He attached Basic Training and Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. CSM (R) Champagne’s assignments include: 1-504 PIR, NC 2/4th Infantry, FRG, 1-508th ABN Infantry, Fort Bragg, NC, 3-505 PIR, Fort Bragg, NC, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Georgia, 3-325 Airborne Battalion Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy, 1-187th Infantry, Fort Campbell Kentucky, United States Army Garrison, Fort Polk, LA, USASMA Fort Bliss, TX, CSM for 3-505 PIR Fort Bragg, NC, CSM for 4th IBCT, Fort Riley, Kansas and ended his career as the 21st Division Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. CSM Champagne has served every enlisted position from rifleman to CSM. He is a veteran of Operation Support Hope, Uganda, Operation Enduring Freedom I, Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom I and V, Iraq and Operation New Dawn, Iraq. CSM (R) Champagne’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal (13), Good Conduct Medal (10), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (2). Meritorious Defense Service Ribbon (BS), Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal (5), Combat Infantry Badge, Expert infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. Jim joined the Corvias Military Living team in 2011 and continues to support Military families as the Business Director of Corvias Military Living. He is actively involved with Troops First Foundation that support Wounded Warriors. CSM Champagne has earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, from Columbia Southern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts form Excelsior College. CSM Champagne has attended every level of training within the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and is a graduate of the United States Major Academy Class 52. CSM Champagne is married to CSM (Ret) Lisa Champagne and they have one son Matthew, 19.

New hunter Rezaul Chowdhury from Wichita, Kansas is the current President and CEO of D-J Engineering in Augusta, Kansas.

Sam P. Daniel from Tulsa, Oklahoma received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Georgetown University in 1954 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1959. Prior to completing law school, he served in the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant. Mr. Daniel is a senior trial lawyer with Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson, LLP, with more than 50 years of experience in trials involving a broad range of civil and business litigation and family law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial lawyers; a certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Business litigation and family law since 1983. With respect to the latter, he was recognized as the Best Family Law Attorney in the City of Tulsa in 2009. Mr. Daniel is also a Master Emeritus of Chapter XXXII of the American Inns of Court in Tulsa. He has been a frequent writer and seminar lecturer on the subjects of trial techniques and family law and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tulsa College teaching pre-trial procedure. Mr. Daniel has been actively involved in many community, business and professional endeavors and has served as a director of several business and banking corporations. He served as President of the Tulsa County Bar Association in 1986 and is a past Trustee of the Tulsa County Bar Foundation. He is an Oklahoma Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center and a Trustee of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Judge Steve Dozier from Nashville, Tennessee was appointed to the bench by Governor Don Sundquist in December of 1997, to fill the unexpired term of the late Thomas H. Shriver.   Judge Dozier‘s name was submitted for consideration by the Governor and he received the appointment after review by a statewide bipartisan Judicial Selection Commission. Prior to his appointment, he was an assistant District Attorney General for nine years and served as a Team Leader in the Criminal Courts. Judge Dozier also practiced law for five years in the firm of Williams, Smithy and Dozier. He has twenty years of service in the General Sessions and Criminal Courts of Davidson County, and that includes serving as law clerk for the Honorable J. Randall Wyatt, and he was a court clerk for retired Supreme Court Justice Adolpho A. Birch. He has experienced criminal cases from the perspective of a prosecutor, defense attorney, a clerk and a judge. Steve is married to Lisa Jackson Dozier. They have three daughters. Judge Dozier, a native Nashvillan, received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree, with honors, from the Nashville School of Law where he currently teaches Evidence.

Daniel Duckwall from Tulsa, Oklahoma is the founder and CEO of Duckwall & Company Inc., a nationwide auctioneer and appraisal firm located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DCI has conducted industrial and commercial auctions and appraisals in 46 states and also Canada and Mexico. DCI has been recognized by winning several brochure and advertising awards as well as Daniel’s individual award of 1990 World Champion Auctioneer. Daniel is currently serving on the Oklahoma State Board of Directors for the NWTF and he and his wife Tammy are both Diamond Life Sponsors of that organization. Daniel is the first Oklahoman to register a World Slam.
Returning hunter Jim Dunning, Jr from Wichita, Kansas has developed a keen vision for leading Dunning & Associates CPAs, LLC as Managing Partner. Jim worked side-by-side with his father building the firm since 1985 and knows first-hand the dangers and opportunities the small business owner faces. As a tax advisor to small business and real estate clients, he keeps his client’s goals fully on target as he helps them with complex business transactions, financing decisions and real estate transactions. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. A Certified Public Accountant, Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Oklahoma Society of CPAs. He was appointed to the Kansas governor’s School Efficiency Task Force and serves on the board of Wichita Independent Business Association, Campus Credit Union, Campus Ministry Network, Hope in Transit, Victory in the Valley, Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. An avid hunter, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife at their farm in southeast Kansas and is an ardent fan of the New York Yankees.

John Dykes from Fairway, Kansas is the President of Cottonwood Advisors, LLC, in Overland Park, Kansas. He has more than 20 years of experience providing advice to retirement plan sponsors.  John works with clients to set investment goals, finds investment advisors who can meet client goals and monitors their progress. He also assists plan sponsors in addressing fiduciary issues and managing the costs of plan management. Prior to starting at Cottonwood Advisors, John was a principal at Palmer & Cay Investment Services. He also has worked for Atlantic Asset Management and Demarche Associates. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the class of 1983 of Leadership Kansas. He earned his CFA designation in 1993 and is a member of the Kansas City Society of Financial Analysts. In 2006, after 12 years, John retired as the Chairman of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission and he recently joined the board of the Nature Conservancy of Kansas.

Mark Elliott of Naples, Florida, is the Chairman of the Board, QinetiQ PLC.He retired from IBM in 2008 after 38 years of service.  During his tenure, he served in a number of sales, marketing and general management positions. Mr. Elliott was general manager, IBM Europe/Middle East/Africa where he was responsible for IBM’s operations in more than 124 countries, with more than 90,000 employees.  In addition, he held a series of executive and general management positions in IBM Global Services and IBM Software Group including general manager, IBM Global Services, Americas.  As General Manager Sales and Marketing for IBM Software Group he formed the original worldwide sales and services unit of over 5,000 professionals. Elliott, who joined IBM in 1970, graduated from Indiana University in 1972, with a major in marketing and a minor in economics.  He served on the Deans Advisory Council of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and the Technology Advisory Council for Indiana University.  In addition, he is a non-executive director on the board of Reed Elsevier PLC in London and Amsterdam and serves as chair of their remuneration committee.   He is a non-executive director of G4S PLC, a security solutions company, based in London.  He is the non-executive chairman of QinetiQ PLC, a defense company in the UK and US.

Larry Evanoff of Overland Park, Kansas is retired.

Chuck Ferczok of Schererville, Indiana was the 1993 “Top Gun” of the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.

Governor David Freudenthal of Cheyenne, Wyoming served two terms as Wyoming's 31st governor. In 2002, Freudenthal, a Democrat and first-time candidate, won an upset victory in one of America's most overwhelmingly Republican states. After his first term, he was re-elected in 2006 by the greatest percentage in the State's history. By the end of his tenure, Wyoming was ranked as the "Best Run State in America" by 24/7 Wall St., based on a review of hundreds of data sets and a variety of metrics ranging from debt rating agency reports to median income. When he stepped down in 2011, his approval rating was over 80% ---at the top among all U.S. governors – and he left his successor with a balanced budget and a billion dollar surplus. Freudenthal's eight years were marked by a constructive bi-partisan relationship with a Republican dominated legislature. This working relationship moved Wyoming forward on many fronts. As the nation's least populous state, Wyoming maintains a resource-based economy, relying primarily on mineral and energy extraction, tourism and agriculture for its economic livelihood. Recognizing the strengths and opportunities that this economic base represented for the state, Freudenthal's administration focused on balancing resource extraction and preservation with regulatory approaches designed to enhance long-term growth. Wyoming was the first state to adopt meaningful regulation of hydraulic fracturing. It is also the leader in establishing a legal framework for carbon capture and sequestration. The State remains a leader in the funding of research and demonstration in this area. At the same time, under Freudenthal, significant effort was devoted to the Wyoming Pipeline Authority and the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority whose missions are to increase the pipeline capacity and electric transmission infrastructure to move Wyoming's energy to national markets. Wyoming's natural gas pipeline capacity was doubled during Freudenthal's term of office.  Freudenthal's leadership on natural resource development issues led to his service as Chairman of the Western Governors Association and Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Freudenthal's approach to resource growth and management gave rise to a constructive tension with the federal government. Whether in a court of law or the court of public opinion, Freudenthal pushed back hard against the increasingly activist federal regulatory and land management agencies. On the other hand, where federal actions were appropriate to protect Wyoming's interests, he worked with representatives of the U.S., supporting, for example, federal legislation to protect the Wyoming Range in the northwestern portion of the state. Freudenthal's administration also strove to ensure Wyoming's long-term future by focusing on education, community-building and resource preservation. Governor Freudenthal spearheaded legislation and funding for economic and community development initiatives, the funding of the Cultural Trust Fund for the arts, creation of the Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and establishment of the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming. Public education, long a priority in Wyoming, received unprecedented support including the creation of the "Hathaway Scholarship Fund" to provide assistance to nearly every Wyoming high school graduate seeking higher education in the State. This fully endowed, constitutionally protected trust will provide education assistance to Wyoming citizens for generations. Freudenthal advanced all these efforts and removed the sales tax on food, while maintaining significant budget surpluses throughout his terms. Freudenthal was born and raised in Wyoming. He graduated from Amherst College in 1973 and returned to Wyoming to take a position as an economist with the State. Governor Ed Herschler appointed him State Planning Coordinator in 1975. After graduating from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law in 1980, Freudenthal opened his own one-person law firm in Cheyenne. The firm grew into a general practice firm representing individuals and business. In 1994, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming. Dave and his wife, Nancy, have four children and live in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

New hunter Jeff Grier from Wichita, Kansas began working at UCI in 2003 and has a Bachelor Degree from Kansas State University. As Executive Vice President of Operations Support, Jeff leads UCI's operations focusing on fleet management and logistics. He is also strategically involved in such areas as business plan development; safety; customer relations; and developing new and more efficient operating procedures, policies, goal & objectives to enhance the company's position in the marketplace. Jeff is a member of the Kansas State University Construction and Management Advisory Council. He is also a committee member of Kansas Salutes the Troops and an Executive Board Member of Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council. Jeff enjoys time with his family and anything to do with being outdoors.

Adrien Hansen from Cambridge, Maryland has the honor of being the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt TOP GUN twice, in 1998 and in 2000. He owns and operates Hansen’s Seafood, Inc. a wholesaler and retailer of all types of seafood. Hansen resigned as Captain of his own police boat to start his seafood business. He is a Past President of the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt and also Past President of the Past Shooters and Guides Association of the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.  Adrien was inducted into the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Hall of Fame in 2009.

New hunter Jim Hattan from Wichita, Kansas grew up in Valley Center, Kansas with 2 younger brothers, John & Jerry. His parents, Juanita and Don Hattan were very active in the community and enjoyed traveling, golf, the boy’s activities and flying. Received his pilot’s license when he turned 16 and often took friend up for rides in the summer to spot watermelon fields for nighttime raids. Jim worked for his dad at the Don Hattan Chevrolet dealership located in Valley Center during High school and college. He worked in the office and then in the service department where he was a very poor mechanic. He also worked in the parts department and eventually started selling cars and trucks. He really enjoyed the activity and the challenges associated with selling and was fortunate to win a place in the Chevrolet Legion of Leaders for sales productivity. He attended Southwestern College in Winfield and the Wichita State University. He graduated with a BS in Business Administration. After college, he continued selling at the dealership and became the sales manager at age 26. He earned a spot in the Chevrolet Hall of Fame for Sales Managers. Jim became the dealerships’ General Manager at age 30 and says “it is easier to climb the ladder of success when dad owns the ladder”. He purchased the business from his dad in 1979 and bought his brothers stock in the dealership in 1999. Jim’s daughter Jill was active in the dealership and in 2003, a new dealership was builtat 61st ST. and 1-35. Jill Hattan Thomas bought the dealership from Jim in 2009 and it is consistently on of the top dealerships in retail sales, fleet sales, customer satisfaction and service in the region.  Jim has been active in various community organizations and boards such as Larksfield Place Board of Directors. Wichita Executive Association Board of Directors and past president, Wichita Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Higher Ground Board of Directors, Wichita Better Business Bureau Board of Directors and Kansas Auto Dealers Association Board of Directors and past president.  Jim also was honorary commander of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base. He is a member of the Presidents Club at Wichita State University and the dealership has furnished Chevys to WSU athletic department for 43 years. Don Hattan Chevrolet has been a major Corporate Sponsor of the Wichita Riverfest loaning more than 800 vehicles to the organization over the past 40 years. They are involved in many other community organizations in Park City, Valley Center and Wichita. Jim was honored to be named Admiral WindWagon Smith XXXIV in 2007 and is now a member of PAWS, Past Admiral WindWagon Smiths, a group that has been referred to as the “Men of PAWS”.  He is currently Chair of the 2014 Riverfest Corporate Sponsor Program. Jim is the past chair of the Properties committee of the YMCA and a past chair of the Strong Kids Campaign. He is the past president of the Greater YMCA volunteer Board of Directors and was chair of the Board portion of the recent Capital Campaign for the new Robert Love Downtown YMCA. Jim headed up the National Auto Dealers Election Action Committee for the State of Kansas for the past 15 years. He is also a past president of the Wichita Auto Dealers Association. Jim was honored to be named Time Magazine’s Kansas Auto Dealer of the year in 2005. He is married to Terri Hattan and has 8 daughters, 5 sons-in law and 8 grandchildren with a grandson in production. He enjoys selling Chevys, golf, hunting, fly fishing, hiking and traveling with family and friends.

Former Governor Mike Hayden from Lawrence, Kansas, founded the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt in 1987, when he was the Governor of Kansas. A former Kansas Secretary of Wildlife and Parks, he is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Missouri River Association of States and Tribes. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hunt, and a past President of the Willis Scholarship Foundation, a 501© 3 scholarship organization, that was formed in conjunction with the hunt. Mike is also a member of the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt Hall of Fame.

New hunter Patrick Herian from Augusta, Kansas was born and raised in Grafton, Wisconsin, a small town north of Milwaukee. He grew up working on a nearby farm and hunting and fishing the wilds of Wisconsin, Can you believe he took his rifle to “show and tell’ in the 4th grade? Can’t do that today! Pat moved to Kansas in 1986 to manage a locally owned hardware store in Wichita called William’s Hardware. In 2002, he and his wife purchased their own hardware store in Augusta, Kansas. It is in operation as “Augusta Ace Home Center”. Shortly after Pat moved to Kansas, he started hunting and fishing the abundance of wildlife that Kansas has to offer. Every spring he enjoys chasing Kansas gobblers and has hunted them for more than twenty years. He is passionate about archery hunting as well. Every fall he looks forward to spending time pursuing Kansas white tail deer. Pat is particularly proud of a trophy elk he took during an archery hunt in the fall of 2012 in New Mexico.

New hunter Greg Hill from Wilson, Wyoming is President and COO for Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Hill was previously EVP and President of Hess’ worldwide Exploration and Production business. Hill joined Hess in January 2009 from Shell where he spent 25 years in a variety of operations, engineering, technical and business leadership roles in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. From 2006 to 2008, Hill was Executive Vice President – Exploration and Production of Singapore-based Shell Asia Pacific, a region that included the Philippines, China, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. He also served as Chairman of the company’s Global Production Leadership Team. From 2003 to 2006, Hill was Vice President of Production for Shell E&P Europe. He led company-operated assets in the U.K., Norway and the Netherlands from a base in Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to that leadership role, he led the merger of Enterprise Oil into Royal Dutch Shell in 2002 and 2003. Hill served as Senior Vice President of Aera Energy, a California-based joint venture affiliate of Shell and Mobil, from 1997 to 2002, where he was responsible for the majority of the operations of the company. Earlier in his career Hill served as a Vice President in strategic planning in London, Vice President of operations in California, and numerous other leadership roles in government relations, operations and technology in Houston and California. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He is married and he and his wife have 2 sons ages 21 & 25.
Dr. Alan Hinkle from St. Inigoes, Maryland is a native Virginian, and has practiced General and Cosmetic Dentistry in McLean, Virginia for the past 35 years. He attended Villanova University and acquired his dental degree from Georgetown University Dental School. Alan is married to Rosemary and they have 3 children. Gregory, their oldest, is an LCDR in the U.S. Navy and is currently stationed at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife have 2 beautiful daughters. Andrew, the middle child, is a dentist and practices with Alan. Daughter Kate has a Masters in Educational Counseling and is married to an Army JAG officer, currently residing in Landstuhl, Germany. Alan is a member of the Grand National Waterfowl Association and is currently secretary/treasurer. In his free time, Alan enjoys hunting, fishing, and any activity that is outdoors.

Kane Hittle from El Dorado, Kansas is VP & Project Manager, at HollyFrontier, El Dorado Refining LLC, in El Dorado, Kansas.

New hunter A. Hobgood from Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than fifteen years of experience in wealth management, A. is dedicated to helping his clients define and meet their specific investment needs.  As a Chartered Retirement Planning Coordinator, A. develops detailed plans to address our clients’ unique needs, concerns and aspirations as it relates to their retirement. A. currently manages investments for individuals, trust, retirement plans and businesses. He delivers a very high level of professional service with objective and time insight to help clients build and preserve wealth.  A. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving to Raleigh, A. grew up in Kinston where he attended Parrott Academy and became an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. A. holds his Series 7, Series 66 registrations as well as Long-term Care and Life Insurance licenses.  With his personal time, he is actively involved in the community on numerous committees and boards. He is a board member of Interact of Wake County, Better Homes for NC, and the Christ Church Preschool Board. A. enjoys spending time with his wife, Lila, and their three children, Lewis, Odette, and Jewell. 

John Jackson from Osprey, Florida grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He has also received an MBA from Harvard University.  John's business career took him to locations in New York, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Georgia and Mexico.  He held senior management positions at Carborundum Company, Standard Oil of Ohio, British Petroleum and Nordson Corporation.  He is retired, except for management of the family farming interests, and various charitable activities. He now resides with his wife, Linda, in Osprey, FL and San Jose del Cabo, Baja Sur, Mexico.  Hobbies include golf, boating, big game fishing and hunting.  He is a past shooter at the One Shot Antelope Hunt, the One Box Pheasant Hunt, the One Shot Turkey Hunt and serves on the Past Shooter Board of the Grand National Waterfowl Hunt.

New hunter Lance Kane from Meade, Kansas purchased our hunt in the Grand National auction of the NWTF.

Rob Keck from Edgefield, South Carolina is the Chairman of the Board of Wonders of Wildlife and is a member of the RedHead ProHunting Team. He has been a lifelong dedicated hunter, angler and trapper as well as a deeply committed conversationalist of international scope. From March 1981 through March 2009, Rob led the National Wild Turkey Federation, a nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Edgefield, South Carolina, as its Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the NWTF became one of the most dynamic, fastest growing single species conservation organizations in North America. Rob hosted the Federation’s Award winning national television program, Turkey Call and served as executive producer for the NWTF’s other two national TV programs Turkey Country and Get in the Game. In addition, he has made 12 appearances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and served as Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s Bass Pro Shops Atlanta 500 race in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. His lifelong commitment to wildlife management and upholding our hunting traditions has given him opportunities to influence conservation and natural resource policy issues.  In 2006, Rob was appointed by Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton to the Sporting Conservation Council, a Federal Advisory Committee. He was reappointed to the council in 2007 by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. In addition, he has served on a variety of boards of directors, and currently that includes his second term on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Chairman of the Board of the Wonders of Wildlife. Besides his faith and love for his wife of 28 years, Susan, their two daughters, Carolyn and Heather and their husbands, turkey hunting is Rob’s passion. He is a past U.S. Open and World Champion caller, who has built and designed calls and related equipment, since 1969. In addition, Rob was the first to take wild turkeys in every state (49) that supports a season, as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and New Zealand. Rob’s dedication and leadership to the outdoors and hunting heritage prompted Peterson’s Hunting Magazine to name him one of hunting’s 25 most influential personalities of the 20th century.

James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D. from Edgefield, South Carolina is the Chief Conservation Officer for the National Wild Turkey Federation, where he directs the Conservation, Education and Outreach Programs. He has directed the Conservation Programs department for nearly 30 years and is responsible for coordinating the NWTF programs with state and federal agencies, private organizations and companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has written many feature articles in Turkey Country Magazine and has authored over 50 scientific papers, including chapters in four books. He has been involved with NWTF’s television shows TURKEY CALL and GET IN THE GAME, which air on the Pursuit Channel. He co-chairs the North American’s Hunting Heritage Steering Committee representing the United States. From 1970 to 1980, Dr. Kennamer was the Assistant and Associate Professor at Auburn University in Alabama, teaching wildlife courses and directing graduate students. In 1997, he received the C.W. Watson Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society and Southeastern Section of the Wildlife Society for Distinguished Service in Wildlife Research and Administration. Also in 1997, he received the President’s Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  At the 70th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia, he received The Wildlife Management Institute’s 2005 Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of contributions to conservation. In June of 2005, he received the Henry Hardtner Award from the Southern Group of State Foresters. This award recognizes outstanding leadership of the conservation programs of the National Wild Turkey Federation and support of private landowners and their efforts to enhance wildlife habitat, preserve our hunting heritage and provide a natural resource legacy for future generations. In October 2005, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society. This award recognizes a lifetime of accomplishments in wildlife biology and management, which have noticeably enhanced wildlife conservation in South Carolina. During the 9th Wild Turkey Symposium in December 2005 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he received the highly coveted Henry S. Mosby Award. This award was named for Dr. Henry Mosby, whose research with wild turkeys in the mid 1990’s set the standard for their management. In November 2007, he was honored in Outdoor Life magazine’s first annual top 25 lists of people who have positively affected hunting and fishing traditions. In October 2008, he was named Alumni Fellow in recognition of distinguished career accomplishments by Mississippi State University, one of only 120 to be recognized by the University in its history. In May 2009, he became a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club. According to Tony Schoonen, Boone and Crockett Club’s chief of staff, this is an honor bestowed only to those with “the brightest minds from all walks of life-a brain trust that, to this day, contributes to the Club’s mission and visions by indentifying key issues and consulting with the Club on how to fix them.”His father Earl Franklin Kennamer was the Extension Fish and Wildlife Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service from 1946-1974. His son Lee is also a wildlife biologist so the family has three generations of wildlife biologists all receiving one or more degrees from Auburn University.  Dr. Kennamer has a B.S. Degree in Game Management from Auburn University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University.

Skipp Kistler from El Dorado, Kansas is Vice President and Refinery Manager of HollyFrontier's El Dorado Refinery.
Dr. Kim Krull from El Dorado, Kansas is the President of Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. Kim Krull’s 25-year background in higher education includes more than 18 years as a faculty member and the remaining in administrative positions. From 2005 to 2013, Kim served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan. She is a past President of the Kansas Council of Instructional Administrators (KCIA) and past co-chair of the Kansas System Council of Chief Academic Officers which includes both 2-year and 4-year institutional provosts and instructional administrators. She has also held positions as the KCIA vice president and secretary.  Kim is currently serving on the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Transfer and Articulation Advisory Council that is being charged with revision of the state’s transfer and articulation processes.  She serves as well on the KBOR Process Management Committee. From 1986 through 2005, she was employed at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis, Neb. While at NCTA, Kim taught and served as the Director of Student Services, Assessment and Self-Study Coordinator, and College Counselor.  NCTA is the only 2-year campus of the University of Nebraska. Prior to her career in higher education, Kim was employed as a Forensic Serologist for both the Nebraska State Patrol Criminalistics Laboratory and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory processing and analyzing physical evidence in violent crime cases.  Kim’s degrees include at Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a Master of Science in Life Sciences with a specialization in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kim is a native Nebraskan and Husker fan who was born and raised in North Platte, NE.  Her daughter Leisa is an ER nurse in Chicago at Lurie Children’s Hospital.  Leisa is completing a doctoral degree as a Nurse Practitioner through Rush University.  Kim’s son, John, completed an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Wind Energy Technology with Cloud County Community College and an A.A.S. with Southeast Community College in Agriculture Business and Management Technology with an emphasis in Turfgrass Management.  He is the Assistant Superintendent at the Anchorage Golf Course in Anchorage, AK.  From 2005 to 2013. She served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cloud County Community College, in Concordia, Kansas.

Gerald Lauber from Topeka, Kansas is the President of Kaw Valley State Bank in Topeka. He has served as a commissioner on the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission.
2015 Hunting Hero SSG Matthew Leffler from Fort Riley, Kansas is originally from Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated high school and attended the local community college for 2 years. He is married with 4 sons. In his off time, SSG Leffler enjoys shooting guns and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys helping with his son’s sports teams. SSG Leffler honorably served 6 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Construction Equipment Operator from 1999 to 2005. During his time in the Air Force he was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah and at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. While in the Air Force, SSG Leffler deployed to Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan. SSG Leffler then joined the U.S. Army where he continues to serve his country today as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. While in the Army, SSG Leffler has been stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, Fort Richardson in Alaska and now Fort Riley in Kansas. Since he joined the Army, SSG Leffler has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. SSG Leffler has received multiple awards and decorations from the Air Force and Army. He has attended prestigious military classes such as the Combatives Level 4 course, Airborne school, Air Assault school, Pathfinder school and the Army Cold Weather Leader’s course. SSG Leffler plans to retire from the army in 2020 with the goal to become a high school teacher and wrestling coach.
Bryan Lewis from Nashville, Tennessee is a lawyer who practices law in the areas of Civil and Criminal Litigation, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Probate, Employment Law, Constitutional and Civil Rights actions and Business litigation. He was admitted to the bar in 1991 and received his B.A. in 1988 from Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee (J.D. 1991). He is the co-owner in The Boundry and Southstreet Restaurants which feature both southern regional food and a variety of foods from around the world. The Boundry has been featured in Bon Appétit magazine and has been designated one of the best restaurants in Nashville. Bryan is a partner in several commercial real estate ventures in Middle Tennessee. He is an avid duck and turkey hunter and also a pilot with both private pilot and instrument ratings. At the 2012 Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt, Bryan earned the distinction of earning the TOP GUN award.

Rick Logan from Tucker, Georgia is the Building Official for the City of Decatur and oversees ordinance and code compliance for construction totaling as high as $100,000,000.00 annually. For 30 years, Rick partnered with and later also operated a general construction company with his father. That company currently serves as a consultant for custom residential, light commercial and institutional projects in the construction industry.  He is an Atlanta native who grew up hunting and fishing when Atlanta was still rural. He and he wife Nancy have been married 41 years and have two daughters and 6 grandchildren. Rick is looking forward to introducing his grandkids to the outdoors. He currently serves as the President of River Bend Gun Club in Dawson County, Georgia. He is a founding Life member of the current club and has been a member since 1980. He is also a founding member of AA Hunt Club in Wilkes County, Georgia and is the Huntmaster. He is an NRA Life Member and recently became a Patron member.

Ed Markel from Pretty Prairie, Kansas has the honor of being the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt TOP GUN in 2006, 2008 & 2010. Ed holds the distinction of being the only person involved in the Governor’s hunt to be a guide, landowner, benefactor and hunter. Ed is a lifelong sportsman who during his KU days would ride the train all night to duck hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms at dawn. He has been the president of manufacturing companies for 39 years. Ed has been with the Hunt since the second year, joining as a guide, and he holds the record of being the guide for the hunt’s record turkey that was taken by his friend and fellow hunter, Mark Elliott. Ed has supported the hunt in many ways including the purchase of “The Harper Shotgun” muzzleloader that was sold in memory of the late Steve Harper, with the proceeds going to help with college expenses for Harper’s daughters. Ed retired in 2001 and spends plenty of time bringing his hunting properties to their absolute potential. Ed and his wife Judy enjoy cooking and traveling.

New Shooter Tommy McLane from Silver City, New Mexico retired as the Director of Business Development at Applied Technology Council, in Arlington, Virginia. He directed business development and contractual efforts for a California based non-profit, concerned with all-hazard mitigation and structural engineering issues. He managed all marketing, administrative, contractual, and financial functions related to the procurement life cycle. He initiated and maintained close interaction with federal and private sector clients, consultants and subcontractors.  Prior to his employment with Applied Technology Council, he was employed at the American Society of Civil Engineers. As the senior Director of Business Development, he created and staffed the Business Development Department. Tommy directed all business development and contractual efforts for a non-profit, with a staff of more than 200, a membership of 125,000, and an annual budget of $53M. He also has been the Director of Program Development at the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc. where he managed all business and development and contractual functions for a staff of engineers and architects with annual revenues of $4M. In 1986, Tommy received his MBA in marketing at George Washington University, graduate School of Government and Business Administration.  In 1976, he earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the NRA, University of Virginia Alumni Association, Harley Owner group, NWTF, Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, Mimbres Region Art Council and is a certified Hunting Safety Instructor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycling, backpacking, hiking and other outdoor activities.

New hunter Miles Minges from Kinston, North Carolina and currently living in Greenville, North Carolina, is a 35 year old 4th generation businessman with Pepsi-Cola. His family has owned the business since 1935. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, he is a member of Minges Bottling Group that distributes to 13 counties in North Carolina.
New hunter Sean Minor from Napa, California was born in Kansas surrounded by agriculture and the hard work and values responsible for the enviable work ethic of Midwestern people. The concept of coaxing things out of the earth and bringing them to the dinner table has always been a fascinating aspect. Wine takes this concept to its zenith. His wine career began after a formal education in finance from Arizona State University where he also met his wife, Nicole. They moved to California after graduation, where he began working for Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyard. Knowing from the start, the wine industry was the right place for him, he began taking classes at U.C. Davis in Viticulture and Enology in hopes of developing a further understanding of grape growing and wine production. Sean and his family  moved to the Pacific Northwest after being recruited by King Estate Winery (widely renown for producing Oregon’s largest and most highly regarded Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) to manage the Estate. He met Will Bucklin, King Estate’s then winemaker, and developed an even stronger knowledge of winemaking and gained a lifelong friend. He learned firsthand the importance of site-specific viticulture, and ended up leaving King Estate to lead Benton Lane Winery – rounding out his cool climate viticulture experience. His family returned to California in 2001 for the opportunity to manage Renwood Winery and enhance the wine experience growing and marketing some of the Golden State’s best Zinfandel and Syrah. Four years later, he founded Sean Minor Wines.
Mike Morgan from Wichita, Kansas is a consultant for Koch Industries, Inc. Mike represents Koch Industries while working with policy makers and business leaders in Kansas as well as other states in the region. He serves on the boards of the Kansas Chamber and the Private Enterprise Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Mike, an avid outdoorsman, is passionate about preserving the heritage of hunting and fishing in Kansas and his home state of Oklahoma. 

New hunter Adam Newton from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee is the 2015 National JAKES essay winner. Adam is a 16 year old sophomore at Lawrence County High School in Lawrenceburg, TN. He loves hunting deer, turkeys, squirrel and doves. He also likes fishing and doing almost anything as long as he is outside. An avid outdoorsman since the age of 6, Adam killed his first deer and turkey at age 12. Adam’s dad, stepdad and uncle have all played a part in Adam’s introduction into the sport of hunting. He is grateful to spend time with family and friends in the outdoors because it is such a great place to be. Watching wildlife in the woods, listening to the sounds and seeing the animals in their own habitat are all favorite things of Adam’s. Whether it is a buck grunt in the creek bottom or gobblers gobbling or owl hooting, he never tires of what he sees and hears.

Mark Nichols from Wichita, Kansas is the Manager of State Government Affairs at Koch Industries. He monitors legislation of interest to Koch companies and works to free market policies that promote economic growth and prosperity. He interacts with government officials, business leaders and policy organizations on local and state levels. Mark serves on the boards of Goodwill Industries, the Wichita Independent Business Association and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.  Koch Industries has been a long-standing participant in the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt and a supporter of the Wayne Willis Scholarship Fund.

New hunter Scott M Peterson from Leawood, Kansas works for Bushnell Outdoor Products.

Preston Pittman was born November 28, 1953, some say Preston Pittman was hatched on Thanksgiving Day. Pittman can’t remember the first time he was introduced to the great outdoors; but he can remember the tale “that at the age of four months, on a creek bank, they flipped a water snake out of the makeshift apple crate bed.” He was raised in the woods hunting and fishing, and still looks forward to every outing. At 16, Pittman won his first turkey calling championship. When asked, “How did this affect you,” he commented, “I was small growing up, had asthma and chronic nose bleeds; so I couldn’t compete in most sports. I fell in love with God’s greatest gift, the outdoors. When I won that first contest, it did something to me. Not only was I good at it, but I fell in love with a sport that was right up my alley – turkey calling. “Pittman continued to win and place in so many contests that it’s hard to remember them all. Some include: The World Turkey Calling Contest, The World Natural Voice Turkey Calling Contest, World Two Man Team Turkey Calling Contest, The World Gobbling Turkey Calling Contest, and The World All Call Turkey Calling Contest. He is the only person to hold five different world titles. Pittman has competed less in the past few years, but still gets in a few contests now and then. More recent wins are: 2000 Grand National Champion of Champions, 2001Grand National Gobbling Championship, 2002 World Gobbling Championship, 2002 Mississippi State Championship, and 2003 Grand National Gobbling Championship. His latest award is one of his greatest. In 2008, he was inducted into the National Outdoor Hall of Fame. When asked about retiring, Pittman comments, “One day … maybe???”He has been featured in outdoor hunting magazines including Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Southern Outdoors, Turkey Call, Peterson’s Hunting, Turkey and Turkey Hunting, Buckmaster, Deer and Deer Hunting, and many more. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, David Letterman, The Daily Show, Regis and Kelly, Country Fried Videos, TNN Celebrity Outdoors, America’s Funniest People, Real People, Hunting the Country TNN, Remington Country, Mississippi Outdoors, Magnolia Adventures, and Adventure Bound and Point Blank. Pittman is also currently appearing, dressed in Longleaf Camo, in advertisements on the Versa channel. Pittman has hunted across the United States and was the first person to document a Double Grand Slam (two turkeys of each of the four major sub species of the American Wild Turkey) in one year. He is on many Pro and Adversity staffs, such as Longleaf Camo, Muzzy, Delta and Scent Lok. “I’m just a country boy producing a product that I believe in and know works, not only in the woods but also on the stage,” says Pittman. “After all, our saying is ‘From the Back Woods to the Top of the World’.”

Richard “Chip” Powell from Otisville, Michigan is the Vice-President of Mason Tackle Co., Ed Cumings Nets and Mason Plastics. Mason Tackle manufactures monofilament, braided and wire lines and leaders for worldwide distribution. Chip is the Chairman of the Board of the American Sportfishing Association based in Barrington, IL, and Washington D.C.

Mat Raymond Jr. from Jacksonville, North Carolina is the President of Sanders Ford Inc. He has served on the North Carolina Community Foundation and is a past president on the Carolina Ford Dealers Advertising Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Economic Development Commission. He is an avid outdoorsman. Mat is a sponsor of the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt events and live auction.

Robert Ruch from Madison, Alabama oversees an annual workload exceeding $1 billion spread over 1,200 military construction projects in eight states, civil works projects in nine states, and environmental restoration projects in 41 states. Nearly 1,300 civilian men and women operate six major dams on the Missouri River as well as 21 tributary dams for congressionally-authorized purposes as well as regulatory and real estate programs that benefit the Nation. He also oversees the design and construction of facilities for the Army and Air Force in his 700,000 square-mile area of operations, and the cleanup of hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste sites for the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency. Col. Ruch came to Omaha from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Prior to that, he served as the Division Engineer for the 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas. As the Division Engineer, he deployed to Iraq and served as the Deputy of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team under the State Department. Commissioned from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1986, Ruch began his military career with the 7th Engineer Battalion, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), at Fort Polk, La., as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. Follow-on assignments included Liaison Officer and Company Commander with the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Castle, Republic of Korea, and the Live Fire Engineer Trainer for the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. He then served as an Operations Officer in the Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, before moving to Fort Riley, Kan., as the S3 of the 1st Engineer Battalion, and then of the 937th Engineer Group (Combat). Following that he served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium, where he was the Senior Staff Officer for NATO Infrastructure in Crisis Response Operations dealing with construction in Afghanistan and in the Balkans. He then served as the 53rd Commander of the Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Col. Ruch holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in geo-environmental science from Shippensburg University, a master’s degree in engineering management from St. Martin’s College and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Sapper Leader Course. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon.

New hunter Mike Schmid from LaBarge, Wyoming is a long-time outdoorsman, conservationist and Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Intrepid Outdoors web series. Mike owns and operates an oil and natural gas well servicing business in LaBarge, WY with more than 30 years of experience in oilfield services managing roustabout crews; constructing well field roads; managing trucks, equipment and hundreds of employees; and administering complex, multi-million dollar projects. After many years of working for oilfield related companies, Mike founded Schmid Oilfield Services in 1984. This successful company sold to First Energy Services in June 2000. He remained with the company, serving as President and COO and managing 400 employees and equipment throughout the Rocky Mountain region and Alaska. Mike later founded SOS Well Services, a workover rig company. In 2006, Mike dramatically expanded SOS Well Services, thus creating the multi-million dollar operation that exists today. Mike also owns a cattle ranch and outfitting business in the Black Hills known as Solitude Ranch. This area of Wyoming is abundant with elk, mule deer, and antelope and has an incredible amount of whitetail deer and turkey. Mike’s career in the energy business along with his passion for the wilderness has provided him with years of experience and first-hand knowledge of how the two can co-exist. He sincerely believes viewers are most interested in capturing the true emotions of the hunter with over the shoulder action video footage that provides viewers with the most accurate experience possible. His vision for the show also includes teaching our kids responsible hunting, and the importance of understanding the current debate over using public lands. Join Mike and his team for an incredible season of REAL-WORLD hunting on Intrepid Outdoors.

New hunter Tom Simpson MD from Sterling, Kansas was born in 1947 in Sioux City, Iowa. Married with 4 children and 10 grandchildren, he began his education at the College of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas and graduated in 1969 with a BS magna cum laude. He attended Kansas University School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS and received his MD in 1973. His residency was spent in Family Practice at St Joseph Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas in 1975. He received his board certification in Family Practice in 1976. He has recertified in 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, and 2006. He was a Lt Cmdr. In the USNR, Navel Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, NH, from 1976-1978. He is licensed with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. He has served on staff at the Rice County Medical District #1 Lyons, KS, Hutchinson Hospital Corporation, Hutchinson, KS and Great Bend Regional Hospital ER staff, Great Bend, KS. He was appointed Clinical Preceptor, Kansas University School of Medicine. Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Family Practice, Kansas University School of Medicine. He operated Quivira Family Practice in Sterling, KS from 1978-1988 and Medical Center of Hutchinson in Sterling, KS from 1988-2008. He has many professional associations and has consulted with Kansas and Area Health departments. His community service includes serving as an elder at the Sterling United Presbyterian Church, Sterling volunteer fire department, Sterling City Commission, Mayor of Sterling, Sterling College Board of Trustees, Kansas Health Institute, Habitat for Humanity Rice County, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Sterling Presbyterian Manor, Cub Scout Pack 369, Boy Scout Troop 369, Kanza Council, BSA, Quivira Council, BSA, Central Region, BSA, National BSA Jamboree and World Scout Jamboree.

Sam Stone from Tulsa, Oklahoma is a founder and partner of Stone Jessup, PC.-Attorneys at Law. The firm specializes in public finance, public trust, public agency and real estate law.  Sam was born in El Dorado, Kansas and graduated from El Dorado High School in 1959. He earned a BA for the University of Kansas in 1963 and a JD for the University of Tulsa in 1966. He was admitted to practice law in the States of Kansas and Oklahoma in 1966, the U.S. Federal Court, Northern District of Oklahoma in 1966, the U.S. Federal Court, District of Kansas, 1966, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals-10th district in 1966, the U.S. Tax Court in 1968 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995. Sam worked in general litigation and federal appellate court briefing in 1966-1968 with Ungerman, Grabel, Ungerman & Leiter, Attorneys at Law in Tulsa Oklahoma. He was the assistant city attorney for Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1968-1972. He was a Sole practitioner from 1972-1976, formed Samuel C. Stone & Associates in 1976. He became the founder and president of Stone Jessup, P.C. in 1986 and continues in that practice today. Sam is the general and bond counsel to the University Center at Tulsa Authority. He is bond counsel to Broken Arrow Economic Development Authority, Craig County Hospital Authority and Oklahoma State University Medical Center Trust. He is special Bond counsel to the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority, the Tulsa Industrial Authority, and bond issuers in Kansas, Missouri, New York Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Indiana. He was former general and bond counsel to Monkey Island Development Authority, Tulsa Industrial Authority, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority and Tulsa Post of Catoosa Facilities Authority, Sand Springs Industrial Authority and the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority. He is a member of the Kansas and Oklahoma Bar Associations, serving on the Uniform Air Rights Law Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association from1970-1972. He is also a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association. Sam is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers-serving on the steering committee, Bond Attorney’s Workshop in 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984. He served as the Chairman of the Workshop in 1983. Sam has served on the Board of Directors, National Association of Bond Lawyers in 1982 and 1983. He was the Co-Vice Chairman, Legislative Action Committee, National Association of Bond Lawyers in 1983-1985.  He is a fellow member of the American College of Bond Counsel and was a consultant to the State Legislative Council (Oklahoma), re State Bond Banks in 1978. He was a trustee for the Tulsa Psychiatric Center, Inc. from 1979-2005 serving as president 1985-1987 and chairman 1988-1990. He served as chairman of the TIBS Systems, Inc. from 1995-2001. He is the founding director of Sooner Rowing Association/Tulsa Rowing Club 1982-present and was the chairman from 1999-present. Sam was a trustee of the Philbrook Art Museum 1973-1993 and served on the executive committee from 1985-1989. He was the director of the Tulsa Philharmonic Society form 1976-1981 and served on the executive committee 1979-1981.He was on the board of directors from the American Theatre Company form 1974-1980. He was a member of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Program Committee from 1978-2003, He was a member of the Tulsa City-County Growth Strategy Task Force from 1974-1976 and a member of the Grand Lake Yacht Squadron from 1973-1984, serving as rear admiral in 1981 and admiral in 1982. He is a member of the Summit Club of Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving on the board from 2000-1008; treasurer in 2007; Vice President and President elect in 2008. He is a member of the Union League Club, New York, New York and a Founding member of the Masters Society of the Philbrook Art.

Jeremy Sundgren from El Dorado, Kansas purchased this hunt at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in February 2010. He is an associate broker and auctioneer at Sundgren Realty in El Dorado, Kansas. Jeremy attended Flint Hills High School, Butler Community College and Kansas State University. He is a licensed Real Estate agent in the state of Kansas and also has obtained his Brokers license from the State of Kansas. He has earned the distinction of the Butler County Diamond Society Achievement for 10 million in sales in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Jeremy is committed to his community and has served on the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, the Butler County Planning and Zoning Board and the Coutts Museum Board of Trustees. Jeremy’s voice has been heard at many events including The Butler County Fair, The BCC Annual Fundraiser, Boy Scouts, Ladies Auxiliary, The NWTF, school auctions, Buckaroo Ball, church auctions and the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt. His volunteer commitment to these and other organizations in the community has helped raise millions. Jeremy married Kelsey in May 2010.

John “Cape” Taylor from Cumberland City, Tennessee was born in Newton County, MS in 1962.  In 1970, his family moved to Erin, TN, where he was raised. Cape is married to Barbie Taylor and they have two children.  Cape received a BS degree in Wildlife Management from Tennessee Tech University in 1987. Following graduation, he was hired by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency as a Wildlife Officer in Macon County.  Promotions in 1997 to District Lt., 1998 to District Capt., and 2010, led to his current position as Major over the Region 2 (Middle Tennessee) Law Enforcement area. He has worked extensively with the wild turkey restoration project in Tennessee, trapping and relocating some of the first turkeys in Montgomery County and in the surrounding counties. Learning hunting and fishing at a young age, his interests now are turkey hunting, crappie fishing and bass fishing.  Since 1989 Cape has harvested over 100 turkeys. He is a charter member of the North Central Chapter of the NWTF in Clarksville, TN.  He has served as the security chairman at the NWTF national convention in Nashville, each year that it has been held at the Opryland Hotel.  He has also served as a guide at the Tennessee Governors One Shot Turkey Hunt for the first five years that it was held in Giles County. Cape is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, TN.

Bob Teetsel from Shawnee, Kansas, became a Kansan in 2008 after retiring from the Army in 2008.  Now a civilian attorney with the U.S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center in Topeka Kansas (yes the Coast Guard is in Kansas!), Bob retired from the Army JAG Corps in December 2008 after serving a year in Afghanistan.  He spent nearly 30 years in the Ordnance and Legal fields serving in a variety of military assignments overseas and throughout the United States, including tours at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley, which fostered his love for and desire to remain in Kansas, that along with the fact that his 3 grandkids reside nearby.  His military assignments included postings as the senior attorney (Staff Judge Advocate) for the 1st Infantry Division and 24th Infantry Division at Fort Riley and the Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy.  A native of Phoenix, Arizona, with 5 years spent in Casper Wyoming, Bob enjoyed various hunting and fishing opportunities that continued throughout his many military assignments.  Turkey and deer hunting at Fort Riley was particularly enjoyable and he continues now to head south of Shawnee and Kansas City at every available opportunity.   Bob is married to Renee, his high-school sweetheart, and they have two children, Marie and Eric.  Marie and her husband Devin reside in Lenexa and they have 3 children, Addison (8) Ainsley (6) and Ian (3).  Eric also resides in Lenexa with his wife Abby.

New hunter Eric Teetsel from Lenexa, Kansas has served as the Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration, a “call of Christian conscience” regarding the issues of life, marriage and religious liberty founded by Charles W. Colson in 2009. He is responsible for ensuring the movement continues to inform the public debate over these fundamental issues. The proud son of a career Army officer, Eric attended Wheaton College. He served on staff at Colorado Christian University and then joined the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, where he built the Values & Capitalism project, aimed at education college students about the links between the values of Christian faith and the American free enterprise system. In 2011, Eric married the love of his life, Abby, a middle school math teacher from Topeka. Last summer, the couple returned to Kansas. Together with their dog, Nash, they live in Lenexa and are members of the Lenexa Baptist Church. Eric & Abby can usually be found in the drive-thru at Sonic or at “the K” rooting for the Royals.

Jerry Thomas from Manhattan, Kansas has the honor of being the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt TOP GUN in 1999. He has been the featured artist for the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt since 1996.  Jerry is a nationally acclaimed wildlife artist and was named 1994 Kansas Wildlife Artist of the Year.  Read more about Jerry in the One Shot banquet program.

Rodney Turner from Norcross, Georgia is the co-founder and CEO of Layer 3 Communications.  With headquarters in the Atlanta, GA area, Layer 3 Communications is a network integration firm that specializes in the design, implementation, support and security of voice and data networks.  The company was founded in 1998 and has offices in the South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Mr. Turner grew up in SC and is a graduate of Clemson University.  He is married with three children.  His oldest child graduated from Samford University in the spring of 2011.  Of his other two children, one is in the 11th grade and one is in the 7th grade.  His wife, Alison, recently completed the Georgia Master Gardner program. Mr. Turner enjoys hunting and fishing and splits his time between hunting at Talarosa Ranch in Butts County, GA and trout fishing in the North Georgia Mountains at Rippling Waters Lodge.

Griffen Turner from Norcross, Georgia.

Jason Vanderbrink from Nixon, Missouri is currently employed with Federal Cartridge Co. as the National Accounts Manager. He is responsible for most major retailers that carry Federal Ammunition and Federal accessory lines that include RCBGS, Outer Gun Cleaning Products, Weaver Rings and Bases, Champion Targets and CCI. Jason is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI. He currently resides outside of Springfield, MO with his wife.  Jason has hunted all over the world including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Alaska, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, British Columbia and in many of the lower 48 states.

New hunter Jeff Watkins from Carterville, Georgia is an attorney in Cartersville and purchased this hunt at the Grand Nationals Waterfowl Hunt. . He is also an owner of Southern Restaurant Holdings which currently operates 8 Steak & Shake restaurants in Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. Jeff graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 with a BBA in finance and earned his law degree from Mercer Law School in 1992. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and is an avid sporting art and book collector. Jeff is a member of the Boone & Crockett Club, Safari Club, Dallas Safari Club and the Grand Nationals Past Shooters. He and his wife Elizabeth are parents to 3 young boys.

Harvey W. Watt Jr. from Atlanta, Georgia is the Vice-President of Harvey W. Watt & Company, Inc., a company that specializes in insurance for airline pilots. He also is the Secretary/Treasurer of Ontario Reinsurance Company, Ltd. in Atlanta, Georgia. Harvey was born in Gainesville, Florida and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Georgia Military Academy (now Woodward Academy). After graduation, Harvey went to Marion Military Institute in Alabama and then to Georgia State University in Atlanta. He then entered the US Army in Army Aviation. After attending additional schools for Cobra gunships, he went to Viet Nam (’68-’70) where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with 3V Air Medal with 4V and 20 Cluster Army Commendations with 2V, a purple heart and a Good Conduct Medal. Harvey is a life member of the National Rifle Association, member of Varmint Hunters Association, Nebraska One Box Hunt and Oak Valley Invitational Dove Shoot. He has enjoyed hunting all over the world, including big game in Africa, bird and bear in Canada and bird hunting in the U.S. and Czechoslovakia. Harvey has two children. Harvey generously supports our Kansas Youth Hunter program with the sponsorship of lifetime licenses for our Kansas Youth Hunters for 2009 – 2013.

David Wells from Wichita, Kansas is the President of Key Construction, a company that David and his brother Ken started on the tailgate of a Ford Falcon Station wagon in 1978 that has grown to be one of the top contractors in the Midwest with revenues exceeding $265M annually. In addition to Wichita, Key Construction has offices in Tulsa OK; Ft Worth, TX; and Kansas City, MO. Having construction in 42 states, Key also maintains relationships with Verizon, T-Mobile, Walmart, Walgreens, Marriot and numerous others. They are currently partnered with Walbridge and building a $101M Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Project. Dave has a degree from WSU in Business Administration and is very active in the Wichita community, including involvement with AGC, Boy Scouts of America, Wichita Wagonmasters, Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council, Downtown Rotary Club, Wichita State Entrepreneurship Department Advisory Board and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. He was a 2012 American Diabetes Association Father of the Year honoree. As the president of Key Construction, Dave provides guidance and inspiration required to project the company into a leadership role within the construction industry, while fostering Key’s culture. The team philosophy is “work hard and play hard”.  That attitude defines the work environment and unites the team. Another important aspect of Key’s culture is social and charitable activities.  From team building events to family picnics and golf tournaments, Key realizes the importance of growing together as a company.

2015 Hunting Hero SPC Caleb Willoughby joined the U.S. Army, from Daviston, Alabama, as an Apache helicopter armament, avionics and electronics repairman (15Y) in July 2011. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. SPC Willoughby’s assignments include 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom XIII-XIV, Afghanistan. SPC Willoughby’s awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Certificate of Achievement, and Aviation Badge. He is currently Combat Life Saver, Field Sanitation, Rail Team Loader, CPR, Arms room qualified, and serves as his company’s Primary Armorer. He is married to Whitney Willoughby and they have one son, Troy, age 2.  They currently live in Junction City, KS. 

New hunter Curtis Wright from North Augusta, South Carolina was born in Toccoa, Georgia and moved to Lancaster, SC when he was a toddler. He attended public school in Lancaster and then attended and graduated from Presbyterian College in 2002.  He earned an Honor Biology degree with a minor in Chemistry. After college, Curtis worked at Davis and Floyd Inc., in Greenwood SC as a junior scientist. He left Davis & Floyd in 2004 to attend The Medical School of South Carolina where he earned a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. He then married the love of his life, Carolyn Keck. Curtis and Carolyn moved to North Augusta, SC and Curtis began working at Batesburg-Leesville Family Practice in 2006. He left there in 2008 to work closer to home at the Edgefield Medical Center. For 10 years his enjoyment has been in practicing primary care and also being the medical provider for the Strom Thurmond High School football team. In May 2013, Curtis was commissioned as First Lieutenant in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He began his Army career with the 2-263rd ADA in Anderson, SC and was transferred to the 122nd Engineering Battalion in Edgefield, SC in May 2014. His duty with the SC Army National Guard is as the 122nd Medical Unit Commander, where he assures Battalion Medical Readiness. Curtis and Carolyn have 2 children, Cadence and Kellen. In his spare time he enjoys turkey hunting, deer hunting, surfing and golf.

New hunter Billy Yargus currently resides in New London and is the 2015 Grand National Calling Competition Champion. Billy was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri where his love for Christ and hunting was instilled in him as a small boy. Growing up in a small river town like Hannibal, he found that the most enjoyable way to pass the time was riding horses, motorcycles, hunting or just being outdoors. Billy received Christ as his Savior when he was 10 years old in the church where his parents attended. As he grew older, he began to drift away from the Lord and get involved in the things of the world. He became more heavily involved with horses and hunting as he entered his teen years. These two things were the main focus of his life and his family and his relationship with the Lord suffered. After several years of spending all his time hunting or racing horses, Billy began to wake up to the problems his family. He finally realized these problems could not be solved without Jesus Christ being in complete control of his life. So, that year in 1991, he rededicated his life back to the Lord. Five years later, in 1996, he began competing in Turkey Calling contests but Billy decided he would not let competing get in the way of serving the Lord or his family life. Little did he know that entering a turkey calling contest would one day lead him to a hunting related ministry. When his marriage ended in 1999, the Lord proved to be a Faithful Friend and Refuge of Strength. Billy is blessed to have a wonderful wife, Nanette, three daughters, Stephanie, Ashley, Katie, and two step-sons Justin and Kamron who also enjoy hunting. Billy is currently on the MAD calls and Flambeau Gold Staff and am a member of the Elite Pro Staff for Mossy Oak. Awards- Champion: 2004 U.S. Open, 2004 Missouri State, 2004 World Two Man Team Challenge, 2005 Missouri State Open, 2006 Mid America Open, 2007 World Two Man Team Challenge, 2008 Mid America Open2008, N.W.T.F. Grand National Senior Open, 2010 Missouri State, 2011 Missouri State, 2011Mid America Open, 2012Mossy Oak All American, 2013 Mid America Open, 2015 N.W.T.F Grand National Senior Open, 2015 Missouri State