Over the course of the first season, Wilson will do several episodes of whitetail, elk, turkey, and bear hunts. Throughout those episodes, he will also provide useful information on how to take dynamic still images of kills and photographically document your outdoor experience.
Scott, on the other hand, will provide the passionate, die-hard, go-getter perspective that pursues primarily whitetails throughout the country, adding humor and a reality that most addicted Whitetail hunters can relate to and thoroughly enjoy.
Melissa will add a unique dimension to the show in her re-education to hunting, oftentimes showing tremendous humor and gullibility as Wilson and Scott teach her the finer points of archery hunting. This will be an angle that many women can relate to and enjoy.
Lonnie’s angle in the production is that of a young person in his early 20's, striving to become a professional videographer, learning the ways of the industry, eventually moving from behind the camera to out in front of the lens. This adds a reality component to the show as we demonstrate and document Lonnie’s education and progress to achieve that goal. This added dynamic to the programming will entice many viewers to follow the series weekly, both to watch his growth and development, and to learn the techniques that he will be taught by Wilson and the other professionals of our production team.
First, there is the experience of the team. Wilson has had a very extensive life as an outdoors man. For over 40 years, he has guided people from all walks of life, including politicians, professional athletes, celebrities, music stars, corporate executives, and countless others in the pursuit of waterfowl and North American big game. He has won many championships calling waterfowl, elk, and other wildlife species, and produced numerous breathtaking wildlife images from around the world. His experience and expertise in both photography and videography, along with his lifetime pursuit of hunting, gives him a unique perspective of how to capture images in an outdoor show that have never been done before.
Though many years his junior, Scott, since an early age, has been an extremely avid and successful hunter. Now, with a year’s experience under his belt, he has found a unique and sometimes quite comical appearance before the camera. In addition to these two seasoned outdoorsmen and further adding to the story line of this show, is Melissa, who as a young person growing up in South Dakota, developed a love of the outdoors while hunting and fishing with her father. Although she got away from it, her desire, attitude, and often colorful expressions add a dynamic to the show that would not otherwise exist. And, last, there is Lonnie. For what he lacks in experience, he more than makes up for with his desire to learn.
As an avid outdoorsman, Wilson has spent the majority of his 58 years hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, photographing, and exploring the great outdoors. For more than 40 years, he’s been fortunate enough to traverse the wild and remote places of North America, serving as both guide and outfitter. For 26 years he has operated several outdoor resorts across the country. His vast experience helped him hone a great knowledge of the creatures he pursues and the environments in which they live, as well as a true appreciation of nature’s delicate balance.
Appearing in his first outdoor television episode in 1977 as a champion duck and goose caller, he has since filmed and/or appeared in over 27 different shows ranging from NWTF’s Turkey Call Television, National Geographic Explorer, Bass Pro Shop Television, North to Alaska, Primos, and many others. In addition he has produced, edited, and appeared in numerous print, video and television ads for many hunting, fishing and outdoors products. To his credit, he has never endorsed a product or service he himself does not believe in or does not use in his own outdoor endeavors.
Over the years, Wilson has consulted to a variety of agencies and government officials. Overlooking any partisan or special interest views, he has always attempted to present the facts as they are, regardless of who was asking the questions. Having spent more time in the field than most do in a lifetime, he has been privileged to test and develop outdoor gear and products for numerous manufacturers.
Believing the outdoors has provided him with a life he is both blessed and privileged to live, Wilson gives back whenever possible. He is a diamond life member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a life member of the National Rifle Association, a life member of Buckmasters, a life member of the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep, a bronze life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, a life member of the Federation of Fly Fisherman, and a life member of Trout Unlimited. He is a major contributor to numerous other world, national, and local conservation organizations and donates hunts, charters, vacations, art, and time to these various causes.
Stewardship of the forests, marshlands and fields he owns and leases, is of the utmost importance. He regularly enhances his properties for wildlife…that is all wildlife, not just the game species residing there. Nest sites and structures and numerous food plots are added each year.
Wilson’s stock portfolio of over 165,000 wildlife images have graced many publications, calendars, and websites, as well as educational arenas, visitor centers, and schools. Each year his photography classes taught throughout the country instruct aspiring and professional photographers alike in the most intricate methods of capturing nature and wildlife. Additionally, by regularly speaking to schools and civic groups, he attempts to give a voice to proper and sound wildlife management, helping to protect the heritage of our outdoor sports.
Wilson has hunted and fished since childhood. First small game in the woodlands of central Virginia where he grew up, then waterfowl, and later most of the big game species of North America including many giant whitetails, record book Big Horn Sheep in the Wind River range of Wyoming and Boone and Crockett black bear in Manitoba. He himself has taken 27 bull elk, many of them with a bow. and has called numerous others for clients throughout the Western United States.
Whether it’s through a lens of a camera or a rifle scope, he spends most of his life outdoors expanding his knowledge of the creatures he pursues.
One step into Lonnie’s home illustrates his passion for the sport. His walls are decorated with a collection of trophies: a half-albino squirrel, Snow Geese, Canadian Geese, a Mallard pair, a Sika deer, and his newest edition, a coyote from Kansas.
Lonnie was born and raised in White Hall, Maryland. At a young age, Lonnie discovered his passion for the outdoors and hunting with his father. It all started with a squirrel, grew with deer hunting, and became an all out obsession with waterfowl. During the season, Lonnie can be found in the field with his canine companion, Gunner. In the off-season, he trains and keeps his chocolate Labrador retriever in top shape, specifically tuned for waterfowl retrieving. Annually, the pair travels with a group of close friends to Kansas and North Dakota for a waterfowl hunting experience like none other.
Along with his love for hunting, Lonnie has developed a strong interest in videography and enjoys documenting every hunting trip on film to share his experiences. Through the crosshairs of a scope or a lens, Lonnie has a natural eye for the perfect shot.
Melissa was born in late 1972 in Tokyo and when she was a small child moved to a rural area of South Dakota. She grew up hunting and fishing in every free moment with a father who was an avid outdoorsman. She was by his side whenever possible, his little tomboy, and developed a love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
By her early teens when most girls were looking at prom dresses, Melissa was afield with her father taking many mullies and whitetails. Regrettably, she left the west to pursue an education in South Carolina, where she obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a specialty in nuclear pharma. While living in Charleston, she had her own boat and spent many hours fishing, but had little access to the shooting world. It was only after relocating to Northern Virginia that she again had time for these activities and exposure to the hunting community. This resulted in the release of pent up desires to hunt and fish.
New to archery, she has become an excellent bow hunter, an accomplished duck hunter, and enjoys spending every moment she can steal away from work chasing whitetails from Illinois to Texas, and elk in Southern Colorado, Idaho, and New Mexico. What she may lack in experience, she makes up for with desire and attitude.
Born on July 17, 1973 in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Scott’s father introduced him to the sport of hunting as a young child. By the age of twelve, he had harvested his first whitetail and from then on he has been addicted! He began to work in the archery business at the age of sixteen and opened his own pro shop at the age of twenty. With his passion for the sport growing with age, he began hunting and guiding throughout the country. This became a turning point in his life and the drive to harvest trophy class animals set in. He loves the challenge of spotting a giant whitetail in the summer and attempting to harvest him in the fall. There is no greater reward for Scott than watching a plan come together after all his hard work. He has since harvested over one hundred whitetails in his lifetime, with his largest killed in Ohio scoring 187 inches. He has six others that all score over 150” and plenty that fall into the 120”-150” class. Most of the success was attributed to land leases across the Midwest that he shares with friends. They work together as a team with the same goals to grow and harvest mature bucks and does by practicing quality deer management food plots, trail camera monitoring and shed hunting fills the void in the off season. Scott also enjoys hunting other big game, especially elk, with his biggest bull with a bow grossing over 365 inches. Some of the other trophy class animals he has harvested include black bears, moose and turkey throughout all parts of North America, and a caribou grossing over 375” in Quebec. This would not be possible without the support of his wife Susan and daughter Samantha that he misses when he is gone. They are very encouraging and understand that hunting is his passion!