Bone Collector co-host with Michael Waddell and Travis "T-Bone" Turner
My dad and my grandpa got me started in hunting at a very early age. I’d go along on pheasant hunts and duck jumps and would have to sit in the van with my cousins and watch as they walked a small field or jumped ducks off of farm ponds. When I was five, I went on my first deer hunt - and I was hooked forever. I started bowhunting at age 14 and I’ve been doing it ever since!
I graduated in 1992 from Molar Barber College in Fargo, North Dakota, and began working in my hometown – Spearfish, South Dakota – in my buddy Mark’s barbershop. In the mid-90’s, I began guiding hunters for Jeff and Deb Smith, owners of Seven J Outfitters in Sundance, Wyoming. Seven J is only 30 miles from Spearfish. I loved hunting and wanted to do it full time. There I guided for elk, mule deer, whitetails, antelope and turkeys.
After a few years of hard work, I became, along with my friend Kenny Morga, one of the head guides at Seven J. I ran a mule deer camp and was in charge of a group of seven or eight guides. While I was guiding, I always had my video camera with me and I videoed all of the trophy animals I saw and all of my clients’ hunts, as well as Jeff and Deb’s kids’ hunts.
After six or seven years of guiding, we built a very strong reputation and the guys from Realtree – Bill Jordan, David Blanton and Michael Waddell – heard about us and wanted to come and film a show for Realtree Outdoors. I guided David and we hit it off right away. I showed him some of my footage and he saw that I was good at it … and he asked me if I would consider running camera for Realtree. Obviously, I accepted.
I talked to Jeff and Deb and they gave me their blessings, but asked me to guide for one more year. So I did, and I began freelancing for Realtree and continued to do so for nine years. Over time, Michael and I became good friends and our personalities clicked. I made several appearances on Realtree Road Trips and they were very well received. When Michael started “Bone Collector”, he invited me to come along.
It's great being a co-host on Bone Collector, getting to hunt and travel around the world, meeting new people and hunting some of the best spots out there. I had always dreamed of being an entertainer and wanted to host my own show. It took me almost 15 years to reach this point, but it has gone by so fast! I love to travel and meet new people and see new country. I really value the relationships I’ve made over the years. I’m very surprised at how fast Bone Collector has taken off. The response has been very flattering, and we’re excited to get started filming season two!