2013 Pros and Seminar Speakers
Heartland Bowhunter Clayton Campbell
Tagging along with his dad on fishing trips and pheasant hunts got Clayton introduced to the outdoors at a very young age. His dad Keith did not deer hunt but hearing a bow hunting story that involved a big buck from his uncle Bob got the fire started. That same year at Christmas 18 years ago, a Bear Whitetail II and arrows showed up under the tree. After getting several big game species under his belt with a compound, Clayton took up traditional archery and filming to get a change of pace and another passion begun. “Shooting high quality video is a lot harder than shooting a big buck with a bow,” states Clayton, but will gladly take the challenge on either side of the camera. Behind church and family, sharing time in the outdoors with good friends and family is his way of life.
Dept of Conservation Jason Sumners
Jason is a Resource Scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, based out of Columbia, MO. He has an extensive background in white-tailed deer ecology and management. He has worked on deer from the Florida Keys to South Texas and many points in between. Jason is a native Missourian, having grown up in west central Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife. Jason received a Master’s of Science from Mississippi State University where his research investigated the long term genetic impacts of restocking on breeding dates of deer populations in the south. Upon completion of his work in Mississippi, Jason attended Texas A&M University–Kingsville where his work focused on breeding success of white-tailed deer and the scale-dependent genetic structure of deer populations. His work includes a long-term study of buck breeding success on in South Texas. Jason had the opportunity in 2008 to return to his home state as a deer biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. In 2011 he assumed the role of Deer Program Coordinator. He is also considered MDC’s chronic wasting disease expert and played a key role in the initial stages of the Missouri Elk Restoration.
TFO Outdoors Doug Linebaugh
Doug grew up on a small farm in Mid-Missouri, but didn't start hunting hardcore until his college years. He started hunting whitetails on public land and has been addicted ever since. Most of his early hunting was centered around turkey and whitetail deer but he craved more. When his son, Connor, was born he started hunting big game anywhere he could. Hunting with a camera has added a new dimension to the sport, he enjoys the challenge of getting the encounters on film so that family and friends can share in the excitement of his hunts. Doug points out that he has been blessed with a wonderful wife, Jeanette, that for 20 years has put up with his love for the outdoors. Doug also has two wonderful children, Bailey and Connor, that hunt with him anytime they can. Although Bailey likes shopping more than hunting, Connor has already taken many trophies on film and will be a future Rock Star in the hunting community. When the opportunity for ownership in Taken Flight Outdoors came in 2012, Doug jumped at the chance. Look for Doug and Connor killing giants and making memories in the years to come.
TFO Outdoors by Connor Linebaugh
Connor Linebaugh, born and raised in Columbia, MO, has been passionate about the outdoors since he could walk. Connor’s father, Doug, was the key in introducing him to outdoor activities by taking him along on all his adventures. Whether it was toting along his toy gun behind dad while deer hunting or sitting with him in a blind waiting for that perfect gobbler, Connor always wanted to be there. At only 12 years old, Connor has already amassed an impressive collection of big game animals including Elk, Whitetail Deer, Alligator, Turkey as well as numerous species of small game. Connor's hunting calendar this year is loaded with out-of-state hunts, but more importantly he gets to do his favorite thing in the world which he says is "Spending time with my DAD"!
BestGameCamera.com Shannon Douglas
Shannon is the owner operator of www.BestGameCamera.com for 6 years and an outdoorsman for over 20 years. He is also a current pro-staff member for HCO Outdoors. Trailcameras have helped him and his family manage and kill deer for many years. Trailcameras can definatly be a helpful tool whether it be managing game or used in surveillance. With a degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri Columbia it has hepled Shannon understand what makes a good quality product. He will teach you the in's and out's of trailcameras and how proper placement with the right camera can be key to good sucess.
Jack Links Sasquatch
Seldom seen but often spoken about, Sasquatch will be at the 2013 Missouri Deer Classic for limited sightings. Be watching for the hairy creature sneaking around the Expo Center so you can be Messin' With Sasquatch.
The Writing Huntress Lisa Jane
Stolen from her crib and raised by wolves, she emerged from the wild with the passion to write — and the instinct to hunt.
She hunts, writes, wears more camouflage face paint than anyone rightly should, and claims to be a master jackalope huntress but all we know is that she's the digital media coordinator at the 2013 Missouri Deer Classic & Outdoor Expo. This fierce, creative outdoor blogger has been featured as Deer and Deer Hunting magazine's "Deer Huntress", made her deer hunting DVD debut with Huntography in 2011, and has tested countless products from great outdoor companies on her blog, Hunt Like You're Hungry.
Lisa will be keeping the digital world up to date of all the happenings of the Expo during the weekend.
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Heartland Bowhunter Skyler Wirsig
Skyler grew up in the desert of Arizona, but developed a love for the outdoors from his family in Missouri. He can remember his Poppa taking him on many hunting and fishing adventures at a very young age; at the age of six he shot his first bow, but had to patiently wait until he was eleven to get a chance to harvest his first deer in Missouri. After taking a nice 8-point buck that year, Skyler became hooked on chasing whitetails. His obsession didn’t stop there as he started hunting for turkeys just a few years later.
He eventually developed a passion for filming hunts in high school when he filmed his dad shooting his first turkey. Attending college in Missouri gave him the opportunity to hunt and film all year long. Hunting and filming is now a 24/7 addiction that never stops. Skyler’s biggest influences on his love for the outdoors are his Poppa, dad, and uncles. He is currently living in Missouri and enjoys every minute of being in the heartland!
H.I.P.S. Blinds Jay Faherty
Jay has been a traditional bowhunter for more then 30 years. Having been blessed to harvested several Pope and Young animals all over the U.S. along with turkey, elk and hogs. Jay is also the owner of H.I.P.S Blind, one of the most revolutionary hunting products to hit the market in recent history.
Jay will be offering his method and skills to turkey hunters that want to be more successful in general, but with specific instruction on using archery equipment to bag their bird. Jay has guided turkey hunters over for twenty years and hundreds of birds have been harvested thanks to his skills as a caller and guide.
X-Treme Wildlife Jeff Bergsieker
Jeff Bergsieker, has over 12 years of experience maintaining properties just like yours. He too is an avid hunter and outdoorsmen, but he too also understands the importance of properly maintaining your hunting property. Owner of X-Treme Wildlife, Jeff has the equipment to get any size job done. From clearing an area in the woods for a food plot to digging water holes or even ponds, we can even install food plots way back in the woods where no tractor can go.
Whether you want to attract more wildlife, grow bigger wildlife, or maintain wildlife, Jeff and his team can help you make the right decisions for your property. Deer herd surveying, population estimation, buck age structure, custom stand construction are just a few things that Jeff and his team at X-Treme Wildlife has to offer.
Driftwood Outdoors Brandon Butler
Brandon is the publisher of Driftwood Outdoors, Missouri's Premier Outdoor Magazine. Being an accomplished outdoorsman, Brandon has had the pleasure to hunt and fish all over the U.S.
Finding a place to hunt is the greatest challenge sportsmen face today. Private property is becoming harder to attain, and not everyone can afford to lease land. Listen in as Brandon explains how to take advantage of Missouri’s nearly half-million acres of public property. Learn the ins-and-outs of the Show-Me States National Forest, as well as DNR state forests, fish and wildlife areas, and state recreation areas. Each year, thousands of quality whitetails and turkeys are taken on public ground. Attend this seminar so you can learn how you can take advantage of property you already have permission to hunt.
Prairie Grass Outfitters Win Mitchell
Win has been active in the outdoors for over 50 years and has spent the past 30 years training dogs to retrieve shed antlers of whitetail deer around the U.S.
Win will be giving you the basics of starting your dog on shed antler hunting and provide you tips to help you find more antlers after hunting season.
Missouri Muskies by Earle Hammond
Earle, a retired law enforcement office, started fishing for muskies in 1970 in Pomme de Terre and in the mid 1970's, Earle fished his first tournament. "After that I never missed one for 30 years", he said. "My wife always told the kids, don’t get married or have a baby while the muskie tournament is going on because your dad won’t be there". Besides running a guide business on Pomme de Terre, he is currently Senior Regional Representative for Region 4 of Muskies, Inc and serve on the Executive Board. Muskies, Inc. is a 6800 member muskie fishing club that takes in around 30 states.
More Missouri Muskies by Jim Wilson
Having taught school for over 30 years, Jim Wilson now enjoys his retirement on the water. He has been taking people fishing all his life, "about 12 years ago my wife told me that I need to start getting paid for taking all these people fishing", he said. So he started Coaches Guide Service here in Missouri. I live at Pomme de Terre but have fished in Canada, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Earle and Jim will be introducing you to Missouri Muskie fishing, giving you the skills and tips to catch a big one. To learn more, go to: www.pommemuskieguideservice.com or www.coachesguideservice.com
Bowfishing Insanity Bo O'Neil
For over 25 years, Bo has fished in several states, and was ther winner of Missouri's biggest tournament, the Ironman Shoot.
At his side on the water is his daughter, Linsey (19 yrs old), who has been bowfishing since age 8. She shot her first Texas alligator gar at age 12 and has been successful in many trips back. She has won several MBH Youth Bowfishing tournaments and won the BAA World Bowfishing title at Ft Gibson Lake in Oklahoma. Linsey is very accomplished at bowfishing and as a father it was a joy to watch my daughter grow from a youth to an adult.
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