2020 Event Speakers!
What started as a dream, became a reality in 1996 when Tim joined the rank of pro-staffer for Realtree Outdoors and he hasn’t looked back since. He feels like one of the luckiest guys in the Outdoor Industry to come from a small, farm town in Western NY to become a national pro-staffer traveling the country meeting sportsmen and women from all over and hearing their stories from the field. But even before that, he had a strong passion for the outdoors whether standing streamside fishing or sitting in a snowstorm waiting on a whitetail to show. Tim ’s true passion is deer hunting whitetails and muleys, having hunted them in twenty states and five Canadian provinces, but he also loves the challenge of long-beards, antelope and bear. Tim started hosting “Rush Outdoors” a regional show covering NY, PA, and southern Ontario 7 years ago. He is also the host of “The World Of Rush Outdoors” a national show on the Pursuit channel reaching 42 million homes. He has made appearances on Realtree Roadtrips with Michael Waddell, Realtree Outdoors, Deer City USA and Outdoor America aired on the Outdoor channel. He has also appeared on Realtree’s Monster Buck DVD series.
Ken Hamel grew up in Altoona Pennsylvania and has been a whitetail hunting fanatic since the age of 12. He has 30 years of experience hunting the North American whitetail deer, in fact in 10 consecutive deer seasons he harvested bucks scoring 130 to 189 7/8 inches on the Boone and Crockett Gross scale. He also has harvested three Giant Whitetails scoring over 170 inches, all on public land where anyone can hunt. Ken is a nationally known caller and hunter. His expertise in hunting the whitetail deer has allowed him to be successful in the many States and Canadian Provinces that he hunts. He has harvested over 100 whitetails in his lifetime, 70 percent of them being bucks. His knowledge on how to rattle in the big North American whitetail deer is second to none. He has rattled, called, and used scents in order to be successful time and time again. Come along and listen to Ken speak on how to help you understand how to rattle in those incredible big whitetails to your tree stand in your neck of the woods. Ken is the Owner of Mountain Hollow Game Calls, Inc.
CJ is a wildlife biologist and an outdoor writer for Bowhunter and North American Hunter magazines. Internet users can find CJ on the largest bowhunting web site at www.bowsite.com. He is also on the hunting advisory staff of Scent-Lok, API Treestands and Realtree Camouflage. CJ has served on the Educational Review Committee for the National Rifle Association’s Whitetail Deer Hunter Clinic Program and is a featured seminar speaker on the NRA’s Great American Hunters Tour. In addition, he has worked on a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Management at West Virginia University under Dr. David Samuel (Conservation Editor for Bowhunter magazine). CJ also manages and guides on several quality deer management programs around the country. All the scientific information presented during his talks are based on actual field research conducted by himself or other prominent wildlife biologists. CJ translates this biological information so everyone can understand and utilize the latest scientific results. Hunters that use these findings can readily adapt or modify their hunting techniques to harvest quality bucks. CJ’s seminars are data-packed and will elevate even an experienced hunter’s savvy. Come prepared to take notes on what some people call a whole college course in “Advanced Deer Hunting 101”.
The Big Woods Buck Team – Hal Blood
Master Maine Guide Hal Blood is a special breed of deer hunter. Hal has tracked thousands of bucks over his lifetime. By chasing that many bucks wherever they might be going, Hal has been able to unlock the mysterious life that a mature big woods buck leads. Hal has mastered the core fundamentals and woodsman skills needed to kill any game on this continent and his willingness to teach these fundamentals to help shorten their learning curve has helped hunters across America successfully and consistently pursue and kill game. Hal has written 3 books on the subject of hunting in the Big Woods. His most recent book is titled “Tracking Whitetail Bucks” is stories on the trail as he shoots 25 Bucks in the Big Woods.
Sue is the founder and science director of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of North America’s top wildlife trackers. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx, and cougar. When not in the field conducting research, leading training programs or photographing wildlife, Sue can often be found presenting her findings and award-winning images to a wide range of audiences, including the general public, conservation leaders and students of all ages. Over the years, the University of Vermont graduate has served as a mentor to numerous young people and inspired many to pursue careers in natural resources. Sue will be presenting on Animals of the North and what the future holds.
A member of the Big Woods Buck Team, Mark Scheeren is an avid rifle hunter, who specializes in tracking and still-hunting big woods bucks and stand hunting when conditions warrant that tactic. He is an outdoor writer, a Team Member of Big Woods Bucks, and considers himself a hunter/conservationist. He spends most seasons hunting the Central Adirondacks, and the farmland around his home just south of the Adirondack Park. Mark’s favorite places to hunt are the New York mountains, Maine’s Northernmost Regions, and the Western portion of Montana. Mark is a lover of rifles, gunsmithing, and is an expert on ballistics and understanding the process of matching the rifle to the rifleman’s passion. He will be presenting his seminar titled “Matching Your Hunting Style with The Right Rifle”.
Have Your Trophy Officially Scored
The Vermont Big Game Trophy Club will be on hand with scorers representing the following clubs: MASTC, NHASTC, NBBC, P&Y, B&C and VBGTC. These nationally acclaimed scorers will be able to officially score any species of North American Big Game. The Vermont Big Game Trophy Club is a non-profit organization and utilizes a network of volunteer measures throughout the state to measure trophies and forward this information to the VBGTC offices for inclusion in their records keeping program. For more information, check out vermontbig-gametrophyclub.com.
The Whitetails of North America Collection
The Whitetails of North America Collection created by John LaBerge of Vergennes, Vermont includes many of the world’s most famous bucks. Standing above all, as full mount replicas, are the current World Record Typical, The Milo Hanson Buck, and the Non-Typical world record, The Missouri Monarch Buck. The collection currently includes over forty, spectacular whitetail typical and non-typical giants from across the continent. Come see this newly created collection of the biggest whitetails that have ever lived.
With over 15 wins and countless top 10 finished over the past 20 years, JJ Judd is ranked #1 on Lake Champlain according to BassRanking.com. Judd specializes in sight fishing and largemouth fishing in the grass. Judd’s latest win came in 2018 where he topped a field of 197 anglers in an FLW BFL event on Lake Champlain.
Vermonter, avid photographer and duck and goose hunter, Chris is dedicated to promoting waterfowl and upland hunting in Vermont. Chris will be presenting on upland bird hunting, how to plan to your hunt with kids and duck & goose calling with his avid hunting partner Bradley Carleton.
Audubon Vermont’s Mission is to protect birds, wildlife and their habitat through engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, stewardship, and action. Please Join the Audubon Team for kids activities Saturday and Sunday of the show. Build a bird whistle or tracking bookmark, and dissect an owl pellet and see what you’ll find!
2013 NWTF Roger Latham Award Winner! Joe’s Journey as a sportsman began at the age of 10 as he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and was fully entrenched in the outdoor scene by the age of 18. In 1976, while turkey hunting he met Dick Kirby who had just founded a company called Quaker Boy Game Calls. Ten years later, with much success and knowledge having been acquired by both men, Joe was asked to join the prestigious Quaker Boy Prostaff and thus another segment of his outdoor career had begun. Since that time Joe has traveled throughout the country producing outdoor videos, instructing at seminars and clinics, while at the same time honing his own skills along the way. Joe has pursued everything from Maine moose to Alabama mallards. His expertise as an “Over the Edge” turkey hunter is well known throughout the Northeast. He has appeared on the Quaker Boy Video Series and has assisted many celebrities and countless sportsmen in their turkey hunting adventures. He is a member of the RealTree Advisory Team and the Alpen Optics Pro-Staff and has served two terms as President of the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He writes an outdoor column and hosts his local cable TV show called On The Ridge. He is dedicated to the future of hunting, so please stop by and introduce yourself.
Vermont Trappers Association
Our Mission is conserving wildlife and preserving our outdoor heritage for future generations of outdoorsmen and women, ensuring the controlled harvest of wild fur-bearing animals to maintain healthy populations within the carrying capacity of the environment and providing trapper education, emphasizing the most humane techniques in harvesting fur-bearers, and giving special consideration to conservation of wildlife species. VTA is pleased to be a major sponsor of the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show this year and invite you to our seminar “Trapping in the Modern Era” being held Saturday, Jan 18th at 3:00 pm in the Stevens Seminar Room.
Bob Howe understands that if you are going to pursue “trophy” caliber fish and game, it requires a special mindset. This has earned him a reputation as one of Maine’s best all-around outfitters. While his talent guiding deer and bear hunters at Pine Grove Lodge in Bingham, Maine, is well known across the Northeast, another passion is pursuing trophy brook trout in the 4 – 6-pound range, both with a fly-rod and trolling setups. His seminars will reveal some of his best secrets that are the keys to his consistent success landing these prized fish. While the tactics have been refined in Maine, they will work anywhere brook trout are found. Not only will serious trout fishermen want to attend, but so will any angler with trophy fishing ambitions. Bob will also offer a seminar on Coyote Hunting.
Timmy Bolduc was raised in a deer hunting family in southern NH. In 2003 he started tracking whitetails. In the beginning, he was a student, studying books by some of the tracking greats, watching DVDs and soaking up as much knowledge as he could. Timmy has since made a name for himself consistently killing big bucks in the north woods year in and year out…he has gone from a student of tracking to teaching the techniques he’s learned through his many years in the big woods. In 2013 Timmy became a Registered Maine Guide. Aside from deer, he enjoys fishing with his family, rabbit hunting, turkey hunting, snowmobiling and anything that gets him outdoors! Timmy lives in southern NH with his wife, Andrea – also a BWB Team Member, and their 2 little boys.
VT Fish and Wildlife Department Seminars
See Seminar Schedule Page for Date, Location & Times.
Crossbow Hunting Introduction and Demonstrations
With VT F&W Instructors
Game Cooking with Odd Parts
With Adam Miller, Wildlife Program Manager
New Deer Hunting Regulation, Discussion and Q&A
with VT F&W Deer Biologist, Nick Fortin