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.