In 2000 I began looking for a company that could provide me with a 4-wheel drive vehicle that I could use to travel the backwoods of the American West and the Trail of the Great Bear up the spine of the Rocky Mountains to the Northern Canadian National Parks. I needed a vehicle with 4-wheel drive that would give me the flexibility to photograph, video, and film the animals of the North while being assured that I could safely go to the areas that would provide optimal opportunity. After a lot of research, I decided to go with Quigley Motor Company and convert the 21 foot van/RV into 4 wheel drive. At that time, I never could have imagined that in the year 2012, the fine folks at Quigley Motors would be a part of Primal Instinct TV. I have said before that my selection of sponsors for this TV endeavor is not predicated on who will pay us the largest endorsement, but is based on companies who provide superior products. In the twelve years that I have used this vehicle, the 4-wheel drive system has never let me down and has afforded me the opportunity to comfortably get into locations and film some of the most fantastic sights that North America holds. Check back here in a couple of weeks for a far more in depth overview and endorsement of Quigley Motor Company as I am currently off to the wilderness utilizing their product. I will elaborate on our relationship and the wonderful folks at Quigley who I can not thank enough for the job they have done and the product they have provided for us.
And on that note of being off to the wilderness to utilize their product, I just want to add that had it not been for Quigley and their 4-wheel drive conversion of my Chinook, I would have not been able to accomplish anything this summer. Due to breaking my ankle last fall and the complications that ensued, I would not have been able to get out and get to the places I needed to film without having this vehicle. So, an extra thank you to Quigley for keeping me on the road doing what I love to do!
Ok, so this is not Wilson, Scott, April, Lonnie, or Dave today. I’m one of the cogs in the machine of Primal Instinct tv, but today I’m hijacking the blog:)
Last weekend, Wilson appeared at the Louisville RV, Boat, and Outdoor Show on behalf of Primal Instinct to promote the show and teach a few turkey, duck, and goose calling seminars. Since the rest of the crew was unable to join him for the weekend, I went along to man the booth when he was out and just help with things in general.
It was a big show with a great attendance. This has primarily been an RV and boat show in the past, but they have been building the outdoor portion of the show over the past couple of years, so there really was something for everyone. It was fantastic to get to meet and talk to people who watch the show and hear their feedback. However, I was surprised by what turned out to be the best part of the show, for me anyway, and I think also for Wilson. It was the kids. There were lots of kids in attendance and they really could not care less that Wilson is on TV, but they were fascinated with those cool calls spread throughout the booth, and you should have seen their faces when he would show them the sounds he could make with them. It usually started with one child asking questions. Anytime a child asked, Wilson would blow the calls, and anytime he blew them, we ended up with a booth full of kids and adults alike. It was a game for the kids to guess what animal the call was for by the sound it made. I loved that two different little boys guessed the elk bugle to be an elephant!
Several of the kids were hunters themselves. They had already started in the sport with their Dad (or sometimes their Dad and Mom). Most of the time when you asked the kids what they like to hunt, the response was deer or turkey, however, we talked to one six year old who responded that he wanted to hunt bear and caribou! Let me tell you, he was quite knowledgable for his age. The kids were just astonishing. One of the best things was seeing that they got out and did something with their parents or other family members.
We have a video of Wilson teaching duck calling techniques posted on our Facebook page if you would like to see it. Although it is impressive, I have to say that his lesson with the kids topped it, but unfortunately, I was not prepared with the video camera at that time:( However, we do have some stills that we took in our photo booth of Wilson with many of the kids (which you can see at the end of this post). We made prints on the spot for Wilson to sign that the kids could take home with him.
All in all, it was a good weekend, and I think that Wilson might have an effect on at least one young life, hopefully more. I can’t get it out of my head when one little boy learned that he had just heard a world champion duck caller his response was, “You’re really standing right here?”. Priceless.
Having been an outdoorsmen for nearly 60 years, I long ago realized the importance of blending into nature and the value of good camouflage. I remember back when my old friend, Jim Crumley designed Trebark, the first high tech camo pattern, and worked with the original folks of Apparition utilizing their Skyline pattern for our “popup blinds” out in Nebraska, and later with Realtree, in the development of their original advantage wetlands pattern and more recently have been a strong advocate of Mossy Oak’s patterns. If you look back throughout the 2011 season of Primal Instinct TV, you will see I was always wearing Mossy Oak treestand, which in my opinion is the only pattern developed by the major companies that blends well in both the Eastern and Western US.
I have found through years of experience in the field, both as a wildlife photographer and avid outdoorsmen, that most patterns that successfully function in the eastern hardwood forests tend to not work well in the cottonwood bottoms, canyonlands, quakes, and sage grasses of the American West. It has always been a struggle to find a pattern that worked well for me everywhere.
I have been wearing Mossy Oak patterns exclusively for over 15 years and thought I would never again wear any other pattern…..but, I just recently had the pleasure of meeting Greg Love from Kryptek and after getting to know the products, the pattern, the quality of construction, and the high tech fabrics, I have decided to abandon my exclusive use of Mossy Oak for their Mountain pattern.
Kryptek has truly impressed me with their ability to create military grade tactical apparel for the hunting industry that is function, durable, dependable, and at a great price that is unmatched for the quality of the product. Myself and the entire Primal Instinct team will be utilizing their products as we go afield to film our 2012 season.
The Primal Instinct crew is gearing up with 2011 Spring Turkey Season. It is our plan to film at least two “Grand Slams”, one with a bow and the other with a shotgun. We have a full itinerary to start out in Florida for the osceola in mid-March, then swing up to South Carolina and back home to Maryland for the eastern. We will take a quick jolt to Texas for the rio and finally shoot back up north to Nebraska for the merriam.
We hope to capture on film two complete ‘grand slams‘ this season, along with additional kills form our other team members and guests.
Unlike most Turkey episodes, we intend to have numerous kills and close encounters filmed in a stunning 24p cinematic look. Be sure to stay tuned to learn more about the skills and success of this adventure.
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.