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Jimmy Estes of Omaha, Arkansas developed a lifelong love of the outdoors while hunting with his father and grandfather. He took his first deer at age 11 and his first turkey at age 12.
“When I was a teenager my father started taking me on out-of-state hunts and I loved the travel and adventure,” said Jimmy.
He started videoing hunts with some friends in the late 1980’s, using VHS and 8 mm tapes. In 2000 he moved up to broadcast quality equipment and took his first freelance video job with Hunter’s Specialties in 2002.
In 2006 Jimmy joined the H.S. Field Staff, where he did hunts in front of the camera for the Cutt’n & Strutt’n and Primetime Bucks videos and the H.S. TV show. In December 2013 he was hired as a full-time pro staffer.
“I look forward to continuing work on the video series and television show, as well as new opportunities to make Hunter’s Specialties the best outdoor company in the world,” said Jimmy.
From 1999-2002, along with good friend Steve Snow, Mitch co-produced and edited their own production series "Pure Adrenaline". Their work eventually brought Mitch and Steve to Hunters Specialties in 2003 where they began to film hunts for Primetime Bucks DVD series and HS Outdoors TV.
Having taken nearly 30 Pope and Young whitetails in front of the camera, Mitch also feels equally fortunate to have filmed many more than that working behind the camera. His love for bow hunting and the challenges of hunting with two guys in a tree brings equal respect for both the cameraman and the hunter.
Mitch has also worked with Don and Kandi Kisky's "Whitetails, Taking it to the Extreme", Pat Reeve's "Driven TV", Realtree’s "Monster Bucks", and "In Pursuit", with Greg and Jake Miller. Mitch is proud of being a part of the Hunters Specialties team for over ten years now and is looking forward to many more.
Carl is a three time calling champion in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana in the owl hooting division. He competes annually in the Grand National Calling Contest at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and has placed as high as 5th twice. Carl currently heads up the Hunter’s Specialties calling team.
He has appeared on a number of TV shows and in DVD’s by Hunter’s Specialties as well as Realtree Outdoors.
This couple has done it all, from owning a archery pro shop, outfitting for elk, deer & bear, producing numerous video & DVD titles, traveling for years doing seminars and appearances; no other couple in the history of our sport has done more.
Their lists of awards and recognitions are second to none: Winners of the Outdoor Channel’s coveted Golden Moose Fan Favorite Hunting show, Reader’s Choice Fan Favorite hunting show numerous years in a row, WILD TV Grizzly Award for Favorite Hosts and the list goes on…
With almost as many animals as Noah’s Ark they have proved their prowess. Yet throughout all their success they have stayed humble and realize the bigger picture. We all need to put aside the egos and personal opinions and just stick together and promote hunting to the entire family.
”It doesn’t matter the size of the animal, but rather the adventure, the memories and whom you share it with!” …. Ralph Cianciarulo
From Alaska to Africa and everything in between Ralph & Vicki have done it all. They love deer hunting but the wilderness adventures captivate their souls and they have become known for these WILD & CRAZY adventures that millions have come to expect from them year after year.
Follow “America’s Favorite Hunting Couple” Ralph, Vicki & RJ Cianciarulo on facebook, twitter, www.archerschoice.com
Steve is presently a pro-staff and calling team member with Hunters Specialties and has appeared on Hunter’s Specialties The Stuff of Legends TV and the Cutt’n & Strutt’n video series. He is also a pro staff member with Team Realtree Camouflage and a field staff member with Hi-Viz sights.
Steve is an avid hunter and loves sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with young, inexperienced hunters as well as seasoned outdoorsmen.
Having a father who was an avid turkey hunter, the passion carried on to JR. He was driven to master the art of calling in the wily wild turkey to shotgun range. After successfully calling in and harvesting his first turkey at the age of 12 there was no turning back. This lead to competition calling, where he had success at a state level and then ranking on a national level as well. JR’s calling success on stage led him to the opportunity to take a Pro Staff position with Hunter’s Specialties at the young age of 14.
Calling turkeys was just a stepping stone to the full on excitement of calling in rutting bull elk every fall. From the day he arrowed his first bull elk at age 16, there hasn’t been a September when he isn’t chasing elk. After the rut is over JR switches to waterfowl hunting and enjoys calling birds in to the gun.
After spending 12 successful years chasing critters in front of the camera and having two newborn sons at home JR made the decision to take some time from his full-time hunting career to be with them. While passing on his addiction to the outdoors to his sons is a daily regimen, the family also has a whole new plate of seasons involving baseball, football, and basketball.
With less time in the field, JR has more time to help Hunter’s Specialties with product development. He was instrumental in helping bring products such as the Mac Daddy elk call and the Bull Hooker to the market.
Jack was raised hunting with his father and uncles in Tennessee. In 1960 he harvested his first whitetail, an impressive 8 pointer, and has been successful every year he has hunted since.
Jack harvested his first wild turkey in 1962. In 1978 Jack harvested the first legally taken turkey at Fort Campbell, and is the only hunter to take one every year since then both spring and fall. Since he first started hunting them, turkeys have been a passion for Jack. "My goal is to hunt turkeys in every state which has them," said Jack when he was asked what his current turkey hunting goal is. So far he has fulfilled his goal in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri, New York, and Kansas. Jack plans to hunt seven states each spring until his goal is complete.
While in the Army, Jack had the opportunity to hunt Roebuck, Asian stag, elephant and wild peacock, as well as German ducks and Korean deer and pheasant.
Since his retirement, Jack spends as much time as possible hunting, conducting seminars, holding in-store promotions, giving turkey hunting classes, and guiding for turkey, deer, quail, and pheasant hunters.
As a Hunter's Specialties Field Advisor, Jack's opinions and innovative ideas are highly regarded. His extensive hunting in differing terrain allows him to honestly test Hunter’s Specialties calls and products.
Stan hosts the new Mathews' Dominant Bucks on Outdoor Channel; co-hosts North American Whitetail TV on Sportsman Channel, Fox Affiliates; Wild TV and Hunt Masters TV on Outdoor Channel. He also appears in Pro Hunter Journal and Whitetail Country on ESPN; and HS Outdoors on Outdoor Channel.
Stan has given hunting seminars all across North America and has been the subject of many feature magazine articles. His hunting successes have been documented in North American Whitetail magazine, Bowhunter magazine, Illinois Game and Fish magazine and several other media sources.
He has appeared in several hunting videos including Drury Outdoors Power Calling, Realtree's Monster Bucks and Hunter's Specialties Prime Time series.
Stan hunts 100% wild whitetails on public and private property and is well known for his expertise in treestand placement and patterning big mature bucks.
When not in pursuit of whitetails, Stan loves hunting elk, moose, grizzlies, mule deer, antelope and turkeys.
White is an accomplished turkey caller. He has won a number of turkey calling contests, including the Iowa State Turkey Calling Championship ten times and the Iowa Open eight times. He was the Wisconsin Turkey Calling Champion in 1997 and is a two-time winner of the Nebraska Open. In addition, he won the Minnesota Owl Hooting Championship from 1994-96 and the Iowa Owl Hooting Championship in 2001 and 2007.
White's experience and knowledge of the Midwest woods is a valuable asset to Hunter's Specialties. He has shared his expertise on Hunter’s Specialties Outdoors on The Outdoor Channel and ESPN Outdoors with Tom Miranda. He has appeared on the Hunter’s Specialties DVD series PrimeTime Bucks, PrimeTime Bulls and Cutt’n & Strutt’n.
Rick is also an accomplished videographer and films hunts for Hunter’s Specialties TV and DVD series and North American Whitetail – In Pursuit. When he is not hunting or filming, Rick travels the country, conducting seminars on turkey and deer hunting, sharing his knowledge, expertise and passion for the outdoors with others.]
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