Executive Producer Gary Lewis was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Gary Lewis has been walking forest trails and running rivers as far back as he can remember. An award-winning writer, he has penned over 4,000 newspaper and magazine articles and published 17 books. "I’ve never forgotten the wonder of the chase, of nature in the raw. It fuels the pursuit of the story, whether we are in the wilderness of Alaska, in the African bush, on the slopes in New Zealand or hunting and fishing my home state of Oregon. Television gives us another way to tell the stories of people, ghost towns, backcountry and life in the wild in the context of the chase."
Central Oregon native Trevor Barclay is the man behind the camera and the art direction. He gets his biggest kick from the camp life, the cooking and helping others discover the outdoors. Count on him for improbable cameos and a voice from off-camera.
Rodney Smith hosted groups to Alaska for 17 years straight, is an international hunter with 78 trips to the South Pacific to his credit. His company was the official travel partner for Mark Burnett Productions, best known for The Apprentice, Survivor and The Voice. Rodney can also tie balloon animals.
Filmmaker and producer emeritus Samuel Pyke set the standard for Frontier Unlimited after working under his older brother Eli Pyke on Gary Lewis's Adventure Journal. A storyteller, a rifleman and a fly-rodder, he remains an advisor and trusted friend.
Watch for these characters in the 2023 and 2024 seasons:
Texas Jack Morales is one of the O.G.s of the Single Action Shooting Society. A horse trader, an enthusiast of the Colt six-shooter and the 45 Government Model, he is fast and smooth. You might not recognize him from Rooster Cogburn or a dozen other westerns, but he was there doing the hard things like riding the bronc and falling off the roof of a saloon.
In the Single Action Shooting Society and in Wild Bunch 3-gun competition, they call him Last Chance Morales. They also call him Chance Koch, of Redmond, Oregon, and they call him world champion with 11 titles between 2009 and 2020. Sometimes you can find him shooting with fellow Wild Bunch members or in USPSA competition at the COSSA Park east of Bend, but it would be hard to find a more enthusiastic turkey hunter.
The Juan and The Only. From Puerto Rico to the Right Coast and the Lost Garden of Eden, podcaster (The Juan On Juan Podcast) and deep thinker Juan Ayala makes a guest appearance in a mangrove swamp.
Thank you for your nervous. Thomas Gorence is THE paranoid American, looking over his shoulder while he edits and publishes comic books, telling the stories that were never supposed to be told.
At turns sullen and morose or jovial and jokester, Scott Schendel turns out to be the best bow-fisherman on the boat.
Three-hundred-sixty-two days out of each year, Levi Mallory lives, breathes, eats and sleeps whitetail deer hunting. On the other two days he likes to hunt for turkey. On leap years, he takes the time to fish for crappie. No one knows whitetails better.
"I was made for this." Brian R. Smith was made for drinking bourbon, smoking cigars and shooting birds. A deep thinker and a bad songwriter, he can always be counted on to be bleeding by the end of the episode.
Pog. He got his name from that little piece of a milk bottle top so you better take this hard-charging helicopter pilot, hunting guide, rugby-playing jet boat operator seriously.
Surrounded by type-A women, Tracy Wilson has learned to keep his mouth shut, do what he is told, carry fine rifles and shoot them well. Don't expect him to talk a lot, but do expect him to pull his weight.
Chris Sulak, a.k.a. CJ the DJ. Stand-up comedian-funny. You can count on him to show up when he says he will and count on him to drink too much and eat too much cheese the day before the trip, so he will be constipated while you're trying to catch a sturgeon. But he tells you about it with a smile on his face.
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