Meet Wes David...
The Host of our Outdoor Stage!
Wes David was born and raised on a cattle ranch in central Alberta and has called Airdrie, Alberta home for the last 16-years. Former professional bull rider turned professional walleye tournament angler, outdoor writer, and host & producer of Fishing the Wild West TV, a fishing show dedicated to angling throughout western Canada and the northern U.S. States. Fishing the Wild West TV is in its 4th season and currently airing on 7-different US and Canadian networks.
Wes spends about 125-days on the water each year fishing, videoing, and researching information for magazines, TV, and conservation efforts. Wes has videoed and written magazine articles covering all freshwater fish species and fishing for them and many saltwater species. Articles and videos also cover hunting, wildlife and fisheries, fishing gear, outdoor youth, and future conservation.
Wes is a big believer in conservation, educating about Canada’s fisheries and wildlife, and getting our youth involved in the outdoors.
Meet Mitchell Payment...
Mitchell was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age and immediately became an outdoor and hunting enthusiast. Even at the early age of 12 it was evident that he had a talent beyond his years and has been fortunate to have harvested some impressive animals with his bow.
Roger also started hunting with his father at a very young age and over the years has learnt a lot about the habits and characteristics of the different game they pursue. The knowledge, techniques and respect he has will continue to be handed down from generation to generation.
With Mitchell's every-expanding commitment to his hunting endeavors, Roger can now be found mainly behind the camera, which allows them to make memories that will last a life time and provides the opportunity to share their passion and experiences with the hunting community.
Meet Rob Dunham...
Rob is a Canadian outfitter with more than 20 years of experience outfitting and guiding elk, moose, sheep, caribou, whitetail, bison, and black bear. His extensive experience in the far reaches of Canada as well as Africa make him a tremendous resourse for worldwide adventure. Hands down, Rob's favorite animal to hunt is Africa's Cape Buffalo.
Meet Brad Fenson...
OUTDOOR WRITER/COMMUNICATOR & PHOTOGRAPHER
Brad Fenson is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and unique outdoor adventures. Brad travels extensively throughout the world on various hunting and fishing adventures each year. This gives him the chance to field test some of the latest and most advanced gear coming on the market. Field testing rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, archery products, ammunition, optics, clothing, and camping gear, has provided Fenson with a broad knowledge base for modern sporting equipment. Brad works hard to learn new techniques and strategies to increase his knowledge as a hunter and angler and then shares his understanding with readers and viewers.
Fenson started writing over 30 years ago and continues to expand his markets. He has been in print in over 65 publications in North America, and his photographs enjoy an even larger distribution. Fenson has been involved with several bestselling book projects, like Total Fishing Manual, Total Gun Manual, and Total Outdoorsman Manual. Brad’s accomplishments are impressive with over 50 national communication awards for his writing and photography.
When it comes to cooking wild fish or game, Fenson is always experimenting. Smokers, pellet grills, outdoor stoves, and cast iron, are all staples in menu planning. Brad has several recipe columns and produces a number of video segments for television and social media every month. His passion for hunting and fishing extends to the meals he shares with family and friends.
Well versed on the seminar trail Brad’s communication skills keep him in demand at several Sportsman Shows and hunting and fishing club meetings doing seminars, presentations, and television shows.
Meet Steven Smith...
Steven Smith, owner and founder of Smith Game Calls based out of Beaverlodge, Alberta, canada. Steven grew up in a hunting family and developed a natural talent for being able to call animals into close range, so what started out as a hobby developed into a brand, Smith Game Calls. Elk hunting and calling is one of Steven's greatest passions. Steven is a professional elk caller and promoter of hunting conservation efforts in Alberta.
Meet Lisa Roper...
Lisa Roper is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is skilled in both hunting and fishing. She has stayed true to her roots, having been raised to appreciate her adventures in the backcountry and on the water in the Lakeland Region.
Her love and passion for the outdoors is what drives her to encourage her family, women, youth and beginners alike to connect with the beauty of the land, the journey of the hunt and the thrill of fishing. With an emphasis on the importance of conservation, she offers a relatable, practical approach to experiencing a bountiful and memorable outdoor experience.
Lisa is a regular blog contributor for Travel Lakeland, has been featured in the media and in various outdoor publications. She is proud to be named the first female brand ambassador in Canada for Len Thompson Lures and Pro-Staff in Western Canada for Spypoint Trail Cameras alongside her sponsorship with Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, SHE, and Redhead Brand Apparel.