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Andy Anderson

Andy AndersonHome: West Virginia

I grew up on the Elk River hunting small game, turkey, White tail deer, and most recently, waterfowl. Since graduating college in 2008, I have dedicated myself to helping encourage and educate high school students as both a social studies teacher and football coach. However, the role I enjoy the most in life is that of father and husband. I look forward to teaching my daughter to love and respect the outdoors. My father and uncles instilled within me a love of the outdoors that was only amplified when I discovered water fowling. I had always been interested in water fowling, and when I met up with Nick Watts for a hunt in 2013 I was instantly addicted. In 2014, I co-founded the West Virginia Waterfowl Group in order to promote water fowling in the great state of West Virginia. We enjoy hunting with veterans, children and just anyone interested in water fowling. I’m honored to be a part of the KES team. Knock Em Stiff!!!!

Brett Bayer

Age: 25
Hometown: Neenah, WI

I was born and raised in Northeast Wisconsin and have been here all my life. I graduated from Hortonville High School in 2004. I attended Fox Valley Technical College for a couple years to further my knowledge in Natural Resources.

I started following my Dad into the woods and duck blinds when I was 7 years old. I shot my first duck, a young drake woody, at the age of 12 and was sucked in to the waterfowling world. I have always been awed by working birds and enjoy the challenge of getting them to decoy exactly where I want them to.
I feel that Im lucky to live in a state that is rich in waterfowling history both past and present. I enjoy jumping shooting potholes, skiffing marshes, laying in fields and chasing big water divers. I am a proud member of Ducks Unlimited and believe if it wasn’t for organizations like this, we would not have the hunting opportunities we have today. My Dad and I have built, put up and maintained woodduck nest boxes for years.

If Im not after ducks and geese, Im in the deer stand chasing white-tails in the fall and big gobblers in the spring. Fishing keeps me busy during the summer and winter months. I am lucky to have friends and family who enjoy many of the outdoor activities that I do. Even though I have learned a lot on my own by trial and error, I credit much of my success to my father who has taught me a lot about the outdoors.

Matt Canterbury

Matt CanterburyAfter graduating from high school, I joined the Army National Guard and took advantage of the G.I. Bill. I earned my Associates Degree in Applied Science in the Medical Laboratory field from Columbus State Community College. This degree allowed me to work as a Medical Lab Technician for eleven years at Lab Corp of America.

I married my wife, Karen, in 1995. We had our first son, Matthew, in 1999. Our son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 18 months.

I decided to leave the medical lab field in 2000 to pursue a career in golf course maintenance. In 2003 I started classes at Clark State Community College for Golf Course Maintenance. I earned an Associates of Applied Science in the Golf Course Maintenance option. With this degree I became an Assistant Superintendent at private golf course.

I love the outdoors and enjoy hunting and fishing. I met Neal Piotrowski and Chris Wright with KES Waterfowlers in 2007 and they introduced me to waterfowl hunting. Both Chris and Neal spent time teaching me how to blow goose and duck calls. I am spending time in their shop learning the process of call making.

In 2009, I attended a Ducks Unlimited banquet in Madison County and purchased an American Water Spaniel at the auction. Brandy is a lively addition to our family. She loves to swim, play fetch and play with Matthew. Hopefully by next season she will be able to go on hunts with us.

Matt on the Crusher Goose Call:

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Austin Clearwater

Austin ClearwaterOwner: Heavy Horn Nation
Location: Eastern Kansas
Area of Hunting Expertise: Waterfowl, Turkey, Deer, Trapper

Austin was born and raised in Eastern Kansas where wild game has always been abundant. Austin quickly learned hunting as a way of life. He started deer hunting at a young age but as a teenager quickly found a love for waterfowl. Many hours were spent between classes during his college years at Pittsburg State University chasing ducks on public ground in St. Paul, Ks. The chase didn’t end there; in 2014 he put his dreams into motion and began filming hunts. He and a few other avid “blue collar” hunters with the same goals in mind started a hunting group, Heavy Horn Nation which grew to have nearly 600 followers in a very short matter of time. The ultimate goal of Heavy Horn Nation is to engage other like minded “blue collar” hunters by sharing their hunting films, wild game recipes, hunting stories and photos. They have even hosted a few friendly competitions to keep themselves entertained during the dreaded off-seasons.
Austin is proud to represent KES Waterfowlers as they are what Heavy Horn Nation is made up of, “blue collar hunters”.

Eric D. Gallup

Eric D GallupNickname: El Lobo “wolf”
Years hunting: 28

I was born January 06 1980, in Streator Illinois. I Joined the Army in 1999 and served 12 years as an 11B Infantry. During my tour as an 11B I have been in two combat tours and 1 peacekeeping tour in Kosovo/ Balkans area. I have completed Air Assault School, recruiting school, combat lifesaver school, LRM Long Range Marksmen School, and many other schools. My last deployment is what prompted me to start WOUNDED VETERANS WATERFOWL CLUB. Fifty-three of my fellow brothers lost limbs during the deployment many of them who hunted. I had this notion or dream to start a guide service that was for veterans wounded or not and make it completely free for the veterans. I started WVWC in 2011. The first person I took out was an Iraqi war veteran who was hit by an RPG or rocket propelled grenade. He loved to hunt but thought it was impossible to get back out in God’s country and I wanted to be the person to get him back out. He was able to harvest his first ducks that day. WVWC was at its beginning stage and after that hunt, and I felt driven to take this guide service to its top level. The difference between our guide service and everyone else is we do not charge veterans to hunt. We pay out of pocket to take veterans hunting because we are not in it for the money, fame, or recognition. We are in it for the brotherhood and to make a difference many heroes’ lives. My best hunting accomplishments include 3 banded geese one which me and my buddy Corey harvested, his and my band numbers were consecutive band numbers, a 170 inch mule deer and a 15 inch antelope with my bow.

Matt Haines

Matt HainesHometown: Mustang, Oklahoma
Occupation: Police Officer

I was born and raised in central Oklahoma. I started hunting at age 10 with my father who raised English pointers for a time. I hunted mostly quail and pheasant with my father until high school.
A friend introduced me into dove hunting when I was 16. I continued to dove and turkey hunt until I was 19. When another friend took me duck hunting and I was hooked from the very first duck I watched work (it was a drake spoon bill). After catching the passion that is waterfowl hunting .I started hunting any chance I could. Since that very first duck I have gone on to hunt in all 4 corners of Oklahoma and chase teal in September to lesser Canada geese into February , and every other duck or goose found in the sooner state. I really enjoy taking new people in the Field and introducing them to my Waterfowl Lifestyle I live and love.

I take as many new people as I can a year. Also, I have recently taken on the endeavor of attempting to train my own duck dog (Ike a black lab) he is currently going his second full season. I’m looking forward to taking him out with my KES calls and knocking a few birds down.

Jonathan Jordan

Age: 30
Hometown: Cross Lanes WV
Favorite call: Snub Nose
I was born and raised in central West Virginia, and still live there to this day. I started hunting deer and squirrel at an early age with my Grandfather. For the longest time that is all I hunted and still hunt to this day along with a new love of Waterfowl. 6 yrs. Ago I had a friend of mine ask me to go, from there it started a new love for hunting Waterfowl. I remember my first hunt like it was yesterday, it was cold and sunny, even though we didn’t harvest any birds that day I was hooked. I am always practicing my calling and trying to scout for places to hunt. The biggest thrill I get is a chance to share this with friends and the kids of tomorrow with calling techniques and decoy placement. Knock’Em Stiff

Ben Kucera

Ben KuceraAge: 20

I was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota where I graduated from Lincoln High School. I was the captain of my wrestling squad my senior year. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston majoring in Natural Resources Law Enforcement. I centered a lot of my studies on waterfowl.
I first started going out hunting with my dad around the age of 4. First it was out grouse hunting just walking with him in the woods. Then I started going to the duck blind with him when I was five years old. I didn’t shoot my first duck until I was 9 years old which happened to be a hen red head and I was hooked.

I enjoy puddle jumping, sometimes walking up to 21 miles in distance just to jump ducks. I enjoy working birds into my decoy spread and live for the call to take them. My favorite part of decoy hunting is coming up with new ways to set out my spread to give a new look to the ducks and geese. I hunt mostly over small ponds and one of my favorite species to target are divers. I like to make challenges to get to prime hunting grounds even if it means dragging a canoe half a mile with all of our gear to a water way. One of my favorite things to do is to take kids out on the youth duck hunt to teach them hunting ethics and how to hunt waterfowl. I chase ducks and geese all fall and into deer season. When I am not hunting waterfowl I am rifle hunting for whitetail deer. During the winter I am ice fishing or out coyote hunting. During the summer I spend my time fishing and for four years I was a deckhand in Alaska where I spent all my time chasing salmon and halibut. My dad taught me the basics and ethics of hunting and fishing I took it to the next level to make hunting my passion and taught myself to duck and goose call. My Favorite Duck call is the Snub Nose and my favorite goose call is between the Migration Ender (ME11) and the Haymaker Hunting is in my blood and I live by this quote: “Hunters these days ultimately hunt memories as much as meat to put on the table. Memories feed dreams, and hunters must have dreams to keep them motivated. When you lose your dreams, you lose your mind.” James A. Swan.

Matt Loomis

Matt LoomisHome Town: Warren, PA
Occupation: Carpenter Foreman
Areas of Hunting Expertise: Waterfowl
Favorite Method of Hunting: Canadas & Mallards in a corn field
2004 Ohio SYC Shootout Champion (Team Captain)
2006 Ohio SYC Shootout Champion (Team Captain)

Matt grew up and has spent his entire life in Warren, PA. He started his outdoor life by following his dad and his dad’s buddies chasing rabbits and pheasants with beagles. When Matt was 7, he started shooting trap and skeet. To this day he still loves smashing clays and spends a lot of time in the off season doing just that.
Matt started duck hunting in the 1998 season by floating a local creek in a jon boat shooting mallards and wood ducks. Then, he and his dad, made two dozen plywood goose silos and it has been on ever since. Matt has since built an arsenal of some of the best full body and floater duck and goose decoys on the market. Matt specializes in field goose and duck hunting and big water divers. Matt has guided in Canada, NY, and PA. Since then, Matt has passed on his passion for hunting to his sons Hunter and Connor. Together with a great group of friends Matt and his boys Knock EM Stiff every chance they get.
In 2006, Matt met his loving and very understanding wife, Erin. Together they have 4 children Hunter, Brooklynn, Alexandria and Connor. He has a pretty busy family life with all the kids’ activities and coaching sports. Erin still understands Matt’s love for waterfowl and supports his hunting addiction.

Jay Maynard

I was born in South East Ohio in 1986. At the age of nine my father introduced me to waterfowl hunting in a slough bordering our farm. I spent most of my time sitting by the water listening to live ducks and teaching myself how to call. After a few years, my calling techniques were tested in the bayous and the rice fields of Eastern Arkansas with great success. I began studying calls trying to figure out just how much it would take to make my own call one day. At the age of 16 I began working on developing my own call design. One year later the call went from a drawing on a piece of notebook paper to a functional duck call. I guess I have my high school shop teacher to thank for letting me pursue this dream for two out of the four years I spent in his class. As a senior in high school in 2004, I aquired all of the tools I needed and started my own call company called Redneck Game Calls. With the company started and graduation over, I then focused on furthering my education by attending college. I graduated from Hocking College in 2008 with a degree in Natural Resource Management. I also became involved with Ducks Unlimited in Athens County while attending college , and helped to start our own chapter in Noble County, Ohio in 2010. Dedicated to the conservation and preservation of our wetlands, we hope to keep ducks flying for future generations. Presently, I have joined forces with KES Waterfowlers. Whether blowing competitions, sitting in the swamp working mallards, or laying in a frozen corn field waiting on a flock of geese, it all comes down to one thing……Knock ‘em Stiff!!!!

Justin Tackett

Hometown: Cross Lanes, WV
Favorite KES Call: Lil Bro

I was born and raised in Southern West Virginia, and I have been hunting all my life starting at an early age with my father. I didn’t start waterfowl hunting until I was 25, when I was introduced to it from a friend who attended college in Arkansas. It all started then, I found myself addicted. I am constantly scouting, looking for new places to hunt year round, and practicing my calling. Being from West Virginia, I have found that it is a virtually untapped sport and it grows each year. I find myself helping to begin a tradition within my home state, by taking an active role within the WV Ducks Unlimited Kanawha River Chapter, whether it be hanging Wood Duck Boxes, or raising money for the ducks. I started competing in duck calling contests in 2009, where I placed 3rd with Chris Wright at Cabelas Waterfowl Weekend in the Two Man Duck Meat Competition in Wheeling, WV.

Justin on the Little Bro Duck Call (Single Reed):

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Nick Watts

Nick WattsNick Watts is an avid outdoorsman in West Virginia. He started hunting waterfowl four years ago, but has hunted and bass fished his entire life. Nick has suffered from the bird flu ever since his first hunt on the Ohio River and spends no less than 30 days in the field each season. Nick is also a Co-Founder of The West Virginia Waterfowl Group based in WV along with TL Eves, Shane Eisenhauer, Andy Anderson, and Joe Whitt. When Nick is not chasing ducks and geese or casting for bass he is teaching special education and coaching high school football. He played football in college at the University of Charleston. Being a sportsman has always been a passion of his and he is very excited to share this passion with other hunters through the team at KES and The West Virginia Waterfowl Group. Nick is married to Gina Watts and they reside in Cross Lanes, WV.

Kevin Wilbur

My name is Kevin Wilbur and I was born and raised in the Black Swamp, also known as Vickery, Ohio. I have been an avid hunter of all game from the age of 12 and could not imagine a season without hunting. I have been employed at Christy Machine Company for ten years where I work as a machinist. I received a Career Diploma from
Penn Foster as a Gunsmith.

I took my first deer at the age of 12 with a shotgun and took my first deer with a bow two years later. I have taught myself various hunting tactics though trial and error and watching other avid hunters. I have honed in my shooting skills to become a proficient shooter. I have self-taught myself on duck and goose calls.

I used to hunt Pickerel Marsh as a teenager for waterfowl. I took a break for a few years and dedicated my full focus to deer hunting. Then three years ago, knowing I loved the area and could never imagine living anywhere else, I bought a piece of property across the road from Pickerel Creek marsh and built my first house.

Knowing I wanted to get back into hunting waterfowl, I began looking for a new hunting partner. Buck came into my life and was out fetching up Doves at the age of 7 months. Since then, he has accompanied me on all my hunting endeavors. After having an amazing dog, I have begun to breed labs who are great hunters and wonderful family dogs.

I feel that I represent the honest working man who doesn’t have a lot of private property to hunt, maintains a low budget on supplies and still ends up with a successful hunting season each year. Being that type of hunter, I feel I can relate to the majority of hunters out there. Every hunter has his own tricks and skills that he is good at. Being a part of the KES team allows me to contribute my knowledge of this area and open the door to a new region of hunting territory. I love to represent a company that has the same passion and dedication as I do. I love being a part of KES Waterfowlers and look forward to building a future together.