Meet Our Pro Staff

Almost every outdoors business in America has its own pro staff. Vanishing Paradise has taken this concept and applied it to the world of conservation. We’ve created a nationwide group of hunters and anglers who will be on the ground, on the airways and on the Internet fighting for the restoration of the Mississippi River Delta.

Vanishing Paradise’s Pro Staff:

Burton Angelle

Pro Staff Burton Angelle

I am a lifelong resident of the great state of Louisiana who loves the outdoors. I currently live in Lafayette with my wife, Anne, daughter Lily and my two labs, Bogey and Rosco. I grew up hunting and fishing in the Atchafalaya Basin with my grandfather and dad beginning at a very young age. They

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Chad Bell

Pro Staff chad bell

Chad Bell, an active hunter, outdoorsman, fisherman and conservationist, is a student of the outdoor discipline and has had a passion for the outdoors since the age of fifteen when he was taken on his first whitetail hunt. Chad has had a very successful 24 years in the woods hunting whitetails, waterfowl, upland birds, and

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Charles Faircloth

Pro Staff Charles Faircloth

I am 27 years old. Married to am amazing woman named Kathryn. We have two boys, Mason-8, Easton-3. I live in Troy, Alabama. I love to hunt, fish, and train duck dogs. But my main passion is waterfowl hunting. Since my first time going when I was 5 years old til now, I have been

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Colin B. Anthony

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Colin B. Anthony is the director of business development at the Outdoor Hub. The rivers that make up the flyways of Missouri hold a special place in Colin’s heart. These rivers shaped both his outdoor passions as well as his career in the outdoor industry. As a trapper and duck hunter he witnessed firsthand the

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Curtis Arnold

Pro Staff Curtis Arnold

Curtis Arnold started with Sure-Shot Game Calls in the summer of 1993 at the age of 13. Being the grandson of Jim “Cowboy” Fernandez—one of the designers of the first-ever double reed call—comes with certain expectations and building game calls and hunting are at the top of that list. Curtis attended Lamar University and graduated

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Garrett Wishon

Pro Staff Garrett Wishon

Garrett has been hunting since an early age. He grew up hunting quail and grouse in North Carolina and fell in love with waterfowl hunting after the first time he went. He currently is a senior in college and operates Fowl Play Game Calls, out of Yadkinville, NC. He hunts in multiple states and is

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Howard Malpass


Howard Malplass is the owner of Gray Wolf Fly Shop in Shreveport, Louisiana. This is the largest privately owned fly shop in 200 miles. Previously, he operated a private investigation agency with five offices in the United States and one office in Bristol, England, U.K. He is also a United States Air Force disabled Vietnam

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Jeff Giffin

Pro Staff Jeff Giffin

Jeff has been active in outdoor recreation for his entire life with more than 20 years experience hunting and fishing. He has spent the last eight years passing on his knowledge of the outdoors by teaching fly fishing and tying workshops. He has also volunteered his time with casting for recovery and taught children the

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Joe Hoffman

Pro Staff Joesph Hoffman

My name in Joseph Hoffmann and I’m a 23 year old Minnesota native, born and raised. I’m currently working towards a bachelor of science in field biology and ecology with an emphasis in wildlife management at St. Cloud State University. Along with this I will have a minor in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) when I

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Joel Lucks

Pro Staff Joel Lucks

Joel Lucks is a fulltime Outdoors Writer/Photojournalist and Commercial Photographer. He is the Founder of Full Spectrum Media specializing in the Outdoor Industry and currently a Field Editor for The Fisherman magazine, arguably one of the largest sportfishing magazines in the northeast. He has written for The Fisherman for over 15 years. In recent years,

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John Pollmann

Pro Staff John Pollmann

John Pollmann is a freelance outdoor writer who focuses on upland bird and waterfowl hunting as well as those conservation issues surrounding the preservation of a diverse landscape in his home state of South Dakota. A 2012 recipient of the John Madson Fellowship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Mr. Pollmann is a regular

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Joule Charney

Pro Staff joule

Joule Charney was born into a non-hunting family in 1953 and didn’t hold a gun until she was in her 20’s. She was 40 when she became a hunter and owner of her first hunting dog. Ever since, she has battled for access to hunting and training grounds, for herself and others. Joule has sought

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Kyle Doherty

Pro Staff kyle doherty

Kyle Doherty started bow hunting at the age of 11 and quickly became hooked on the outdoors. Deer hunting was his biggest passion until two years ago when he was introduced to duck hunting and now you will most often find Kyle in flooded corn with a duck call. His love for hunting and the

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Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His first experience hunting was in the Wisconsin Northwoods chasing snowshoe rabbit with his father and the ever growing pack of beagles. Today, Matt can be found solely hunting upland and waterfowl. The pursuit of game is what provides Matt a deeper sense of respect, admiration, and humility. No

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Mike Kaufmann

Pro Staff Mike Kauffman

I love everything outdoors and I care what is in store for the future of outdoors recreation, fishing and hunting. Waterfowl hunting is my passion—nothing like spending time with family and friends while enjoying the great outdoors. One of my best memories since being involved with Vanishing Paradise was being able to go to Washington

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Mike McNett

Pro Staff Mike McNett

Mike is a successful Chicago, IL based entrepreneur and businessman as well as a champion ice fisher. Following the sale of his industry respected business in 2007, McNett embarked on a new venture becoming a known and respected professional in the American Ice Fishing community. 2007-2012 Mike was co-owner and Director of the North American

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Paul Strnad

Pro Staff Paul Strnad

My name is Paul Strnad, but most of my friends call me “Bird-Dog”. Unlike most of the pro staff, I am a “late bloomer” when it came to waterfowling. I didn’t begin this addiction until 9 years ago at the age of 53 when one of my co-workers got me and my year old chocolate

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Philip Nelson

Pro Staff Philip Nelson

Phil, or PJ as he is known by his friends and family, has a passion for fishing and conservation. As an aspiring tournament angler and soon to be Captain, his goals are set in life. Currently he is in his senior year at Florida Gulf Coast University in Southwest Florida, majoring in Public Relations and

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Robert Montgomery

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Robert Montgomery has been writing about conservation and environmental issues since he became Senior Writer/Conservation for B.A.S.S. Publications in 1985. Two years ago, he started Activist Angler, a website devoted to promoting and protecting recreational fishing. He also is the author of Why We Fish and Better Bass Fishing and recipient of the Homer Circle

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Sean Rabalais Turner

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Sean Rabalais Turner, age 9, is in fourth grade with Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy (online) so he can go hunting and fishing as much as possible. His parents, Franklin and Marissa Turner, produce The Outdoor Kitchen Show, a television program that runs in the Greater Baton Rouge area and features outdoor adventures and recipes to

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Sonny Schindler

Pro Staff sonny schindler fish forward

A full time fishing guide and outdoor writer, Sonny was born and raised fishing on the MS. Gulf Coast. He graduated from St. Stanislaus College Prep school in Bay St. Louis and The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Capt. Sonny worked on tugs and private boats before moving to Venice, LA in 2002 where

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Taylor Schaltenbrand

Pro Staff Taylor Schaltenbrandv2

I grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois where I found my love for the outdoors. My family has passed on their love and knowledge of hunting, fishing, and conservation as long as I can remember and I have them to thank for the passions that drive me today. I was given my

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Travis Weige

Pro Staff travis weige

Travis enjoys duck hunting and being outdoors as often as possible. He is the editor of Hunting and a part time journalist for various online publications. When not hunting he spends his free time making custom knives in his garage under the name, Weige He lives in Austin, TX with his wife, son

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Wade Middleton

Pro Staff Wade Middleton

Wade Middleton is the President and Co-owner of Careco TV one of the leading outdoor media production companies in the nation. With years of experience at various levels in the outdoors he works with numerous companies nationwide to design programs, initiatives and strategies related to fishing and outdoors opportunities. Wade also is the host and

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