Born to a hunting family, Steve Ecklund grew up in the remote parts of northern Ontario, Canada and the thrill of the hunt has been a lifelong obsession since a very early age. He is a nationally recognized archer as winner of the 1999 gold medal at the Canadian national 3D Archery championships.
Steve decided to focus on his hunting career at the pinnacle of his shooting talent. One of few Canadian Cabela’s ambassadors, he has earned an unparalleled reputation as a fair chase hunter. Although he is an archer at heart, he enjoys all hunting opportunities, including black power and riﬂe hunts.
This year, Steve has realized that not only is hunting his passion, but also a motivational life saver. Recently Steve was diagnosed with cancer, treated, and now in remission. Steve was well enough to travel to Alaska in seek of a Dall’s Sheep for Season 6 of The Edge. It was in Alaska that Ecklund “slapped cancer in the face and made some great friends along the way.”
Les Johnson has been on a quest since childhood, a quest that has honed his skills as an outdoorsman and given him a rich life pursuing his true passion predator hunting.
Born and raised on a south-central Nebraska farm, Les experienced nature first-hand. Before he could drive, he was hunting with his trusty .410 single-shot. Summers were spent fishing local farm ponds and running bank lines on nearby rivers. However, it was winter that fueled his fire. Trapping with his grandfather Herbert “Fox” Johnson introduced him to the coyote and gave shape to his passion, his quest to best the cunning coyote – the Predator Quest.
While attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursuing a degree in Animal Science, a good friend asked Les what his goal in life was. His reply?
“I want to be one of the best coyote callers in the world.”
With that goal firmly in his sights, he was soon standing in the winner’s circle, securing the Triple Crown Championship of coyote calling in 1999. As the first and only coyote caller to win all three major championships (Midwest, National and World Championships), let alone the first and only to win all three in the same year, Les secured his place in coyote-calling history.
From the many friendships made in the competition calling arena the idea for Les’s first coyote calling video was born. Predator Quest-Quest for Coyotes was cut in 2004, showing the predator-hunting world what Les could do outside the competition halls. The action-packed video was just the first public step in Les’s quest, but it is certainly not the last. As an ambassador of predator hunting, Les plans to bring the adrenaline-fueled excitement of predator hunting to the public through more videos, appearances and a television show dedicated to the Quest.
Clayton Schick grew up in a fishing and hunting family in Melville, Saskatchewan. After high school he took his love for the outdoors to the next level and pursued a guiding career. He currently guides for Wollaston Lake Lodge, one of North America’s top lodges and trophy pike destinations, where he has been featured on Babe Winkleman Television, In-Fisherman TV and Uncut Angling. When he isn’t guiding, he’s chasing big fish all over North America – lake trout, pike, walleye, carp, sturgeon, tarpon, goliath grouper… It’s an addiction.
When fishing in Saskatchewan, Clayton hunts for giant walleye and massive pike, while seeking new ways to catch them and challenge his own angling ability. Clayton’s newest passion is helping people become better anglers by teaching them not only how to hunt for trophy fish but how to properly handle and respect them as well.
Clayton looks forward to being in the outdoor industry for years to come, helping people achieve their fishing goals and catch their fish of a lifetime!
Cody was born and raised on the family farm, located in central Saskatchewan. For Cody riding horses and working cattle was the way of life and continues to this day.
When Cody turned twelve, he asked his best friend Shane if he and his father would take him hunting for the first time. It was during that first hunt Cody fell in love with the sport of hunting.
By the time Cody turned fourteen he was an avid bow hunter. Up to this point no one else in his family hunted, and he needed a guardian to hunt with until he was sixteen. Luckily for him, his 75 year old grandmother was kind enough to come out and spend countless hours in the blind sitting quiet as a church mouse as Cody waited for my prey to pass us by. At the age of sixteen Cody considers himself a diehard hunter and loved to entertain everyone with hunting stories. At that point Cody decided to buy a video camera and try to capture those rare and exciting moments on film. Cody filmed as an amateur for a couple years before getting the opportunity to take his cinematography to a new level.
In late October 2001, Jim Shockey was starting a hunting television show on the Outdoor Channel and needed a full time cameraman/editor, he offered Cody the job. Cody agreed to the life changing opportunity, and started living every hardcore hunters dream!!! Cody spent six years with Jimy and his show, traveling to over 15 different countries, enduring some of the most fascinating moments in the wild! Throughout that experience Cody I received numerous awards such as
The Golden Moose Awards for Best Camera Work, and The Outdoors Writers of Canada Award for The Best Television Show (for which he did the camera work and editing).
In the early spring of 2008 Cody’s dream of producing his own outdoor television show became a reality and created the series
Live 2 Hunt. Cody became the host, cameraman, editor and marketer of his own show television show, which was a little overwhelming to say the least! However Cody realizes the opportunity for a person to do something that they love, every single day of their life, is a rare gig, so the work seems minimal.
Although being raised as a city girl in Saskatoon, Kelsy has always felt more at home in the country. She has always gravitated towards the outdoors, horses, fishing, and hunting and now these passions have become a lifestyle for her since joining the Live 2 Hunt team.
Kelsy feels the province of Saskatchewan offers some of the best opportunities to hunt s wildlife in Canada.
Kelsy enjoys every moment in the field, whether she is hunting or just a spectator. She admits that she would trade a second of it for anything.
John was born in 1965 in Cody, Wyoming. His family had generations of outfitters and competitive shooters. In 30 plus years of guiding and outfitting in Alaska and Wyoming he has personally guided over 700 trophy big game hunts. John has been married for over 20 years and has 2 kids.