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Brent is a wizard when it comes to river systems, fly fishing, fly tying, and strategical fishing in general.
The 30+ years of knowledge he has gathered is best-in-class which is why he gets asked to teach casting and tying clinics by Orvis shops when he has the time.
If Brent isn’t teaching a classroom of kids he is spending time with his family and connecting with nature. They often travel to local public land and also enjoy family property in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Brent is fantastic at breaking down complex fishing/hunting tactics so the average aspiring outdoorsman can understand and apply and he is generous and patient when helping those improve their skills.
Although he is an incredible angler he also enjoys spending time in the forest stalking whitetail, chasing wild turkey, hunting black bear, and foraging mushrooms.
Brent and his family live in Shelby Township, MI. We are very excited to have Brent part of the team and looking forward to working with him on producing fly tying and casting clinics coming soon!
Adam has a serious passion for the outdoors. He finds himself equally comfortable on a western big game wilderness hunt as he does fly fishing on a remote tropical flat.
The 25+ years of knowledge he has gathered while working in Michigan, North Carolina, Wyoming and Washington have given him an increased detph of understanding how to connect with the fish targeted and animals hunted.
Adam's diverse background in the outdoors is most comonly seen by his talented angling ability, and confidence with wilderness backpacking and hunting. His strategic planning ability, research skills, and first hand knowledge is an asset to those who get to plan or attend an outdoor experience with him.
When Adam isn’t working with his team of fire service professionals, he is spending time with his family (preferably around a campfire), and planning his next adventure.
We are very excited to have Adam as part of the team and looking forward to working with him!
Co-founder and CEO of Detroit Ducks
The ancient Indians talk of a legend, one that can find the tone of the animals. One that has mastered the craft and that can speak the language of prey.
Legends are told of people like Jim. Whether it be in the woods, water or air... you will find Jim. Brought up hunting as a young boy. Jim believes we should enjoy fellowship with mankind and the animals. Always leaving a light footprint.
That's is why they call him: The Deacon of Ducks....
A product of big tech burnout and urban stress, Ash is on a mission to help professionals reconnect with the natural world. After 15 years in corporate and government leadership roles, Ash decided to ditch “keeping up with the Jones” for a much smaller lifestyle outside of Baldwin, MI. No longer bound to a set schedule or an office building she’s able to spend time teaching others about the natural world around us.
Ash believes the frequencies produced within nature hold many of the key ingredients needed for us to connect deeply to ourselves, others, and the present moment. You’ll find nature incorporated into all of her works including art, events, and content.
Ash brings her professional resume skills of change management, people coaching, storytelling, and consensus building to the Network Outdoor’s team. As a 5th generation outdoors person you’re more than welcome to ask Ash about ultralight backpacking, fishing (fly fishing, spin, hard water), animal and plant identification, small game hunting, homesteading, prepping and Northern Michigan.
In recent years many outdoor writers, celebrity chefs, and just plain foodies have started embracing a conservation lifestyle that has returned to using our renewable natural resources to provide food that is healthy, nutritious, and free of harsh chemicals whether it be organic wild game or farm fresh produce. While this is a new and trendy approach for many, The Weekly Sportsman columnist Daniel McMaster has spent his whole life connected to the land and what it provides. As the seventh generation of his family to work the land and grow vegetables, hunt the woods, and fish local bodies of water he knows the importance of working with nature and not against it. The continued practice of sustainable farming and conservation has allowed his family to live in the same area of Mid-Michigan since pre-American Civil War.
A graduate of Central Michigan University and St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, England he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, history, and military science along with graduate work in defense and strategic studies. Recently retired from politics, he spent over 25 years as a legislative staffer, policy advisor, lobbyist, campaign strategist, elected official, and served as partner and co-founder of Michigan’s first and only bi-partisan grassroots advocacy and campaign firm Grassroots Midwest. He is currently employed as Jail Garden Manager for the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office and supervises inmates growing vegetables that are distributed to over thirty local shelters and food pantries in four counties. His passion for politics, duty to citizenship, and love of the outdoors was instilled at an early age via Boy Scouts and Order of the Arrow.
In addition to serving on the Executive Board of Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger he also devotes a lot of time to Pheasants Forever. He currently presides as President of the Michigan State Council along with belonging to local Chapters #161 and #399. Along with Pheasants Forever, his wife Lenore and their two sons currently belong to over twenty additional hunting, sportsman, and conservation groups. It is not uncommon to find them at the centennial family farm in Laingsburg shooting clays or in the field pursuing whitetail deer, small game, varmints, and upland birds with their rifles and small bore shotguns (24, 28, 32, and .410). The McMaster family currently resides in the historical district of Owosso just a few blocks from the boyhood home of Thomas E. Dewey and the historic home and writing castle studio of conservationist/author James Oliver Curwood.
Every Sunday his column, The Weekly Sportsman, is published online and in a local Mid-Michigan newspaper. Topics include a unique blend of local hunters and anglers along with their methods, equipment reviews, events, gardening, cooking, and public policy as it relates to conservation.
Gary is a jack of all trades when it comes to the outdoors. He is a true outdoorsman. From hunting big and small game, waterfowl, trapping, foraging, fishing, and upland bird hunting with this bird dogs; you name it - Gary does it!
Gary is very passionate about archery and has been shooting since he could hold a bow. He works as an archery technician and loves to teach new archers about bows and how to shoot. Don’t let his extreme passion for archery fool you - he’s no slouch with a rife or a shotgun.
Never shy to venture near or far
to per-sue game and is always ready for an adventure with family and friends.
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