2017 Special Guests

Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor

  Matthew H. Mead was sworn in as Wyoming's 32nd Governor on January 3, 2011, re-elected on November 4, 2014, and inaugurated for his second term on January 5, 2015.  Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Matt was raised on the family ranch in Teton County.  He has a law degree from the University of Wyoming and a BA degree from Trinity University in San Antonio.  After law school, he served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm, served as United States Attorney for Wyoming, and maintained a farm and ranch business in southeast Wyoming with his wife Carol.

Since taking office, Governor Mead has put a focus on economic growth, a state energy strategy, consolidation of government services, supporting local government and enhancing infrastructure, and creating additional access to high-speed broadband.  He has also developed a state water strategy, published in January 2015.

Representing the interests of the state, Governor Mead serves in regional and national leadership roles.  He is Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.  He serves on the Council of Governors and as Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association.  He also serves as co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force, which brings together federal officials and representatives in 11 western states for a regional conservation effort. 

Matt and Carol have been married 24 years. They have two teenage children.

Dave Freudenthal
Former Wyoming Governor
  Dave graduated in 1973 from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a bachelor's degree in economics. After graduating he joined the Department of Economic Planning and Development as an economist and later became the state planning director for Governor Ed Herschler. Freudenthal entered the University of Wyoming College of Law, receiving his law degree in 1980, and went into private practice. In 1994, he was appointed U.S. Attorney upon the recommendation of then-Governor Mike Sullivan and left the post of U.S. Attorney in May 2001. Dave became the 31st Governor of the State of Wyoming in January 2003 serving two terms, until January 2011.

Michael J. Sullivan
Former Governor of Wyoming

  Former Ambassador Michael Sullivan focuses his law practice in the areas of business counseling, public policy, litigation mediation, arbitration, and international business development with an emphasis on Ireland and Western Europe.

As an accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Sullivan has practiced before Wyoming district courts, the Wyoming Supreme Court, Federal District Court, and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Sullivan, who practices out of the firm's Casper and Denver offices, has a rich and varied background of public service. Mr. Sullivan was elected governor of Wyoming in 1986 and reelected in 1990 and recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under the Clinton and Bush administrations. In 1995, after completing his second term as governor, he held a fellowship at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Scott Talbot
Wyoming Game and Fish
  Scott was appointed by Governor Matt Mead as the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Scott began his career with the Department in 1985, became a Game Warden in 1989 and in 2003 promoted to Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Division. Scott hunts and fishes with his two sons, Payden and Luke, enjoys training horses, backpacking in the remote mountains of Wyoming and remains actively involved in the family's ranching operation near Laramie.

Brenda Valentine - , aka "First Lady of Hunting"®

  Brenda Valentine - , aka "First Lady of Hunting"®, is a committed conservationist, extreme hunter, award winning T.V. host, champion archer, acclaimed author, and outspoken advocate for guns and hunting. She is credited for being the leader of the current women's hunting movement. Brenda is a 16-year veteran member of Bass Pro Shop's National RedHead Pro Hunting Team. She serves as a National Spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation and is an honorary member of their Foundation Board of Directors. Brenda is the Head Archery Coach for Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. She writes regular columns in NWTF's Turkey Country and Mossy Oak Biologic Game Keepers magazines.

Among her many accomplishments and awards for hunting, shooting and leadership efforts are: National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame, Paris/Henry Co. Sports Hall of Fame, Women In The Outdoors Leadership Award, AMVETS Silver Bayonet Award, and Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Channel media awards. From hunting squirrels on a small farm in Tennessee with a .22 to stalking cape buffalo in Africa with a bow and arrow, Brenda has successfully achieved most of hunting's greatest challenges.

When not on the road filming or speaking, Brenda can be found on her tractor working tirelessly to improve wildlife habitat on her farm. She and husband Barney have a menagerie of pets plus two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren who are all passionate outdoor guys and gals.

Walter Parrott

  Born and raised in Southeast Missouri, Walter Parrott found his love for hunting and fishing at a very early age. What started out as putting food on the table turned into a lifelong passion that Walter enjoys teaching others to carry on a great tradition. Walter mastered his turkey calling by listening to the turkeys they had in their yard and mocking them.

Walter started competitive turkey calling in 1978. He is the only person to win every major turkey calling contest. Walter is a 5-time Grand National Champion, 2-time Team Calling Grand National Champion, Grand National Champion of Champions, World Champion in Open & Friction Divisions & World Team Champion, 16-time U.S. Open Champion (Open division, Friction & Champion of Champions) and has won The Masters, Mid-America Open and many state and local competitions. Walter is well known for his seminars and his generosity in helping with youth events and enjoys passing along his knowledge and love for hunting and fishing. Walter has met many accomplishments and goals and is recognized as a Legend in Hunting.

Walter is one of the original members of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team for Bass Pro Shops. He was one of the first pro staffers for Realtree®. He has co-hosted his own television show as well as co-hosting on other well known outdoor shows.

Allan Treadwell
  Allen Treadwell grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and following in the footsteps of both his parents and grandparents, Allen literally cut his teeth on shotgun shells and trotlines. It soon became apparent he was something of a child shooting prodigy. As an early teen, Allen began competing, and winning, locally in shooting matches including archery, center-fire rifle, muzzleloader, and shotgun. He earned a spot on the All-American team in sporting clays, achieving master class level at 16 and was invited to try out for the Jr. Olympic Team. Allen's success in International Skeet is nothing short of phenomenal, as he became a 3-time National record holder, 3-time World Championship Team member, 10-time World Cup team member, and the 2004 Olympic Team alternate. This laid-back country boy literally shot his way around the world, having broken clays in China, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Finland, Croatia, Australia, Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and hundreds of ranges in North America.

Bass Pro Shops had been a sponsor of Allen's competitive shooting tours and in 2003, Allen was invited to join the prestigious RedHead Pro Hunting Team. Since that time he has been a co-host of the 100% Real Hunting and Bass Pro Shops King of Bucks shows on The Outdoor Channel. For the past 3 years, he has co-hosted the Winchester Whitetail Revolution program on Versus and can be seen regularly on Hunters Specialties Primetime Bucks and their Cuttin' & Struttin' DVDs and the new Winchester Rack Masters on the Outdoor Channel.

It is no wonder that some of the top names in the outdoor industry have chosen Allen Treadwell to endorse and represent their products. His sponsors include; Bass Pro Shops, Winchester Ammunition, Hunters Specialties, Connecticut Valley Arms, Hi-Viz Sights, Outdoor Edge Knives, and Mossy Oak. Today, Allen continues to reside near his childhood home with his wife Lexa, where hunting and fishing are his chosen lifestyle.

Colonel Gentry Boswell
  Col. Gentry Boswell is commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., the largest B-1 combat wing in the U.S. Air Force, with 27 aircraft and more than 3,800 military and civilian members.

Colonel Boswell received his commission in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Delta State University, Miss. His assignments encompass operational tours in the B-1B, RC-135 and E-6B, as well as, joint operational and staff duty. He has served as an instructor and evaluator in all three weapons systems.

Colonel Boswell's joint assignments include two tours at U.S. Strategic Command, where he served as Deputy Director of the J9 Mission Assessment and Analysis Directorate which conducts mission assessments and provides alternative futures research to address key challenges across the full spectrum of the USSTRATCOM’s assigned mission areas. He also served as the Director of Operations for the Airborne Command Post Battlestaff, organizing and executing operations and the modernization of the Nuclear Command and Control structure for USSTRATCOM airborne command assets.

Prior to this assignment, Colonel Boswell was a director in the Air Force Operations Division at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He served as the executive agent for the Air Force Flying Hour Program totaling more than $10 billion annually, and led the planning and execution of all Air Force joint and flag exercises.

Colonel Boswell is an Air War College graduate, where he was awarded the Homeland Security and Defense Award for his published research on Department of Defense support to U.S. border defense. He is a distinguished graduate of Air Command and Staff College and also won the Warrior Scholar Award. Colonel Boswell is also a recipient of the Mike Gilroy Award as the top graduate of the Joint Aviation Electronic Warfare School, as well as, a distinguished graduate of the B-1B Flight Instructor Course and B-1B Initial Qualification Course.

Colonel Boswell is a B-1 weapon systems officer with more than 4,800 hours in the B-1B, RC-135 and E-6B, including 500 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia, the Balkans and the Horn of Africa.

Casey Bramlet

  Casey Bramlet, a Wheatland native, is a former NFL player but is known around here as a star Wyoming Cowboys football player. At the University of Wyoming, he set records in completions at 767, TD passes at 56, and career passing yards at 9,684 and is still the only player in school history to pass for 3,000 yards in three different seasons. In 2004 Casey was drafted in the 7th round by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was also a member of the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was awarded Most Valuable Player with the Hamburg Sea Devils in the 2007 World Bowl XV.

Gen. John Sattler

  LtGen Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) the Joint Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command from September 2004 to August 2006. During this period, he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq from September 2004 through March 2005. Prior to Commanding I MEF, he was the Director of Operations (J3) for Central Command from August 2003 to July 2004. In November 2002, he stood up and commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti. He commanded the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC prior to sailing to the Horn of Africa.

Since his retirement in 2008, LtGen Sattler has spent over 200 days each year as a senior mentor with both the Marine Corps and Joint Forces Command. In this capacity he taught and coached Commanders, their staffs and students across the USA and around the world; he left the mentoring program in November 2010. In October 2011 LtGen Sattler was selected to serve as the Naval Academy’s 4th Distinguished Chair of Leadership where he will work with the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership-teaching and mentoring midshipmen, staff and faculty, as well as representing the Naval Academy and Stockdale Center at prestigious national and international leadership conferences and events.

Aaron Warbritton

  Aaron Warbritton is the host and producer of Spring Thunder. He is an accomplished turkey hunter whose love for the sport began at a young age. Aaron's interest in turkeys began in northern Missouri where he grew up, but he now hunts many states each spring in pursuit of toms. Warbritton has competed in many national calling contests and feels fortunate that he has been able to turn his passion into profession.

The turkey show, Spring Thunder, has become a main-stay in the turkey hunting world. It's a near real-time show, aimed at helping hunters become better at harvesting turkeys. Warbritton is excited about the growth of the show and hopes to do his part in furthering the sport through educating seasoned and new turkey hunters.

Brett Cannon

  Born in Texas, Brett Cannon now hails from South Florida where he has become synonymous with off shore fishing. If Brett is not chasing sailfish or marlin, he can be found with his back up against a tree trying to strike a gobbler or in a tree stand, waiting to fling an arrow at a bonehead. While keeping a busy schedule hunting across the country and representing some of the leading brands in the outdoor industry including Realtree, Federal Premium, Garmin, and Oakley Eyewear, Brett still loves to find time to pump the breaks and get back to the simple life of fishing with his 5 year old niece and spending quality time with his family. When you meet Brett, it won't take long to see how he inspires others through his passion and dedication to the outdoors. Now let's see what he can do with these Wyoming Thunder Chickens!