Nosler Pro Staff
The Nosler Pro-Staff is a select group of hunters and shooters whose achievements and expertise qualify them for a place on our team. Our pro-staff is made up of professional guides, outfitters, hunters, television personalities, and competitive shooters. They are an integral part of our research and development process, providing feedback and testing on new products. The members of our Pro-Staff make their livings hunting and shooting. They spend more time at the range or in the field in one year than most of us will in a lifetime. We supply them with product, and they provide us with honest feedback about what works, and what needs to be improved.
Our Pro-Staff members don’t just endorse our products; they rely on them day in and day out to get the job done. Whether they are guiding clients to a once-in-a-lifetime trophy, filming a television episode at the end of the world, or competing for a championship, our Pro-Staffers choose Nosler because they know they can rely on the quality and performance of Nosler bullets, brass, ammunition and rifles. Talk to any member of our Pro-Staff and they will be happy to tell you why “Professionals trust Nosler.”
Pro Hunter, Outfitter, Hunting Consultant, TV Host, Executive Producer
Jim is the winner of SCI’s prestigious CJ McElroy Award and North American Professional Hunter of the Year Award. His personal hunting experiences include travel to the remotest, wildest and most beautiful reaches of the world. To date, he has taken more than 200 big game species across the globe, including more than 190 different species with muzzleloader and holds more than 50 SCI world records. His energetic and adventurous approach to worldwide big game hunting and conservation have made him one of the most respected hunting personalities alive today and one of the most accomplished big game hunters in history.
Jim resides in British Columbia, Canada with his beautiful wife of 26 years, Louise.
Member, US Palma Rifle Team
Anette Wachter is a member of the United States National Rifle Team which is by invitation only. She competes in long range bulls-eye competition and has recently started shooting tactical rifle and 3 Gun. “I am a big fan of Nosler match 155 grain bullets. With these I won 3 national records at 300 yards and won the 2011 BC Championship
and more”. Anette’s 2012 and 2013 accomplishments include: 2013 Silver Medal BC Rifle Championship. 2013 USA Team National Champion Roumanian, Herrick and Port Clinton Trophies. 2013 3rd National Doc Aiken Trophy. 2013 S. Africa USA Team Silver Medal America’s Match. 2012 US Team Hayes Silver Medal – Camp Perry Palma. 2012 Team USA Silver medal at the BC Championship.
2012 BC Championship Flintoff Trophy.
You can follow my adventures on my blog at www.30calgal.com.
A.K.A. "The Twins"
Nosler Pro-staffers Josh and Jason Whitaker A.K.A. "The Twins" from Colorado started hunting and trapping at a very young age. After high school, the twins started professionally guiding big game hunters in the West. They now have 15 years of guiding experience for western big game as well as 11 years guiding in Sonora, Mexico. Jason and Josh own and operate Whitaker Brothers Hunting Company and provide trophy class hunts in several different states and Mexico for many different species of game. They also guide hunters on the famous Deseret ranch in northern Utah for Tom Land of Wild Country Outfitters. The twins have built a great reputation as some of the most honest, hard working guides and outfitters in the industry.
Their work ethic is second to none and if they aren't in the field they are working out to stay in shape so they have no limitations in providing their clients with a hunt of a lifetime! After years of hunting and guiding experience the twins have learned what works best which is why they choose Nosler rifles and ammunition for themselves as well as their clients. The twins are proud to be on Nosler's team representing a product and company that has made them and other people successful on hunts worldwide!
Co-host of “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures”
Eva Shockey knows what it means to be a part of the Outdoor Industry. Growing up with Jim Shockey as her father brought Eva into the outdoors and in front of the camera at an early age. With a combined passion for conservation and adventure, Eva is now a full-fledged 'Outdoor Channel' and 'Wild TV' personality and is quickly making a name for herself within the industry as a proud, outdoors-woman. Spending over 250 days per year traveling the world to hunt and co-host "Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures" as well as represent the Outdoor Channel at various television appearances, red carpet events, and trade-shows across Canada and the USA, Eva has found a way to balance hunting, travel and family into what she calls the “best lifestyle in the world”.
International hunting expert & co-host of Jim Shockey’s The Professionals.
Like most of us I started hunting at a young age with my family. Mainly after upland birds with my father, grandfather, and mother. As I grew older, I wanted to turn my passion for hunting into my career. I started out guiding friends on Waterfowl hunts and then soon I landed my first real job in the outdoors as an assistant guide in Colorado hunting Mountain Lions. I saved all the money I could and used it to go on any big game hunt I could afford. After a few more years of experience, along with a partner I started a Hunting Consulting agency. Through this, I got to host trips and Guide hunters around the world. Over a decade ago I met a guy named Jim Shockey and he trusted me to book his first African Safari. Over the years, this relationship grew and grew and a few years, back we came up with the idea to show the world what really goes down on these crazy trips we go on. The name of the show is "Jim Shockey's The Professionals". After about 15 years at it I still love my job. My favorite part is getting to help someone make their outdoor dreams come true. I don't care if it is helping someone get their first Whitetail Deer in their own back yard or if we head after a Mystical Argali Ram on some distant jagged peak 7500 miles from home, I love it and I always will.
Nosler Pro Staff Member
Brian lives near Albany, Texas where he makes his living raising and riding horses, roping, and for the past 25 years, guiding on the world famous Nail Ranch. With countless clients and decades of hunting experience behind him, Brian has learned that no other brand in the world can be trusted in the field like Nosler. Wounding and chasing trophy-class whitetail in fields of prickly pear and thickets of thorny mesquite is not an option - which is why Brian keeps a Nosler Trophy Grade Rifle by his side along with Nosler AccuBond ammunition for guaranteed results, every time - no tracking required.
Team 144 was formed by three local Oregon guys that came together with a shared passion for firearms. After becoming best friends and shooting together on a regular basis, we began competing in long range tactical matches, USPSA, and 3-Gun competitions. Soon after, we were granted sponsorship's by Nosler, Leupold, AXTS, and Mascot clothing. The name ”Team 144” comes from Psalm 144 which the team believed was very appropriate. Dan, Landon, and Ryan are all in Law Enforcement and enjoy spending time on the range and teaching others who share their passion for this sport. Look them up on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Team144
Executive Producer | Skull Bound TV
Jim’s thirty years of hunting the globe have proven invaluable in his career of film and television production. Working as Director of photography and Executive Producer for the last 15 years, Jim is currently Executive Producing Season 3 of Skull Bound TV on the Sportsman Channel. He has hosted, directed, edited and conceptualized many current television shows and dozens of national commercial spots. His work has appeared on feature films with Steven Baldwin, Nat Geo's Ultimate Explorer, The History Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, BBC, PBS, NOVA, and the Outdoor Channel. Whether stalking dangerous game on the Dark Continent or traversing British Columbia’s high country his passion for capturing the essence of the hunt is seen in his cinematography.
TV Show Host, Producer, Outdoor Writer
Jana Waller has been a hunter and angler for over 30 years, hunting all across the U.S., Africa, Canada and Alaska. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing, Jana has blended her passion for hunting and conservation with her communications background, actively promoting women in the outdoors and the undeniable relationship between hunters and conservation.
Appearing on national television shows such as ‘Invasion Of’on Animal Planet, ‘Ammo & Attitude’ on NBC Sports, and ‘Outfitter Boot Camp’ on Outdoor Channel, Jana is currently hosting and co-producing her own hunting adventure show ‘Skull Bound TV’ on The Sportsman Channel.
A ‘BONE-IFIED’ skull artist, Jana has been painting and beading European skulls for over a decade, custom designing skull art for hunters across the country.
Outdoor Writer, TV Host
Gary Lewis is an award-winning author, TV host, speaker and photographer. He has hunted and fished in seven countries on three continents and in the islands of the South Pacific. Born and raised in the Northwest, he has been walking forest trails and running rivers for as long as he can remember. He is a past and current president of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and a recipient of NOWA’s Enos Bradner Award.
Lewis has penned 2,000 newspaper and magazine articles, some of his credits include Sports Afield, Rifle, Successful Hunter, African Sporting Gazette, Covey Rise, Cabela's Outfitter Journal, MDF and African Hunter.
Lewis lives in Central Oregon. With his wife of 26 years, Merrilee, he has three daughters, all accomplished hunters in their own right.
Native son of Zimbabwe, Ivan Carter has spent the last 25 years closely associated with Africa as a professional guide, Professional Hunter and leading voice of African conservation. Ivan holds licenses to guide in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique and has personally guided people from all over the world to numerous big game animals and experiences through 11 African countries.
Ivan is the host of a new hour long television show, “Carter’s W.A.R.” on the Outdoor Channel. In this new show, Carter will bring viewers a behind the scenes look into some of the most complex areas of human/wildlife conflicts, surrounded by the beauty of Africa as he shows that man-eaters still exist and continent wide poaching and other conflict is on the rise. Carter’s passion and knowledge of the subject will take the viewer on an incredible journey exploring solutions to these pressing issues before it is too late.
Professional Guide, Television Personality
Brian Wojciechowski "WOJO"
Brian Wojciechowski “Wojo” has been Jim Shockey’s key right hand man and head guide for over 12 years. Wojo is the man behind the scenes who runs the outfitting operations in Jim’s Rogue River moose territory in the Yukon as well as his Canadian Whitetails operation in
Saskatchewan. He has been featured many times on “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures”, “Jim Shockey’s – The Professionals” and “Jim Shockey’s Uncharted” guiding clients to monster moose, mountain caribou, black bears and whitetail bucks.
Wojo is a lifelong resident of Saskatchewan and when he’s not guiding for Jim he can be found hunting, fishing, trapping or riding his snowmobile. A “man’s man” who grew up on a farm, Wojo is the kind of guy who can fix anything hat moves and overcome any obstacle that Mother Nature throws at him. He has been happily married for 35 years, has two adult children and three grandchildren.
5 years ago, after handling a gun for the first time, Janna quickly realized that she had a passion for shooting. After obtaining her own concealed carry permit and participating in extensive training classes, she became an instructor and taught ladies introductory firearm classes.
It was clear Janna had a natural talent for shooting and she entered the competitive shooting world 2 years ago. Since then, she has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most dominant female 3 gun and shotgun competitors in the US. In 2 years’ time, she has amassed countless High Lady titles and top 3 finishes in national
matches, earned a spot on the 3 Gun Nation Lady Pro series, appeared on numerous TV shows, and was selected to represent the US on the Women's Standard Team at the 2015 Shotgun World Shoot.
PROFESSIONAL Outfitter and Guide
Nathan Olmstead is an owner of Prophet Muskwa Outfitters, a well-established name in the business with hunting territories in the Yukon, Northern British Columbia, Alberta, and Texas. Nathan holds a name for himself in the hunting industry as a professional hunter and being owner in one of the most prolific outfits in North America. His first kill, at the age of 7 years old, was a Blacktail deer using a Nosler Partition. With over 17 years of guiding under his belt, he knows for sure that quality matters. With Nosler, he is assured that when the hammer drops the job will be finished.
When Nathan is not guiding and hunting, he dedicates his time and efforts to his family, different conservation and quota platforms, youth hunting programs, and other industry enhancements. Nathan is a life member of SCI as well as numerous other hunting affiliations. His most recent honor has been the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding North American Professional Hunter of the Year award.
3-Gun Nation COMPETITOR
3 Gun Nation National Champion
2011 - 2012
Tommy "TommyGun" Thacker
With more than 20 years in the firearms industry Thacker has held positions from sponsored shooter and retail operations through executive management with various manufacturers. His role with "The 31 Heroes Project" as a member of the Board of Directors will allow him to help raise money for this non-profit organization through programs organized in conjunction with "One Team One Fight" to raise money and awareness though social and athletic events to support the families of Extortion 17 and honor their legacy by funding the treatment of TBI / PTSD.
Thacker is a family man including a wife, three girls and one boy. The Thackers run a family operated restaurant Genevino located in Geneseo, IL.
Thackers hobbies include hunting, play guitar, golf and even skateboarding with the kids.
Randy Newberg is a hunter. Randy is the voice of the public land hunter in America. Decades of chasing all species across public lands has provided both experience and perspective that has allowed Randy to become the leading advocate for the self-guided hunter; hunters dependent upon public lands for hunting access.
What started by accident, has grown into two popular TV shows, Fresh Tracks and On Your Own Adventures, accompanied by the long-standing Hunt Talk web forum. Now added to those platforms is the Hunt Talk Podcast where you get Randy Newberg, unfiltered.
Randy uses his platforms to advocate for hunters and public access. In addition to representing hunters in Congress and state legislatures, he serves as a volunteer and board member for many hunting and conservation groups.