From National Wildlife Turkey Federation
-- Michael Waddell has agreed to become the official spokesman for the National Wild Turkey Federation.
In this new role, Waddell will represent the NWTF as host of its television series, "Turkey Call," which airs on Outdoor Channel. In addition, Waddell will assume emcee duties at the organization's national convention, which will be held Feb. 19 to 22, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Members also will be treated to personal appearances by Waddell at many other NWTF events.
Waddell joined the Realtree staff in 1994 as a cameraman and producer. He moved in front of the camera hunting for Realtree before becoming host of his own show, "Realtree Road Trips," a funny, fast-paced, award-winning hunting show that airs on Outdoor Channel. Waddell also is the official celebrity spokesperson for Outdoor Channel and was elected to serve as chair of the National Hunting and Fishing Day 2008.
Waddell grew up hunting and fishing with his father. After graduating from high school, he started competing, and winning, turkey calling contests. He gained recognition as one of the nation's top callers, and in 1993 he won the Realtree Grand America Turkey Calling Contest.