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by Frank Richardson

Bone Collector Bash rocks Lakeland Big Buck Expo!

Southern Trophy Hunters just wrapped up its 2009 Big Buck Expos in Florida by setting an all-time attendance record, thanks to Michael Waddell and the Bone Collectors!

Approximately 11,000 hunters flocked to shows in Jacksonville (June 19-21) and Lakeland (July 10-12) to check out more than 240 hunting-related exhibitors, including outfitters, guides, equipment and clothing manufacturers, and seasoning/marinade companies.

While many took advantage of show specials offered by vendors, the main draw was the chance to meet the stars of the Outdoor Channel’s #1-rated hunting show – Bone Collectors Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt and Travis “T-Bone” Turner. (story continued below)

Fans packed into each of the Bone Collectors’ Muzzy Hunting Camps to listen to Waddell, Mundt and Turner share their thoughts and cut-up with Johnny and Jay Perez of Double J Outdoors.

An added bonus was the 1st annual “Brotherhood of the Bone Collectors Fan Club Bash,” held at the Lakeland Center immediately after the Expo closed Saturday night. Fans were treated to an exclusive party from 6-11 p.m., with country music star Rhett Akins and the boys – including Michael’s young son – entertaining the packed house by playing and singing songs ranging from David Allen Coe to Guns N’ Roses.

The exciting night featured an impromptu marriage proposal and Waddell pulling a U.S. soldier up on stage. As a thank you for his service to our country, Waddell offered him his choice of the muzzleloader or bow he used last season. Amid cheers from the crowd, the soldier chose Michael’s muzzleloader.

Once again, Southern Trophy Hunters’ Jay Everett delivered two fantastic Big Buck Expos to Florida. If you missed out this year, be sure to make plans to attend one or both next year.

For a list of Big Buck Lotto winners and other drawings, visit www.SouthernTrophyHunters.com or call (334) 699-BUCK (2825).


Below is an interview that Backwater Outdoors Radio did with the Bone Collector, Mike Waddell, at the 1st Annual Bone Collector Fan Club Bash which took place at the 2009 Southern Trophy Hunter's Big Buck Expo in Lakeland, FL. Mike spoke of growing up in the heartland of Georgia, hunting, fishing, and issues that hunters deal with every year. This is Parts 1 through 3 of the interview.