In broadcast for over 25 years, The American Outdoorsman’s weekly hunting & fishing TV and radio shows showcase the ultimate enjoyment in hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure travel, as well as the conservation and preservation of our great outdoors resources. In this spirit, we’ve tried to create a web site as informational as our fishing & hunting TV Show. We’re gathering an impressive collection of recommended outdoor gear, from hunting supply to trip guides to our outdoor clothing line, plus a tips & info section.
Sharing their passion for their sport and leisure are Jim Mueller and The American Outdoorsman National Pro Staff. With years of collective experience presented in a fun and informative style, bringing you tips and techniques on how to maximize your potential in the brush. Their intimate knowledge of American wildlife enhances each adventure, bringing young and old, novice or expert, an up close and personal view of how to master the skills of hunting and fishing.
Meet the Team
Jim Mueller began his hunting career at the young age of 5, trekking through the hills of Southern Missouri with his father on deer hunting excursions. His love of the outdoors grew from there. Jim has hunted and fished throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and overseas. An avid big game hunter, Jim is also a serious predator hunter. Jim’s true passion is sharing his outdoor experiences with his son and daughter. At the age of 11, Jim guided his son Kyle on a hunt to harvest his first mature Missouri buck. His daughter Reagan joins him on various hunts for the TV show and is being featured on several episodes of The American Outdoorsman. In addition to hosting The American Outdoorsman TV show, Jim manages a Kansas City-based investment firm that owns various businesses in agriculture, construction and manufacturing. Jim currently resides on a horse farm outside of Kansas City and also spends a significant amount of time in South Texas.
You might say that Mark Tobin was born to be a Pro-Staff member of The American Outdoorsman®. After all, he was born to parents who spent their honeymoon hunting for quail. Mark was only six weeks old when he experienced his first camping trip – the first of many hunting and fishing adventures he would share with his family. He was baiting his mother’s hook when he was too small to hold a pole, and at age 9, he bagged his first goose with a .410 shotgun. No small feat for any hunter. Mark’s progression to television was just as natural since his father Pro-Staff membered the Let’s Get Outdoors show that aired in the Kansas City market for nearly 20 years. “My father was my hero. I knew early on I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” he remembers. Mark’s television debut came during 1976 when he wrote and starred in his father’s show for a high school project. As The American Outdoorsman®’s top angler, Mark shares a lifetime of fishing experiences, including more than 10 years of tournament fishing. Tournament fishing has taught Mark how to be successful in all sorts of fishing conditions-techniques he’s quick to share with The American Outdoorsman® viewers across the nation. More important to Mark than just catching fish is educating viewers and showing the fun and excitement the sport has to offer. And all you have to do is watch Mark reel one in to see that he truly loves the sport and sharing his enthusiasm with viewers. You would think getting to hunt and fish in some of the continent’s most scenic and productive spots would be the favorite aspects of his job as The American Outdoorsman® co-Pro-Staff member. But for Mark, the favorite part of the job is the many opportunities it has given him to work with a wide variety of youth groups to instill the same sense of excitement and adventure he gained as a youngster. According to Mark, “My job isn’t to create just a television show. It’s to create memories. A show lasts 30 minutes….the memories should last a lifetime.”
Tony has been with the American Outdoorsman since 2006, and is the Host of the American Outdoorsman Radio Show. Tony is widely known as an on air personality in Sports Radio and has appeared on ESPN, Fox, Sirrus, XM, and Armed Forces Radio for over 12 years in sports, but his passion for hunting and all things outdoors became a perfect blend as part of the American Outdoorsman Pro Staff and host of AO’s radio show alongside Mark Tobin. Tony is an avid waterfoul hunter and a long standing member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited. Outside of AO Tony is involved in corporate sales and is a well known sports handicapper.
Lee was born into a military family and traveled around the United States and Europe for many years. When he was a youngster, Lee was always hunting and fishing. It all started with a fly-tying class in grade school and continued throughout his school years. He loved to deer hunt with a bow (a Warthog Recurve that he bought at a garage sale), and he hunted everything with that bow, including rabbits, squirrels, and deer. After High School, Lee joined the Army and became an Airborne Ranger where he continued to hone his hunting skills. He earned a degree in Wildlife and Forestry while serving in the military, and when stationed in Germany, he hunted wild boar and fly fished for trout. He learned to hunt whitetail deer as a kid and polished his skills by hunting all over the United States. He has extensive experience in bird hunting, from duck to Upland birds, but he loves to hunt wild hogs and predators most of all. He constantly seeks to expand his hunting knowledge by learning new techniques and is a man who simply loves the outdoors In his very limited spare time, Lee tries to find ways to make the great sport of hunting affordable for the not so fortunate hunter. For example, he made a homemade deer cain that is very cost effective and affordable for all hunters. He has also developed a method to zero a bow up to 60 yards in a 20-yard space, such as a backyard. Lee spends most of his free time in the woods scouting, placing trail cameras, and finding new ways to help his fellow hunters be successful. He shares his knowledge and experience with new hunters, teaching them hunting techniques, and then guides them on their first outing. Lee states that nothing can compete with, or be more satisfying than to watch a new hunter fill with excitement when a hunt is successful. When he is not scouting, hunting, or fishing, Lee has his bow in hand at 3D Archery Tournaments around the State of Missouri. He has won many of these tournaments with his favorite bow. He has taught his son to hunt and his son is an accomplished deer hunter with several big bucks under his belt. His son has also won 3d Bow tournaments using his Martin long bow. Overall, Lee is an expert marksman with a rifle and a bow. He is a true outdoorsman who has spent his entire life in the woods, in the mountains, on the water, and in the swamps, perfecting his knowledge of the hunting ground. Whether it is from a tree stand or a ground blind, he simply gets enjoyment out of seeing the wild game. Many times it’s just being around the animals in their natural habitat that is enough satisfaction for him. Lee resides in Liberty Missouri with his family who is his home base support when he is gone to the woods. His home base support is headed by his wife Traci who keeps Lee focused on his passions of hunting, bow shooting, and long range rifle shooting.