JOHN ARMAN - John Arman was born and raised in North Dakota and has spent his entire life living in the Bismarck area. As a teacher for the Bismarck Public School District John has the opportunity to share his enthusiasm of the outdoors with many young people and to teach them the importance of conservation and game management. Teaching has also allowed him to construct after school programs centered on the fundamentals of archery; therefore, introducing the sport of shooting and bowhunting to many of our future outdoorsmen/women.
In the summer, John enjoys spending time with his wife Teri and his two children, Colton and Shelby. John and his family also attend roping events, enjoy trail riding and relaxing at their ranch cabin where they like to cast a fishing line into their favorite fishing hole. Throughout his career he has established a reputation for being a well rounded outdoorsmen and a promoter of the hunting industry. His passion for Bowhunting is represented by his desire to share with others his outdoor knowledge. John is also thankful for having the opportunity and the privilege of harvesting various animals in numerous states and Canada.
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KURT SCHIRADO - Kurt is a life long native of Bismarck, North Dakota and grew up fishing and hunting in and around the Missouri River area. Kurt's passion for the outdoors has him involved with numerous related functions and traveling to other areas of the country just to encounter a new outdoor experience. Whether it's jigging for walleyes on the Missouri River, trolling for Lake Trout in Canada, bow hunting elk in Idaho or hunting whitetails in North Dakota; he strives for excellence and always tries to learn from his experiences.
At the age of fifteen Kurt enrolled in local Tae Kwon Do classes and by the age of nineteen he honorably received his 1st degree black belt. By age twenty, along with his two brothers, they owned and operated their own Martial Arts studio. Over the next thirteen years Kurt instructed classes, achieved his 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and to this day he continues to make physical fitness a part of his every day life.
Since 1998 he has actively taken footsteps towards a career in the outdoors bringing him to present day. Kurt is an active Pro Staff member for Hoyt, Blacks Creek and Lowrance Electronics and has been featured in a full page add for Realtree Outdoors which has been highlighted in such magazines as; In-fisherman, Walleye Insider, and Deer & Deer Hunting. Other magazines such as Midwest Outdoors and Dakota Outdoors have also featured outdoor related articles.
Kurt is presently the Rental/Warehouse manager with Prairie Rose Construction Supply Inc. in Bismarck, ND. They supply contractors with almost everything you can think of to with concrete... except the concrete. They have locations in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and now in Williston.
In the off season Kurt enjoys traveling the upper Midwest to sport shows doing public speaking seminars to other outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning more about both hunting and fishing. Most of Kurt’s seminars focus on big game hunting, archery tactics and techniques use to find and catch those finicky walleyes.
"A special thanks to my wife Cindy for her support".
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JASON WRIGHT - Jason has spent his entire life living in Bismarck, North Dakota, educating himself about the great outdoors, and credits his dad, Jim Wright, for taking the time to teach/show him what the outdoors has to offer. With the help of other outdoor enthusiasts, quality outdoor magazines and countless hours of research afield he has become quite knowledgeable in the areas of hunting and fishing. Whether the topic is decoying wary Canada Geese in December or pitching 1/8-ounce jigs to shallow cold front walleyes in May; he is eager to share his knowledge with any outdoor enthusiast. He also credits the various opportunities to work with and promote some of the industry leaders such as Toyota Motor Company, Scheels All Sports, Hoyt Bows, Lowrance Electronics, and many others who have helped him get to where he is today.
Jason also dedicates much of his time to being a 6th Grade Teacher with the Bismarck Public School District in North Dakota. As a teacher he grasps every opportunity to share his enthusiasm of the outdoors with many young people and to teach them the importance of conservation and game management. Teaching has also allowed him to spend his summers fishing tournaments; although, he has been successful throughout the years, he admits it's the learning/commaraderei that takes place from pre-fishing to the actual tournament days that Jason feels is the most rewarding.
He also enjoys the time spent afield or afloat with his wife Carrie of fifteen years, 9 year-old daughter Brynn, and 4 year old daughter Myah who also enjoys the great outdoors. "My wife and daughters are my greatest supporters and without their support and excitement of my outdoor achievements my adventures wouldn't be as rewarding," said Jason. "Whether I am fishing a tournament, or just trying to outwit a prairie pronghorn, if my family isn't supporting my endeavors then my head isn't in the game."
Jason's expectations are to help those through his enthusiasm and knowledge that are novices in the outdoors to grow and understand the wealth of benefits received while watching a young person catch his/her first fish or the feeling of growth as a true sportsman. He also enjoys learning from those that have been life long learners during their many years of hunting and fishing.
His enthusiastic promotions of the outdoors is easily recognized through speakinng engagements, outdoor magazine articles, and while just hanging out at the local archery complex, sport shows, and even during weekly shopping trips to Scheels All Sports. And, you can often hear what Jason is up to each Friday at 5:35 PM on Dakota Prairie Outdoors Radio.
"During the past 10 years I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with two very close friends as well as many others who have helped to create countless memories of which most have been captured on video and will be shared/reminisced with friends and family for years to come. And, a special thanks to all those people that I have encountered throughout my travels and experiences with Ultimate Outdoor Adventures TV!"
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RUSS ARMAN - At a very young age Bismarck native, Russ Arman, was introduced to the addictive adrenaline rush of exploding late season roosters, mature whitetail bucks, and the sense of accomplishment after a long day afield. This addiction would eventually lead him down a path that would provide opportunities to hunt in various states and provinces throughout the Midwest and Canada.
Although Russ enjoys all aspects of the outdoors whether it’s spending time with family and friends walleye fishing in Canada or the whistling of wings as a flock of mallards approach prior to sunrise, he would be the first to admit that his greatest obsession is spending time afield trying to out-wit a trophy whitetail, out-sit a prairie pronghorn, or out smart a majestic Montana elk. And, if you were to ask Russ what his weapon of choice while pursuing big game is, he would be quick to tell you that he would choose his current archery setup over his rifle.
Russ’ knowledge/passion of the outdoors, as well as his patience while paying attention to the small details has given him the experience needed to be a successful outdoorsman, and he is willing to share any/all of his learned outdoor experiences with anyone who will listen. He is a successful element to Ultimate Outdoor Adventures TV because of his willingness and ability to step into the role of cameraman, giving up his own opportunity to hunt, but his experience and professionalism also enables him to switch roles and become the host while at full-draw anchoring a fiber-optic pin on the shoulder of a big game animal.
As a local businessman in Bismarck, North Dakota, Russ continues his passion for the outdoors while operating a very successful investment/financial planning business, the Arman Group LLC, and often hosts investment and financial planning seminars as well as teaches evening courses through Bismarck State College. When he isn’t chasing wild game, he enjoys family vacations and spending time with his wife Mary and their children at the family ranch located in southwest North Dakota.
TONY MARIOTTI - Tony Mariotti has spent his entire life living in and enjoying the outdoors of Minnesota. From fishing the walleye infested waters of central Minnesota, to hunting the north woods. Tony’s love for the outdoors is apparent within moments of meeting him
As a kid he grew up on the lakes of Ottertail County, and spent most weekends at “the cabin” on the Cass Lake chain in Northern MN. He spent many summers watching and learning new techniques of locating and enticing fish to bite from his father, Joe, whom he credits for giving him his love of fishing.
After college Tony lived and worked as a teacher in Grygla, Minnesota. This gave him not only the opportunity to learn to hunt the North Woods, but also to share his love of the outdoors and a message of conservation with many youngsters. It was in Grygla that he discovered a passion for the big woods. Whether it was an evening walk with either his lab or his German Wirehair for grouse, a night in the bow stand for deer, or his real passion, bear hunting. The north woods had their grips on Tony.
Tony is currently living and working in Detroit Lakes, MN, where he and his wife Trish have their home. Tony often says that he is very thankful to have found someone like Trish who puts up with and encourages his outdoor “obsessions”. Tony said “without Trish’ support I wouldn’t have had many of the opportunities afforded to me in the last few years, I truly thank and appreciate her for it!”
Tony has joined the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure crew on hunts in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota and we have always enjoyed having him in camp. From the open water in Spring, to the woods and fields of the upper Midwest, and onto the hard water after freeze up, we have discovered Tony is always ready for another adventure! As Ultimate Outdoor Adventures television is expanding our show into new areas we felt that the time was right to bring aboard our great friend, Tony.
We are very excited to announce that Ultimate Outdoor Adventures TV has invited (2) new team members - Brent Larson and Nicole Weller of Minnesota, to help assist with hosting/providing exciting hunting action from across the Midwest. When Brent and Nicole aren't scouting deer or chasing turkeys, they are planning for the next fall season(s), planting food plots, hanging filming sets, creating mineral sites and putting out trail cameras. It was obvious to us that everything they do revolves around the hunting industry and their passion for the outdoors made them a perfect fit for our team.
Welcome aboard Brent and Nicole, we look forward to working with you.