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Whitney Tramel

Whitney Tramel is a strength and conditioning coach, human performance educator, researcher, and avid outdoors woman. She has spent most of her career working with tactical populations to include military, law enforcement, and fire and first responders. In the time working with these personnel, she realized the correlation between training someone for a combat deployment or foot chase was very similar to how you would train someone preparing for a hunt. 

Whitney has taken her knowledge and experience in the human performance world to try to educate the everyday outdoorsman or woman to be physically prepared to take on whatever the hunt throws their way! She enjoys spending her time in the mountains as much as possible and can be found flinging arrows almost any day of the week. She also hosts a podcast called the Wild Strength Podcast, where you can listen in on conversations related to hunting and outdoors and training and performance. 


Jermaine Hodge

Originally from North Carolina, Jermaine started hunting and wrestling while in the seventh grade. Following his college graduation in 2004, he joined the military where he intended to continue his wrestling dreams to earn a position on an Olympic team. Once making the Army World Class Athlete program in 2005, he moved to Colorado; where from that moment on, life was all about wrestling. Little to his knowledge, Colorado has some of the finest elk hunting in the country. He immediately realized he now had two passions: Wrestling and Elk Hunting. 

Jermaine started hunting elk in 2006, he has been fortunate to harvest an elk every year since. 

Along the way, Jermaine has made six wrestling national teams, including winning a national title. He continues his legacy by coaching the women in the World Class Athlete Program. 

Jermaine has now retired from the Army, with 20 years of service, He couldn’t be the hunter he is without great people and family pushing him to be his best. His ability to win on the mat helped him with his success in the woods chasing elk. He prides himself on trying and being successful at everything he does; practice is his fundamental element for success. Jermaine started teaching himself how to call elk in close and has since learned something new each year.

Pushed by great friends to compete, Jermaine lucked up and won a local elk calling competition and then went on to win the men’s division at the World Elk Calling Championships in 2019. 

Married to his beautiful wife for 18 years now, Jermaine and Serena have two great kids. All four of them share the same passion; to say Jermaine is a lucky man would be an understatement. 

Jermaine’s ultimate goal is to share the knowledge he acquired so to reduce the learning curve for those who dream to hunt elk as he once dreamed.


Michael Batease

Founder of Elk Calling Academy, Michael has been in the elk woods for over 35 years. "As an avid elk hunter myself, I understand the thrill and challenge that elk hunting presents. Throughout my extensive elk hunting journey over the past 35 years, I've honed my skills and developed a deep understanding of elk behavior, their vocalizations, and the art of effective elk calling. This journey for elk knowledge has covered several of the Western elk states and has taken place all on public land, but it hasn't always been easy. There's been a lot of hard knocks along the way, not to mention plenty of pure dumb luck, especially early on. Now, I am eager to share my wealth of knowledge and expertise with fellow elk enthusiasts and watch as their skills grow and the consistency of elk encounters rises. To me, that's what it's all about! Passing the info, skills, and passion to others and sharing their excitement for success!"


Tony Gilbertson

Tony grew up in a suburb east of Hillsboro Oregon and began rifle hunting when he was 12 years old. After graduating from high school, he went on to college earning a degree in Fire Science, before marrying his junior high school sweetheart.
After spending a short time as a firefighter and reserve police officer in Vernonia Oregon, a small logging town where he and his wife of 35 years currently reside, Tony moved into public works and just recently retired after 31 years of service.

Spending most of his time hunting solo, he decided to pick up a bow and became serious about archery hunting in 2004. In 2005 he entered his first RMEF World Elk Calling Contest and took fourth place in the men's division. Tony went on to win a couple local elk calling contests and competed at the RMEF World Elk Calling Contests for a few more years, but fourth place was the best he could do.

After taking a break from competing, Tony picked up his bugle tube and elk diaphragms again in 2021, where he won the Men’s division at the World Elk Calling contest. Soon after the contest, he was invited to be part of Phelps Game Calls Pro Team and took second place in the professional division in 2022.

Although Tony has harvested several Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain Elk across Oregon, his true passion is calling bulls in for his son and hunting partners and making lifelong memories in the elk woods!


Andraya Grangroth

Andraya Grangroth wears many hats. She is the author of, What’s Her Wild, an Untold Story, an inspirational memoir and is also the co-founder of Ridge Patrol, a women’s specific hunting and outdoor clothing brand. To top it off she owns her own company, What’s Your Wild Creative, offering her creative services and a customized 1-1 big game consulting experience. As a lifelong hunter and big game hunting guide, Andraya’s passion lies in sharing wild places with others. Residing in Livingston, Montana Andraya continues to be involved in women specific hunting events, clinics, and hunts. She hopes to inspire women to find their wild and enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. When it’s not hunting season you can find Andraya anywhere outside with her yellow lab Remi. Exploring with her camera, camping, fly fishing and shooting her bow are some of her favorite hobbies.


Joe Giglia

Raised in the backwoods of the Carolinas as a kid, ElkBros Coach Joe Giglia is the founder of ElkBros LLC and ElkBros Adventures. He is the creator and producer of the Blue Collar Elk Hunting podcast and developer/author of the BaseCamp Online Elk Hunting Course where he shares over 40 years of his elk hunting knowledge and success based strategies. Joe has been a professional guide for 25 plus years and has a 90% success rate hunting public land with archery equipment over the last 41 seasons. Joe lives to hunt elk and describes them as his critter!.

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