(above) Jerry Meacham, owner of Caney Creek Outfitters
Jerry Meacham, owner of Caney Creek Outfitters in Kansas has a lifetime of experience hunting and fishing. He has guided clients for moose and caribou above the arctic circle as well as taken them alligator hunting in his airboat in the swamps of Florida where he was born and raised. In Florida Jerry had a commercial and charter fishing background and was a spearfisherman and shellfish harvester. For over thirty years Jerry ran a hunting outfit in Alabama where deer season lasted nearly four months and the limit was “a buck a day”. There were times in his “Bama Days” when twenty deer were hanging on the meat pole at one time! Jerry knows deer hunting! He has guided hunts in Kansas since 1998 and was in on the ground floor when the state opened its doors to non-resident deer hunters. Jerry has hunted extensively in most all the western states and taken most of the North American big game animals many times over. Jerry has worked as a hunting and fishing guide during the past 20 years in Alaska. Jerry once operated a floating lodge in Alaska only accessible by boat or float plane and was a licensed transporter for bear hunters. For the last 18 years he has owned and operated AAA Sportfishing Company in Ketchikan. He holds a 100 ton U.S. Coast Guard captains license. Jerry was a professional firefighter and EMT for seven years and was named firefighter of the year by the City of Cocoa Beach in Florida. Jerry trained at the Kennedy Space Center and was certified by Nasa as an Astronaut Rescue Diver during his firefighter days. Jerry is not only passionate about the outdoors but he is superbly qualified to put you in a position to be successful on your next hunt in Kansas with Caney Creek Outfitters.
(above) Lance Woods, Senior Guide
Lance is the quintessential outdoor adventurer. For instance, as I write this in March of 2017 he is crossing the Arctic, solo, from West to East, on a snow machine. And no, it’s not his first time across. How about his trip on a motorcycle from Kansas to the tip of South America. Did I mentioned he skied the entire Iditarod trail by himself? He has guided in Alaska, is a phenomenal trapper, and has even been a taxidermist. Enough said! Lance is super friendly, extremely helpful to the guests, does not talk a whole lot, and will never brag on himself. He is the hardest worker I have ever met and never complains. He is of Norwegian descent and it simply cannot be too cold for Lance. I have seen him sleep with no heat and the windows open at 8 below zero. I am not kidding! He does have his kryptonite though; he cannot tolerate warm temperatures or snakes, any snakes, even non-poisonous ones! He is my go to guy for all we do in Kansas that falls under the “hunting” category. Whether it be tracking, skinning, caping of your trophy buck, or the care of your venison, Lance is an expert at all of it. He is the best I have ever seen. I swear he ranks right up there with Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.
(above) Ryan Teasley, Lodge Chef with his wife Hannah
Ryan lives in Alaska along with his lovely wife Hannah. Hannah works as a midwife and loves the outdoors as does Ryan our chef. Together Ryan and Hannah love adventure travel and camping and try to get out in the outdoors as much as they possibly can. Ryan grew up in Texas where hunting and fishing was what he did at every opportunity. The huge ranches in South Texas were full of game and lengthy hunting seasons gave Ryan his start in his knowledge of hunting. Later in life Ryan worked as a chef in hunting and fishing lodges all over the country including high fence game ranches in Texas and bird hunting lodges in the Midwest. Working wit
h the guides and ranch managers at these hunting lodges added to Ryan’s knowledge of the hunting industry. So, you see Ryan is not just a professional chef he is also extremely knowledgeable about hunting and game ranching. Ryan has a mechanical side to him as well. He has a passion for restoring Land Rover Defender’s. These tough, off road, four-wheel drive vehicles are the iconic vehicles of African safari’s. Not only at home on land, Ryan holds a 100 ton U.S. Coast Guard license and has captained boats from Florida to Alaska. Under the heading of ,“it’s a small world after all”, comes the story of how even though Ryan and I had never met until last Spring, it turns out that we ran the same live aboard yacht in Southeast Alaska years ago. We were talking one day and discovered we had both worked on the boat named the Alaska Adventurer. Last season was Ryan’s first time cooking for us and he received rave reviews from our hunters. As an example of how Ryan pushes himself beyond what is required of him, at the beginning of the season last year he told me he was challenging himself to make all the bread used in the lodge from scratch. Even the hamburger and sandwich buns were homemade! I overheard many of the hunters asking Ryan for his recipes. Ryan’s cooking is exceptional and he is happy to do extra things for our guests whenever they ask. We could not be happier with our chef!
(above) Michael Brogan, Guide – Mechanic – Construction – Maintenance
Michael, lives in Connecticut with his lovely wife Terry. They have three boys and one girl ranging in age from 16 to 33. After serving in the Navy Michael went to work for, and later retired from, Otis Elevator. Michael is very mechanically inclined and we could not keep the lodge operational without his skills. Michael loves the outdoors and has been a hunter all his life. Job and family obligations didn’t allow him as much time in the outdoors hunting, snowmobiling, or riding his four wheeler as he might have liked, but he still never missed a deer season opener in New York state except when he was away in the Navy. Michael is from the Northeast and I often goodheartedly tease him about being a “Yankee”. Yes he has a heavy accent but so do I! Michael is a man of few words. He genuinely enjoys helping our guests get their buck. Among his many duties Michael helps our hunters check their weapon at the target range when they first arrive in camp. He is up early every morning dropping off hunters at their deer stand and picks them up later in the day. Michael assists Lance with removing the deer from the field and getting them field dressed and skinned. Michael usually has a huge punch list of projects and repairs that I am hoping to get done. We basically build and repair constantly at the lodge and without him our operation would grind to a halt. Michael is quiet and reserved. He is methodical in everything he does and only does things the “right” way!