Christie Brimberry never thought she’d use the term “zookeeper” to describe her career, but she’s been taking care of monkeys for the past 3 years. Not literal monkeys--although they do throw bananas from time to time. Christie is the office manager and assistant to Richard Rawlings at Gas Monkey Garage, a Dallas hot rod shop featured on Discovery’s hit show, Fast N’ Loud. When she’s not managing Richard’s schedule or tracking down titles for Gas Monkey Cars, she’s living it up with her husband and six kids. That might be why she’s so good at juggling everything at the zoo that is Gas Monkey Garage.
I grew up in the small town of Cleburne, Texas where my hunting career started. As a child I would go with my dad on all of his hunting adventures watching him on our ranch, as well as, traveling to Africa to see him take his Big 5. I took my first trip to Zimbabwe in Africa with my family in 2004 (age 9) and watched my dad bring many animals home. As badly as I wanted to shoot something I was just too small to hold the guns my dad had brought. I became fascinated with the culture over there and visited one of the elementary schools to deliver candy, coloring books and soccer balls to the under privileged children. This was an eye opening experience for me to see how other children my age lived in a third world country.
In 2008, (age 13) I took my second trip to Africa to start my Big 5 experience, but this time to South Africa. Although I had many other opportunities to shoot animals I wanted to save it for the Big 5, so the first animal I ever shot was a White Rhino with a .416 Remington!! On this trip I also took some plains game, such as impala, kudu and mountain reedbuck home.
I returned to Africa the next summer in 2009 (age 14) to finish my quest for The Big 5. This time I went on a 28 day safari and took an Elephant with a shot from a .416 Remington and finished it off with my dad's .470 Nitro Express. Along with the elephant I also harvested a charging Cape buffalo and a huge maned lion. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to take a leopard on this trip, so I returned 2 weeks later for another 14 day safari. This time I got my leopard, and also took down a hippo to get 6 of the Dangerous 7 at the age of 14! I was lucky enough to have all of my hunting adventures professionally videoed and put onto DVD.
On the side of hunting, I am also receiving an education from Texas Tech University. I am a cheerleader for the University representing the All Girl Squad making appearances at football, basketball and volleyball games, as well as, attending many public events as part of the Spirit Program. I am currently a sophomore with a degree program focusing on Marketing and Sports Therapy.
Allen Morris of Payson, Utah grew up with a love of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. As a youngster he could be found with his dog and BB gun, chasing animals around his family’s dairy farm. At the age of 15 Morris’ father read an article in Outdoor Life about Wayne Carlton and his ability to call elk using a turkey diaphragm call. His father called Wayne that very day. “My life was changed forever,” said Morris. “After some one-on-one instruction over the phone from Wayne, no more than three days later I was calling elk in the field myself. I realized I had a unique ability to call, mimicking the sounds elk made.” Al’s talent for calling and hunting elk led to a lifetime career as a professional guide. Morris had his most successful calling season in 2009. When he won the World Coyote Calling Championship for the third time, he also won it in 1997 and 2007. He and his hunting partner, Garvin Young, are the only 3-time winners of this contest. He also won the World Elk Calling Championship, took first in the Northeastern Elk Calling Championship and won the Best of the West contest. Morris has also previously won the Utah State Bugling Championship and the Northeast Elk Calling Championship. Al is a host for FOXPRO FURTAKERS TV show on the Outdoor Channel and also films for the FURTAKERS West DVD series from FOXPRO. Al is now a Pro Staffer for FOXPRO Inc. and uses FOXPRO products all over North America. His experiences and knowledge of the sport of predator hunting has taking him all over the country in pursuit of predators. He has performed many seminars about his success and calling techniques nationwide. He looks forward each and every time to share his knowledge and experience with outdoor enthusiast
brought to you by:
Dr. Mike & Tori Sheen
brought to you by:
Trophy Buck Sponsors
Come by Pam Tyler booth, official photographer of DeerFest 2015, and get your kids photo taken in their best camo outfit. Then, the public will choose the Cutest Kid in Camo. Go to Texomashomepage to vote The winner will be presented with a Photography Shoot valued at $250.
Look for the coloring contest booth and make sure to get the kids entered in for there chance to when a Gift Certificate to Chuck E Cheese's. There will be 2 age groups. 0 to 5 and the 6 to 12.