Deep in the backwoods of Kentucky lies the man they call Turtleman. Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman is getting a new series on Animal Planet called Call of the Wildman. We’ve got the information about the series and the man you need to know!
Dive deep into the backwoods of wild Kentucky with legendary woodsman Ernie Brown Jr. â€“ aka â€œTurtlemanâ€ â€“ as he takes on some of the most outlandish and outrageous nuisance calls these woods have to offer â€“ including raccoons, skunks, snakes, poisonous spiders and possums. Ernie is a charming animal lover with an unbelievable Bluegrass lifestyle, and for the past three decades, he’s been diving into Kentucky’s murkiest ponds in search of feisty snapping turtles capable of biting through bone. Accompanied by his canine companion Lolly and armed with country wits as sharp as the steel blade he carries, aptly named â€œThunder,â€ Turtleman has the uncanny ability to catch monster snapping turtles with his bare hands and return them into the wild unscathed. Each week, Turtleman receives calls from dozens of businesses and home owners stuck with unwanted and potentially deadly pests. No job is too tough or dangerous for Turtleman, and his years of bonding with wild animals allow him to use his animal instincts to save them. Never traditional but always effective, Turtleman uses pure instinct and his bare hands to go toe-to-claw with some of the most dangerous critters in Kentucky, but it’s always for the animal’s own good. With a â€œtrademarkâ€ celebratory yell following each successful capture, Turtleman’s self-taught trapping style allows him to safely reintroduce frisky critters to nature.
Ernie Brown, Jr. (aka Turtleman) – Ernie Brown Jr. (aka Turtleman) has been diving into murky Kentucky ponds in search of snapping turtles for nearly 40 years. Born and raised in Washington County, Kentucky, he spent his childhood exploring the woods and learning the ways of the animals that occupy them. Turtleman caught his first snapping turtle, a 25-pounder, when he was just seven-years-old, after his father and uncle taught him the risky technique. Since then, the legend of Turtleman has spread throughout the Blue Grass state and has afforded Ernie a career as an animal rescuer. At the age of 17, he caught his biggest turtle to date, aptly named the â€œLoch Ness Turtle,â€ a monster snapper weighing close to 55 pounds. Ernie catches an average of 300 turtles a year and has been injured 33 times. To date, he reckons he’s caught over 12,000 turtles. Prior to devoting all of his time to rescuing and relocating wildlife, Ernie worked an array of hard-labor jobs, including cutting boards for whiskey and wine barrels, milking cows and working in construction for nine years. He currently lives off the land deep in the backwoods of Kentucky with his loyal canine companion Lolly.
Neil James – Neal James is Ernie’s right-hand man whose long-distance telephone service also qualifies him as Turtleman’s secretary. A bona fide native Kentuckian and expert Banjo player, Neal takes calls from dozens of businesses and home owners each week in need of Ernie’s help. The duo has known each other for years and without Neal, Turtleman wouldn’t be able to assist people with their critter problems. Some might say it was fate that brought Neal and Ernie together, and they’ve been best friends ever since.
Lolly Dog – Lolly has been Turtleman’s faithful four-legged companion for over two years. One cold winter during an ice storm, Ernie found Lolly wandering the streets, distraught and looking for shelter. After three days of trying to catch the mysterious canine, Ernie finally got close enough and invited Lolly to live with him. He didn’t have much but could provide shelter, food and love. Although Lolly’s exact breed isn’t known, Ernie believes she’s a border collie mixed with an Australian cattle dog. Lolly is Ernie’s greatest fan and best friend, even jumping into ponds to help him search for turtles.
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