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Savage Outdoors looking to take second-straight Turkey Fest title


Jamie Satterfield and Mike Stroff of Savage Outdoors with last year's Turkey Fest World Champion winner at Parker Ranch.

Mike Stroff and Jamie Satterfield host Savage Outdoors TV, airing exclusively on the Sportsman Channel on Thursday nights. Stroff and Sattierfield won the Turkey Fest World Championship in 2011 while hunting on Parker Ranch at Benvanue and are hoping to defend their title. They are in their 10th year of hosting an outdoors television show.

Their TV careers began a decade ago on Southern Outdoor Experience TV. Mike and Jamie are in their second year of hosting Savage Outdoors and are looking forward to season three.

Stroff, 30, was born on Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base in Jacksonville, NC. He grew up there and attended East Carolina University where he graduated in 2003. Mike is married to Christina Stroff and has a daughter Amelia Stroff who is three years old and son Michael who is 10 months old. Mike and his family now call South Texas home, where they run their hunting operation SOE HUNTS and Host Savage Outdoors TV.

Stroff started in the outdoor industry at a very young age. His family owned and operated Flatwoods Outfitters, which was a shooting complex for rifle, pistol, shotgun, and also had 3D archery ranges. To complement the shooting complex, they had a gun shop, archery shop, and black powder store on site. As a young man, Mike learned the retail side of the hunting industry working in the family business.

Stroff’s family also owned and operated a commercial hunting lodge in South Carolina. He spent a lot of his teenage summers working there. They specialized in hog, deer, and turkey hunting. In the late 90’s they sold their hunting lodge in SC and bought Bowlin Camps in northern Maine, which was a bear, deer, moose, and fishing operation. During his college years, Mike spent his summers working at the lodge learning the ins and outs of the commercial hunting business. Upon graduation from college, Mike moved to back to South Carolina and started Black River Plantation specializing in hog, deer, and turkey hunting. During his stay at Black River Plantation, he started Southern Outdoor Experience TV and Black River Production Company LLC. After a few years of getting SOE TV off the ground, Mike and his family sold Black River Plantation, moved out to Texas, and started SOE HUNTS in Uvalde.

Satterfield was raised in rural north Georgia on a small family farm. There, he learned to respect nature while caring for their poultry and livestock. They were poor and did things the old fashion way – they worked hard. By that standard, his parents pushed for education of which they had none, so he and his brother set off for college.

Satterfield attended North Georgia College and then Medical College of Georgia. He specialized in pediatrics, and practices in North Carolina. He and his wife of twenty-six years have been blessed with two children, Jacob and Caroline. He has also been blessed by a very busy practice, but he missed the outdoors. Satterfield never missed a chance to return home to bush hog, mend fences and go scouting.

Now, Satterfield has grown to enjoy the outdoors for different reasons than when he was young. The freedom that comes with that is priceless. The fellowship shared by hunters in camp is as much fun as the hunt sometimes. Jamie wants everyone to get a chance in life to experience hunting and he wants to preserve it for our future generations. But first, have fun; take time to notice, and share. Take a child hunting.

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