Bill Booth OUTDOORS
Walkin the Walk
Bill's Biography

Bill Booth’s love for the outdoors began as a young boy. Growing up in Florida in the 1970's before cable TV, cell phones, or video games, the majority of Bill’s time was spent outside climbing trees, hunting snakes, lizards and making bows and arrows.  Upon receiving his first shotgun at age thirteen, he would ride his bike for miles to his favorite hunting spots for dove and quail.

 

He started deer hunting in the early 1980's with his grandfather, which led to his addiction to the outdoors. Then in 1988, he met a taxidermist in North Carolina and found a new passion. “I thought that if I learned taxidermy, I could be around animals all year and make money too, so I learned how to preserve the animals I hunted," says Bill.

 

He returned to Florida in 1990 and started Bill Booth Taxidermy and went on to become the national taxidermy champion in 2004.  A year later, he won “Best of Category - Whitetail Masters Division” in the World Taxidermy Championships.  He has also received the Award of Excellence from the National Taxidermist Association, Best of Show from Safari Club International, Judges Choice from the Florida State Taxidermy Association, and the WASCO Award (twice).

 

A professional guide and expedition leader, Bill has hunted the last 38 years with both gun and bow and cast many a line in freshwater and saltwater. Bill has also studied photography with National Geographic photojournalist Bob Sisson and has worked as a professional hunting guide from 1992- 2003 at the Hi Hat Ranch, a 15,000 acre private ranch in Sarasota, Florida. He also has 18 years experience as an Alligator guide and participates regularly in the Florida Public Waters annual alligator harvest and is a Florida licensed Python hunter. Bill is a Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT and has been in the fire service for 18 years, he also holds a Coast Guard captains license and is a certified diver.

 

January 2013 Bill was cast by Matador Content to participate in the show "Pythonathon" a two part documentary for National Geographic Television, about the Burmese Pythons that are taking over the Florida Everglades.

 

April 2014 Bill was cast by Stornoway Productions in Canada, to co-host a documentary called "Infestations" a four part documentary on 48 species of animals that are infesting the world!

 

January 2015 Bill was invited by CNN to participate in the Everglades segment of the Wonder List with Bill Weir. A new series, which premiered on CNN in March 2015.

 

November 2016 History Channel, Swamp People "Everglades".

 

March 2017 History Channel, Ozzy and Jacks World Detour.

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