Turkey Regional Pro Staff
Matt Newton, from Cookeville, Tennessee is the Mossy Oak Turkey Regional Pro Staff Manager for the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Matt Newton grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee. From an early age he showed an obsession for being outdoors. He began hunting 30 years ago. As a youngster he loved to hunt doves, squirrels and rabbits. When he turned ten he began to chase deer and took his first two deer that first year. After that it spiraled out of control as he fell deeper and deeper in love with spending his life outdoors enjoying what the Lord had given him to enjoy doing. He feels it is in his blood to chase wild game and to fish.
As a youngster he loved to spend time on the lake fishing and also shooting archery tournaments. His first job as a teenager was working in the local sporting goods store as a bow tech. He gets a huge satisfaction out of putting food on the table for his family and friends that he either has taken or caught.
In the fall and winter you will find him somewhere chasing Whitetail deer in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. In the spring you can guarantee he will be found in the woods or fields somewhere across the United States trying to yelp and cluck up a long beard. When not behind a gun he loves sitting shoulder to shoulder with a youth hunter or someone else new to hunting. He more than likely will have a video camera with him as he loves to capture hunts on film.
Matt still resides in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee with his wife, Heather, and two children Barrett and Hadley. His son already has hunting in his blood as well and has tagged along with dad starting at the age of three and being along on successful trips to the woods. His son Barrett took his first turkey and deer at the age of six.
Matt is a lifetime member of the NRA, a Sponsor Member of the NWTF, a member of Ducks Unlimited and also a member of the QDMA. He holds committee positions with his local NWTF chapter and QDMA branch. Matt takes great pride in his local NWTF Chapter and their Jakes program. The chapter holds a Jakes Day event each year that has more than 500 kids in attendance from around his community. The event has received Best Jakes Day in the Country with over 150 Jakes attending in 2013 and 2014.
Mike Cockerham, from Oglethorpe, Georgia is the Mossy Oak Turkey Regional Pro Staff Manager for the states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Mike became an NWTF sponsor member in 1994 and has risen to the level of Bronze life sponsor. He is now serving the Georgia state NWTF as an honorary board member after 12 years as an active member. In the past he has organized the Georgia State and Dixie Open turkey calling championships along with several local calling contests throughout the state.
Mike took his first turkey grand slam in 2006 and recently completed his fifth grand slam in 2015 while hunting in Nebraska. Mike also has aspirations of killing a turkey in all 49 states where they are available.
In addition to turkey hunting, Mike enjoys bow hunting deer, upland birds and waterfowl.
Tracy Groves from Eldersburg, Maryland is the president and founder of the Whitetail Adventure Hunt’n Team and Heartwood Outdoors, which is a ministry team that shares the gospel through seminars, sportsmen dinners, and shooting demonstrations. Heartwood Outdoors also invites special guests to go on hunts to build up and encourage other hunters and to provide a quality hunting experiences.
Tracy has been an avid outdoorsman since his father introduced him to the world of hunting at the age of 12. He is now passing on the same tradition to his two daughters. His experience in chasing big bucks on public land, turkey hunting, black bear and wild boar hunting have led Tracy to be a Pro Staff member for Mossy Oak as well as the Turkey Regional Pro Staff manager for the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
Tracy is also a Pro Staff member for Bass Pro’s Redhead Pro Staff, PSE Archery, Elite Staff of HHA Sights, Morrell Targets, and Browning Firearms. His hunting accomplishments have led to him having several entries in the Pope & Young record book.
Tracy lives by the motto “Success is not found in the size of the animal, success is found in the heart of the hunter.”
Perry Peterson of Manchester, Iowa is the Mossy Oak Regional Turkey Pro Staff Manager for Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.
He is a long-time employee with the City of Manchester Public Works Department.
Perry started hunting some 38 years ago, when he was 8. His dad would take him rabbit and pheasant hunting. He started turkey hunting around 22 years ago and developed a passion for the sport.
He currently is involved with the NWTF, serving the last 18 years as his local chapter’s president, 13 years on the Iowa State NWTF Board of Directors, and he also serves as NWTF District Director for the eastern half of Iowa.
Perry’s main focus the last several years has been introducing new people to hunting. He spends much of his time taking young kids, the older generation, and the handicapped out into the woods. Through the NWTF Perry also hosts JAKES hunts for young members of the organization.
Scott Hinojosa of Hot Springs, Arkansas is the Mossy Oak Regional Turkey Pro Staff Manager for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
Scott is the training and media coordinator for the Garland County Sheriff’s Department. He is also a Field Producer and Editor with Road Dawg Media.
Scott started hunting some 33 years ago with his father. His favorite game to hunt is turkey, but he also likes to hunt whitetails with a bow.
With is job with Road Dawg Media, Scott has had the opportunity to hunt and video hunts from Canada to Old Mexico. These trips have enabled him to experience a wide variety of hunting opportunities and build his knowledge and expertise as a hunter.
He is active with the National Wild Turkey Federation and is currently serving as a committee member. He enjoys working with this conservation group to help preserve the sport of turkey hunting for future generations.
Scott and his wife Jennifer have two children, Hunter and Isabella. He enjoys sharing his hunting knowledge with his family.