The tall gentleman in the bib overalls is Daniel Boone, from the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, who organized the clean-up.
Outdoor Life Editor-in-Chief Todd Smith (left) and country singer emcee Daniel Lee Martin teamed up to host this year’s project Save-a-Stream pro/am charity event at the Country Music Festival in Nashville. To hear Daniel Lee go to
Joining them was country star Julie Ingram, who was also on hand at last year’s Save-a-Stream charity event. To hear Julie go to
Cowboy and noted singer Trent Willmon was the defending champion in the Save-a-Stream pro/am charity competition. To hear Trent’s latest go to
A newcomer this year, country singer John Stone was all fired up for the event. You can hear John’s music at
Primos Game Calls sent three of its veteran callers, who teamed up with the country stars for this year’s competition. From left: Keith Burgess, Shane Smith, and Bubba McPhearson join Daniel Lee on stage.
The crowd really enjoyed watching the country stars and pro callers team up.
The competition included a decoy toss, casting for accuracy and game-calling competition (duck, coyote and turkey calls), whereby each team was able to score points.
Trent Willmon tries his hand at the decoy toss.
Julie Ingram pleased the crowd with a couple of great tosses that scored high points.
Primos’ Bubba McPhearson stole the show with near-perfect tosses every time he stepped up to the line. You can tell this guy has thrown a horseshoe or two in his day.
Keith Burgess, from Primos, throws a perfect “10”–right in the middle of the center ring.
Trent shows he knows how to cast in the bait-casting competiton. Low-hanging branches made casting jigs in to the 10-ring really tough.
John Stone raises his arms to get the crowd to applaud partner Keith Burgess, who did a great job on his coyote call.
Todd and Daniel Lee compare notes during the calling competition, which turned out to be really close.
Julie and Bubba do a high-five after their turkey-calling exhibition, in which Julie called and Bubba came gobbling right up onto the stage.
In the duck-calling competition, Shane Smith points to incoming birds while Trent stands by with a water gun. Moments later several decoys came raining down on the stage–much to the delight of the crowd.
The Primos boys got everybody clapping with an impromptu sing-along.
John Stone ended up winning the competition. Grand prize was a handsome Save-a-Stream trophy as well as a check for $1,000, to be donated to the charity of his choice.
Following the Save-a-Stream pro/am competition, Todd Smith joined Doug Markham on June 13 for his two-hour radio show, “Outdoors with Doug Markham.” The conversation covered Outdoor Life’s history and what it’s like to be an editor. To hear the show, go to and click on the radio archives page.
At 9:00 a.m. we joined friends from Trout Unlimited and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association for a stream clean-up project at Mill Creek, not far from downtown Nashville.
The tall gentleman in the bib overalls is Daniel Boone, from the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, who organized the clean-up.
Volunteers helped pick up trash along the riverbanks while others floated the river in canoes to clean out larger items. If you have a stream you’d like to nominate for a chance to gain Save-a-Stream assistance, click HERE.
Laura Nealon, Assistant Marketing Manager for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream, turned out to lend a hand.
Todd Smith steps up streamside to do one last interview for the local television station before heading to the airport. Stay tuned for details on upcoming Save-a-Stream events and projects at

Outdoor Life celebrates project Save-A-Stream at the Country Music Festival.