Legends and Innovators, Stars and Women, all of them the most well-known and biggest names in hunting in the last 200-plus years.
That’s not hyperbole. Consider just a few of the names: Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, two of America’s earliest pioneers. Bill Jordan, founder of Realtree Camouflage, and Toxey Haas, founder of Mossy Oak camouflage, creators of two of the most successful outdoors companies in history. Taylor Drury and Eva Shockey-Brent, among the most notable in today’s group of young, successful
hunters and social media icons. Legendary rocker and hunter Ted Nugent, and Primos Hunting founder Will Primos.
Weeks ago, 16 of these legends were tabbed in four divisions in the inaugural Deer & Deer Hunting Whitetail Madness bracket challenge. Voters picked their favorites to see who would advance through the fun, free contest.
The winner? Here’s a hint: he’s decked out in Mossy Oak camo.
Toxey Haas prevailed in the end, winning over Nugent in the championship round. It was a spirited contest from the start, with 33,511 votes cast by DDH fans since it kicked off March 10. The contest was hosted by Brackify.com and was one of the most popular on the site, eclipsing many including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Battle bracket by more than 7,000 votes.
Haas created Haas Outdoors in 1986 and launched Bottomland camouflage with his now famous “fistful of dirt” that spawned the idea for the camo pattern. Dirt, twigs, leaves and shadows were the spark. From there, hunters saw Greenleaf, original Treestand, Full Foliage and Fall Foliage and then the Shadow Series along with an explosion of licensing the patterns on everything from household furniture to coffee mugs and hunting camp accessories.