AJ Callbeck's passion for the outdoors began at an early age. He began trapping as a young school boy and now hunts and traps professionally for a living. AJ's trapping background has provided him with a unique set of bush skills and experience which he is eager to share with others.
He is currently the president of the Greater Edmonton Local of the Alberta Trappers Association and provincially certified instructor.
Duncan has spent his entire life in the outdoors. He started working the family trap line at the age of eight in the rugged Birch Mountains of NE Alberta and is now a partner on the Chip Lake trap line NW of Wildwood, AB.
Duncan has worked as a problem wildlife specialist for 5 years and holds the title of Field Supervisor for Animal Damage Control. Duncan is a licensed hunting and wilderness eco tour guide for Bushman Inc.
Duncan graduated from the Victoria School of Performing Arts and studied math, physics and outdoor education at Augustana Campus at the University of Alberta. Duncan is an avid hunter, angler and white water paddler with advanced skills.
Duncan's certifications include:
- Provincial Trapping Instructor
- Recreational Canoe Instructor
- Licensed Guide
- Standard and Wilderness First Aid
Bill Abercrombie, the founder of Bushman Inc, is a lifelong outdoorsman and
environmentalist. Bill is deeply committed to preserving Canada's wilderness heritage and
is passionate about sharing his knowledge of nature, bush craft and wilderness skills.
Bill's ancestors first came to the province of Alberta in western Canada in the 1880's. His
great-grandfather was a Northwest Mounted Policeman or 'Mountie' stationed at what is
now Banff National Park. His great uncle was a trapper and horse wrangler in the Peace River country of
northern Alberta, and his other great grandfather came to the Canadian west in a covered wagon from the
Dakotas and became a well-known forester.
For generations, Bill's family has enjoyed a relationship of mutual respect with the original inhabitants. As a youngster, Bill was exposed to the wisdom of a host of outdoor professionals; from trappers to conservation officers to wildlife biologists. He became well schooled in environmental ethics and the importance of
responsible stewardship of both the land her inhabitants.
As a young man, Bill embarked on many wilderness adventures, canoeing and
exploring northern Canada's vast rivers and lakes, and winters in the boreal forest.
He realized a deep connection with the aboriginal peoples of this rugged and beautiful
At the University of Alberta, Bill studied anthropology, primarily interested in Canada's Arctic. In 1983, he participated in an archaeological dig on Bank's Island in the Arctic Archipelago. After university, Bill journeyed on many canoeing adventures in the far north including a 4 month, 2000 mile journey from the
Mackenzie Mountains to the Arctic Ocean along the Yukon River.
In 1986, Bill moved with his young wife Laura and their team of malamutes to the wilderness of central
Alaska. He and Laura settled along the Wood River 100 miles south of Fairbanks and built a small log cabin with their own hands. They traveled by traditional dog sled, hunting and trapping for the meat and fur that would sustain them through the long winters.
Bill has worked as a wildlife control officer and wildlife consultant for 21 years and a guide and outfitter for 12 years. Today, Bill pursues his passion introducing people from around the world and all
walks of life to the boreal forest he cherishes by offering adventure eco-tours on his trap
line in west central Alberta.
Bill has gained decades of wilderness skills, with expertise in animal tracking, trapping,
bush awareness and survival in the northern Boreal Forest. He is a seasoned educator,
having worked with conservation organizations, government agencies, and in the private
sector. Bill has been involved in many wildlife studies for the University of Alberta; along
with continuing to consult on wildlife issues throughout Alberta.
Bill is a director with the Alberta Trappers association and sits as the trapper's representative on the board of directors of the Alberta Conservation Association.
For Bill, all of these factors lead to a strong commitment to the sustainable use of natural resources, and a deep respect for those people who live on the land in harmony with nature.
The experiences offered with Bushman, will enable, young and old, to grow in their understanding of the
natural world, and provide a sense of stewardship. At Bushman, eyes will be opened, body and soul will
be strengthened, hearts and minds will grow in a deeper understanding and respect for our Canadian
Emily Lamb developed a great interest in the outdoors and wildlife at a very young age. Growing up in rural Alberta gave her a good amount of outdoor experience, but wrestling cows, catching frogs and various other extra cirricular activities did not nessecarily make her a Bush Skills Expert.
While being well aquanted with the wilderness, some gaps needed filling, so She completed a Diploma in Wilife and Forrestry Conservation then soon after landed a year long internship with the Cochrane Ecological Institute. There, she gained much experience identifying and utilizing the Provinces native Flora and Fauna. Also, she aquired a large amount of hands on experience in the Wildlife Department, most of which involved large predators and predatory Birds. Emily also led wildlife education classes and spoke at many schools and seminars. She has over 4 years teaching experience.
Emily joined Bushman Inc. in Winter 2010, and has been thriving under the instruction of Bill Abercrombie and his employees. Emily received intensive training in many primitive skills, including the contsruction of primitive weapons, drum making, pelt preperation, and excels at arrow making. Also, through feild experience she has earned rudimentary tracking and spooring skills, and continues to challenge herself in this area with the help of the other intructors. Emily is also a liscenced trapper. While still learning, being part of such a qualified and reputable team assures that Emily will play an integral part in teaching a new generation of Bushmen.