Chuck Echenique is a Florida native and life-long outdoorsman. His hunting obsession started as a little boy when he began accompanying his dad afield. “I’m so crazy about hunting, my wife and I scheduled our wedding date so as not to interfere with any hunting season,” says Chuck.
In 1994, Chuck started guiding Osceola turkey hunts near his home in Central Florida and soon after, began making his own duck and turkey calls. He owns Rebel Yelp Outfitters and Calls and professionally guides duck, turkey and alligator hunts across the state. He makes hand crafted turkey and duck calls and has been featured as a recurring guest host on Kids Hooked on the Outdoors Television with his daughters Elizabeth (age 13) and Emma (age 9), and his wife Maria. Chuck also co-hosts a web-based television show called Backwater Outdoors with Johnny D.
At 39 years of age, Chuck already has more than 30 years experience afield, and over 15 years as a professional hunting guide. Chuck is a featured staff writer for Woods N’ Water Magazine and is a current board member and past president of both his local DU and NWTF chapters, and active with RMEF, QU, SCI, NRA and United Waterfowlers-Florida. He holds a seat on the Deer Management Technical Advisory Board to the Florida Wildlife Commission as a representative of commercial hunting guides and Florida’s west coast hunters’ interests across the state. He volunteers his services and products to charities such as Buck Masters American Deer Foundation and the Catch-A-Dream Foundation and believes in giving back to his community through leading by example.
“When you live for the outdoors and this way of life, you better be willing to put your time in to educating and recruiting kids and new hunters. After all, they are the future of our sport and the only way to ensure we preserve our hunting heritage for generations to come.” As both a professional guide and hunter’s education instructor he tries to impart the experience and knowledge he’s gained over his many years afield.