I believe it was born in me, in my blood so I didn’t have a choice. Hunting has been my family core since before I could walk so it would only be natural I would resonate with the love and respect of God’s great outdoors and especially the animals, that my family exemplified for me.I have watched and walked alongside my father as well as may others passionate in this field, all who have taught me much. I am very grateful for this as my foundation.The Hunting industry is challenging and intriguing to me. I enjoy every aspect, from the wildlife management to customer service to strategic business thinking.
Growing up in the small Texas town of Winnie, Skipper Bettis roamed the swamps and rice fields hunting small game, ducks and geese. At nineteen he was taken on his first whitetail hunt in the Texas Hill Country. After harvesting his first deer, Skipper caught the big game hunting fever. In 1975, Skipper’s dreams of the wild North began to materialize as he traveled to the Northwest Territories to become a guide/outfitter. He settled in northern British Columbia where he spent the next ten years developing the 3.5 million acres of Turnagain River Outfitters into a successful hunting concession. Seeing the demand for trophy Northern White-tailed Deer, he relocated to the Michigan area and began developing the Sanctuary in 1986.