J-Rod is the owner and founder of The Bearded Buck; he is what you might call the Original Bearded Buck! Born and raised in west Central PA, and at the ripe age of 45, Jerry has many years of hunting & outdoor experience under his belt. Although he has harvested much game, it’s the path to harvesting that’s the passion for Jerry; he enjoys sharing his knowledge with family & friends to help them become better outdoorsmen and good stewards of their land and the game that thrives there. Managing his farms for quality whitetail & turkey hunting and creating a habitat for this game drives Jerry daily; passing these principles down to the next generation is something that is very important to him. He realizes that we are all simply stewards of the land and it is our job to leave it – and the game that is living there – in better shape for the next generation that it was before he managed it. He has strong family values and hunting with his son and daughter are some of his most memorable hunts. His life is based on family, friends, and all things outdoors; hunting, managing deer and turkey, food plotting, and shed hunting.
Founding The Bearded Buck is the next step towards sharing these passions with our viewers, and Jerry is excited to see where this group of family & friends can take the brand in his hopes for it becoming a successful outdoor entertainment company. Success is not always measured in awards, achievement, or wealth; rather, this success is measured in memories & friendships!
Hunting has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My father taught me everything I know about the outdoors. He first introduced me to hunting at age 7 when I shot my first deer. Ever since that day, hunting has been my passion and I knew it was something I was going to do until the day I couldn’t do it anymore. As my father Jerry, started The Bearded Buck and everything started coming together, I still would have never guessed we would have a chance to be hunting on TV. It was always a dream of mine, but I never thought it would become reality. As we venture into this crazy journey, we have met some amazing people that share the same passion as we do. If you know the Bearded Buck Crew, you know we like to have fun. There’s never a dull moment, especially with J-rod and CUD around. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.
When you grow up in rural PA, for many people hunting is second nature and for me, Ron Buterbaugh “Cud”, this has always been the case. My first hunting experiences were with my dad when I was 12 and we hunted mostly small game and deer. I learned lots from my dad and from a young age I knew the hunt wasn’t always about the harvest but much more. My dad has always been someone who is a good time and fun to be around and he always brought this to our hunting group. For me the hunt, before and after, is just as much about the comradery shared as it is the harvest. As I got older I became a lot like my dad, (they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). I love to entertain the group and sometimes enjoy the festivities more than the hunt. As I grow older, definitely not up, maybe just out, I can appreciate each adventure with my pals even more. My favorite animals to hunt are deer and turkey, I didn’t develop this passion until about 15 years ago but now they are my favorites! I am not a good turkey caller but am one hell of a shooter so if you want to call a bird in for me I will kill it. I am damn near deaf so you may need to point out where it is coming from too!
Did I mention I am also afraid of heights??? Over the last few years I have also become very active in land management and food plotting. I have been fortunate enough to hunt in many states across this great country of ours and as I recall all of my harvests and tell the stories about them, there are always laughs, smiles and memories as I tell the stories. The family and friends that I share and make these memories with are the most important part. I will continue to hunt, make memories and entertain until they put me in the ground and I have been told by a few that if I don’t lose a few pounds or change my lifestyle that may be sooner than later.
Justin is from Jenks, Oklahoma and has been chasing whitetails since he was old enough to sit still in a tree with his dad. He first learned to hunt with a bow and still prefers bow hunting over all methods today. His passion for the outdoors centers around responsible hunting practices, and sound quality deer management. He chases deer wherever he gets the opportunity, but spends most of his time hunting in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma.
In the past few years, Justin and his brother Brett have started to focus their time in the woods around not only their passion for hunting, but also a new found love for capturing the experiences on camera. Justin and Brett are partners in a construction company and a full time professional firefighter. In the fall, he tries to spend as much of his time off from the department in woods as possible. Justin is married to his wife Anna and they have three beautiful daughters. He can’t wait until his girls are old enough to learn about the great outdoors and begin building memories with his kids the way his dad has with him.
Brett “Jugg” Sharp
Brett has been an avid outdoorsman from a very young age. His life as a homebuilder and outdoor fanatic stays pretty busy. Brett grew up mainly as a waterfowl hunter in Oklahoma, but rediscovered his love for chasing whitetails while in college. Since then he has fallen deeply in love with every aspect of whitetail hunting and management. More recently, Brett and his brother Justin have gotten heavily involved in filming their adventures.
Originally, it was a way to preserve memories of their hunts, but has turned into a real passion for high quality production, and ultimately to The Bearded Buck. Brett is married to his wife Kelly, and has two young children that he can’t wait to share his passion for the outdoors with.