Bill Gorman, great-grandson of legendary outdoorsman and pioneering outdoor retailer Leon Leonwood Bean, serves as Hunting & Fishing Product & Media Advisor at the legendary retail chain's headquarters in Freeport, Maine. He's as comfortable in camo as he is in business casual.
An avid outdoorsman, Bill has traveled the globe and logged countless miles in search of trophies, adventures and lasting memories with family and friends. Whether he's in pursuit of red stag in Austria, Dall sheep in Alaska, cape buffalo in Zimbabwe or whitetails in Kansas, he enjoys the journey of each adventure as much as the destination.
A motorcycle aficionado and licensed pilot, he holds a degree in business and aeronautical sciences, spent several years flying planes and helicopters, worked as a flight instructor and has lived in South America. When he's not in a deer stand, at the rifle range or strategizing L.L.Bean's diverse outdoor product lineup, he can be found cruising the open road on his Harley-Davidson Springer.
Bill sees L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors as his opportunity to help fans enjoy all the action and thrill of the hunt, while conveying the importance of conservation, respecting wildlife and appreciating the journey and friendships made along the way.
Bill travels to Oregon to meet up with his buddy David Trinchero of Western Oregon Outfitters in search of a trophy Columbian Blacktail. This will be Bill's third year going to Western Oregon Outfitters; he has a Blacktail and a Whitetail with his rifle and is now looking to do the same with his bow.
Bill heads back to the Lone Star State to meet up with longtime friend Tom Floyd in hopes of getting a trophy whitetail. Tom and his brother have an extensive piece of land that they manage to prevent the introduction of outside genetics into the herd. Tune in to see what Tom and his brother have been able to accomplish with proper game management.
Bill takes a trip over the border into Mexico to try and fill his tag on a Coues deer. Meeting up with Ted Jaycox and his new partners at Tall Tine Outfitters, Bill sets off to try and tag a record-book Coues Deer. Be sure to watch and see if Bill can put his name in the book.
Bill returns to his second home, Africa, where he meets up with his good friend and outfitter J.P. Kleinhans (Kline-hauns) to try and take down a Cape Buffalo with his bow. Bill's favorite thing to do is hunt Cape Buffalo. With three already under his belt using a rifle, Bill decides he wants to make things a little more interesting. Tune in to see if Bill can achieve a lifelong goal, or will the brutal brush of Mozambique, be his downfall.
Bill meets up with Jon Brunson of Addicted to the Outdoors and friend Brad Miller in Colorado to try and fill a few elk depredation tags. With Elk being known for destroying agricultural resources in the area, see if the guys will be able to get the job done, and fill their depredation tags on some elk.
Bill is Texas-bound to meet up with Mike Joyce, CEO of PrimaLoft, to try and knock down some ducks. They will be hunting with Bill's friends Tom Floyd and Charlie Buchan down in South Texas. With hundreds of Redheads flying in and a limit of only two, watch to see if the guys can hit their day limits of six birds on some other species.
Bill is in Africa finishing up his trip with plains game and helping the locals. Bill is with his good friend J.P. Kleinhans (Kline-hauns) to try and track down a Sable, but being in Central Africa, you never know what they might run across. Join Bill and J.P. in Mozambique to see if they can find that elusive Sable.
Bill heads back to Tall Tine Outfitters in Kansas to hunt whitetail with his long time friend Ted Jaycox. Bill had a tough time with his bow last year, and never did fill his tag after two chances with a 150-class eight-point. Be sure to watch this week to see if Bill can fill his tag; or if hunting Kansas with a bow is going to be his kryptonite.
Bill joins Deer Meadows Outfitters in the Sandhills of Nebraska, just after the arrival of a big cold front and snowstorm. Planned as a great hunt with a nice fall-like setting, it quickly turned into an exhilarating hunt with temperatures reaching as low as -30°F. Be sure to watch and see how Bill holds up in the unforgiving winds of Nebraska.
Join Bill on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to complete a grand slam of turkeys. Bill teams up with National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for, Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt, to raise awareness of diminishing turkey numbers and to help them raise 1.2 billion dollars to conserve and enhance more than four million acres of habitat.
Bill and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are off to finish his turkey grand slam. NWTF has launched Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt program to help grow both the turkey and hunter population. Come along for the ride to see if Bill can complete his grand slam and while supporting Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
A free range Axis Deer hunt with Desert Safaris is this week's adventure. Before heading to see Hunter Ross for his Axis Deer hunt, Bill will meet with friend and sponsor Dean Capuano of Swarovski Optik to attend the FTW Shooting School.
This week on L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors, Bill heads back to Saskatchewan, Canada, to hunt Whitetail Deer. See if Bill can hold up against the harsh weather, and sub-zero temperatures in Canada's frozen north.