Jim Kern (alias “Emu”) has been an outdoor & photography enthusiast since early childhood. Growing up in mid Michigan , Jim’s first love of life was hunting, fishing and the great outdoors Michigan had to offer. After graduating from high school in Midland, Michigan in 1969, he completed an Associates Degree in biology and chemistry in 1972 and spent 19 years playing on professional baseball teams from low A ball in the minor leagues to 13 years in the Major Leagues for 6 teams including the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Cincinatti Reds, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and the Philidephia Phillies. A three time American League All Star and the recipient of the 1979 Rolaids Award as the best relief pitcher in the American League, Jim retired during the 1986 season at age 36 due to arm injuries or as he puts it, “I simply ran out of teams.”
In 1987 Jim started an outdoor adventure company named “The Emu Outfitting Co” in Arlington, Texas that booked and operated hunting, fishing and photographic trips in North and South America. Emu Outfitting has leased and managed wildlife and hunting operations on as many as 150,000 acres of ranch land in Texas. Jim did color commentary for college and major league baseball games for 12 years for Fox Sports, Home Sports Entertainment and Prime Sports. In 1994 he created and hosted a 1 hour national television special “Nolan Ryan’s First Spring Turkey Hunt” for Fox Sports. From 1997 to 2003, Jim was the general manager of the American office for the largest Peacock Bass fishing operation in Brazil’s Amazon, traveling to the rainforest of Brazil 10 times. From 2007 – 2010 he was the General Manager for Alaska’s Rainbow Bay Resort , a remote fly-in fishing and hunting lodge located in southwest Alaska. Jim holds or has held professional guide licenses in Idaho, Montana & Alaska developing skills that has allowed him to experience and film wildlife and remote outdoor scenery that few people have had the opportunity or ability to experience from the tundra of Alaska to the rainforest of Brazil.