The Crew at Fowl Lifestyle Outfitters

Meet Your Guides

Tyler Helton

Owner/Guide

Tyler has been duck hunting since around the age of 5 & he decided to open the doors of Fowl Lifestyle at the age of 21. There isn’t an aspect of that he doesn’t enjoy throughout the entire year when it comes to operating a guide service.

This fall will be his new pup, Lucy’s first season. He has high hopes for her & the many seasons they will share in the future.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Karley, & together they have son, Jace who is two years old.

Tyler also owns/operates West Tennessee Land Solutions,LLC which specializes in forestry underbrush removal & recreational land management. He has a BS in Agriculture from the University of TN.

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  • Sitka Staff
  • Yeti Pro

Matthew Meketi

Guide

Matt has been duck hunting for as long as he can remember. Whether it’s the swamps of West Tennessee, dry fields of North Dakota, or the flooded Ag fields of Southeast Missouri, he knows how to kill birds day in & out.

This season Matt will have his new pup, Ripp, beside him in the flooded rice fields, saving him a few steps in the gumbo.

Matt plays a crucial part in everything that encompasses Fowl Lifestyle every day of the year. There’s a good chance you’ll get to spend some time in the blind with him this winter if you come join us for a hunt!

He is married to his college sweetheart, Jan. Matt has a BS in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee & works in the surveying industry during the off-season.

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  • Yeti Pro

Evan East

Guide

Evan has been hunting waterfowl for 20+ years & it has grown into his main passion. Having hunted waterfowl in over 10 states, from marshes to timber to flooded fields, he enjoys the thrill of finding success in any situation, while having a great time in the process.

Evan has been hunting the fields of SEMO for years & is looking forward to showing everyone what it takes to finish birds close! He takes ever aspect of a hunt very seriously, but enjoys having a good time along the way.

You will always find his black lab, Clyde, by his side no matter the conditions they face. Clyde has the most dialed in On/Off switch we’ve ever seen!

Evan went to college & played baseball at Auburn University. In the off-season you’ll find him doing carpentry work & building custom homes in south Alabama, but duck season never leaves his mind.

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Dakota Ealey

Guide

Dakota never meets a stranger which makes him invaluable in a public relations style business. He is going to have a great time in the blind with every group no matter the conditions, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to do everything possible to put you on birds!

You’ll always find him having an enjoyable time or making someone in the blind laugh & if you get a chance to hunt with him there will never be a shortage of stories!

Dakota is married to his wife Ali & they have a son, Henry, who is just over 2. Dakota has a BS degree in Turf & in the off-season he works in the golf course & turf industry.

Hunter Buffington

Guide

Hunter has been guiding along side our crew for several years now. You will be hard-pressed to find a guide anywhere that is more willing & determined to put you on birds. No matter the conditions, Hunter will do whatever it takes to kill ducks.

He isn’t with us everyday of the season like some of the crew, but when he is in camp, we are more than confident that his group is in good hands each day of their trip.

Hunter is recently engaged to his longtime sweetheart, Lidia. He works in the  courier service whenever he isn’t in the duck blind.

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Ryan Saine

Guide

Ryan was there from day 1 with Fowl Lifestyle, from the earliest stages of the dream until the fulfillment of that dream. Life took him a bit further south to chase his dream of training hunting dogs to their fullest potential while also working another full-time job, but that doesn’t mean his mind is any less focused on FLO.

He is a critical piece of the team both during the off-season, for bookings & pre-season work, as well as during season to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.

Ryan is married to his longtime sweetheart Lannah, & together they have a son  who isn’t quite a year old, JR.

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Drake Williams

Guide

Drake has been duck hunting with his family since before even he can remember. He has hunted everything from big river divers, to the fields & potholes of North Dakota, & back to the grain fields of the delta.

Drake plays a part in some of everything that goes on at Fowl Lifestyle. Whether it is brushing before season, guiding hunts, or assisting daily lease clients, or building new blinds, you are sure to see him during your trip.

He is currently pursuing his Doctorate at the University of Memphis after already finishing his BS in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee. Drake is married to his college crush, Courtney.

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