Our Team

Mark Pettus

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Mark has been an avid hunter, fisherman, and conservationist all his life. His love for wildlife and the outdoors eventually lead him to a career of raising deer and managing wildlife habitat.

Apart from time in the woods Mark enjoys time with his wife Becky, four grown children, and three grandchildren.

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Brandon Smith

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Brandon started deer hunting at an early age like most of us in the south. He REALLY started hunting around the age of 10 when he was introduced to turkey and duck hunting by his step-father Paul. Deer hunting was a way for him to get in the outdoors but there was something about that distant gobble in a hardwood bottom that sparked a fire. This is a fire that still leaves us wondering what time he’ll show up to work most mornings in the spring!

Outside of the outdoors Brandon’s proudest achievement is raising two kids in the world we live in today! He says, “It is not an easy task and the lines are blurred but I am able to trust in One that is bigger than ALL the “stuff” that is around us! I enjoy working outdoors in God’s creation on a daily basis and striving to be more like Christ every day. Most days I fail miserably but that’s what is so great. He gives us grace and mercy. Trying to instill that truth in my kids is what I am proudest of.”

Brandon is married to Kelley and they have two children, Camilla and Crosby. Brandon’s hobbies include: boat rides with kids, duck and turkey hunting (or turkey missing), Sunday drives with the family, volunteering at Fairhaven Baptist Church, Kairos Prison Ministries.

We are blessed to have the opportunity to do this…thanks for checking us out and trusting us with your hunt of a lifetime.

brandon@soggybottomlodge.com

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 Jake Freeman

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Jake was introduced to the outdoors at a early age. He recalls catching his first fish with his dad at the age of three. Jake enjoys introducing the great outdoors to those who have not had the opportunity to enjoy it. He also enjoys turkey and duck hunting in his free time.

Jake is a native of Demopolis, Alabama. He enjoys working with his dog, Nala and rooting for the Tide on Saturdays. Jake is a Demopolis High School graduate where he played football.

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Jerry Smyly

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Jerry grew up hunting and fishing here in Marengo County. He started with deer and turkeys and was introduced to waterfowl in his early teens. He considers deer, ducks, and turkeys his main quarry these days, but chases largemouth bass when there’s nothing to hunt.

He attended high school at Marengo Academy. His love of the outdoors led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University, where he graduated in fall of 2008. Jerry has experience in wildlife and habitat management and is a certified prescribed burn manager. He also writes a weekly outdoor column for a local newspaper.

Jerry is married to Anna Lindley Smyly and lives in nearby Linden. When not working he can usually be found in the woods or on the water somewhere here in West Alabama.

Randy Sanders

Randy also grew up hunting and fishing around this area. He still enjoys turkey hunting with his nephew. Randy is retired from the Marengo County Sheriffs Department and loves taking clients from Soggy Bottom hunting and fishing. Randy is one of our quail and deer guides and he loves dogs!!!

Randy is married to Jennifer and they have three children and two grandchildren.

The Ladies

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Eruma, Joselin, and Auxi...these ladies know how to make it happen. Let Auxi and Eruma layout a spread for any occasion you can think of!!! I promise whether your staying here for a hunt or planning an event with us you will not be disappointed in the food!!! Joselin will walk you thru and help plan every last detail of an event. She handles all those details that you just knew Brandon was going to forget!!! They are great!!!