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Skull Bound TV Host Embellishes Skulls Found in Wild

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One Montana hunter plays host to an up-and-coming hunting and fishing television show, but this female hunter says she is "bound" to make a difference in the lives of hunters-- both young and old-- with not only her outdoor adventure show, but with a unique hobby in which she embellishes animal skulls found in the wild.

"I've been hunting my whole life. I was blessed to have a dad who encouraged the Great Outdoors with his daughters."

As a young girl, Jana Waller started hunting pheasants in her home-state of Wisconsin. Now, her passion for big game hunting takes her all across the country and the world. She he captures every thrill on camera.

"I met Jim, who is the producer of Skull Bound TV, and collaboratively, we came up with the idea of doing a hunting adventure show that has a female solo host," Waller said.

Her hunting and fishing adventure show is produced in her home in Florence and airs nationwide on The Sportsman Channel, but the name of the show comes from this female host's unique hobby of painting and beading skulls. Hence, the name-- Skull Bound TV.

"I had skulls from previous hunts or ones that I would find out hiking or shed hunting, so about 10 years ago, I started painted them and that evolved into beading them with different types of stone, turquoise, onyx, beading, or Swarovski crystal.

"I also like to include little pieces within the skull that mean something to me. I often include Native American arrowheads, because I simply love Native American culture, and artwork and philosophies, so I often include that. I have a nick-name, Raven Jay Butterfly given to me by a Native American friend, and I have raven beads that I often use within the skull designs."

Today, she custom-designs skulls for customers, who have even included such celebrities as Peter Cullen, who is the voice of Optimist Prime, or Cameron Hanes, who is an acclaimed backcountry bowhunter and adventurer.

"Just as special to me is that kid's first buck, or that kid's first bear and to know that they trust me enough to send me their skull to do something really special with. It's really exciting."

Along with that, Waller donates many of her skulls to conservation organizations to help protect wild animals and their habitats.

"Whether is to, for example, to fund the three-year elk study that is going on, right here, in the Bitterroot, or to fund youth programs to encourage young kids to get out and experience our hunting heritage. To me, hunting and conservation goes hand-in-hand."

The third season of Skull Bound TV is scheduled to air on the Sportsman Channel, beginning in January. In one upcoming episode, Waller will meet up with local, retired Fish, Wildlife and Parks officer, Jim Darrah. Together, the two will design and embellish a elk skull and donate the artwork to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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