Sporting Council

The volunteers of Vanishing Paradise’s Sporting Council all have a real passion for the outdoors and for passing on our nation’s conservation legacy. These individuals are working to enhance and expand Vanishing Paradise’s reach so sportsmen and women across the country are aware of the Mississippi River Delta’s importance to fish and waterfowl—and become inspired to take action to protect this great American landscape.

Burton Angelle

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Burton Angelle

I am a lifelong resident of the great state of Louisiana who loves the outdoors. I currently live in Lafayette with my wife, Anne, daughter Lily and my two labs, Bogey and Rosco.

I grew up hunting and fishing in the Atchafalaya Basin with my grandfather and dad beginning at a very young age. They instilled in me not only a passion for hunting and fishing but also a love for the state of Louisiana which we can call “Sportsman’s Paradise.”

I have volunteered for many years with organization such as Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited on the local, state and national levels. I truly love our state and want many generations after me to be able to enjoy it as well.

Canaan Heard

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Canaan Heard

Canaan Heard follows in a long line of avid Louisiana outdoorsmen. His great grandfather Clarence "Patin" Faulk started making duck and goose calls in Big Lake, Louisiana, in the 1930s. His grandfather Dud Faulk learned and continued the craft, ultimately taking over the business in the 1950s. With four generation’s worth of passion running through his veins, Canaan enjoys hunting and fishing in every corner of Sportman’s Paradise. He also carries on the family tradition by marketing Faulk’s Game Calls, sharing the company’s unique story at every opportunity. As a long time Ducks Unlimited member, he also hopes to identify and to support local conservation efforts on behalf of the company, helping preserve the bayous, lakes, fields, and forests of his childhood for generations to come. 

After serving 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Canaan graduated from college and launched his own business, PROTAC, to develop training programs to improve physical fitness, strength, and conditioning specifically for people in military service and law enforcement, as well as athletes. He recently expanded his business in New Orleans to include security and active shooter training. He also serves as president and CEO of PROTAC Foundation, which provides service-to-civilian support for returning veterans. 

Canaan graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine with a master’s degree in physiology in May 2016. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology in May 2011 and his Bachelor of Arts in sociology in December 2005 from Louisiana State University. 

Mark Hilzim

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Mark Hilzim

Mark, a native New Orleanian, has spent a lifetime hunting and fishing. Mark graduated from the University of New Orleans. His professional career includes stints as the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Chapter of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Since 1997, Mark has worked at Louisiana Publishing which publishes Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina Sportsman Magazines and produces both SPORTSMAN TV and the annual Louisiana Sportsman Show in Gonzales, LA. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice-President.

If he had his choice, he would be standing in the surf at Grand Isle fishing for speckled trout or prowling the Venice marsh for red fish.

Noel Vick

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Noel Vick

Noel Vick is the owner and president of Traditions Media, LLC, a fishing-focused PR and marketing group. The company’s clients include MarCum Technologies, Lund Boats, Aquateko, St. Croix Rods, Rapala Brands, Rippin’ Lips and StrikeMaster Augers. He lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

Captain Ryan Lambert

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Captain Ryan Lambert

Captain Ryan Lambert, President of Cajun Fishing Adventures, Inc., is a successful entrepreneur in southeast Louisiana and a professional angler for more than 31 years. Launched in 1994, Cajun Fishing Adventures, Inc. has a renowned reputation in the sports fishing and hunting industry which have led to hosting large corporate events for ESPN, southeast Louisiana fishing tournaments and annual area events. Ryan has been featured in sports shows with Outdoor Channel, Verses, ESPN, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Garden and Gun, Louisiana Sportsman Magazines, and local media shows in radio and TV in the greater New Orleans area.

Captain Lambert has been an active spokesperson for coastal restoration as a contributor to the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Framework Development Team.

In addition, he is the current Vice‐President of the Louisiana Charter Boat Association, an organization that seeks to protect and promote the development and preservation of the fishing guide industry in Louisiana. As a LCBA member, Captain Lambert has spoken to congressional leaders in Washington DC on Louisiana’s coastal environmental issues. His business experience brings qualitative value to federal, state, and local agencies on restoration projects and the preservation of Louisiana wetlands.

Sean Rabalais Turner

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Sean Rabalais Turner

Sean Turner has been a member of the Vanishing Paradise Pro Staff since he was nine years old. A passionate advocate for coastal restoration, Sean has earned several awards for his volunteerism, including the Governor's Award for Youth in Conservation presented by Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and the Louisiana Youth Angler of the Year presented by the Louisiana Outdoor Writer's Association. He co-hosts his family's television outdoors program, The Outdoor Kitchen Show, promoting conservation and the hunting/fishing life in Louisiana with his parents, Franklin and Marissa Turner. He volunteers for conservation groups at conferences, expos, and events. Sean also competes at the state level in 4-H Shooting Sports in Compound Bow Archery, winning medals and titles every year. His dream is to guide trips from his own hunting and fishing lodge in coastal Louisiana.

Wade Middleton

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Wade Middleton

Wade Middleton is the President and Co-owner of Careco TV one of the leading outdoor media production companies in the nation. With years of experience at various levels in the outdoors he works with numerous companies nationwide to design programs, initiatives and strategies related to fishing and outdoors opportunities. Wade also is the host and producer of many of the top rated outdoor television fishing programs on air today such as Americana Outdoors Presented by Garmin, Yamaha’s Whitetail Diaries, Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook, Fishing and Hunting Texas as well as The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. For more information visit www.careocotv.com

To learn more about the Council, please contact Bill Cooksey.