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The Call of the Wildman is a reality show that is aired on Animal Planet and shows live "critter" rescues by Ernie Brown Junior, commonly known as The Turtleman. Ernie learned at a very young age how to catch a turtles with his bare hands from a trick that was taught to him by his uncle and father.

This Kentucky native now owns and operates a nuisance animal removal service that catches all the animals without harming them and re-releasing them back into the wild. His Turtle Team consists of his best friend Neal James, handyman Jake Ison, David Squirrel Brady and his trusty dog Lolly. His payment for any rescue is a very minimal amount; usually just enough to pay for his traveling expenses and then something extra like a homemade pie or a free round of golf for example.

Although most of rescues are centered in his hometown Lebanon, Kentucky and surrounding areas; the Turtleman has also traveled to other states such as Louisianan to assist in rescues. He does not just rescue turtles though; he will catch just about any type of nuisance animal. On the show he has been filmed catching possums, venomous snakes, foxes and even coyotes.

Originally, the name of the show was to be The Turtleman of Wild Kentucky but as the series was being filmed the Turtleman would give out a unique yell every time he caught something, so the name was changed to Call of the Wildman. The yell according to the Turtleman is an Indian yell because he is a fourth Shawnee and a fourth Cherokee Indian. Besides his distinctive yell, throughout the show you will hear him say live action. He does this to let people know that he is really catching these animals and that there is no tricks been played. He was quoted as saying people have been calling me fake and there ain't no faking it, it is real live action.

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Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Animal Planet
4 Seasons, 73 Episodes - Currently Airing
Reality, Action & Adventure, Animals
7.8/10
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Call of the Wildman Full Episode Guide

  • Enhanced episode: Wildfires running rampant bring Turtleman to Montana to do what he does best! First, Turtleman has to track a missing bison calf that was spooked by a fire. Then, a charcoal maker has a problem with an animal that's ruining his high-quality charcoal.

  • Enhanced episode of "Call of the Wildman" starring Kentuckian Ernie Brown Jr., aka "Turtleman". Turtleman's previous teacher calls to discuss a critter that's digging tunnels under his barn.

  • Turtleman showcases wildlife of Kentucky.

  • Turtleman hears the 'call of the wild' and heads deep into the woods with Neal James. They take on gnarly gar, a hive of honeybees, and a narrow cavern passage to find a Forgotten Valley deep in the way-backwoods Turtleman hasn't seen in years.

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