Instructor / Youth Instructor
JD Trammell was born and reared in Union, South Carolina on a farm where he learned not only farming skills, but also hunting, fishing, trapping, and living off what the land provides. He was blessed to learn these skills from his father and grandfather. In fact, he even lived off-grid for 2 years, on purpose.
At a very young age, he began working in the construction industry doing carpentry and operating heavy equipment. He went to school to be a machinist and metal worker, but also found passion in blacksmithing. At age 18 he joined the Minute Man Rescue Team, now known as the Station 1500 Union County Fire & Rescue. 4 years later he became a squad leader, and 6 years later he became Training officer at station 1500. He also trained to become an NRA firearms instructor and rifle team coach for Union County High School for 4 years.
JD has been a guide for Wheelin Sportsman, an organization that helps special needs children go hunting and fishing. He was also recruited by Outdoors Without Limits to be their Huntmaster for the Saluda-Edgefield Chapter, another organization that helps those with special needs spend time in the woods.
He became an instructor for Clemson Extension 4-H in Union teaching small livestock, micro farming, firearms,archery,forestry,boxcars, and Camp Wild Instructor. JD also became an SCDNR Hunter Education Instructor.
In 2015 JD started helping his brother with Tyger River Adventures, being a guide & ground crew. He became part of the Woodsrunner Family in 2018 and in 2019, and, along with Joshua Barnes, started the Woodsrunner Youth Program that teaches youth outdoor self-reliance skills.