Kentucky’s own Turtleman coming to town

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Kentucky legend will be visiting the YesterYear Market in Cumberland Gap on June 2.

The Turtleman, AKA, Ernie Brown Jr. will be in town to welcome his fans.

Brown Jr. made a name for himself with his wildly successful TV show, “Call of the Wildman” on Animal Planet. The show ran from 2011 to 2014. Brown Jr. is known for his ability to capture snapping turtles and other critters barehanded.

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People would call the Turtleman to come and remove pests from their homes and businesses.

Unfortunately, according to an article on, the show was cancelled after an investigation in the shows production allegedly revealed that many of the events depicted were staged behind the scenes by the production staff.

While the controversy over the shows staged nature led to its removal from the air. Brown Jr. has claimed and continued to demonstrate that he is the real McCoy when it comes to his wild animal catching abilities. It is this candor and openness that has continued to draw in a fan base.

After his show ended, Brown Jr. still tours and makes guest appearances for his fans. He also has a YouTube Channel that is very much an extension on what was seen on Animal Planet.

Brown Jr. began catching turtles as a child with his father and uncle, thus sparking his lifelong passion.

His life of catching turtles has come with some pretty severe speed bumps along the way. Brown. Jr. claimed to have been bitten 33 times by the turtles he catches, and one of those bites almost cost him his life.

He caught a snapping turtle, which just so happened to bite him right on his pulse on his wrist, causing him to nearly bleed to death. His recovery from the injury was a staggering seven months.

With his touring and YouTube channel going strong, the Turtleman has proven to be more than just a flash in the pan success.

Admission for his appearance at the YesterYear Market is free and there will also be live music, a bounce house, concessions, a raffle and games.

The YesterYear Country Market is located at 1453 Highway 63 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The fun begins at noon.