Dean was born and raised in the southern interior of British Columbia and comes from a long line of hunters/fishermen in his family. His grandfather Smokey Trumbley was a pioneer in the hunting/fishing media industry, being on TV, radio and newspapers in the 70’s and 80’s with Dean always at his side. Dean attended all of his post-secondary education in southern Ontario and was a professional wildlife/fisheries biologist for over 20-years. Dean also used to guide big game in British Columbia and did problem animal control for the government as well. His combination of experience as a hunter, fisherman, guide and professional biologist provided him with a knowledge set that has served him well throughout his outdoor career. Dean has hunted all over the world and is one of the Hosts for the TV show Bushnell’s Trigger Effect alongside his life-long friend and fellow biologist/guide Kent Michie.