Rod Wooley was born in Colorado City, Texas, and grew up in the Ft. Worth area. From a young age he spent all his free time trekking the nearby farmlands with his single- shot .410 and his trusty beagle, Joe, in pursuit of squirrels, cottontails, and quail. In 1968, he began his airline career at Braniff International Airways, broadening his horizons across the globe. Decades later, in 2002, he got his first taste of Africa with a hunt in Tanzania.
Over the last twenty years, he’s hunted all across the African continent, collecting more than seventy-five record book trophies, six of which are Top Ten. All of his spiral-horned antelope of Africa are in the record book, and twenty-four of his twenty-five pygmy antelope are in the record book. Rod is one of few to have taken a Bates pygmy antelope, a royal antelope, a zebra duiker (No. 2 Rowland Ward) and the No. 1 Rowland Ward water chevrotain.
A measurer for Rowland Ward and an SCI Master Measurer, Rod is also a Life Member of Dallas Safari Club, the NRA, the Texas State Rifle Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He supports numerous other conservation organizations.