Michael Waddell Net Worth: Michael Waddell is an American hunter-turned-television host who has a net worth of $500 thousand. Michael Waddell was born January 9, 1981 in Ellerbe, North Carolina. His story begins in the backwoods and backwaters of Booger Bottom, Georgia—no crowds, strip malls or concrete jungles there—just a lot of places for a young kid to get dirty, get into trouble and grow up country. Waddell decided the world needed more places like it. His heroes include a long list of what Waddell calls "real Americans like the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and a handful of truly hardcore hunters like Fred Bear, Ted Nugent and Chuck Adams." His dream as a kid was to make a living hunting. Waddell's father taught him to hunt and fish and by the time he was a teenager he had already participated in local hunting competitions. It was those competitions that made his dream come true. After winning the Realtree Grand America Turkey Calling Contest, Waddell joined Team Realtree in 1994 and went from cameraman to producer to host of the Realtree Road Trips television show. Waddell's work ethic and ability to quickly assimilate information has earned him the reputation as one of the most successful (and entertaining!) hunters and outdoorsmen in the industry.