Meet The Staff

Jamin and Pam Simmons: Proprietor & Owners

Jamin Simmons is a lifetime resident of Hyde County and a 3rd generation outdoor guide. Pam and Jamin were married on February 23rd, 2002. Pam grew up in Walstonburg, NC and served as the Arby’s representative with MBM food service distributors until marrying Jamin. She has since assisted him with the various businesses and charitable ventures they are associated with.

Pam and Jamin bought the Salvation-a 50 foot Omie Tillet in 2011 with the intentions of chartering it for offshore fishing and giving the profits to Cross Trail Outfitters which is an organization that mentors to young men who don’t have a fatherly figure or to some other Christian based charity.

In October 2011, Pam and Jamin decided to form Dare To Hyde Adventures as an avenue for using local persons to facilitate the abundant natural resources Dare and Hyde County have to offer. A priority of this move was to help provide another source of income for local persons. A portion of the profits from this company are to be used for charities that lift up of our Savior Jesus Christ.

On March 31st, 2012, Pam and Jamin purchased the famous Berkley Manor to facilitate accommodations for some of the guests whom would be utilizing either the Salvation or Dare To Hyde services. This facility would also be used for couples retreats, a meeting place for church activities, weddings, family reunions, family vacations, and as a corporate retreat location.

Jay Eakes: Pro Guide and Wildlife Expert

Jay is a lifetime resident of Hyde County except for 5 years when he served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He graduated from Mattamuskeet High School in 1987 and soon after, left for the Marines. Not long after Jay moved home, he married Donna Flowers, also of Hyde County. Jay and Donna have been married for 18 years and have 3 beautiful children-Brooke, Matthew, and Zac. Jay was the owner and operator of a tire and auto business located in Engelhard for 9 years before coming to work with Dare To Hyde, where he has been for the past 10 years.

Jay is an avid hunter and fisherman and he loves spending time in the outdoors as well as with his family. He uses his 40+ years of hunting and wildlife experience to create hunting and outdoor memories that will last a lifetime. Jay is one of the premier bear hunting experts in North America, and has served as the guide for over 300 successful bear hunts and spent countless days in the duck blind. During the offseason, he is in charge of managing over 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat throughout Eastern NC.

Jonathan Ambrose: Pro Guide 

Jonathan was raised in rural Eastern NC and worked on farms throughout his youth. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Jamesville High School in Martin County before attending Wayne Community College and receiving an A.A.S in Forest Management.

As a young man, Jonathan enjoyed hunting deer and small game and freshwater fishing the inland waters of NC. He worked over 18 years with the NC Forest Service primarily in Wildland Fire Management in NC and has worked fire details from the east coast to the west coast. He has over 20 years experience in community fire and rescue service as a firefighter and instructor.

Matthew Eakes: Pro Guide

Matthew was born and raised in Hyde County. He currently attends Mattamuskeet High School and is active in community organizations such as Cross Trail Outfitters and his church youth group. Matthew has been hunting, trapping, and roaming the woods and farms around Lake Mattamuskeet for many years and has been trapping professionally for 6+ years.

During the winter, he serves as a veteran waterfowl, bear, and trapping guide for Dare To Hyde. In all of his pursuits, Matthew’s attention to detail and never ending pursuit of excellence sets him apart from others.



Josh McKeel: Pro Guide

Josh grew up in nearby Snow Hill, North Carolina, where he cultivated an interest in the outdoors from an early age. After playing baseball and graduating from Pitt Community College, Josh moved to Hyde County to come on board at Dare to Hyde as well as Mattamuskeet Management, our partner company. Josh makes it his mission to provide enjoyable experiences for his guests on every trip. As a year-round contributor, Josh works to cultivate and maintain our farms during the off season.

Colin Oxnard: Pro Guide

Colin is a native of Savanah, GA and has been working in the outdoor industry for over 10 years. A graduate of the illustrious Elon University, Colin serves as a Pro Guide specializing in bear and waterfowl hunting operations. With extensive experience in the bush, he is one of our go-to bear handlers. During the offseason Colin works as as part of the expert two-man crew running Qualifier Charters; one of the top Sportfishing vessels in the world. 

Holton Clifton: Pro Guide

Holton was raised in Greenville, North Carolina and has been hunting throughout Hyde County his entire life. Holton also has extensive experience fishing the waters up and down the North Carolina coast. He has been guiding hunts with Dare to Hyde since our inception and has been a part of over 400 successful bear hunts. During the summer months, he helps as a mate fishing the tournament circuit on the Salvation. Holton puts everything forth in his efforts to guide his groups on memorable hunts and to share with them all that Eastern North Carolina has to offer.

Claude Long: Conservation Project Design Specialist

Engineering Technician and GPS Expert worked with Natural Resources Conservation Service 42 years as an Engineering Technician before retiring to pursue private ventures. Claude performs all of MMC’s survey and design work. In addition to these services Claude serves as a construction manager, performs inspection services, quality control, and consulting services.

Additional Friends & Affiliates:

  • Captain Dennis Foreman-Crabbing with pots
  • Captain Johnny Gibbs-Crabbing
  • JM Eakes-Horseback wildlife rides
  • Mattamuskeet Management & Consulting-Dude Construction and Farming
  • Anchorage Marina-Ocracoke Rentals
  • Captain Russel Williams-Sink box hunting and fishing
  • Captain Ernie Dosier-Offshore and drum fishing
  • Captain Ferris O’Neal-Ocracoke Activities
  • Captain Buddy Hooper-Offshore fishing
  • Fish Ocracoke – Fishing

Mattamuskeet Management And Consulting (MMC): MMC is a leader in new ecological conservation practices. It worked with the NRCS to install the first WRP in the country in 1992 and completed the first full design to construction WRP project in Louisiana in 2007. MMC has also worked with the USF&W, NRCS, and NCCF to develop the first tail water recovery system in NC. The carbon sequestration project along the Alligator River was the first in the USA. In addition to these specific projects, MMC has been active in developing wetlands, shorebird habit, and waterfowl impoundments for the private landowner.