You’ve been there. It’s a cold crisp fall morning, with pre-dawn dew still thick on the grass, the slow trek out to the stand. Darkness. Silence. The first shimmer of light breaking through the trees causing shadows to dance and mind to wander. Life around you slowly begins to awaken. A bird calls somewhere out of sight. Footfalls of a mouse making his way through the fallen leaves below. A squirrel drops bits of acorn from a limb high above. Then you hear it. Shuffled footsteps. Silence. More footsteps, a snort and a grunt. He emerges, lifting his head, magnificent and regal. Your heart pounds in your chest. Breathe. Slow. Steady. He falls as the echoes of the shot fade away. You exhale in awe, reverence and respect. These are the moments that revitalize my spirit. These are the moments that drive me. This is the hunt and this is what I love.
I love to be on the water and in the field. I find it incredibly satisfying to share and pass on these traditions and experiences with my children and friends. I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who have always encouraged and fostered my passion for the outdoors. I’m an avid bow hunter and former tournament fisherman, but success for me isn’t determined by whether or not I take a trophy animal. Rather, success to me is in the pursuit of the experience.
I primarily hunt and fish the west. Fishing and filming takes me outside the US to chase new species. We film for the IF4 (International Fly Fishing Film Tour) that tours all over the world. I like to catch any fish that will eat my hook, from big water ocean fish all the way down to tiny cutthroat trout found in high mountain lakes. I enjoy hunting as much as I do fishing. For me, elk are where it’s at… I just love the personal close encounters with those big guys. Spot and stalk hunting and fishing have many similarities and I really love doing both a lot.
I first cut my teeth hunting as a really little boy, taking my first whitetail with my father in NY at the age of 5. I had been accompanying my dad in the field since I was 4 years old. Hunting was a great experience treasured by my family. We went small and big game hunting every chance we got, just as another excuse to spend time together. I remember my dad taking me every morning before school to go shoot my bee-bee gun; some of my most memorable moments in childhood were spent in the filed with my dad. As I grew up those traits and teachings that my dad taught me in the field stuck with me as I developed my hunting skills and became a man. I thank my Dad each day for taking me out with him.
As I grew older my taste for hunting changed and I discovered bow-hunting. I took up bow-hunting at the age of 13 and I been in love with the sport ever since. I do rifle hunt from time to time, however I would rather fail with my bow then be successful with my rifle.
I now run The Hunting Channel online , I am chief consulting for Hunting Land Consultants, Factory prostaff for Mathews, GoldTip, Swhacker broad heads, c’mere deer, Huntech Inc and tru-fire releases.
I have my degree in Wildlife management, I am a certified Deer Manager and I have published two books “The Secrets of Hunting Western Game” and “The Whitetail Hunters Blueprint”, I have a registered whitetail Slam, and have successfully harvested 10 of the 29 big game species of north America I am the Host for The Hunting Channel’s Tip of the week and Days in The Wild on Carbon TV and aside from my loving family hunting is my life.
I was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but as long as I can remember it was a dash to get out of town on the weekend to fish or hunt. Whether we were chasing walleye on a lake or river in the summer, or ducks, geese, pheasants and deer in the fall, I was raised in the outdoors and have a strong connection with “out there.” I attended college at North Dakota State University and one of the main forces in my decision was my parent’s lake place in SD only being 100 miles away where I could enjoy some of the best duck hunting in the world. After 5 years of track and field, and bachelors degree in business administration and finishing my MBA, I needed to find a job.
There is no doubt that the thanks for the path I have been on goes to the big man upstairs but I’ll give a short synopsis of the jobs I’ve had and places I’ve gone since leaving Fargo. I was hired at Midwest Whitetail in southern Iowa as an editor, producer, pro-staff manager, and cameraman. Although there was always time to be the hunter in front of the camera! From there I packed up and headed west to work with my brother at his backcountry hunting store in Fort Collins, Colorado. I was general manger and did a lot of video work promoting his store and what they did. Then, I accepted a job as a sales rep for hunting and fishing gear and moved to Bozeman, MT to cover my region of MT, ID, and WY. But the best connection I made was my friend Ian Majszak who owns Detonation Studios in Bozeman. He hired me on to film a bear hunt in Alaska and through that I was then hired on to Coast Guard Alaska on the Weather Channel, and then by the History Channel for a new bear hunting show.
Through all of this I have never lost my need to be in the outdoors and to chase critters wherever I am in the world. I have dove in the the world of freelance video and photography and can’t explain how excited I am to work with a company as great as Cogburn outdoors. It will be fun to express the journey and lifestyle that this product helps promote. It is that connection to the outdoors that we as people were meant to have.
Born and raised in Utah, I have been very lucky to be in an area filled with amazing wildlife. So it was at an early age that my passion for the outdoors developed. I have always had an immense curiosity and respect for the outdoors that surround me. I was introduced to fly fishing when I was very young and it is a passion I will have for life. It is an art and a part of who I am. I may not catch the biggest fish, and I may go home empty handed at times, but there is nothing I love to do more! There is no better feeling than watching your fly get ripped off the top of the water as you prepare yourself for the battle that is soon to begin.
I was not a born and raised hunter, but began my hunting career in my mid-teens. I immediately fell in love. It began with duck hunting and has intensified into a full blown waterfowl addiction. I love to be out on a cold windy day, anxiously calling the geese above, and watching with great excitement as they fly down into the decoys. Wings locked, landing gear dropped, comin’ in hot! I currently guide for close friends and family and love to share with them the waterfowl experience that I have grown to know and love.
I started to find my way into the “big game” scene in my early twenties and have grown to love it more and more with each season. I began shooting archery and in doing so have been able to experience hunting at a whole other level. I love the challenge and the intensity of each hunt I am able to participate in. I have been lucky enough to spend a couple fall nights in high country surrounded by nothing more than the beauty that it holds. With hopes to hear a screaming Bull down the canyon or to stumble upon that Monster Muley I’ve had my eye on… I wouldn’t trade my experiences for the world and hope to have many more to come!