"My favorite hunting experience was an Alaskan DIY hunt for moose in 2000. Our Argo broke down on day 1 and we were forced to make a 9 hour hike back to the truck. Not giving up, we regrouped and hiked 4 hours to a new spot where I shot my first moose the very next morning."
I am a 43 year old full-time firefighter from Illinois that has a bad case of Severe Whitetail Disorder. I have a wonderful wife that supports my “sickness”, which allows me to "live the hunter’s dream"...a dream that I hope to soon share with my 5 year old son.
My dad got me started in hunting at a young age...chasing pheasants with his old Browning 12 gauge. It didn’t take long to realize that hunting was much more than a pastime for me...it was a passion. In 1985 I got introduced to archery and I haven’t looked back. Since then I’ve hunted big game all across the US and Canada and there is no better place to be than spending time in the outdoors.
I filmed my first hunt in 2003 while bear hunting with good friends in Canada. That was also my first experience sitting in a tree with someone. To be able to not only share the excitement as a friend took his first bear, but knowing that it was all on film to be viewed by others lit a fire in me.
I spent the next several years attempting to film myself, with some success, but it wasn’t until meeting Ralph and Vicki when everything changed...a GOOD change. I attended the 2007 Archer’s Choice Camera school and from there I haven’t looked back.
Filming hunts and being filmed has changed everything about the way I enjoy the outdoors. I am so addicted to the difficult challenge of laying down good footage even though the odds are stacked against us. It is so much harder being successful doing it this way, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sharing the highs and lows of hunting with good friends that have the same passion is one of the most important parts of my life. The thought of hunting alone just doesn’t interest me anymore.