Hunting Diary

  • British Columbia and Vancouver Island Black Bears– By Default

    Sometimes bad things happen that you can’t control, and sometimes bad things bring good things.  Ralph’s unfortunate luck of needing emergency knee surgery turned out to be a blessing to Zendal and I.  We’d both been to Trophy West Guides and Outfitters filming Ralph and Vicki in the past, and I was slated to go back and film them this year.  However, the tables turned… read more »

  • I Missed a Turkey with a Benelli!

    Well that got your attention!! Ralph and I headed down to Florida to hunt Osceola turkeys with Hoppy Kempfer at Osceola Outfitters, and as usual, we had a great trip!! We had invited some good friends to join us on this hunt, Mr. Jim Zumbo and Don Lind (from South Peace Outfitters, in Alberta). Ralph also decided that we need to surprise Freddy, our emotional one at the office, and gave up his turkey… read more »

  • Dream Black Bear Hunt on Vancouver Island

    It was April when I found out I would be hunting Black Bears on Vancouver Island with Joe. He and I had not hunted together since we had hunted Alaskan Moose with Wade Renfro a few years back. I knew it was going to be a trip to remember. We would be spot and stalk hunting with a Thompson Center muzzleloader on the island with Trophy West, owned by Glenn Venus, located in Sayward, British Columbia.… read more »

  • More than a Bear Hunt

    When you work in Corporate America as I do, in the Information Technology field, it is hard to find time to really relax and let your hair down, but that is exactly what I did on this trip to Bear Camp at South Peace Outfitters in Alberta, Canada. Working in the IT field and going to school to get my Master’s degree is hard enough, but dealing with the death of one of my closest friends due to… read more »

  • Moose on a Budget

    If you’ve always dreamed about shooting a big bull moose but didn’t think it was affordable…THINK AGAIN.  I have two words for you….KASHABOWIE OUTPOSTS. What if I told you that, for the price of an outfitted whitetail hunt, you could drive less than two hours into Canada, take a float plane to a remote lake (a lake loaded with big pike and walleye) and find yourself hunting… read more »


    Five days after filling my first of two Illinois buck tags, I took a quick trip to the farm to move a stand.  Jess Johnson was coming down the following week to hunt with me for a few days and I wanted to fine tune the location of a stand that Jess and I hunted last winter.  With everything in place, I figured the next time I visited this stand I would be filming Jess. Just 24 hours later… read more »