I grew up in a remote logging camp called Icy Bay, AK. This is where my sickening addiction to the great outdoors began. The country was big and the wildlife bigger. As a young boy I saw all kinds of wildlife, close up, as well as being introduced to archery.
When I was 9 we moved back to a little town, Kalama, WA. I remember looking forward to the beginning of November more than I did Christmas! My dad and uncle put together an incredible elk camp every year where we hunted the backcountry of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The area we hunted only was a low 8% success rate, however we were blessed with an animal if not multiple in our group every year. One year we were six for six. Every ounce of my knowledge and passion is derived from my dad, but I have taken it to another level! At age15 I was lucky enough to go to SE Idaho on a mule deer hunt and harvested a 22? wide 4×4 mule deer. Originally I hunted with a rifle until I met a great family friend that re-introduced me to bow hunting. Backcountry bow hunting has become my passion. Every day I think about how I can get better at anything involved with the sport. The state of Washington, in my opinion, has one of the most challenging big game animals to harvest. Black-tail deer intrigue me and I love hunting them in their high-country habitat in the early season. I’ve been blessed with some very respectable bucks so far and I will continue chasing them until I’m physically unable! As far as elk go I haven’t broken the magic 300? mark yet but I know it will happen! I have hunted or been hunting with someone in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Bow fishing in Montana was probably the most random hunting I have done. I am very teachable and learn something new every day. Sharing my knowledge and passion for hunting and the outdoors is what has led me to expand my horizons in the hunting industry. I couldn’t be more proud to be representing such a great group of people and company as Blacks Creek!
As every passionate outdoorsman knows, there is an amazing woman and support system behind him! My wife puts up with my sickness every single day with a smile on her face and has taken quite an interest herself. Randi was with me last season for early elk and got to witness multiple screaming rosies and a pretty intense fight. This year will be a little different for both of us with our son due September 4th (even my unborn child wants to be here for early season). We definitely won’t be hitting the hills as much this September! My son Carter is extremely excited to be a big brother and loves the outdoors as well. Carter will be 4 this February and has not missed a day with me in the woods when it was safe for him to be there, including the day I shot my bear.
My goal as a husband/father/hunter is to better myself every single day, thank you Randi for making my life complete and Blacks Creek Crew for allowing me the joy of working with you.