Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I had the good fortune of having some of the world’s best blacktail hunting a short walk out my back door. I spent a majority of my childhood roaming those woods pretending to bowhunt deer and coyotes. I developed a strong passion for those small crafty deer that has lasted a lifetime. I started shooting a bow at age 5 and was rarely without my fiberglass recurve or the shortlasting stickbows I fashioned from any likely looking branch. At age 12 my dad took me to eastern Oregon for an archery elk hunt and I was instantly hooked. For the next 20+ years I bowhunted elk and blacktails religiously with a few side trips for mule deer, whitetails, bears and antelope.
In 2006, I started hunting with lifelong friends, Ben Morris and Brian Call. Instantly our success rateskyrocketed. While I was teaching them about bowhunting for elk and deer, they were teaching me the value of teamwork and sacrificing for your partners. A brotherhood was born. Since then we have hunted the backcounty all over Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. I have never had such unselfish and hardworking hunting partners. Gritty in every sense of the word.
In 2010 a new job opportunity brought our family to western Idaho. While it saddens me deeply to miss archery hunting the blacktail rut every year, I have developed a new passion chasing high country and desert mule deer. Since moving to Idaho, I have experienced the most cherished hunts of my life as I have watched my wife and two of my daughters take three nice muley bucks and three elk. My passion for hunting is ever changing and is a constant reminder of the beauty our Father in Heaven has created for us so that we may have joy.