As far back as I can remember my goal has been to spend as much time as I can in the woods. I started out flinging arrows with an old plastic recurve and shooting reused B.B.s from a borrowed air gun. When I was about ten years old, my older brother took me deer hunting for the first time. A lot of time and patience was exerted by my brother during those first few years but it created some great memories for us. I will never forget them as long as I live. I shot my first deer when I was 16 years old. It was a nice fat a 5pt buck that dressed out at 135 lbs. I was lucky to find a group of friends that loved to hunt which led to many after school excursions partridge hunting and deer hunting on the weekends. I was obsessed with the outdoors. I spent the next ten years of my life consumed with filling tags and bag limits all over the state of N.H. hunting in the fall and fishing during the rest of the year. It wasn't until I started to hunt northern Vermont that I had enough snow to track a deer. I called it tracking but more often I ran around in circles leading me back to where I picked the track up. What really happened was I was able to gain valuable experience from it.
When I moved to Jackman, Me. in 2002, everything changed for me. I was able to really get a feel for hunting the big woods and found out how much of a challenge it was. I also found out how gratifying it is. Getting my guides license and becoming a full-time guide at Cedar Ridge Outfitters opened the door for me to turn my passion in my livelihood. This also enable me to spend a significant amount of time in the woods with Hal whether it was bear baiting, moose hunting or chasing big whitetails. It helped me develop the skills and woods savvy I needed to effectively guide clients that chose to come to Cedar Ridge. I also learned how to consistently kill big woods bucks on their own turf.
Having hunted as far West as Montana and as far North as Ontario, I found that chasing those big woods bucks in Northern New England is what I find to be my ultimate challenge. The only regret I have about chasing big woods bucks is that I didn't start when I was ten. Currently I work in the woods and have a small logging operation with fellow Cedar Ridge guide and Big Woods Bucks Pro-Staff member Lee Libby. I guess you could say we work in the woods all year just to take time off to get back in the woods come fall. The difference is we tip deer over instead of trees.