I started hunting at 10 years old with my Dad. My first weapon of choice was an old single shot 20 gauge shotgun. When I turned 12, I purchased my first deer rifle. It was the classic Winchester model 94 lever action 30-30. As I reflect back on that time in my life, I can remember the phrase that ran through my mind most often; “Now the hunt is on!” During my early years, I lugged my Daisy Red Rider through the woods around my house shooting squirrels, birds and endless cans. I didn’t know it at the time but that helped me to hone my shooting skills. At 14 years of age, I tagged my first deer. It was a 128 lb. doe. I couldn’t have been happier, even if it was a 200 lb. buck. When I was 15, my cousin Dennis took me and his three brothers’ deer hunting in Northern Maine in a remote area called Moxie. That trip lit a fire in me to explore as much of the North Maine woods as possible. That fire burns as strongly today as it did on that first trip. I am very lucky to live a life style which affords me the opportunity to be in the woods almost every day. I currently own and operate a logging operation with my business partner and fellow BWB Pro-Staffer Kevin Harrison. We spend the weekdays in the woods logging and the weekends hunting, fishing, trapping or just scouting for the next season. I have also been fortunate enough to share a significant amount of time in the woods with my friend and deer hunting expert Hal Blood. I guide for him in the fall of each year at Cedar Ridge. I believe the time I have spent with him has no doubt honed my tracking skill which in turn has increased my deer hunting success ten fold. My wife Heidi is also an avid outdoors woman whose constant desire to hunt and fish drives me even more. Her support is vital to the life style I live.
To sum up my life in one word, “adventure” comes to mind right away. I am looking forward to sharing all my past, present and future adventures in the wild with all of you. So strap in because hunting in the Big Woods is truly an adventure and I can tell you from experience, things are just going to happen. You have to be resourceful and go with the flow. That’s where woodsman skills and ingenuity come in to play. I truly believe all of us have an adventurous side somewhere in us and I hope I can inspire, entertain and educate all of you with some of the “wild times” I will share with you as we go afield to enjoy what nature and the outdoors has to offer all of us.