I grew up in central Vermont on a dead end dirt road. My family raised animals and had a huge vegetable garden. We ate well and so did the deer! There were lots of deer in Vermont in those days, so I got to watch deer all the time. I loved tracking the deer from the garden into the woods where I spent most of my time. Come harvest time I would say that we had the only garden that grew a row of venison! When dad brought home a copy of Larry Benoit’s first book, it was all that it took to get me hooked on tracking. I wore the pages of that book out, dreaming of the day that I would be able to hunt in the big woods. When my best friend Bill and I got our drivers licenses in 1985, it was off to the big woods of Jackman Maine. The only year since then that I have missed a fall in the big woods, is the first year we went to Alaska to work for an outfitter. I’ve continued going to Alaska every year but make sure I’m home for deer season in Maine. I got my Alaska guide license and over the years have guided hunters for Brown Bear, Moose, Caribou and Dall Sheep. I now spend my summers at the cabin I built on Lake Illiama and my winters in Vermont.
I met Hal in the Maine woods back in 1993. We hit it off right from the beginning. A couple years later I got my Maine guide license and began running a remote tent camp hunt for Cedar Ridge. At one point I was spending over 100 days a year in a tent while guiding in two states. I love all kinds of hunting, but there is nothing like the feeling one gets while on the track of a Big Woods Buck on a fresh snow. Priceless!!