I grew up in Spruce Head, ME where I still live with my wife. I’m 27 years old and have been lobstering since I was 5 and had my own boat at the age of 10. I’m still a lobsterman and I also started a new Business called The Rope Company (www.theropeco.com) ,4 years ago and hope to make this my full time occupation. We sell home décor’ products and accessories that are made out of rope. The rope our products are made out of we make ourselves from my dad’s rope mill in Tenants Harbor, ME. I was a full-time athlete playing soccer, baseball, and basketball in high school so sports pretty much ruled my life year round expect when I made time for hunting season. I graduated from the University of Maine Orono with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management in the engineering department along with 3 minors: business, entrepreneurship, and surveying. I figured out construction wasn’t really for me. My passion is deer hunting and tracking but I also love partridge hunting, hiking, fly fishing, tuna fishing, any kind of fishing, and snowmobiling.
My Father took me to the Big Woods for the first time when I was five years old. My dad took me up with him to get the camper after hunting season on year. We saw some moose, deer and he shot a couple partridge on that trip and I’ve been hooked ever since. The next few Octobers he would take me up bird hunting with him, where I would ride or tag along and try to help him spot deer sign and partridge. At age 10 I took my first gun, an old cut down stock .410 and went partridge hunting with my dad that October. The passion of being up north in the Big Woods and hunting grew for me. Then when I was 11 he brought me up to be a part of the deer hunting crew for the season. Thanksgiving Day that year a monster walked by me in the stand that my dad still says is the biggest deer he has ever seen in the woods and he spent most of every hunting season in the Big Woods for the last 35 years. My gun froze on me and I didn’t get the ol’ big boy but I was forever hooked up hunting these beautiful majestic creatures.
I was brought up to be a sitter and that’s basically all I did until I was about 20 years old. I always heard about people tracking and saw all the green Vermont plate tracks stopped at the side of the road and getting on tracks, but my dad had a lot of success sitting so that’s what I did. I was very interested in tracking and tried it, without having a clue as to what I was doing, so it didn’t get very far. Then one of my hunting friends in college told be about this guy Hal Blood from Maine who’s a tracker. When he told me about Hal and showed me his first video I looked him up and bought everything he had on the website. I had spent so much time in the woods and talking with guys that had spent a lot of time in the big woods, but when I cracked into these books it blew me away. I was super excited because I felt like had this amazing secret tool that has given all the secrets to hunting the big woods, especially tracking.
I set out to track all I could the next season after I read these books and track I did. That was 7 years ago and I’ve tracked all I can ever since then. I’ve had a lot of success not in the sense of killing big bucks but in what I’ve learned and the experiences that I’ve had. I’ve missed multiple big bucks, seen a couple more, let numerous spike horns 2 small 6 or 8 pointers go to grow bigger. I have learned so much following my passion of tracking. I have never had a bad day being in the woods up North no matter what the outcome. I know my knowledge of deer hunting the big woods in extensive and I have the confidence of a seasoned old hunter. I have been in and around the big woods for 23 years and am looking forward to sharing my experiences as a Big Woods Bucks team member.