Hunter profile of our buddy Matt from The Rise hunt team. Matt is 28 years old, he was born and raised in Mid-Michigan. He has yet to find his special match, so he is single and ready to mingle lol.
He has hunted in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, Kansas and Wisconsin. So he has a vast knowledge of different areas and how to kill bucks in different land types.
I asked Matt some simple questions so you can get to know him better as a person and as a hunter.
What got you into hunting?
My dad introduced me to hunting and more specifically bowhunting at a young age. Growing up on a Christmas tree farm ensured that I spent the majority of my childhood outdoors every chance I could. As I grew older I began to challenge my passion for hunting more, which led to filming hunts and later starting a web based film series named THE RISE with co-founder Tyler Bentley and a crew of energetic and like minded friends and partners.
Tell me about the places you hunt. (States , Property, Ect. )
In Michigan, I mostly hunt my family's property along with a few other property I have permission on. I really enjoy food plotting and other various habitat management that aids in the overall health of the deer herd. Keeping deer numbers in check and targeting the most mature bucks in the area.
My out of state hunts include a mix of public and private land. Each fall my dad and I typically lease a piece of ground in Northern Missouri that we spend several weeks at throughout the year. However I have also met many generous people across the country, that have granted me permission with nothing more than a handshake. Though private land can be an easier and more predictable hunt. I enjoy noting more than the challenge of hunting big deer on public lands, and find myself doing this each fall.
If you could tell your younger hunting self. What would it be?
If I had to pick one tactic to teach my younger hunting self, it would be to not to hunt fully off your trail cams. With that said, I do believe trail cameras can be very deadly tool. They have helped me kill several nice deer to date. However, they have also cost me a few opportunities over the years. It's easy to become discouraged when a big deer starts to ghost your camera setups. But that doesn't always mean he has vanished completely. You never know when he may show back up, or even another buck that meets your goals. So basically, what I'm saying is use your cameras to learn. But don't use them as a excuse not to hunt.
Most important tool you use in the field?
The most important tool I use in the field is hands down my cell phone. Whether it be using it to check the weather, satellite and plat maps, or just using it to keep myself entertained and on the stand longer periods of time. Its a must have tool.
Why do you believe you have had success hunting?
One reason I believe I have been succesful is becasue I've learned to enjoy failling. I've learned that nothing ever goes as planned, and often times you're more likely to fail than succeed. If you can learn to love the process and the challenge while staying determined to accomplish your goals you will find a way. On top of this believe keeping a positive attitude is key to succeeding, douting yourself is the quickest way to fail.
What is one tactic you live by?
One tactic I live by is honestly to just have fun. Its super simple, we each only have so many days on this earth and only so many hunts to enjoy. Make the best of every situation, and dont take things so seriously, its supposed to be fun. Besides, nobody likes a debbie-downer in camp right?
If you could tell a non-hunter something to change there mind. What would it be?
If I could have one conversation with a non-hunter that would change their outlook, I would educate them on the conservation efforts and funding provided by hunters, anglers and sportsmen across our country. To restore and protect our wildlife and land. I feel there is a growing problem in this country with anti-hunters pointing fingers at us so caller "murderers" looking to put an end to our lifestyle. I often think we as hunters don't receive the credit we deserve from the general public for rebuilding and maintaining wildlife populations across the landscape. Organizations such as NWTF, RMEF and Pheasants Forever, have done more for wildlife than non-hunters can note. Coupled with dollars received through hunting and fishing license sales. I think its safe to say which group is doing the most to protect abundant wildlife.
Find more about Matt at The Rise