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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.