My passion for the outdoors started at a young age. Most of my earliest memories I can recall as a child revolve around hunting with family. My father made sure that every time he stepped in the woods I was right by his side. Back then it was strictly about the hunt and having a good time. As I grew older so did my obsession with all things outdoor related. With age came the understanding of game management and trophy hunting. In my early twenties my focus was mainly on chasing anything that flew in the air and swam in the sea. I traveled all over feeding that fire and deer hunting took a back seat.
It wasn’t until 2008 that I met my soon to be wife’s brother, Steve Frantz, and I had no idea what I got myself into. We both recognized that we each were a little crazy about the outdoors but would never imagine in a million years where that would take us. We began filming together and he decided to take me on my first whitetail hunt in the Midwest… little did we know that would be the beginning of something big.
There was a particular deer that he had on his Illinois lease the year before and we knew that he had potential to be something special. We decided to go all out and do whatever it took to harvest him. I asked my wife to marry me on October 27 and I told her I would see her again at Thanksgiving. Steve and I hunted that deer every single day for 25 days… all day long. We only got out of the tree to sleep. As luck would have it we had 2 great encounters with the deer we nicknamed “Tonka” with no success. However the footage was epic and we ended up each killing a great buck with awesome footage. Steve’s kill which I filmed landed a spot on “I shot it with my PSE” competition on Bow Madness.
We had always been major fans of Drury Outdoors and just a chance to be on that show was awesome! Steve’s kill ended up winning the competition and the rest is history. Mark and Terry ask us to be a new team on our favorite hunting show.. Dream Season. Four years later we are still rocking and rolling and have had the time of our lives. Looking back I still can’t believe how blessed we have been and it has been a huge catalyst in my life to show me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard. I would not have the hunting career I have had if it wasn’t for my wife and family supporting me 100%. It can make for some long winters living on the road but as long as the fire is still in me I will continue the chase and try to capture it to share with the world.