I am a bowhunter and enjoy the challenges of adventure bowhunting … hunting an animal I’ve never hunted in a land I’ve never been. For me, bowhunting is a conscious choice to make my hunt harder than it needs to be. When a rifle ends the hunt from 200 yards, my bowhunting quest only begins. Bowhunting requires up-close encounters, split-second decisions, and plenty of patience thrown in. Hunting the game animals of the world with bow and arrow is the ultimate hunting challenge.
People would be surprised to know I once played a stunt double for Richard Simmons. Yes, that Richard Simmons. Luckily, it was mainly a role where I had to ride horseback through a herd of bison, but unluckily during a severe summer thunderstorm. The bison didn’t spook and I survived my one-and-only brush with Hollywood fame.
People throw around the expression, “Hunt of a Lifetime,” a lot, but there are those experiences that leave such an impression you carry them for a lifetime. For me it was an expedition to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula to pursue coastal brown bears—the primitive camp; the Russian guides; the blizzard that snowed us in for 5 days; the showdown with a 9-foot boar! To this day, I can still close my eyes and conjure the image of that runaway bear plowing through the snow as I scrambled to get a shot. Incredibly, my pulse still quickens when I think about it.
One of the most memorable hunts I’ve ever been on occurred last year in Alaska. I was on a do it yourself black bear hunt on Prince of Wales Island, where I was dropped off in a float plane with a tent, kayak, and my bow. My plan was to call in black bear with my old wooden predator call while hunting from the ground without a guide. After 2-days of solid hunting and calling in bear, I got the attention of an absolute giant. When I hit the call he was at 150-yards and immediately started coming toward me. The harder I called, the faster he started coming in. I actually had to quit in the middle because I was getting light headed and running out of air. Once he hit 35-yards he was still coming, but not with the intensity from before so I hit my predator call once again. He came charging into 18-yards and I shot him with my bow in the throat. It was one of the most adrenaline packed hunts I had ever been on and really took nerves of steel to close the deal. The best part is the entire hunt was captured on film and was probably one of the most memorable hunts I will ever do.
For a guy who’s uber-addicted to hunting, people might be surprised to know I hate—hate!—getting up in the morning. It’s smart for innocent bystanders to avoid all interaction with me for at least the first 20 minutes. Now, don’t get me wrong: Watching a sunrise from the field is one of life’s wonders … but crawling out of bed to get there often takes serious effort.
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