Q: What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you hunt?
A: With my mistrust in weathermen, I am almost always checking the wind and temps immediately when I wake up.
Q: Where is your favorite place to hunt?
A: Kansas is home. It’s also where my farming and management efforts are, so there is nothing that tops it for me.
Q: If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?
A: As I get older, the process of managing my farms for mature animals is becoming the focus far more so than then kill. Don’t get me wrong; I still want a bright-red frothy arrow in my hand as I walk up on a 200-inch whitetail, but I’m nowhere near as mad at them as I was in my younger years. The balance of management and harvest is my biggest internal struggle.
Q: Who are your heroes?
A: My grandpa, my dad, and my uncle have always been my heroes. Each has taught me valuable lessons and shaped me to be the man I am. I look up to Jim Bath. Jim is probably the most committed and accomplished whitetail hunter that 99.9% of you have never heard of.
Q: What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?
A: I’m still in pursuit of that 200-inch whitetail. He keeps me up at night.
Q: If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?
A: I’d love one more hunt with my grandfather. It could be squirrels back behind the barn or moose in the Yukon...wouldn't matter as long as it was with him.
Q: What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?
A: I can't imagine doing anything else. Marketing, photography, and farming is perfect for me.