"I feel blessed having had the opportunity to live this lifestyle and to follow my passion down this seemingly endless path, wherever it may lead me with my recurve bow in hand. "
Growing up, my family moved all over the east coast of the United States. Never having lived in one location longer than 5 years, I didn’t have a place to call home… to sink my roots in. However, no matter the state or province we resided, I always found myself drawn to the outdoors. The outdoor lifestyle was one constant in my life. The familiar wilderness was always there, following close by my family’s side as we encountered new adventures and life changes. Turkey hunting, chasing after upland birds with our springer spaniels, stomping the terrain after cottontail rabbits and rifle hunting whitetail deer were our main passions in the outdoors. Bowhunting wasn’t part of the picture until I went off to college.
It seemed that all of my friends were experiencing the thrill of archery through hunting whitetails in the fall or participating in local leagues during the off season. I’ll be honest, my interest in archery wasn’t spawned from a desire to harvest game with a bow and arrow. It was the desire to spend more time with my friends that got me interested in the sport. One cold wintery Christmas, the obsession began when I opened my first recurve bow. (A decision I’m sure my wife sometimes regrets)
The learning curve was steep but the passion was strong. I was the only traditional archer in our group of friends, so I was on my own to figure out the craft of shooting a single string bow. The obsession grew to a feverish level after harvesting my first whitetail deer, a button buck from the ground at 12 yards. From that crisp fall evening on, a traditional bow has been the only weapon I’ve carried to the woods chasing big game.
Fast forward almost a decade and my passion is strong as ever. Constantly chasing the feeling of the primal drama experienced between predator and prey. Recently I’ve discovered a new source of this feeling through competitive archery. Shaky hands, elevated heart rates, quivering breathes flowing in and out of my chest… You’d think I was face to face with a 150” whitetail, but I wasn’t. These unexpected feelings and physical barriers to executing a solid shot rushed over me at my first major competition. Another source of the primal drama was discovered.
Half of my archery related time is spent obsessing over perfecting my competitive performances, equipment, and technique. The other half is spent taking those critical lessons learned from the competitive realm and applying them to chasing game in the wilderness, effectively making me a more successful bowhunter.
This passion for traditional archery also manifested itself into the production of a film series called “The Push – A Traditional Archery Film” as well as launching a podcast; “The Push – A Traditional Archery Podcast”. My partner Tim Nebel and I are passionate about helping expedite the learning curve for new traditional archers.
I feel blessed having had the opportunity to live this lifestyle and to follow my passion down this seemingly endless path, wherever it may lead me with my recurve bow in hand. Having the unwavering support of my wife Nicole and my three boys is something I’ll always be grateful for.
Shoot straight and Get Primal.