I've always had a passion and obsession for hunting, but since 2019 I have broadened that passion to also capture the hunt through the camera. I am a full time hunter, cameraman and editor for Brian Call: Gritty. I have an amazing wife and three boys that are growing up finding their passion and love for the outdoors as well. It's a blessing to have three boys that enjoy hunting, fishing and everything outdoors like I do.
What’s going through your head as you lay in bed the night before … a hunt, a fishing trip, a ride?:
The night before the hunt while laying in bed I'm thinking about my kids and how proud they are when I return home with an animal that I can show them and they can put their hands on. I am preparing to grind and give it my all to make them proud.
What motivates you to do what you do?:
I have been very blessed to be associated with and surrounded by some of the best hunters and hunt film makers in my lifetime. I strive to compete with them each and every day. I compete with myself each day and I want to be better today than I was yesterday. Whether that be making a stalk on an animal or pushing the record or shutter button on the camera, I want to perform at a high level. I also want to outperform Ryan Lampers and Brian Call. Nothing fills my cup more.
How do you step your game up year after year?:
I surround myself with those who are better than I am. "Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future." - Dan Pena. I'm also a firm believer in the quote by Jim Rohn, "You're the average of the five people spend the most time with." I do my best to associate myself with those who have a never quit mentality, compete to be the best and also celebrate my victories as much as their own. I do the same for them!
What would you identify as a quality you possess that makes you stand out amongst your peers?:
Toughness! I may not be the strongest person on the mountain, but you will never be able to deny my toughness. Both mentally and physically I prepare myself to tough out any situation.
If you could improve one aspect of what you do, what would it be and why?:
I want to continue to improve my skills behind the camera and how the story is told through film to inspire the viewer to go do epic stuff. I want to better my story telling so the viewer feels like they are sitting on the mountain right next to me.
If you could only listen to one music album the rest of your life, what would it be?:
Chris LeDoux- American Cowboy
Past, present, or future: who is one person you would sit down with for a full course meal and why?:
I would sit down with my past self because I'd love to prove that all the self doubt, struggle, late hours and pushing yourself to exhaustion is just work! It's just work and if you work hard and stay focused on your goals you will be successful.
Is a hotdog a sandwich?:
Negative ghost rider.
Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?:
My father no doubt. He showed us how to work hard and to be a gentleman. He raised us to stand up for yourself and have the back of those closest to you. Through all that needed done he never missed a football or basketball game, a track meet or a rodeo that I was entered in. He has always been there to uplift us kids and to push us beyond what we thought we were capable of.
What is your most favorite smell?:
My favorite smell would be the mountains covered in pine trees after a fresh rain storm. Rutting mule deer bucks can't be far behind that.
What is the best book you have read?:
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Would you rather be the smartest person or the funniest person?:
I'd rather be the smartest person. Being funny is rewarding in the moment, but being the smartest will take you further in life.
Your go to favorite meal?:
Steaks on the pellet grill cooked to 120 degress and then pulled off to be tossed in a hot pan to sear the outside. Once the sear is finished throw some butter mixed with fresh garlic on top and let them rest for 3-4 minutes. Throw them on a plate and smother with onions and mushrooms with some fresh steamed veggies and a sweet potato on the side.
How would you explain what Canvas Cutter represents?:
Canvas cutter to me represents a group of people who care about making a positive difference in the lives around them. Whether that be family, friends or the consumer that purchases their product, they always want to leave an everlasting positive impact.
What is your favorite Canvas Cutter product and why?:
My favorite Canvas Cutter product is the Dominator 2.0. I have spent so many days in that bed roll. I have woken up to 6-8 inches of snow piled on and was warm and cozy and dry in it. It has been beat around in the bed of my truck and traveled with me from Mexico to Canada. I save money on hotels because I know I can roll out my Cutter bedroll and have a comfortable place to sleep.
What is something people would never guess just by looking at you?:
People would never guess that I used to ride bulls.