It has been almost 8 years since I made the life altering move to change my occupation and jump with both feet into the outdoor industry. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to travel and film all across the world, from the peaks of the Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan to the savannahs that stretch across Africa and everywhere in-between. I am beyond blessed to have these experiences and to gain the knowledge associated with these adventures. While I have been able to enjoy these amazing hunts in far off locations the one thing that hasn’t subsided is my love and passion for hunting in Michigan!
I haven’t filmed, or shown much of the hunting I do in my home state, in literally my own backyard. If there is one positive thing all of the Covid 19 lock down stuff has done, it’s made me realize just how special the hunting is in my home area. Hunting in West Michigan has cultivated and created my love for hunting and the great outdoors. This has led me to start a new digital series entitled “Homegrown.”
What is “Homegrown?” It’s what I have done since I could walk, since I could carry a gun of my own, since I was legally able to hunt on my own. This series showcases my passion and love for hunting in West Michigan. It is what I do when I’m home and not filming across the world. I am hunting in my neck of the woods, which a lot of the time is literally my backyard. “Homegrown” is a digital series that is all self-filmed. For the first time in 8 years, I will not have field producers with me while I hunt. With “Homegrown” I will be going back to a time when I do it myself, including 100% of the filming.
In the series, I will be going through the ins and outs of managing our property in West Michigan, in an effort to not only create one of the best hunting properties in the area but also to showcase why I truly love West Michigan. My area is not known for giant bucks, but it is known to have a long-lasting hunting heritage that is passed from generation to generation. I will show the hunting experiences that I have with my daughter Chelly and how I work to pass this heritage from my generation to hers. Times are a lot different now than they were when I grew up. Young people have so many more options of what to do with their time than we did, it seems. I have found that our father-daughter relationship has grown so close as our time in the field together has increased.
Through this video series, I look forward to hopefully evoking the emotions that so many of us hunters have for hunting our home states, the love of hunting with our family and the desire to pass these traditions down to the next generation. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s feedback. Remember, it is this feedback that allows me to grow in my filming and constantly improve what I do.
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