I didn`t grow up hunting. I grew up in the city. I had a couple experiences hunting as a kid like going with adult family members. My Dad made a run at bowhunting back in the day when the treestand was a new concept and the compound bow was yet to be invented. I think given the time commitment involved and our limited accessibility to hunting ground made it more prudent for us to remain involved in an indoor archery league as opposed to bowhunting whitetails. At any rate, my hunting career exploded once I got to Springfield Missouri in 1986. I really came here initially for the photography. My previous job required me to spend lots of time on the road in rural farm areas traveling for months at a time. There wasn`t much else to do in the evenings so I started fishing farm ponds and such and that eventually led to wanting to work in the fishing and hunting industry. In this part of the country literally no one that I know who fishes ONLY fishes. They also hunt.