About me. Family, God, Country, Work, Play. Sometimes I get those confused, but I eventually reset and get back on track.
Why this site…
I started off as an Army brat and in the early 70’s my family settled outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up in an area where most everyone hunted, though I did not. I wanted to go hunting, but did not have the money to buy a bow, rifle or shotgun at the time. I joined the military and like many moved over a dozen times throughout my 23 year career. I occasionally thought about hunting over that time, but did not pursue it, nor was I presented with an opportunity.
After I transitioned out of the service, my family and I settled in Texas. Having been around guns for last couple decades, I participated in some local two gun competitions and had a blast. But building that skill set takes money and time. I was increasingly immersed at work and seldom took time for myself.
Until the husband of my wife’s friend asked me if I wanted to hunt dove. I told him that I have never hunted birds. He loaned me what looked like a Mossberg 500 pump shotgun. I had no clue what I was doing. Despite my inexperience and the ungodly heat on what was supposed to be a cool day, I got my limit. That’s all it took… I was bitten buy “the hunting bug.”
Since then, we have hunted for dove numerous times and even went on a management hunt for Whitetail deer. I harvested two doe my first time out. In the process of preparing for these hunts, I was overwhelmed by all the information on the internet. What gun should I use? What clothes should I wear? What bullets should I use? What about scent blockers, buck calls, range finders, binoculars, packs…etc. Too much information and a lot of wasted time and effort. There are numerous great videos and blogs out there and everyone certainly has an opinion. I hope to demystify hunting for new hunters.
I am hooked. I want to hunt everything and felt compelled to share my limited experience and extensive research with new hunters. I want to make it simple so that the first time out is successful with a minimal level of stress.
Long term, I want this site to grow into a compendium of information for the new and experienced hunters. At that point, I hope to draw on the experience of the hunting community.
You as a reader can count on a site with integrity, honesty and openness. I don’t profess to be an expert and I will never tell you something (like a piece of equipment) is good or better than other products when it really isn’t.