From Wild Dakota Outdoor Television
On October 21, 1979 I was born into a large farm family in Rock Rapids, IA. Being the youngster of 10 kids, my learning experience for the outdoors started at a young age and man was it fun! My first learning experience with the outdoors was my brothers teaching me how to ride a Honda 3 - wheeler and my first crash was driving into a badger hole on the very same day while we were rounding up cattle and boy did I have a pretty good gash from it! Ironically, this is what sparked my curiosity about wild animals. So with my curiosity ignited my father and brothers started teaching me the basic fundamentals of hunting, trapping, fishing, shooting and survival. My first gun was the Red Rider bb gun, no I didn't shoot my eye out! As life went on, I can recall my first adventures of hunting deer and pheasant with my dad and trapping and fishing with my brothers and these are the people that I can truly thank for helping build the foundation for my love of the outdoors.
Time went on and I left the family nest to venture out into the wilderness of life. I moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 2003 for work and knew nobody outside some of my family here. Through many conversations with people at work I got invited on hunting and fishing excursions. The greatest thing I learned on my excursions in South Dakota was how to hunt ducks and Canadian geese. Learning how to use a duck call and goose call to communicate with a wild animal will definitely get your heart pumping extra beats and your blood flowing faster. People talk about " buck fever ", well I get " goose fever ".
Goose hunting quickly became the ultimate outdoor sport for me and there is nothing sweeter than putting in the time to learn how to communicate to wild geese with your call and watch them respond to your various calls by spreading their large wing span, drop their feet and set down in your spread of decoys. Fast forwarding through life I met Jeff Boer and he invited me to join Team Wild Dakota due to my passion for the outdoor arena. Wild Dakota has presented me with many opportunities to pass on my knowledge of the outdoors to future outdoors men and women. I also work with KKIDS to help young people get involved in the outdoors and this is one of my greatest accomplishments!
Merits that I have earned with Wild Dakota is becoming a DRC Call Co pro staffer and training upland and waterfowl hunting dogs with Lancin's Labs. Life is an adventure, explore it!