I was introduced to upland hunting by my father around age 8 or 9. I trudged along with my Dad and his friend Greg, for what seemed like hours and miles (in actuality the miles were in quarters). I eventually was able to carry a BB gun and I vividly remember taking my hunters education course, accompanied by my Dad at Harry Koch Trap and Skeet (in the late 80s). We hunted Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. From ages 12 through 15 we traveled more and hunted Central and Southeastern Nebraska. We moved to Southwestern Montana (Bitterroot Valley) and put the brakes on upland hunting until later in my early 20s.
What do you enjoy most about guiding at PB?
Guiding upland hunts at Pheasant Bonanza has presented a wide array of hunters from first time (young & older) to seasoned veterans. I enjoy the stories told while in the field and the laughter shared on great and not so great moments. I have been fortunate to accompany some outstanding folks on hunts!
What other types of outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I was introduced to waterfowl hunting in my early 30s and was “all in” for many years. I was given a lot of grief by friends whenever I was planning to squeeze in a pheasant hunt and chastised for chasing “ditch pigeons”. A few years later I was introduced to turkey hunting and have some of my greatest memories associated with those hunts. Shooting Sports has become another passion of mine, much to my family’s dismay. I drag my wife and kids to various shoots around the region and embarrass them when I walk up to a shooter I feel may be struggling and lend them a suggestion or two. Dog trials have also taken up the past couple of years. I am in no way a staunch competitor, but I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie and watching dogs work.
How many years’ experience do you have hunting/fishing/guiding in general?
I have been guiding/mentoring hunts since 2008. Early on, while instructing hunter’s education, I jumped at the chance to become a mentor and engaging young people to the opportunities our great state has to offer. Waterfowl and turkey hunting were my immediate choice for mentoring early on, but I eventually drifted back into upland hunting and started guiding upland hunts more often in recent years.
What do you do for a living?
I currently work for a global insurance broker as an Infrared Thermographer and Safety Consultant for Ag and Commercial clients. I cover a nine-state territory and afforded ample windshield time and take in some amazing scenery while traveling! Prior to working in the insurance field, I was working in the field of the fabrication of structural steel. I was part of the early 2000s Omaha construction boom and skyline expansion around the region.
What is your favorite hunting dog breed and why?
Boy, the loaded question of favorite hunting breed…. Similar to “who is your favorite child” (though we all have one, no one dare utter a name). I have been lucky to hunt over a fair selection of working breeds over my lifetime, some great and some not so great. In my early years we had a pointer and spaniel. Over the decades I have had shorthairs, a llewellyn, and recently a lab. Each has/had their own qualities and I would not diminish any of their skill sets. Since I currently run all three types of dogs, I will abstain from answering, but will happily take anyone out so they can provide their answer after a hunt or twenty.