Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, hunting was always a significant part of my upbringing. I was raised in a large family, so there were always hungry mouths to feed. Not only was hunting a passion, it was an important source of food for our family.
The biggest influence over my passion for hunting was my father. His love for the outdoors and natural talent for harvesting animals has always been, and continues to be, an inspiration. Many of my most early memories involve walking the bush with him or spending a day off school in his company for the fall deer season.
My dad was very much a mentor in my skill and beliefs; my love for nature, the outdoors and wildlife was definitely formed around essential teachings learned on these adventures with him.
I've harvested many animals with him by my side; there is nothing more exciting than being able to share the excitement and memory of taking an animal with my mentor by my side. Working to make him proud is always in the back of my mind. Among the lessons he's taught me? Only taking shots that will count, exercising patience, respecting the animals and always being thankful for the meals provided. These are engrained in the way I hunt and I am very proud of the hunter I have become.
I am always aware of all the upcoming seasons and prepare myself for each and every one. Each opening day is another exciting adventure waiting to happen. Whether it is deer, grouse, turkey, bear or geese, I'm always out there waiting on them. My innate love for the outdoors and my passion for hunting can only be comparable to a child on Christmas morning. I've learned that going hunting usually ends up making memories that will last a lifetime.