I grew up in the rural farm country of NW Ohio where I learned to hunt and fish with my father and grandfather. I started sitting with my father as he bow hunted at the age of 4 and by the age of 5 I was hunting small game. At the age of 9 I harvested my first buck and since that day I have been hooked and never looked back. I started working at a local dairy farm at the age of 15 as well as started doing habitat work on our property with my father who always taught me to put back in more than I take out. It didn’t take long to see the wildlife respond and I was obsessed. I followed that passion to Hocking College where I received my degree in Wildlife Management while also interning for a Whitetail Outfitter in West Central Illinois where I learned a lot about harvesting mature whitetails.
After graduation, I jumped right into seasonal positions with the Wildlife Division of the ODNR while also being employed by a local Grain Coop in Defiance Ohio. While employed with the coop I passed my National Certified Crop advisor testing to become a Technical Service Provider, before being hired full time through the Michigan DNR where I have spent my last 6 years. With the Michigan DNR, I was one of three wildlife managers on a 10,000 acre managed waterfowl area where I managed habitats primarily for deer, turkeys, pheasants and waterfowl. I also conducted wildlife surveys, became a firearms instructor, found a passion for introducing new hunters to the outdoors through various programs, as well as became a Regional equipment operator. To this day I still love pursuing mature whitetail deer, turkeys, waterfowl and more than anything introducing people to the outdoors. When offered the position to join Base Camp Country Real Estate I realized this was a great opportunity to get myself and my family (wife Abby and daughter Brielle) back to Northwest Ohio while working with a top-notch crew in the process. I also get to assist others in their pursuit of that dream of land ownership or the passing of that ownership along to others who truly love the outdoors like me.