By Steve Wall
As most of you know I started this blog to begin my journey of working in the outdoor industry. Here is my very first post that may give you a little more background: Chasing my Dream. This blog was just my first step in my pursuit of working in the outdoor industry full-time. Over the last few months I have taken time to think about what is really important to me. I came to a realization that I have more than just a love for the outdoors. I have a deep passion for the outdoors and realized I will not be completely happy if I don’t act upon this passion.
I am beyond excited to announce that I have accepted a full-time position at a local sporting goods store. This position allows me to work in an industry that I am passionate about and share that passion in the work I do! This is a very big change for me and my family. I am leaving a well-paying position with a great company that has given me invaluable experiences. I know that these experiences will only help me as I advance in my career. My wife and family have been very supportive of my dreams and decision to pursue a career in the outdoor industry. There will be many challenges ahead, especially as we deal with a reduction in our income. However, we feel that we can work through these challenges and that we will come out a stronger family! Continue reading “Pursuing my Dream Part 1”
By Steve Wall
Many hunters will go their whole life hunting for a trophy buck. I may have killed the biggest buck of my life (and my first buck) at the age of 16. I am still optimistic, at the age of 30, that I may have the opportunity to harvest a larger buck. Times have changed and I am now hunting mostly public land, so you can see where my doubt of killing a larger buck comes in. Now don’t get me wrong, I was extremely excited when I shot this deer and I still am; However, I may be more proud of my recent accomplishments on public land. That is for another blog though so stay tuned for that!
This hunt takes us back to the year 2001. My dad and I were hunting trophy managed land in Southwest Wisconsin. I was going into my junior year of high school and still searching for my first buck. While all of my friends were probably out having fun on the river during the summer, I was walking through the woods during many hot summer days. Continue reading “Buck of a Lifetime: My first buck”
By Steve Wall
As I begin this new adventure, I need to start by thanking a few people that provided me with the extra motivation to begin this journey. It really began a few months ago shortly after harvesting a nice 8-point buck on public land with my bow. I posted pictures of my harvest on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Shortly thereafter, James from The Hunt Blog contacted me and I asked me if I would write a short story about my hunt. I told him that I would love to and sat down to begin putting my hunt into words. Writing this blog for James got me thinking about how much I enjoy sharing my passion for the outdoors. Please check out my story on their website and let me know what you think. http://thehuntblog.com/2014/10/14/lessons-learned-public-land-bucks/
My motivation to take the final steps in pursuing my passion for the outdoors came from Philip Havens of Bowhunting Freedom. I came across Philip on twitter and started listening to a few of his podcasts. Philip is a great motivator and conducts a great interview with his guests. Philips podcasts are structured around educating listeners on all aspects of working in the outdoor industry. Along with the educational aspects, Philip pushes you to take steps towards pursuing your passion. One of Philips recent guests, Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt, also has a website where he shares his passion for the outdoors. Philip’s interview with Mark was exactly the motivation I needed to begin this journey.
The biggest motivation though came from my amazing wife. My wife has always supported my love for the outdoors. Her desire for me to be happy was all the motivation I needed to take this final step into launching a website and sharing my love for the outdoors with others. I am grateful for the outdoor adventures we have shared together and the many more that we will share with our children.