Around four years old, Kyle started tagging along with his father, uncle and grandfather carrying a toy gun at first, then a BB gun and later at seven years old, a 20 gauge. His father and grandfather taught him about the outdoors, conservation, ethics and how to be safe in the field. They helped to form his hunting style and lit a fire inside him. Growing up, all he wanted was to be like them, wanted to know what they knew and more than anything, wanted to be outside hunting and fishing.
I could not get enough of the outdoors. I'd read books, watch shows on TV and talk with adults; anything that might help me learn about hunting, shooting or the animals I wanted to pursue. I loved not only the hunt, but the food it provided and the stories that went along with it.
For me, hunting isn't just a hobby or a tradition, it's not a season or something I do. It's more of a lifestyle, it's part of who I am and it's everyday. My favorite hunts involve chasing critters on public land in new areas, especially remote and hard to access places. I enjoy hunting a variety of species but hunting mule deer with my bow on Little Missouri Grasslands in the North Dakota Badlands has a very special place in my heart!