From a very young age I was always interested in the wilderness. My dad was as an avid hunter and outdoorsman and he introduced me to the wilderness at a young age. One of those trips would forever change my life. While hunting in Virginia on my grandparent’s farm, I found a broken quartz arrowhead and became immediately fascinated by it. To me it was so mysterious that an entire culture, an entire way of life had essentially vanished and a broken stone tool was all that was left to signify that these people even existed. I wanted to learn who these people were and how they lived. Not only that, I wanted to master the same skills that these prehistoric people used to survive. And so began the quest…..
After reading countless books and reports I began the slow process of gaining the skills needed to recreate the tools, weapons, and materials that primitive people used to survive. At the time there was no Internet, and the material I did read was often vague, incomplete, or in some cases completely incorrect. It took years of practice to find what worked and what didn’t, but with patience and unrelenting determination I mastered these long-forgotten skills.
But then came the challenge of putting these skills to the test, most notably using the primitive bow and arrow in the hunt. Immediately I recognized the enormous amount of skill needed to get close enough to kill wary animals with weaponry that requires a such close-range shot. Though very difficult I was able to bring down several large and small game animals with my primitive bow.
I’ve written numerous articles to various bowhunting magazines on the subject of primitive archery and primitive bowhunting. I’ve posted videos on YouTube to the delight of people who have grown weary with the state of modern hunting shows. I was also one of the cast of Discovery Channel’s I, Caveman, which aired in October, 2011.
I combined my professional videography experience with my primitive hunting skills to produce the world’s first full length bowhunting DVD featuring only the primitive bow and stone tipped arrows. Taking 4 1/2 years to film and produce, this project was filmed, edited, and narrated by me. All but two of the kills were filmed by me. I also designed the cover (with help from my friend Nick) as well as took all the photos and also wrote the description on the back cover. Primitive Instinct, Volume 1 was released in March, 2012.
So what’s on the horizon? Primitive Instinct, Volume 2! I’ve already begun filming for the second DVD and I have some fantastic footage of several kills. You can follow me on YouTube: youtube.com/user/primitivepathways.