It seemed a career in the guide outfitter industry was inevitable. I grew up in a hunting family, always exploring the back country of British Columbia. As a young boy my father was a guide in the Spatsizi region of the province. Upon his return in the fall he would tell great stories of giant rams, moose, goats and bears that his clients from all around the world would harvest. I was spell bound and knew then what the future held in store.
After countless years of begging him to take me along, he finally caved and said when I turned 10 it will be time to go. By the time I reached the ripe old age of 10, I was more than ready to go. We charted a float plane and flew into sheep country for the first time. I was fortunate enough on this trip to be part of the harvest of a beautiful stone ram.
I harvested my first ram at twelve and was well on my way to becoming a big game hunter. In 1982 I accompanied my father once again as he signed on as a guide in the famous Bonnet Plume concession in the Yukon. After two months up north, I was ready to guide, or so I thought. So with a little persuasion and countless letters to the government, at 16 I became the youngest ever licensed guide in Canada.
After we sold the Bonnet Plume around 1990, we went to work on Vancouver Island for George Pednault. This is the concession I eventually bought and still run very successfully today. In addition to this my wife Kathy and I purchased Fraser River Outfitters Ltd. in late 2006 and are both very happy to have a job we love. As I near my 40th birthday this year, I find it hard to believe how fortunate I have been to be able to have spent nearly 30 years in the bush, guiding clients and helping them fulfill their dreams.