I am 28 and was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. I spend most of my free time with my family pursuing all sorts of adventures in Utah's great outdoors. My love for waterfowl hunting started at age 12 on my first youth duck hunt where I shot 50 shells for 6 ducks. By the time I was 21 my wallet had good reason to hate my guts because I was completely addicted" to chasing waterfowl. They say you'll never forget your first duck band and for me that couldn't be more true. My first duck band showed up in 2013 attached to a Drake Northern Shoveler that I harvested to complete my first limit of the season; to say I was surprised is an understatement. In 2015 I was introduced to my girlfriend Erin and she introduced me to a 7 month old chocolate lab named Nash; together they have forever changed my life. Now the most fulfilling part of any hunt is watching Nash as he plunges through even the worst conditions to deliver birds to hand. Since I was introduced to hunting at such a young age I feel that it is important to pay that back. In Utah the annual youth duck hunt takes place 2 weeks before the normal season opener and it is by far the funnest and most rewarding hunt of the year. If you take the time to take a youth hunting you just might change his or her life forever. I can't wait for the day that Erin and I get to take our son on his first hunts. The secret to being successful in waterfowl hunting is and will always be the location. You have to go where the birds are and you have to shoot straight. "