By Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren
Bowhunting instantly became second nature to me when I picked up that recurve for the very first time. Mind you it was so long ago I cannot remember for sure what my age was! At any rate, shooting the recurve made me want to get a compound bow and a short time later I was flinging arrows with a youth compound bow that was handed down to me from one of my older brothers. I attribute my start into the archery world to my two older brothers. Jason and Justin would shoot bow after school and I started doing it with them. It may still surprise them to this day how much archery and bowhunting has become a piece of me and who I am.
The first time I went hunting was with my dad and my two older brothers. I remember standing on the seat as dad glassed deer from afar. I remember both of my brothers getting their first deer as well as my cherished opportunity to take my first one with my father as well. These are memories that will never be lost, forgotten, or downplayed. Memories like this are what make us who we are in this life.
Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren is a hardcore Do-It-Yourself bowhunter who strives to better himself each year in the outdoor community. As a professional hunter, freelance writer and photographer, he likes to relive his outdoor adventures through written expression and photography making the reader feel as if they were along on the hunt. He attributes much of his success to the vital education he has learned from the various big game animals that he hunts. He is quoted as saying, “In each and every hunt, success or defeat, I learn something from every outing and that I can put in my arsenal of knowledge to use at a later date, a later date that will again put my wits against that of my prey.”