Photography by Josh Shaffer


 Welcome to

Welcome to

I grew up in the western Pennsylvania woods equidistant between Erie and Pittsburgh.  I started tagging along in the woods with my father before I was of legal hunting age and the hobby has been cemented in my psyche since.  I've always had a great need to continually learn and analyze situations.  I guess that's why I love the sport of hunting and more broadly nature itself.  There is always something new to learn!  More specifically the sport of big game bow hunting is my main desire. 

 Taking a break on a hot day in Colorado's 2015 elk season.

Taking a break on a hot day in Colorado's 2015 elk season.

I've been traipsing around the woods (in many states) for 20 years now and I figured that it’s finally time to start giving info back to the hunting/outdoors community.  I know I've done my fair share of reading on other sites and blogs over the last few years.  The site name: is meant to capture my own development as a hunter, conservationist, and nature nerd that started in Penn's Woods and has expanded to the wide open western states.    

 Specifically, I will target my blogs on big game hunt preparation, gear reviews, stories from the field, fitness/hunt training preparation, and more.

To contact me, send me an email to

Thanks for stopping in. 

>>---------->  Josh

My Mission

To humbly serve others by sharing lessons learned in my own experiences.  

Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me...
— Genesis 27:3