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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Interview with Warrior Outdoors

I ran across Warrior Outdoors on Camo Space and was very intrigued by there page. From there I went to their web site and really liked the concept of their company. It was very unique in my opinion (read the interview for more info). I had no choice but to get in contact, and interview the founders of Warrior Outdoors, David and Cory.

Below is a trailer Dave sent to me. It show cases the quality and ability of Warrior Outdoors video.

First can you explain to my readers what Warrior Outdoors is.

In a nutshell Warrior Outdoors is a cooperative of hunters who film their hunts, then pool their footage for hunting related productions.

What inspired you and Cory to come up with the unique idea for Warrior Outdoors?

Before we started Warrior Outdoors I owned an outfitting business in WC IL. Many of my clients had been filming their hunts, and eventually I got involved in filming. Originally, I got involved in filming to collect hunting footage to use to promote my outfitting business. I immediately became hooked on the challenge of filming hunts. I sold my outfitting business in 2006. At that point, I had a pile of tapes with no idea of what to do with them. I did not have enough footage for a DVD. I was not a big name hunter, so a TV show was out of the question. I realized that there were many other people out there in the same boat. I had many clients that filmed their hunts, and filming was starting to become more popular as camera technology became more affordable. So, I asked Cory to join me in forming Warrior Outdoors.

How did you and Cory Meet?

David: Our wives work together. We went on a double date about 6 years ago, and Cory showed up at the restaurant with a pile of hunting pictures. The rest you might say is history.

Do you offer any other products beside the Videos?

David: Yes, we have branded some products with the Warrior Outdoors logo. Our most popular items have been our hats. We also sell decals, custom turkey calls and some really good base layer clothing. We have plans to have a t-shirt and outer clothing line in the near future. We have received a lot of compliments on our logo.

How long has Warrior Outdoors been in business?

David: 3 years

How many titles are currently available?

FULL STRUT was our first DVD. We sold 1000 copies then decided not to sell anymore because we felt it was not as good as we could do. Since, we have released some online Webisodes on our website just to illustrate to visitors what we are about.

When do you expect the next video to be out?

Our first big game DVD will release in August. RACK ATTACK will consist of 25 hunts of all antlered animals taken with both bow and gun. We will start editing FULL STRUT II this summer for a December 2009 release.

Additionally, Warrior Outdoors will be participating in a TV show called Hunting For The Dream . The show will consist of 6 new production companies all competing for the grand prize of one FREE qtr. of air time on Untamed Sports TV . The show will begin airing on Untamed Sports January 2010. The winner will be determined by fan voting and the winning show will start airing in 2011. More information regarding HFTD and how to vote will be released this fall. Please visit our website regularly for updates .

We also plan to have a local show here with our local FOX affiliate in 2010.

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I have a real passion for bow hunting and filming hunts. I have pursued whitetails, turkey, elk, mule deer, and antelope with a bow and arrow. I have over 5 years experience guiding whitetail deer and turkey hunters in the Midwest. My formal education includes a BS in Animal Science and an MBA. I have spent my entire professional career in sales and marketing. I also enjoy the cattle business, fishing and camping. Although I'm a very busy man, I spend most of my time with my wife of 9 years, Claya, and our two daughters Avery and Ellie.

I have been chasing big whitetails, turkeys, black bear, and antelope with a bow for almost 15 years. I have a true obsession for being in the outdoors and capturing Mother Nature’s unique undertakings on film. I spent 8 years fishing and professionally guiding in Alaska. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science, which I put to use in my current career as an Environmental Engineer. Me and my wife, Kara, reside in Iowa with our three children, Zaine, Gage, and Maren.

How long have you been hunting?

Dave - I harvested my first deer when I was 13, but was tagging along with my dad and grandpa long before that. I turn 33 this summer, so I guess over 20 years. Wow, I'm getting old!

Cory – I began upland bird hunting when I was 14, which eventually led into whitetail bow hunting at the age of 16. I’m not as old as Dave, man is that guy old, but I have been hunting for 17 years. You can do the math!

What type of animal do you enjoy hunting the most?

Dave - Without a doubt it would be whitetails. I am fortunate enough to live in world class whitetail habitat. For me nothing beats bow hunting for whitetails. I really enjoy chasing spring turkeys, and have became addicted to elk hunting, but nothing gets me day dreaming more than thinking about mature whitetail bucks!

Cory – Ditto to Dave’s answer. I’m sure I have a bias when it comes to whitetails, but to me there is nothing quite like harvesting a mature whitetail. Being form Iowa, I have been fortunate to witness large wild whitetail doing what they do, and even more fortunate to have taken several record class animals. Turkeys go hand in hand with Whitetails in the Midwest, and here too I have been fortunate to take many turkey’s with my Bow.

Hope you all enjoyed the interview

Ben G.

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Anonymous said...

Nice job on the interview, all good questions to ask.

Two thumbs up!

Ben G. said...

Thanks Rick hope you enjoyed the interview

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