COMPETITIVE SHOOTING TEAM
“Growing up in Minnesota, I was immersed in the world of hunting and fishing. My father and grandfather played a pivotal role in my upbringing, instilling in me a deep love and respect for the outdoors and family that has stayed with me to this day. As a parent myself now, I aspire to pass on these same values and passions to my own children.
During the summer months, my family and I spend most of our free time on a lake, enjoying the great outdoors. However, as fall approaches, my focus shifts to hunting, which becomes an all-consuming passion for me. The precision and accuracy required in shooting sports have always fascinated me, and I have competed in multiple disciplines, including sporting clay, archery, 3-gun, and precision rifle. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of making little knots at distance with a bow or rifle!
I feel truly blessed to have a great family and an amazing wife who understands and supports my interests and obsessions.”
What led you to competitive shooting?
Three years ago, during an elk hunting trip, I encountered a challenging situation that tested my skills. I had to quickly run to get into a position where I anticipated a herd of elk to pass through. Upon reaching the spot, I discovered that the elk were already funneling through a narrow draw. With limited options available, I noticed a lone tree that could serve as a shooting position, using my pack as a rest against the tree to build a stable position. I was fortunate to be able to take a beautiful bull at 480 yards but it also made me aware of my deficiencies.
Upon returning home, I was inspired to become a more skilled and proficient hunter. This led me down a path of extensive research and study, where I delved into every detail of my craft, determined to improve my skills and knowledge.
What are your favorite calibers to compete with?
6.5 Creedmoor, 6BR, 22LR
What is your go to Bergara model for matches?
Premier Competition – 6.5 Creedmoor
B14R – 22LR
What is the number one piece of advice you would share with a new shooter?
The most important piece of advice for a new shooter is to prioritize safety at all times. By prioritizing safety, new shooters can create a solid foundation for building their skills and confidence with firearms. Enjoy the journey and don’t wait to start as you will not only learn but you will be surrounded by a great community to which most everyone is willing to share their ideas and experiences.
What two pieces of gear, other than your rifle, are most important at matches?
A Kestrel and Armageddon Gear schmedium or one plus one game changer support bag.
What is your favorite part about representing Bergara?
Representing a team can be rewarding in several ways. One of the most significant benefits is the sense of camaraderie and belonging that comes from being part of a group with a shared goal or purpose. Having the opportunity to work collaboratively with others, leveraging each other’s strengths and skills to achieve a common objective is very satisfying and motivating.
Any other sponsors?
Zero Compromise Optics, Masterpiece Arms Chassis, Bullet Central, Bix’n Andy Triggers, DST Precision, A&J Sporting Goods, Lapua/SK, Berger Bullets