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September 21, 2009 I could barely move. Every muscle fiber of my body screamed in
pain and anchored me to my mattress. Not even my eyes would open, breathing felt
like a chore. The aching pain which held me in tortured captivity, streaked through
my body with every movement as I tried to lift my mountain weary body towards my
gear. But I could not, pure exhaustion. It was over. After ten long strenuous days
chasing elk in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon I was beaten, torn, and
all but a skeleton of my former self. Yet in weathered physical state, I have never felt
more alive. Although I had not tagged an animal, I had reached a larger goal, the goal
which I put forth every season and on every hunt, the standard which I hold myself. I
had pushed my limits until utter exhaustion leaving nothing but blood, sweat, and tears
in the mountains. For ten long days I gave 150% keeping up with my father and a man
nickname is BullWhip, known for his intensity. I had found what I thought where my
limits, then spit in it’s face and exceeded my own expectations. Since I was a child,
this has been the attitude which was instilled deep within me by my father. He taught
me to go further, longer and harder than anyone else regardless of time or conditions.

I began learning this love and intensity for the wilderness just as a toddler. Starting
when I was two years old my father began taking me into the tree stand. As I grew
older, this intense love and passion for the outdoors grew and implanted itself deep
3within my soul. I learned by watching my father’s love for the woods, I caught his
enthusiasm. Watching him and his friends passion and camaraderie drove me nuts. I
wanted it, I wanted to be one of the guys. He trained me as a tree stand sitter and to
this day I love sitting motionless undetected watching animals moving freely around me,
of course while holding a bow. This love grew beyond just the deer woods but into a
deep love for fishing, and exploring all of the natural world. Today I find myself drawn
to the adventure and mystery of the outdoors. My own curiosity to see whats in the next
stream or over the next ridge often drives me far from the truck. Like many others, I
cannot seem to get enough.

So what makes me me? It comes down to attitude. My approach to the outdoors is
simple, to be willing to go where no one is. To put myself through what others won’t
physically and mentally to find the best adventure. Only because of my deep love of
the outdoors am I able to think this way.

Growing up, I had the opportunities to see many sites and do many things. My family
trips all over the west, camped every summer int he Mountains to the north, and spent
every fall weekend traversing the giant woodlands near the NewYork Pensilvania border
at the family cabin chasing elusive whitetails. Every trip into the outdoors wether it
was into the mountains of the west, camping, hunting,fishing or just busting around

my childhood creeks, the fire in my soul raged like an uncontrollable fire. Just looking
outside is like dumping gallons of gasoline onto an already billowing fire of insane love
for the wild. As I’ve grown older, my yearning for bigger adventure, bigger game,
bigger fish and endless wilderness has tortured my being as if I were a chained prisoner
in a jail cell. Studying any tract of forest, water or mountain, I find myself smiling
feeling the peace of God above soothing any anxieties in my heart.

Right now, although I am a junior in college, I continue to hunt and fish just as hard as
ever. I make time to chase my passions even if it means staying up late doing work
and being sleep deprived. Thank God for coffee. I refuse to give up what I love just
because of scholastic pursuits. My collegiate location is in the heart of the southern
2tier of New York which provides ample opportunities for hunting and fishing. One of
the greatest feelings is walking through a crowded campus center sporting a full Scent
Block suit, and face paint to drop my bow off at security. I find this satisfying since it
is vastly different from what would be considered normal. As I hope to convey in my
writings, I seek to do things differently in life, to run against the grain and never regret
doing so.

I love all different types of hunting but my favorite has to be bowhunting. It is a unique
pursuit and the thrill of being within bow range of an animal specifically a deer. It is my
drug of choice. Bowhunting not only pushes my mind and body to become better as a
hunter and woodsman but has shaped other areas of my personality and resolve as a
person. I’ve cut my teeth hunting whitetails, turkey and waterfowl here in New York. I
have found all to be very suitable opponents and find myself eating humble pie chasing
these creatures more often than not. In addition to hunting, I do not chase fish with any
less passion. Regardless of time or conditions, and yes I have fished in some really
dumb conditions, I am willing to freeze my fingers off to feel that tension in the line and
the bow in the rod.

I don’t want to tell you everything about me that that drives me to the wild, that would
ruin the surprise. I do want to touch briefly on my approach to writing and tell everyone
about my journey as a writer thus far. First I would Like to say that I am very excited to
be added to the writing staff of Sportsman’s life. I have been writing my entire life with
the goal of being an outdoor writer and the I am very thankful for the guys at Be First
Media Group for taking me on and helping me continue this incredible journey.

Last January I started http://pushingthewildlimits.com/ out of my dorm. The name
signifies my approach and attitude to the outdoors and my goal is to write with as much
vivd detail and imagery as possible. In any writing piece, I try my best to explore the

little emotions and small details that bring a story to life.
Pushing the Wild Limits.com has had its ups and down so far nothing huge as far
as readership goes, however, writing for different publications and being active on
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube has grown the audience steadily. I have
recently joined the Professional Outdoor Media Association as a student member with
the hopes of being able to make connections with people just as passionate as myself

In addition to writing I started a web show to help highlight and promote other peoples
videos. The idea is to have people send in their videos, pictures and stories to be
featured and promoted. My goal is to produce one five to six minuet episode per
week, being fast paced and full of the things we love out of outdoors programing, in
your pace action. Here is the link to check that out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=QKnrkwJA0hQ

I look forward to writing more for Sportsman’s life and getting to know everyone, Look
me up on Facebook, Twitter or Check out Pushing the Wild Limits.com for more intense
content. You will hear from me again in a few days.

Where Eagles Dare, Pushing the Wild Limits.

Jason

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