Mt. Enterprise, TX
Years Hunting: I shot my first buck at age 11 with a trusty 30-30, a nine-inch cow-horn spike on Thanksgiving morning.
Years On Staff: I started filming with a commercial grade camera in 1997 with staff member Johnny Risinger. We made our first video after that same hunting season, 'Closing the Distance'. The 'Closing the Distance' television series started soon after, we began airing in 2000.
Behind the Scenes: I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart Brandy. We have two "kids", Hunter and Hannah. Hannah age 15 is very active in sports, cheerleader, school & church. Hunter is out of the house & married. One down, one to go!
I enjoy hunting and filming because I'm an addict. Having deer close to me has always been my drug. Growing up I don't remember being introduced to hunting, it was just what we did. I was blessed to have parents and grandparents who taught me right from wrong. Having a place to hunt was always my outlet as a teenager and still is to this date. Being close to critters is my rush. If I'm behind or in front of the camera, it's a high that I can't get enough of. And it's a high without the harmful side affects. @ctdceoMatt #closingthedistance