About Chris Cook
Born and raised into an outdoor family, I can’t remember a time I wasn’t hunting or fishing. Being out in the field or on the water was a way of life for most all of us–aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, grandparents. Pretty much my entire family all either hunted or fished; if they weren’t big into the gathering of the game, they were into the cooking and eating. I can’t imagine my life without the privilege of being able to go fishing or hunting. The outdoors molded me into what I am today and I’ve seen it do the same for my kids, nieces and nephews, and little cousins alike. I know the word “passion” is thrown around too often when people talk of the outdoors, but that’s truly what it is for me. It’s hard for other people to understand that feeling but I hope in some of the stories I tell that they can understand what it truly means to me and my family. It’s the time at campfires, the time in stands, the stories shared at cafes and camps all across our country. I was told once by a reader that even though she didn’t hunt and honestly didn’t know if she even agreed with it, she read my stories because she knew they were being written by someone who loved what they did–not by someone just looking for a story. That was the greatest compliment I ever got. You won’t get English major writing or National Geographic photography but you will get honesty, passion, and hopefully enjoyable content. If one person decides from something I write that they want to be in the outdoors then it’s all worth it.
It’s a rare occasion to see someone hunting or fishing who is not happy. That’s what it’s about. That’s why I do what I do. It makes me happy, it makes everyone I take out happy, and as a bonus it provides the best, cleanest meat you can provide your family. It’s becoming harder and harder for most people to get out but it’s more important now than ever in our history. Inspiring one person to take a kid fishing or one guy who thinks he’s too busy to get outside, to go out, sit by a lake and watch the water, do nothing for an hour, then telling a story is worth it to me.