Our Alaska Chick has recently given the entire Team, including Master Guide Terry Overly, a list of eight random questions chosen from unknown participants. We, the Team, have to pick specifically one of the eight questions that interest us the most. We are then expected to each write about our own thoughts on the question chosen for Pioneer Outfitters next blog series, Behind The Scenes.
Behind the Scenes is mainly about showing the world exactly who we are as the Pioneer Outfitters Team, along with getting to know us a little more individually.
Pioneer Outfitters has also put together several videos to show what it is we actually do here in the woods no matter time of the year. The purpose of the videos is not only to see the faces and interaction of the Pioneer Outfitters Team, but to help people figure out which adventure would best be suited for them. Whether it’s freezing your ass off on a snowmobile, trapping at -50*F below zero, for those hard core guys willing to test themselves or just looking for a family horseback adventure through the Wrangell Mountains, we do it all. We are Pioneer Outfitters.
Ever since I was a young boy staying up late with my grandfather watching countless episodes of well-known hunters like Jeremy Shockey, Michael Waddell, Ted Nugent, Bob Foulkrod and let’s not forget Fred Bear, who if you’re a bow hunter, you know him as a legend. Then on top of all that, watching home videos over and over again of family members taking that once in a life time shot until I would again fall asleep with my bow in hand, dreaming of one day having my own shot of a life time. I knew in those moments, even at such a young age, that I wanted to become a Professional Big Game Guide.
My question! “Would you be willing to never again get any gifts or surprises if instead you could just ask for one thing you wanted and have your parents immediately buy it for you, and what would it be?”
Being raised as an only child, I’ve gotten lots of gifts and surprises due to a hard working mother and generous family, that made sure I wanted for nothing. I guess you could say I was a little spoiled. So would I be willing to give up another gift or surprise for just one last thing? Absolutely.
The one last thing I would ask for from my parent would be to buy me an airplane; preferably a Super Cub. Why would I want Super Cub, you may wonder. A Super Cub is a bad ass little airplane that has a lot to offer in the guiding industry.
Having a Super Cub (and learning to fly it like a bush-pilot), I feel would make me more of a valuable asset as a Professional Guide. That alone to me, is important because it means that I would be more useful to an Outfitter then just simply, another guide. All the knowledge I would surely gain in the process of learning about airplane engines, about weather conditions and patterns that must all be taken into consideration when it comes to flying and the proper techniques it takes to become an Alaska bush pilot.
Thinking about this question in depth takes my mind in a million different directions and has opened my eyes to all the hard work and dedication that I will have to put forth to one day owning my own airplane. Tying this into my life in Chisana if I had an airplane would give me the opportunity to give back to what the Pioneer Outfitters family has given me, which is the experiences and knowledge to have this chance of getting my Alaska Guide license.
What I mean by giving back, is that I could help Master Guide Terry Overly fly in supplies for the Outfit or even fly supplies and equipment out to some of the nearby camps to help with the many preparations for the seasons ahead.
Why this question matters to me as a Alaska Guide Trainee, is because it has helped me in more than just one way but mainly helped me motivate myself to keep striving for my childhood dream and to hopefully become a well-known big game guide such like Master Guide Terry Overly. I look up to Terry because of all he’s accomplished; even though some said it couldn’t be done. I too, want to achieve great things in this world that people say cannot be done.
~ All I can think of, re-reading this post one more time, is a quote by Abraham Lincoln. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” Good luck during your second year in the field, my friend. Good luck & safe adventures. ~ Alaska Chick
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