The absolute and undeniable thrill of getting close to big game with a bow. 

…please tell me I never have to pick just one, both are a phenomenal challenge for an archer and each presents with unique differences when hunting them.

Name: Kirk Clark

From: Tracy Montana

Learn About Kirk 

What Drives you in your Endeavor?

The absolute and undeniable thrill of getting close to big game with a bow. 

What makes you different than other hunters? 

I believe I'm separated from other hunters in a number of ways.  I grew up as a young boy trapping the salt marshes of the tributaries off the Chesapeake Bay.  Trapping at such an early age helped me develop as a woodsman, providing valuable skills I was able to build on later in life.  Tracking and successfully getting close to game became an obsession.  I train year long for all of my outdoor adventures.  I'm up at 4:30 AM most days of the week working on my cardiovascular and strength conditioning.  This gives me the ability to push hard and long under any given condition to get close to big game.  I shoot my bow all year long.  I have an 80-yard outdoor range and can stretch out 20 yards in my house by shooting from the living room, through the den and kitchen, onto the dinning room table.  This level of conditioning keeps my confidence high.  This results in a mental "can win attitude."  I can't register what it means to not be successful on a hunt.  Sure there are times I don't make a kill but I walk away knowing I've done all I can humanly do to make success occur.   Lastly is what some might call "anal-retentive" preparation.  When I'm preparing for a hunt, I triple check everything.  If I cut corners on any aspect of my training, shooting, or gear, the percentage of success for my hunt diminishes drastically.

What is something you do different in your preparation for a hunt or even during a hunt? 

I see my shot occur in my mind DAYS before I ever walk into the woods.  A powerful mental attitude builds success.

 

What else defines you or what else should we know about who you are?

I'm a Physiologist for the Department of Defense.  In this job I get to train military personnel for physical as well as mental toughness.  The same training I provide for the military I apply to my own life.

I'm defined by my website; www.outdoor-insight.com.  It gives me the chance to share all of my experiences with others who enjoy the outdoors as much as me.  From photography to videography, outdoor writing to blogging, viewers get to see and experience it all and walk away empowered about all the outdoors has to offer.

As an avid outdoor photographer, I get the chance to spend a lot of additional hours in the outdoors getting close to big game.  This activity further hones my skills for getting close and gives me the opportunity to continue to learn the habits and habitat in which big game lives.

I'm an outdoor seminar presenter.  This gives me opportunities to meet and talk with hundreds of seminar attendees annually.  I sometimes learn as much from them as they do from me.  Since learning is a never-ending cycle, I continue to grow as a woodsman.  

Why do you choose to wear Predator Camo?

Simply put, in Predator I vanish.  It doesn't matter if I have my bow in hand or my camera, getting close is the ultimate game.  Predator Camo lets me do just that, every time!

What is at the top of your hunting bucket list?

The animal at the top of my bucket list is Red Stag.

Giving back to a sport that has given so much.

Kirk constantly is giving seminars and helping to pass down his love of the outdoors.

If I had only one animal I could hunt it would be deer/bear…please tell me I never have to pick just one, both are a phenomenal challenge for an archer and each presents with unique differences when hunting them.

As I started my journey into my thirties, I knew my window of opportunity was quickly passing and this bucket list item would have to get crossed off now. There was something alluring to me about hiking into the unknown with only your food, shelter, and weapon strapped to your back, and having no idea when or where you would finally find that target animal. I wanted to see if I really had the physical and mental abilities to handle the elements of Mother Nature, the fatigue of the mountains, and the self-discipline to handle it all on my own.