Graduating from the University of North Dakota
has led me to Minot, ND where I am employed as a GIS Specialist
for a local company. I am happy to reside in Minot and feel fortunate to have remained in the beautiful state of North Dakota where the people and the outdoors I truly love remain close to me.
I first became part of the Total Outdoor Network (TON) as a Field Staff
member in 2001 for FishingBuddy.COM (FBO). Through the years continued involvement with FBO and the network offered me the opportunity to become the General Manager and Online Editor for FBO in 2003. It provided me a platform to further extend my enthusiastic attitude of the outdoors while interacting with FBO members within the forum pages, reports, and through written articles.
The ultimate goal of the Total Outdoor Network is to provide a platform for like minded hunters, fishermen/women and outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to do the same. Whether it is through a talk forum, a fishing or hunting report, photo, video, off-the-web member interaction or articles published throughout TON, I embrace the opportunity to inspire and manage an environment built to share, enhance and protect the very things we all love.
I give much credit to my great grandfather Herman Jahnke
for homesteading on the Heart of Lake Sakakawea or New Town, North Dakota, where my family farmed for generations. Herman began the tradition of the outdoors but my father and uncles only strengthened them through endless lessons stemming from hunting and fishing trips. Without such moments in my life and the upbringing my parents (Jay and Jayne) I truly question where life would have led me.
Through the years my wife Danielle (Dani) and I have shared a lot of time in the outdoors together. The power of the outdoors is irreplaceable in its ability to curb the ever mounting distractions today's real world throws at us. Likewise, a price cannot be placed on extending traditions which build bridges strengthening relationships in both friend and family.
What are my passions? Avid in all areas of the outdoors, I must admit I favor spending my free time chasing mule deer throughout the rugged North Dakota Badlands. In at a close second is the pursuit of the elusive walleye. After fishing, it's a toss up between calling in wary Canadian Geese, fooling a cautious whitetail with a bow, or watching one of the family Springer Spaniels roust a ringneck pheasant.
Thankful for the teaching, discipline received and good people to surround myself with in the outdoors I can only hope to repay my debt through sharing successful stories, failures, and lessons learned to all.
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