BTC: Do you recall where were you and what you were doing on 9/11 when you heard about the terrorist attack? What type of impact did those events have on you as you watched them unfold?
JASON: Yes, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I was working on the grain dryer at the farm. I was just very surprised that something of that magnitude could happen on American soil.
BTC: We understand that you are very committed to serving your community as firefighter. How challenging is it to manage both your farming and your hunting when you could get a call to respond to a call at virtually any given moment?
JASON: I am very committed to my job and my service as a firefighter, as well as to hunting. I am on call virtually 24 hours a day but my job and the firefighting come first. Balancing the two is sometimes difficult, but my willingness to help someone or their property comes to the forefront.
BTC: In your work with the Fire Department you have probably learned to stay calm and focused high stress situations. Has this helped you out at all in the moment of truth to keep from getting buck fever?
JASON: No matter how calm I may be able to stay at the response scene, it is nothing like when a big buck walks out in front of me. My heart still wants to beat out of my chest and my adrenaline level is sky high. I don’t think I will ever be able to contain that. They are two totally different scenarios.
Jason is one of the original Whitetail Freaks and counts his family and serving his community among his passions outside of his pursuit for the next great whitetail he encounters…