One of Nick's greatest hunting passions is the pursuit of sheep. One of the most difficult hunts a person can embark on is a sheep hunt. Not only are opportunities fairly limited, but once you have a tag in hand you then have to conquer the physical demands that come with hunting in the landscapes that sheep inhabit. Several years ago, Nick was fortunate enough to win a raffle through the Ovis Grand Slam Club that led to him tagging a fantastic Dall sheep in Alaska. Last year he traveled to Sonora, Mexico where he was able to hunt and harvest a desert bighorn sheep. Luck has once again fallen in his favor, as he won another raffle through the Grand Slam Club that will see him take on another sheep hunt next year. The opportunity isn't lost on Nick as he notes that it blows his mind to have these experiences when he felt lucky just to have a place to whitetail and duck hunt as a kid.
Although he enjoys international hunting opportunities, Nick also enjoys plenty of hunting action here in the U.S. Recently he headed for California to do some black-tailed deer hunting on a vineyard. While it may seem like a strange place to hunt, what many people don't know is that vineyards in California struggle with significant damage each year caused by deer. Many vineyards have resorted to high fencing their operations and eradicating any deer inside the fence. This pushes those displaced deer to other vineyards without fences. Nick says the vineyard that he hunted has made the decision not to fence their operation, and instead try to manage the deer with hunting. Nick says hunting here was much more difficult than he anticipated, as the deer are very elusive and disappear quickly between the rows like ghosts. Although challenging, Nick says this hunt was one of the best experiences he has had in seven seasons of filming the show.
Be sure to listen in as Nick talks about big game hunting, as well as how he strikes a balance between living the adventurous life he loves and being the family man his wife and daughter need. Catch the season 7 premiere of "Nick's Wild Ride" on Monday, September 19th at 9:30 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel.