We all get our start hunting from someone and Nick says he learned how to hunt from his father. Growing up in New York, he would take advantage of the long seasons in the Northeast and hunt for deer and geese regularly. As a teenager, Nick says his grandmother purchased a Colorado elk tag for him and it was that experience that he says changed his life and helped influence his future career path, although he didn't realize it at the time. That trip gave him a taste for travel and adventure and made him want to get back out west again. Years later he turned that passion for the outdoors into a career, using his hunting skillset and his professional chops he co-founded "Become 1" with partner Tom Petry.
Years later, Nick says his grandmother got sick and on the way to a hunt he stopped by to see her for a few days. While there she asked him to take his grandfather on an elk hunt. Honoring her wish, Nick lined up an elk hunt and took both his grandfather and father out with a goal of getting his grandfather a bull. The hunt was stressful, he says, as it wasn't just a typical hunt - the stakes and expectations were much higher. He also wanted to film the hunt and bring the story to life so his own son could look back and watch it someday. Nick says the result was a story, 30 years in the making, one that started with his grandmother buying an elk tag for him and came around full circle as he took to the field with his grandfather chasing elk. It's an emotional story, Nick says, and one that he will be surprising his grandfather with this Father's Day as "The Old Bull" 1-hour special airs on Sportsman Channel, Saturday June 19th at 7:00 p.m. ET.
You can watch "Become 1", Mondays at 9:00 pm ET on Sportsman Channel and past seasons and episodes anytime with the MyOutdoorTV app. Again, "The Old Bull" Father's Day 1-hour special will air on Sportsman Channel, Saturday June 19th at 7:00 p.m. ET.