Bio – John Hunt, Host
I was born in 1970 and started shooting at age 14, much to my father’s dismay. Ground hogs became a nuisance on the family farm, causing problems with the cows and farm machinery, so dad took it upon himself to rectify the situation. His battle with the rodents is what triggered what became my passion for hunting. I joined a gun club at the age of 16 and got into handguns, shotguns, and rifle shooting with some great teachers of hard core shooting.
Rabbits (jacks & cotton tails) and ruffled grouse occupied me for a few years. Those hunts were done alone or with non hunting friends, or at least they were then! Eventually I discovered other animals that got my attention; like white tail deer and coyotes. Those two species held my interest for ten years and still provide me with great heart pounding hunting action.
My father never approved of me having firearms or hunting, but my mother did, and in fact encouraged it. She was a beautiful, patient, understanding woman. A high school friend’s father took me under his wing in the world of hunting; a great mentor, Mr. Peterson. For his teachings I am truly thankful.
After taking a few white tails, a bear, and many coyotes I looked for other spots and techniques. It was then I was introduced to duck hunting and “dogging” deer by the Hass family from northern Ontario who in my opinion, are the epitome of fishing and hunting. It was with them that I dropped hundreds of ducks and saw a lot of fast moving deer; I only hit a few but still loved it! I did see moose as well and in fact, it was my friend Douglas Hass who set me up against my first moose kill.
At the age of 36 on a fishing trip in Costa Rica I met a captain who asked what I do for fun. I told him that I hunt; he then asked me if I would like to come to his house and look at his “trophies”. His home was featured in a book I had seen about great hunters and their trophy rooms, so I was anxious to see what was in store. It was after countless hours of discussion with him I decided that I would go to Africa, which I did in the summer of 2007.
I spent 26 days in Tanzania along with a professional hunter named Wilhem Marx and the great crew of Tanzania Big Game Safaris. While there I got nineteen great animals, two of which are in the “Big Five” category and several considered to be royal game.
Upon returning home I received a call on my birthday from my current show partner Steve. I had met him several years before when he introduced himself to me as a “rackaholic”. I could not forget this guy, even though we had only hunted once together. Steve and I talked on the phone for a little while about the “hunting world” when he posed a question, “Would I like to be part of a hunting TV show”? The timing in my life could not have been more perfect and I obviously agreed. I have a poor memory as to how many animals I have harvested, trapped and encountered but all were very exciting. I thank each one of them upon harvesting as hunting is, was, and will always be a huge part of my life, with or without the television show.
Today I have a beautiful and understanding wife, whom I have known since I was thirteen. She sticks with me through “thick and thin” and has given me three beautiful children. They all support my passion for hunting and my new endeavour, HUNT TV.