When it comes to making it in the outdoor industry, nothing comes easy, but it’s a dream that can come true with plenty of hard work. As always, here on Wired To Hunt we love to brag about the next generation of hunters going big in the outdoors and today, Wired To Hunt fan and Battle of the Bow teammember, Nick Johnson’s story is a perfect example of that. In the past two years Nick has pursued his dreams of chasing deer and filming/editing these journeys as a member of the Battle of the Bow team and today Nick is sharing his story with us. On a side note, the second season of Battle of the Bow premiers tonight at 8 PM EST on The Sportsman Channel! Be sure to check it out.
W2H: Nick, when did you know you wanted to be involved in the outdoor industry and what is your goal or dream for this journey?
Nick: My family has always been a hunting family, and I started hunting at a very young age. As a teen, I really enjoyed watching hunting videos and in high school I had an old video camera that I used to film deer during the summer with my friends. From there, I started to film hunts and it basically took on the snowball effect. I started filming with my friend, Wade, hoping to get on TV some day when out of the blue Battle of the Bow came along. At the time I really wasn’t happy with the job I was in and realized what an opportunity Battle of the Bow was, so I decided to quit my job and go to school for digital video and media production. It’s been great spending my time learning something that I actually want to do with my life, rather than wasting my time doing something I don’t enjoy just to collect a paycheck.
W2H: Tell us about Battle of the Bow and how you got into it?
Nick: Battle of the Bow is a reality series that was started by some guys in the neighboring town from my hometown. I met Joey Brunner (the creator and executive producer) at a birthday party and he talked about his idea of having an online/DVD bowhunting contest called Battle of the Bow. Since I was already filming my bowhunts, I thought it would be really fun. As the word got out about Battle of the Bow, it was transformed from an online/DVD production into a TV show on Sportsman Channel in the blink of an eye. No one involved really expected it and before we knew it, we were filming for a tv show. I was very fortunate to be able to be a part of Season One which aired last winter.
W2H: What should we expect to see from the new season of Battle of the Bow?
Nick: Season 2 of the Battle of the Bow will be a great one. We’ve got 9 new teams this year in addition to last year’s champs, Michael Brunner and Jordan Zimmer. This year, the teams come from all over the state of Wisconsin and there are also teams that will be featured on the show from Michigan, Montana, Illinois and Minnesota. This fall was great as far as kills go, and this season will be very action packed. There were a lot of really nice bucks killed this year, in addition to two black bears and a few turkeys killed on film. The show was also filmed on nicer cameras than season one, so the footage should look a lot better. The show premieres Tuesday, Dec 28th at 7 pm CST on Sportsman Channel.
W2H: What would be your advice for other young guys out there trying to get a foot in the door of the hunting/outdoor industry?
Nick: The best advice I can give to anyone is to just simply get out there and do it. If you like filming, then get out in the woods and film! If you are into post production and editing, then polish your skills editing. I edited my first hunting video on Pinnacle Studio and uploaded it to YouTube. Putting that video together really lit a fire under me. Every day I get better at filming and editing, and I do so by practicing. I’ve been really lucky to meet the guys at Battle of the Bow and I can attribute where I am at right now to my drive to do this for a living. Networking also helps, it pays to know people!
W2H: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Nick: With the skills I’ve obtained from my schooling and the experience I’ve had so far with Battle of the Bow, I fully expect to be producing and filming for my own hunting show in the next few years. I realize it will be a lot of work, but it is what I want to do for a living so I know if I set my sights on it, I can accomplish my goal. Ultimately, I want to be able to spend as much of my time in the outdoors and be able to share my experiences with the world. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s true. Nothing would make me happier then producing high quality films for people to enjoy for many years to come.