Hi, my name is Randy VanderVeen. I’m 48 and live near Grand Rapids, MI where I married my high school sweetheart Marilyn, 28 years ago. The Lord has blessed us with 3 beautiful daughters, Marie and her husband AJ, Katie and her hubby Joel, and Lisa who goes to a christian high school, and 2 grandchildren…oh yeah, and a dog named Peanut.
My wife Marilyn decided to stay home to raise our kids and she’s done an awesome job. She has given so much of herself unselfishly and I owe her a debt of gratitude I’ll never be able to repay. Everyday we go for a 2 mile walk and /or several mile bike ride. It’s a great way to do something together that keeps us in shape .
We are NOT a “flashy” family with material “toys” and “stuff.” We’ve gotten beyond that. The things that matter most to us is being able to spend time as a family, doing what the Lord calls us to do, and going about the work we love to do so we can support our church and school and enjoy the great outdoors!
We love living in Michigan because of the changing of the seasons, sometimes even winter, (except for when they last too long.) Fall is my favorite time of the year. My outdoor passion is bowhunting for whitetails and turkeys.
There’s nothing like the quiet woods and being in a tree stand with my bow and video camera when the sun comes up over the horizon shining on the bright colored leaves. What an awesome creation!
Michigan has some of the highest deer and turkey populations in the country. Only problem is that there are more hunters per square mile in MI than any other state. Plus every hunter can legally harvest 2 bucks per year. When you give 750,000 hunters a total of 4 weeks to kill 2 bucks with a firearm, and another 2 months with a bow, it’s no surprise that the age structure of whitetail busks in MI is very young. If I were a mature buck, MI would be the last place I would want to live. That’s why I have been hunting out of state during the rut for several years.
All three of my daughters enjoy bowhunting as well. It’s a great way to teach any child patience, persistence, safety, and a respect for animals and the outdoors. Plus it gets them away from the TV and computer games. We like to use treesaddles since it gives us more mobility and flexibility in hunting different locations without the hassle of setting up permanent or portable stands.
My daughters all harvested their first deer with a bow during their high school years. Most of the boys in their class couldn’t believe they even liked hunting, let alone getting a deer with a bow because my girls don’t appear to be “tomboyish” at all. (Is that a word?)
During my 30 years of bowhunting, I have learned a lot about whitetail behavior. The last 10 years I have really applied myself to learning everything there is to know about creating the ultimate whitetail habitat for holding mature bucks and does on any piece of property. Much of what I learned is not being talked about on TV hunting shows or in videos. So after a year or two of documenting all the steps involved in creating great habitat on video, I’m now ready to share this info with any hunter that wants to see, attract, and harvest more mature deer.
No hype, no fluff, no glamorizing, no pie in the sky. Just a common sense step-by-step approach to very simple strategies that work every year.
I hear about too many people who love to hunt and fish but are at their wits end on what they can do to make ends meet. Unfortunately many of them are forced to give up their favorite outdoor activity of hunting and fishing. We need to preserve our sport from the anti-hunters and animal rights activists. I want to help as many people as possible to stay involved in the outdoor sports and be successful at it.
In the coming months I will be sharing information regarding how to create a second income on the internet or enough to replace your full time income. I want to show outdoorsmen how to leverage the internet so they can hunt more and work less.