I feel like this needs to be said. There is no “pro hunters” and no “i hunt for a living”. Nobody makes more than a bucket full of peanuts guiding, there is no retirement funds or health care packages. Only your tired strung out reflection in the mirror of a truck with 200k miles. You aren’t gonna be the next television star filming hunts either. But like @dougsteinkephotos said yesterday, you might be able to make a modest living with a reputable tangible set of skills. I take photos with some expensive equipment, it’s only a small part of what i do to make a decent living at 26. I have a cost of doing business everyday, im either earning a little or loosing. Today you have to have Skills that are valid in the business world, and take years of hard ass work to polish and perfect. If you want to be self employed, prepare to spend several years in a pile of turds getting used, stiffed, and taken advantage of. Then in time if you’re lucky, you’re work (whatever it is) will become reputable and some honest companies might hire you. You’ll have to bust your ass 3x as hard to stay ahead, and stay ahead of every part-timer who’s willing to give away work for a gear discount. More importantly be very smart, having a “passion” for something isn’t going to pay your kids through college.
Every pro staffer with a camera isn’t a “pro photog.” And anyone that’s boasting about this and that and who they are sponsored by, is full of shit. Nobody gives two shits about what’s in your flippin gear room and who’s ass your kissing for a discount.
The good ones keep their mouths closed, boots muddy, and develop relationships with authentic people in business, not instagram personalities or “public figures.” I care about the people i spend my time around, and the influence they have on my life and others. I don’t care about any catchy bio you can write on your self promoting page.
Shut up and provide for your family and quit trying to be an internet celebrity. There is no big leagues of the outdoors.
Photo by the humble & hardworking @joshalberius