Whitetails are the big player in North American hunting. Their wide distribution, the extreme challenge involved in hunting them, and the vast possibilities of antler characteristics make them the iconic species they are. Clay has written over 25 articles for North American Whitetail Magazine, and had many other whitetail related articles published in Bowhunter Magazine, Bowhunting World, Traditional Bowhunter, Arkansas Sportsman and the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal. Clay is also honored to serve as an official Boone and Crockett measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club. Measuring whitetail antlers is a favorite pastime.
Emotional-appeal hunting photography captures the heart of the modern conservationist/hunter. A photograph speaks a thousand words and tells a story that words or video cannot. Every photographer has a unique angle into the world they seek to represent, and it's in this uniqueness that amazing things are captured. The frequency of adventure is captured through this type of photography, and it's one of Clay's favorite types.
Clay is an outdoor writer and has had over 100 articles published in regional and national magazines. In his travels, he has had the opportunity to photograph some amazing people in their element.
Bears have long been one of Clay's passions, and they are currently a big focus of his professional work. Bears are iconic of American wilderness and hunting adventure and they are thriving all across North America. The increasing numbers of black bears and the expansion of their range is a testament to the success of the North American model of wildlife conservation. Clay is the owner/publisher of Bear Hunting Magazine, the nations only all-bear hunting print publication. Even more than hunting bears, he's happy that we've got bears to share the planet with.
The culture of human civilization is hewn and influenced from the natural landscape in which they inhabit. Landscapes are also the place in which lives and thrives. From the Beginning, man has been intimately connected to the landscape and we will be until the End. Clay has a deep passion for wild places, and his hunting adventures have taken him to many.
Hound hunting is truly a traditional method of hunting in the America. The first European settlers brought hounds with them to the New World and they've been running, treeing and baying game here ever since. If you never owned, trained and hunted your own hound it may be hard to understand. However, the bond between a hound and his master is a unique one. The sound of a hound trailing game enlivens the houndsman's soul to an almost child-like glee - truly a rare human pleasure. Clay started raccoon hunting when he was 14 years old, but then got out of it for almost 20 years. Recently, his passion for hound hunting has reignited and he thoroughly enjoys hunting his American Plott hounds for raccoon. This is always a family adventure.
Clay has been involved full time in the outdoor media industry for the last several years. Highlighting outdoor products through photography is a key element to success in this industry.
The efforts of conservation-minded hunters have proven to be the bedrock of the North American model for wildlife conservation - the most successful model in the world. Wildlife populations are thriving, not in spite of hunting, but because of hunting. The anti-hunting agenda isn't based in science nor fact, but rather emotional propaganda. Hunters are the good guys, who truly appreciate and realize the value of wildlife.
In 2018 Clay won the prestigious Badlands Film Festival "Short Film" category. He also won the Compton Traditional Archery Film Fest with the same film "Ursa De Terra." Clay's film "The Mountain and the Bow" was also selected to be a part of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Film Fest in 2018.
Mules are iconic of rural American culture. Capturing the nostalgia of these beautiful and unique equine animals is stunning.