Ray was born in South Dakota. He was introduced to archery at the age of eight by his father. Between 15 and 24 he worked in the retail gun, ammo, sporting goods business. During those days, archery was on the back burner as Ray shot trap, skeet and competed heavily in practical pistol, pistol & rifle silhouette. At 21 he finished third in the world in the unlimited class of pistol silhouette at Farragut State Park in north Idaho. After changing careers, Ray reclaimed his love of archery and became heavily involved in the sport. His first big game animal taken with bow was a Pope & Young mountain goat taken in Washington state. Ray has bow hunted four continents and hunted Africa eight times. He's bow hunted New Zealand, Australia, eight states in North America and two provinces in Canada (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, British Columbia, NW Territories).
Ray and his wife Jo and their three children reside on a ranch north of Spokane, Washington.