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David Holder

David Holder

If I’m not bow hunting then I’m preparing to bow hunt and if I’m not preparing, then I am talking about a bow hunt, and if you happen to catch me during one of those rare instances where I am not talking at all… you can bet, more than likely… I’m thinking about something that has to do with a bow hunt.

As far back as I can remember all I have ever wanted to do is spend every moment in the outdoors. At age 16 I discovered a bow and arrow and the desire I had for just spending time outdoors became an understatement. I became obsessed not only with the chess game played with the crafty critters I preyed on, but also with the desire to learn everything possible about my prey.

I’m the founder of Raised Hunting, and (as if you couldn’t tell) I absolutely love to bow hunt. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with guns or any other weapons, I just find that the contest between man and animal is much more personal from inside 40 yards.

My wife Karin and two boys Warren and Easton are now asking the same questions and showing signs of an ever growing obsession. We take family trips; we just happen to take our bows with us, we go for walks; o.k. they are scouting trips, my kids write essays at school about our last or next hunting trip, and I am quite sure that they are the only kids in their class that have shared their latest archery kill for show and tell.

I know this is supposed to be my bio, and I do realize how fortunate I am to have taken over a hundred animals with my bow, and I couldn’t be happier as a Christian, American, father and a husband, however, the defining part of my families and my life, is that we were all Raised Hunting.

Karin Holder

Karin Holder

Hi my name is Karin Holder I am a proud mother, a Christian, and a hunter. Like many of you I was "RAISED" hunting, but because I was a girl I was not ‘expected’ to be a hunter… especially not a bow hunter. It wasn’t until I met my husband David Holder (founder of ARO and now Raised Hunting) that, with his encouragement, I began my hunting career.

It’s hard to believe that I took my 1st deer over 20 years ago. David and I have since had two boys, Warren and Easton, and our family has become tightly woven into the outdoors. Some of our fondest memories have been created while we are hunting. David and I feel as though we are closer to our kids because of our outdoor lifestyle, and I have to say it’s very special to see how excited my boys get when mom “bags the big one”.

I have been bow hunting now for close to 2 decades and have been blessed enough to take several animals and multiple species with archery gear and with a muzzleloader (something I am liking more and more). I get a lot of comments from both men and women “that they don’t expect to see a professional woman like me out hunting”.

I truly hope that through our website and videos you will see how blessed we are, and that someday we might share a camp together and you will see for yourself just how spectacular and what an impact hunting together can have on you and your family.

Warren Holder

Warren Holder

Hunting has always been more than a hobby for me, no really; even before I could walk or talk my parents had me in the woods with them, instilling that hunting heritage in me. Whether that meant putting me in a backpack to take a walk in the mountains, or shooting badgers and gophers on the Montana prairie, my parents always found a way to bring me along.

It didn't take long for them to realize, they had created a monster, every chance I had, I was right there by their side, filming or hunting (with the exception of a few early mornings, every kid needs his rest). I filmed my first hunt when I was eight years old, and even by then, I had figured out that I loved to film, but I couldn't wait to turn twelve, where I could be the one pulling the trigger rather than the one pushing the record button. Due to MT laws I wasn't able to hunt big game until the age of twelve.

That fall marked the beginning of my very own hunting adventures. Of course dad was right there by my side filming as I tagged my first pronghorn and mule deer with my bow! I always knew hunting was special to me, but after those experiences, I knew hunting was going to be a part of my life. Hunting has given me experiences and knowledge that can not be gained anywhere else.

One of the best things about living in a hunting family is having those experiences with your loved ones. There is nothing like harvesting your biggest buck to date with your dad, helping and filming your little brother kill his first whitetail with a bow, standing on a mountain with your mom as bugling elk start a new day. I am Warren Holder and I am “Raised Hunting”, and proud of it. I'm excited that you have chosen to join us on this journey, and would like to welcome you. Thanks for being here, and welcome to the Raised Hunting family!

Easton Holder

Easton Holder

I am fifteen years old. I am currently and will always be, I guess; the youngest member of "Raised Hunting". Like my brother I have been shooting a bow since I was two. Unlike my brother, who has killed a bunch of stuff, I have only been able to hunt for a couple years. With a few deer and turkeys with my bow under my belt now, I am ready to start looking for something even bigger.

We recently moved from Montana to Iowa, so, I guess that means I may have to wait a bit to shoot an elk, but we have some deer around here that almost look like elk. This year, my sights are set on killing a bigger buck than my brother, calling in and shooting more turkeys than him, and my dad promises, that If I keep practicing we will return to Montana, for me to finally hunt an elk, I will be holding him to that.

Make sure you check out all of mine, and my brothers hunts from this year, but watch even closer over the next few years as "the real hunter in this family, just gets started". I guess they are also going to make me keep running the camera as well, maybe if I didn't do such a good job behind the camera they might let me get in front of it more.

I doubt it, my dad and my brother think they are "the cool ones" on camera, I think they are pretty goofy, so write emails or facebook us, and tell them I should be the one in front of the camera, then I could be the one always shooting, that would be "awesome". I am Easton Holder thanks for your help and thanks for watching! If you can't tell we do have a lot of fun putting this stuff together for you!

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