THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND "THE MOST INTERESTING BOWHUNTER". FRED EICHLER. Fred has impacted and inspired THOUSANDS of people in the hunting/outdoor industry. A man fueled by a fiery passion of harvesting some of the worlds toughest animals, with a simple stick and string. That same passion and sheer love for bowhunting drove Fred to travel all over North America to complete, what most of us can only dream of, The North American Super Slam. The North American Super Slam is considered to be one of the worlds most challenging hunting accomplishments. AND HE DID IT WITH A RECURVE BOW! If you have ever seen Fred on the Outdoor or Sportsman channel, no matter what is happening on the show, you're always tuned in and excited when Fred stalks and harvest whatever prey he's after. When he does, get ready for A LOT of excitement! It doesn't matter if he is hunting Grizzlies or Whitetails. Once Fred nails the dead on shot and turns to peer at the camera with his wild eyes and explosive smile. As viewers, you know there's about to be some fist pumps in the air and the classic,"DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?! HOLY COW!! THAT WAS AWESOME!!" His energy and sheer love and passion he has for bowhunting, makes you keep coming back for more.
For Fred, bowhunting is more than just a passion, it's a way of life. If you see Fred at your local bow-shop, you'll be greeted with a big smile and a friendly handshake! We are very thankful to have the man that absolutely revolutionized hunting and the outdoor industry, in many positive ways, do our interview and find out how Fred Eichler has become titled, "The Most Interesting Bowhunter".
I grew up in North Florida where I was constantly fishing or hunting with my father and friends. I went to a community college and then took some classes at CSU before being offered a job at Dart International. I have had a myriad of jobs, some of which include free lance writer, photographer, working at Bear Archery, managing an archery shop, Dart International Field Operations Manager as well as guiding for other outfitters before starting my own business in Colorado. I live on a ranch in southern Colorado with my wife and three boys, menasiry of animals including one ugly cat and some fainting goats. I wear a lot of hats today, all of which were goals of mine. I’m an outfitter and guide hunters, I also have a commercial hay operation, raise a few cows, and am an outdoor communicator on TV, print and social media platforms.
When did you say, "Screw it, I'm Outy" and choose the path you did?
When I left Dart International (an interactive target system company) to run my outfitting business full time in my early thirties, about 22 years ago. I wanted to see if I could make a living guiding hunters, doing what I and they loved everyday. I haven't looked back since.
What were some obstacles you had trying to reach your goals?
The biggest obstacle was leaving a safe salaried position, with benefits, and risking it all to give my dream a shot. At the end of the day, you just have to go for it!
What advice would you give someone who's just starting out wanting to pursue the same path as you?
Hang out with people that are smarter than you and know more about the career that you are pursuing, a mentor so-to-speak. I was very fortunate to have some very great mentors in the outdoor and hunting community.
What are your future plans?
I hope to continue to grow this outfitting business as well as our commercial hay and cattle business. Looking forward to the boys hopefully carrying on this business we’ve grown. And of course, spending more time hunting and fishing with my family and friends is always at the top of my list. I’m looking forward to getting more involved in helping grow and protect the sport I care so much about.
Fred is truly an inspiration to any hunter of all ages and it was an absolute pleasure to ask Mr. Eichler how he accomplished all that he has done. We want to thank Fred and his team for participating in this interview and his passion for hunting of all kind.
If you want to learn more, follow him on instagram @fredeichler or go to his websites at www.fredeichler.com and www.fulldrawoutfitters.com.
Find Fred on his current television series, Everything Eichler on Sportsman Outdoor Channel
Thanks Again Fred!
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