"What are all the antlers about?"


This was a question we were asked by some new friends we were showing around our house recently. A fair question, I suppose, seeing as there are antlers and deer and images and motifs thereof, around all of our home. Still, I was taken aback by this question because it's such an ingrained part of our home, it never occurred to me that it might be puzzling for someone else. "Well, the pictures you see all around each plaque…that's what the antlers are all about!" My answer was just as vague as the question, it seemed, but it was the first thing that came to mind.

The quick answer is that we are hunters, specifically deer hunters. It is a passion that Tim has pursued for most of his life, and that we together have adopted as part of our lifestyle. The longer answer is in every picture and every memory attached to the mementos of successful hunts (every one of which, is accompanied by a few to a dozen unsuccessful hunts).

The pictures show fathers and sons, brothers, cousins, a husband and wife. They show solitude in nature. They show the creatures we honor through an ethical harvest, efficient processing, and the tastiest, healthiest recipes and preparation methods I can muster. They hold the memories of time spent outdoors, in the kitchen, and at the table with those we love and those we've lost. They show the traditions of our family, of our region, and of our country. They show our heritage.

Tim has been making deer plaques for himself and for family for years, and we are excited to share that these plaques are the newest listing in our Etsy shop! They are handcrafted, solid wood, and are a beautiful blank slate to finish off with whatever antlers and whatever mounting method you prefer. (We love this classic velvet round mount, and would love to share our best tips for how to DIY this style!) Visit our shop today to see our standard and custom offerings!

Where I Sit

I’m not a blog guy. I’m not a Facebook guy, definitely not a Twitter guy, and just barely an Instagram guy. I’m a middle-of-nowhere, chop-my-own-wood, fix-stuff-with-my-own-hands, and hunt-for-my-own-meat guy.

I haven’t written a lick since college; I’ve barely read a lick since college. The only thing that’s really captured my attention for extended stretches of reading, in fact, is my wife’s writing. She is an amazing writer, and quite frankly, I would much rather read what she has to say, than whatever I could come up with. When she writes, you know instantly what she’s passionate about. It made me realize that I needed an outlet to share my passions as well.


Whitetail hunting is my passion, and it shapes our way of life.

Quite a few years back I started filming my own hunts, but I didn’t really have a vision for what I wanted to do with it. It’s mostly been a way to keep track of years of hunting memories, but it’s an extension of my passion, and one I would like to share. I’ve had many dreams of what that could grow into someday. For right now, it is a small YouTube page that I can share the stories of my hunts on. I’m working now to compose videos of last year’s hunts, as well as re-editing some of our old videos to share my successes and struggles of years gone by.

Videos of my hunts only tell part of my story, though. Like many others, due to having a full-time job that is not hunting, I consider myself a midwest-whitetail weekend-warrior. I save up my vacation all year, just to use it during the rut. I don’t get to hunt in different locations for different animals every month of the year, so I don’t get to film every month of the year. I live for the start of each season, but I live the hunting and outdoors lifestyle year round.

Thankfully, I found a wife who is in full support of all those things and shares my passion. You will probably hear her voice here from time to time too (like I said, she's the writer of this house, not me). For now, you're stuck with me. I have been trying to figure out my voice when it comes to blogging for Anderson Outdoors. The best way I can think to share my passion and my lifestyle is to just tell it plainly from where I sit.

Where I sit today:

Born and raised in the country, I was fortunate enough hunt less than 100 feet out my parents back door. I moved to the city for work, met my wife through online dating, got married, and moved out as far to the edges of the suburbs as our 9-to-5 commutes would allow. We still go home to Wisconsin during the hunting season to hunt on my family's land. We pursue our passions during the evenings and weekends, and any time we can find outside the daily grind. We're technically millennials, but remain convinced we were born in the wrong half of the century. We're doing our best to hold on to our home-grown roots, tradition, and lifestyle, and we hope to make our dream of a country life a reality one day. We'd love to share this journey and this passion with you.