On Tuesday, April 30th at 11am MST we're excited to host Sitka Athlete Donnie Vincent for a LIVE Q/A on our Facebook Page. Head over to hear about his latest film, why he hunts, what gear he uses and anything else you'd like to know. Until then, read up on what makes him such an intriguing personality, and why we're proud and honored to call him a Sitka Athlete.
We regard our team of Sitka Athletes as an extremely talented group of hunters and strive to share stories about their experience, the thrill of adventure in rugged places and complete immersion in the pursuit of wild animals. But more than just ability, there's something truly unique and remarkable about each and every Athlete, all with their own story to tell. Without a doubt, Athlete Donnie Vincent fits the definition of 'remarkable' and fully commits to sharing his beautifully told, intriguing and inspiring stories. His recently released trailer for "The River's Divide" eludes to a full length documentary that is nothing short of spectacular.
But who is Donnie Vincent? What makes him so remarkable? Dive in with us for a brief look into the past, present and future of a man utterly and equally committed to his discipline of bowhunting and storytelling through cinematography.
With a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Minnesota, the stage was set for a life traveling the world. Work took him to far away places like Bangladesh and Nepal, where he studied Bengal Tigers. He spent years researching spawning habits of native Salmon in Alaska, powering through five month stints in a two-person tent. Being immersed in remote wilderness, regardless of the activity, is where Donnie felt most alive. Once studies were completed for the year, Donnie would fly himself to the Arctic Circle to chase Caribou with his bow, DIY style.
Attributing his passion for hunting to past generations, Donnie absorbed his father's tales of hunting in Northern Maine and Jack O'Connor authored stories of epic mountain hunts. Horse pack trains and successful hunters taping out Dall's Sheep horns by lantern were burned in his memory, and he quickly became determined and inspired to live out the adventures for himself.
From Russian Snow Sheep to Yukon Moose, Grizzly Bear, and Dall's Sheep, Donnie has no shortage of his own tales to tell. It was only natural that he began filming his hunts to capture and share his stories. Assembling a talented digital production crew in Sicmanta, Donnie and his team are striving to produce ground breaking imagery and unparallelled story telling in the hunting industry.
The team's first work,"The River's Divide", is a full length documentary encompassing an epic two year journey around Donnie's pursuit of a single giant Whitetail he notoriously named 'Steve'. The film will be debut on the Full Draw Film Tour this summer. With several projects in the works for 2014 and a filming schedule chocked-full with new tales to be told, we're excited to follow along along in Donnie and his team's bright and busy future.
Tune into our Facebook Page next Tuesday, April 30th @11am MST for the LIVE Q/A.