When you have someone who trains for their backcountry bowhunts by running 31-mile ultra marathons in the mountains during the off-season, you know they take their hunting seriously. Setting this type of standard, raising the bar to this level, inspires many and inspiration is basically what best defines Cameron Hanes.
Cameron has motivated thousand of hunters through his writing. “Hunters can be a tough crowd; they are savvy and can tell if what you write is real or if you’re trying to sell them a bill of goods,” says Cameron. He continues, “You can’t pull the wool over their eyes. I practice what I preach and our readers know I am genuine because I do a lot of my hunts just like they do, on my own and on public land. It is because of this common thread that they seem to trust my advice.” This type of hunting is tough, which is why Cameron’s life is devoted year-round to preparation, mentally and physically, for that one, split-second chance to land an arrow on its mark.
With a serious talent for the written word, and a passion for hunting in pure backcountry terrain, Cameron is living his life long dream as Editor for Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal. “Helping to launch the overwhelmingly successful Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal™ the clear cut favorite magazine of hardcore western bowhunters, is something I am very proud of,” expresses Cameron. Since the beginning of the magazine, Cameron has contributed extensively to each issue. He has also released a very successful book, Bowhunting Trophy Blacktail, and will be following it up with a new release this year called Bowhunting the Backcountry.
More often than not, one chance is all he gets when bowhunting in front of the camera for Eastmans’ Hunting TV, a nationally syndicated television show on the Outdoor Channel. “The pressure is undeniable, but is a challenge I have come to crave and love,” says Cameron. “We have captured some great bowhunting footage in the face of very steep odds over the years, which is what I believe makes Eastmans’ Hunting TV unique.”
Devoting himself to learning and honing hunting techniques for his fellow bowhunters has made for an exhilarating career for Cameron. Outdoorsmen have come to respect his knowledge and look forward to his stories. At only 37, Cameron has based his life and career around the things he loves hunting, writing, photography/filming, and his family. He has taken the road to success, reached it, and made a right turn on the road to becoming a bowhunting legend.