Dennis was raised in the Texas Panhandle. He has hunted and fished his whole life, thanks to his dad, who took the time to teach him and his younger brother. Dennis was a professional rodeo cowboy for many years. After his bull riding days were over, Kryn, his beautiful wife of 32 years, bought him his first bow. The reason was gun hunting wasn't a challenge for Dennis any longer. So he can blame his wife for his bowhunting addiction.
Dennis shot bare bow for many years. He hunted and competed that way. In 1990 he moved to Durango, Colorado so he could hunt and fish on all the public land. He first started using sights when he drew his first mountain goat tag. He didn't want to miss a shot at a mountain goat. He was successful and took a great P&Y billy on that hunt. He later started using a release because there was more competition in the release divisions.
Dennis has 32 P&Y animals that qualify for the book. He has taken the Colorado Big Eight two times with a bow, and he was given a Special Achievement Award by the Colorado Bowhunters Association in 2006 for being only the sixth person ever to complete this great task. In 2007, he was awarded the Colorado Big Nine for his moose, and he was the 18th person to ever complete this.
Dennis is currently the SW Board of Director for the Colorado Bowhunters Association. He is or has been a member of several bow and hunting organizations like I.B.O., A.S.A., RMEF, P&Y Club, NFAA, CBA, SCI, and NAHC, to name a few. He has had dozens of stories published in bowhunting magazines. He does calling and bowhunting seminars at shows and stores around the country.
Elk are Dennis’ favorite animal to hunt and call in; he has harvested over 20 elk with a bow in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. He also competes in calling contests from elk to predator and has competed at the RMEF national finals. He has been a champion several times. Dennis has taken over 200 animals with a bow at last count. He's very proud to say that he’s never used an outfitter and has never had a guided hunt. All of his hunting is mostly on public land the D.I.Y. way.
Dennis competes in the Four Corners area in as many 3-D competitions as time allows. He has racked up a large number of trophies and awards for his efforts. He also has some IBO trophies under his belt. He has competed in the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, and he teaches archery to kids and beginners every chance he gets. Most of the products he gets from his sponsors he gives to new archers or young hunters or someone less fortunate. Hunting is his passion and he thinks about it 24/7. Dennis has 14 of the 28 Super Slam animals and is working on the others. He has hunted Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Utah, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado and Alaska, and he plans to add several states to this list.
Dennis is very proud to be shooting Hoyt, the best bows made for the toughest hunts.
Despite all his success, Dennis always remembers that success is not measured by horns; it's measured by the friends you make in hunting camp.