By: James Lipps
The Camo Brotherhood, where do I start? The Camo Brotherhood (TCB) was a way for me to become immersed in the outdoors when I couldn’t be. I have health issues due to a pituitary adenoma. Due to side effects from my tumor and medications, I stopped hunting for about eight years. The tumor, combined with my medications, cause me to not feel the best most days, and I gave up on something I loved to do. Then one day an amazing friend, more like a brother, decided it was time for me to return to doing what I love. Rod Wolf took me back into the outdoors. When we go out hunting, he is with me all the way into the woods and back out. He never leaves my side and makes sure to find places that are easy enough for me to get in and out. Since I have started back into hunting, I have found myself again and enjoy the peace and calming of the woods. We have started doing more hunting camps, what we like to call the TCB Deer Camp and Turkey Camp, together and with other friends. It is all about the memories and comradery with great friends and family that makes it so special. I thought this would be an amazing way to show my three children not to give up on the stuff you love; it shows them if you have enough heart and passion, you can do anything you want. I started this hunting group as a way to be in the outdoors through the eyes of other hunters and outdoor enthusiasts and to share with hunters what is happening in other states. Through their stories and pictures, I feel as though I am in the woods with them. Did I expect this to become what it has? No, I did not. I started with just a couple friends, but it has evolved into an amazing experience with 22,000 Facebook followers.
The Camo Brotherhood is a group of people from different parts of the country that have come together to share their passion for the outdoors and hunting. We currently have eight Pro Staff members on The Camo Brotherhood team, three from Wisconsin (co-owner Rod Wolf, Rudy Sennhenn, and co-owner James Lipps), two from Kansas (Will Butterworth and Brandon Otta), two from Missouri (Sharon Day and Nick Woodward), and one from Texas (co-owner Nate Hardaway). This whole team consists of an amazing group of friends that truly love the outdoors. We are all average hunters doing what we love, while sharing with others why we love the outdoors and hunting. It isn’t about the harvest, even though that is a bonus. It truly is about creating memories with family and friends.
Kids are the future of hunting and TCB believes it is our responsibility as hunters to teach kids the values and responsibilities of the hunting world. Without the proper teaching and showing them how to respect the outdoors, we could see a big diminish in the hunting field, so we feel it is very important to get kids into the outdoors. To see the smile on a child’s face when they see a deer, turkey or any animal in the wild for the first time is amazing. It is hard for us serious hunters to accept that sometimes we will go to the woods and not realistically have the opportunity of shooting a deer or that the chances could be lessened because there is someone else with you that likes to move a lot and is a little noisy. Once you accept this and just watch them enjoy being there with you, you can have the time of your life. If you have a child that would like to experience hunting, please feel free to contact us at our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will see what we can do to make that possible.
Another great group of people we love to help is veterans and disabled veterans, those who have made sacrifices to keep us safe as American people. We have two veterans on our team. Rudy was in the Navy and Nate was in the Marines. We want to honor our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by helping to get them out hunting, fishing and doing outdoor-related activities. TCB wants to raise public awareness about the great benefits that hunting and the outdoors actually has on the mental and physical disabilities of our country’s wounded men and women. We appreciate their loyalty in defending the great United States of America. We will continue to help out our veterans however we can.
What it all comes down to is a passion for the outdoors and the love of nature, the serenity of sitting in the woods and watching as nature goes by, the calming effect of the sounds and wind in the air. Just knowing that each time you are out there you are getting closer to Mother Nature and all she has to offer. If you respect her, she will in turn take care of you.