What's up?! I'm Jess Smith, Fort Payne, AL born and raised. I can remember being six or seven years old and becoming infatuated with my brother in law, Todd's, hunting stories and his trophy bucks. My parents weren't advocates of hunting to say the least. My mom thought the handling of guns would somehow scar me for life and my dad would faint at the sight of blood. Despite the adversity, I begged for the opportunity to tag along on one of Todd's deer hunting excursions and finally, at the age of 10, my parents agreed to let me join in on the action. For the next six years, I would hunt every chance I had with Todd, spending my weekends and holiday breaks at the hunting camp. Todd taught me everything I would need to know about being a great hunter because he is a great hunter, indeed. Not only did he equip me with the knowledge required to be a successful hunter, but more importantly, he taught me what it was to be a man of God. Some of the greatest lessons I've ever received were given to me during 4:30 a.m. truck rides to the stand or late nights around the bonfire before a long day of hunting. Todd invested in me and changed my life in the greatest way imaginable. It's simple, I love to hunt because of the beauty and serenity that surrounds us through God's creation. It is more than a kill. It is a deep appreciation for the many blessings that surround us. Today, you can find me in a duck blind on the backwaters of the Tennessee River the majority of the time, but occasionally I'll make that trek up a tree during the rut. My best friends and I meet up every year, and for a few months we are able to participate in something we all are very passionate about, creating some of the greatest memories we all will ever share. I believe in Duck and Bone because of the mission. We aren't guys who are consumed with the kill. Of course we enjoy harvesting these beautiful animals and stocking our freezers, but that isn't what drives us. Every one of these guys are committed to a bigger purpose and that purpose is to demonstrate our faith with the hope that it will impact someone's life forever. We have no better platform to serve on than the one the Creator has so abundantly blessed us with. That's my goal, and if I can knock down a few ducks and bones along the way, the sweeter this life will be.