303861_4261060637658_1480842306_nDan Gorman – Field Staff Contributor

Dan Gorman grew up in northeast Iowa where he developed a love for the outdoors. As a young boy, nothing was as exciting as a day of fishing with his grandfather. Whether it was fishing for channel cat in one of the local rivers, or trying out Sweet Marsh for bluegill, or even at his family’s “5 acres” retreat in southern Black Hawk county chasing crappie and northern pike, it didn’t matter as long as the line was in the water. He was around 8 years old when he got to go on his first pheasant hunt with his father and brother.  Even if the game bag remained empty, the time afield was priceless. He remained a regular fisherman and upland bird hunter throughout high school.

10277631_10154140328265322_3335952377795520964_nIn 1999 he moved to the Anamosa area, where he met his wife and discovered his other passion, as well. In 2003, he went along with his wife’s family during Iowa’s first shotgun season. He had been along during gun season back home, but the switch didn’t flip until later on.  In 2004, he started shooting a bow at the Anamosa Bowhunters Club, and he has been obsessed with bowhunting whitetails since then.  He still enjoys the family time and camaraderie of the shotgun season, but his passion will always be sitting in a tree waiting on the next buck.  He has been lucky enough to have access to excellent hunting ground and has been successful in taking many deer with both gun and bow.

20130628_200207He spends his summers doing as many outdoor activities as possible, whether he is camping, fishing, shooting 3D, or working in the garden. He enjoys getting the whole family involved in these activities, and his daughters have both started shooting summer 3D league with him. He also enjoys running trail cams all year, and has had some very good luck running a carcass cam in the winter as a way to keep tabs on the predator population in the area. He recently started teaching hunter education which allows him to help the next generation of hunters find their passion for the outdoors and also helps ensure the future of hunting for everyone.  He has been a member of the Mossy Oak ProStaff since 2008 and is excited to become a part of the team here at Victory Outdoors.