Despite his accomplishments, Stafford didn't grow up hunting whitetails. Raised on a farm not far from where he makes his home today, he started his own trapline when he was six years old and walked it all winter, no matter what the weather. He continued to trap until he was 21, but when fur prices crashed, he gave up trapping and looked for another way to enjoy the outdoors. That's when he started to hunt deer. And that's why he is not afraid to go outdoors during the bleakest parts of winter. Many of Stafford's biggest bucks have been harvested during the late season. He attributes this to his understanding of deer behavior. Stafford explains that he tries to think like a deer by imagining where he would hide and feed if he were a buck. As a result, all season long he is a student of whitetail bedding and feeding patterns. By the time the late season arrives, he knows where the best bucks are bedding and feeding, as well as how they move through their territory.