33de_2 It’s hard to find anyone stealthier in the woods than a professionally trained military sniper. In most cases, a sniper’s target doesn’t even realize that the situation is about to go very, very wrong until it’s too late. A lot of these guys were deadly with a rifle long before their sniper training and started out as hunters. This was exactly the case for former Army Ranger and sniper Brad Reagan from Georgia. Well before Reagan was nailing 1,000-yard targets at the range, he was hunting the backcountry of his Georgia farm. Recently, Reagan’s love of hunting deer with a rifle was replaced when a good friend, L.J. Planer, gave him a Mathews Bow as a gift—it completely changed his life.

Currently, Reagan teaches weapons systems to both soldiers and members of the elite Special Forces at Fort Gilliam, Georgia. Last year, Reagan took his first doe with a bow during an early-season hunt in Georgia triggering an addiction that would explode out of control later that season in Illinois. On a special hunt with American Valor Outdoors, Reagan arrowed a nice 148-class, 7-point nearly 30 steps from his treestand. The deer only ran about 45 yards before crashing into the brush.

“I never dreamed that anything would replace the thrill of gun hunting, but one hunt was all it took to completely change me,” says Reagan. “In fact, I can’t wait to hit the woods hard this season in Georgia with my bow. Hunting has always been and still remains a big part of my life and now bow hunting has opened up a whole new world to me.”

Congratulations Brad on a nice buck and an awesome hunt! I would also like to thank all of our military men and women who are currently serving overseas and sacrificing for their country. I couldn’t imagine being away from my family for extended periods of time or missing opening day of deer season in the mountains of Kentucky. Thanks for everything that you guys do—our country owes all of you a great debt of gratitude.—Travis Faulkner