Jordan Shipley

Hunting ambassador

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Bulverde, Texas

Current residence

HUNTING

Jordan Shipley has been known as a football player all his life. Despite that public persona, he’s always considered himself a hunter first. When he retired from the NFL in 2014, he wants to turn his same dedication and passion for football into a second career. Nowadays, the Texas native can be found in a treestand, managing a food plot, or shooting his bow. (He’s also been known to milk elk.) All with his wife, Sunny, and their awesome English bulldog, Woodrow.

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CONVERSATION WITH OUR HERO INTERVIEW

QUESTION:
What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you go hunting?
ANSWER:
The first thing that runs through my head when I first wake up is that I can’t believe I get to go to work in the wilderness, chasing my passion, and some of the most majestic animals in existence.
QUESTION:
Where is your favorite place to go hunting?
ANSWER:
Montana has been my favorite place to hunt so far – we had encounters with elk, moose, mule deer, whitetails, mountain goats, and bears all in one hunt – and the beauty of Paradise Valley is hard to match. I have always been captivated by the mountains – and anytime I’m in them, I come fully alive.
QUESTION:
If you could do anything better, what would it be?
ANSWER:
I think my main weakness at this point is a lack of experience – because I played football from age 12­-28, and football and hunting seasons do not complement each other well. As a result, the majority of my big game hunting experience is with whitetails – because I had to stay in close proximity. I have to take what I’ve learned from watching others and be able to approach new hunts like I’ve been there before. Some things just take experience.
QUESTION:
Who are your heroes?
ANSWER:
My heroes are the people who have influenced me the most. My parents have been instrumental in who I’ve become today in all aspects, ­most importantly faith, but also the importance of relationships, work ethic, passion, etc. One of my heroes is my grandmother, who not only helped teach me about the outdoors, but is also one of the greatest examples of love, selflessness, and generosity that I’ve ever witnessed.
QUESTION:
What sound or noise do you love?
ANSWER:
The best noise in the world is the bugling of an elk coming in on you.
QUESTION:
What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?
ANSWER:
Milking elk...joking. Had to do it. I’ve never thought I’d want to Coach but now that I’ve been away from the game, I’d think about doing some high-level WR training.
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