Jay was born and raised in Southern California, and his father’s love of the outdoors, fishing, and hunting were passed on to him at an early age. His parents took him and his younger brother camping as much as possible, where they spent many nights under the stars in an old canvas Army Surplus 10X12 tent at places such as, The Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, The San Gabriel Mountains, Joshua Tree, Big Bear and many other areas around Southern and Central California. During Jay's senior year of high school, his family moved to Texas and he began to take hunting and honing his outdoor skills seriously.
For the past 30 years, he's extensively hunted deer, turkey, feral hogs, quail and dove by either rifle or bow, and became increasingly interested in more traditional bushcraft techniques, which ultimately lead him to TSS several years ago. Jay currently holds the record as the oldest TSS Level 4 graduate (we’ll give you a hint, he’s over 30 but younger than 80; you’ll have to ask him if he’ll share his age). He is a certified Arborist, and has recently started a hydroponic garden for tomatoes and peppers. Jay is also a licensed HAM operator and holds a license as a Spray applicator, again, following in the footsteps of his father.
Jay is married to an amazing wife of almost 30 years and has three, beautiful and intelligent daughters, all of whom mean the world to him. When he is not tending to his duties at his Municipal job or at TSS classes, he likes to spend time learning new outdoor skills or cooking. If he’s not in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe, you can bet he's outside standing over the grill or working on a cookbook to share his recipes with family and friends.
Jay’s other hobbies include, tinkering with old vehicles, especially his 1951 M-38 Jeep, gardening, studying history, building firearms, reloading ammunition, photography, videography and in recent years, at one of several racetracks around Texas and Oklahoma helping his friends with their Nostalgia Front End Dragsters, (FED’s). He always has a camera or GoPro in his hand, so look for more pictures and videos from Jay in the near future.