Jason Carter was raised in Southern Utah in a very one-dimensional world where hunting was all that he and his family actively pursued. From the time he was five years old, he accompanied his father (who was a game warden for 20 years) in the field, while he worked, doing various tasks including: big game counts and studies, law enforcement duties, fisheries, and big game transplants. As he grew older, he and his dad hunted as nonresidents in neighboring states during seasons that didn’t conflict with their seasons in Utah and his dad’s job. Applying in many of the states across the West became part of their regular yearly pre-hunt preparation and routine. Crossing state boundaries and driving hundreds of miles to hunt was just a part of life.
He was also involved over the years in different family ventures such as Garth Carter’s Wildlife Calls, Inc., in which they made all kinds of big game calls, such as electronic buck grunt calls for whitetail hunters, elk diaphragm’s, rattling bags, predatory calls, and instructional cassette tapes to name a few. To say he was submersed in a 100% hunting environment would be an accurate statement!
Throughout Jason’s college career, he continued to apply himself and build points in key states where it made sense. Funds were tight; well, pretty much non-existent and so in states where he could apply using a personal check, like Arizona and Colorado, he would use credit card checks to keep building points.
After graduating college in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Finance, Jason went to work at the new family business which had been started by his father. As the business was getting started, Jason would proofread articles and data and participate as much as his college classes would allow. The first publication was a newsletter with a staple in the corner that had various Western big game hunting information and consisted of about 20 pages per month. From August of 1997 to February 2012, what was once titled newsletter morphed into The Huntin’ Fool magazine and service. Jason began working full time and some of his responsibilities while there included: authoring many of the state breakdown information sections, booking hunts, applying clients in the draw, and purchasing and selling landowner tags.
Jason has always strived to find and hunt the biggest trophy quality animals possible. After college and early in his career at Huntin’ Fool, he helped his dad hunt giants as he personally couldn’t afford to hunt very much, let alone obtain high-quality tags that provide the best chance at harvesting world class animals. Around the year 2000, he started a guide business. He obtained BLM permits and insurance and started guiding and outfitting a few key areas with a very limited clientele. It wasn’t long before he was soon helping his clients knock down some incredible trophies and when time would allow, he hunted for himself as well. For the next 16+ years, guiding allowed him to afford to hunt for himself without dipping into the family budget too much. To this day he continues to take 1-2 clients a year.
In the most recent years of his life, Jason initiated an outdoor TV show with Under Armour. The show mainly showcased Western hunts that took place in Western U.S., Canada, Alaska, and Mexico which was exactly what he had known and been hunting for years. The show, Ridge Reaper, was featured on the Outdoor Channel. As host of Under Armour’s “Ridge Reaper,” this was quite an amazing time in his life where he literally took part, on average, in 15+ filmed big game hunts across the West each year. This exponentially enhanced the knowledge he had gained in the prior 20+ years of his life. The show continues to be filmed but has moved to digital TV and is available to view on YouTube and other digital media outlets. Jason continues to work with the hunt division of Under Armour.
His new career at Epic Outdoors is a natural progression of his life. This is exactly what he’s been doing for years. He has proven to be a leader in the Western big game industry and is here to stay!
Jason is very active on Instagram and Twitter. You can follow him on Instagram @ridgereaper03 and on Twitter at @ridgereaper03.
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