Mark Mitten has been bowhunting for almost four decades. As a youth, he spent endless hours wading and fishing the Yellow River of northern Wisconsin. He caught frogs and snakes along its bank, but the mud puppies that lived under boulders in the streambed were his favorites. Mark’s love for the outdoors grew deeper annually and has been readily expressed in countless wildlife photos he has taken. This obsession drew him to many expeditions in the Rocky Mountain states and Alaska, where he developed an intense interest in bears. He donated many of the images he captured on film to journals, books and various other publications appreciated by wildlife enthusiasts.
Mark received a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic Medicine from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Even though he has run his own practice for over ten years, he has not lost his passion for bowhunting and now brings his son, Shane, along on fishing and bear hunting trips to Canada. Going to his house, you will seldom find him home. He will most likely be afield, scouting for whitetails, looking for shed antlers, or searching for that special encounter to be captured on film. For Mark, if he is in the woods, he is at home!
Mike Mitten lives in Beach Park, Illinois. Woodsmanship was learned early on during camping and fishing trips with his father and through Boy Scouting where he earned the highest rank of Eagle. Mike received his bachelors’ degree in biology in 1983 from Northern Illinois University and has made a thirty year career in the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently employed as a dedicated member of a research team that discovers new treatments for cancer. Mike has hunted with the bow and arrow for over 45 years, cutting his bowhunting teeth on the family’s vacation property and surrounding Chequamegon National Forest in north central Wisconsin. His passion for bowhunting whitetail deer is offset each year by annual solo bowhunting adventures to distant western states, Canada, or Alaska. Over the years, Mike has frequently shared his stories and experience by authoring articles published in hunting magazines such as North American Whitetail, Bowhunter, Traditional Bowhunter Magazine, Trad Archers World, Professional Bowhunter Society Magazine, and Bow and Arrow Hunting. He also encourages membership in local and state hunting organizations along with national organizations such as Professional Bowhunter Society, Comptons, and Pope and Young Club.
Mike attributes his life’s passion for the outdoors and bowhunting success to an understanding family. Following a long journey building self-reliance and redefining the definition of failure, Mike has found reward in every hunting trip. He is now able to teach his own children and grandchildren and help them accept the stewardship and responsibility each generation has for conservation of our natural resources. Mike’s experiences as a solo hunter with a video camera in one hand and a bow in the other have enabled him to contribute as a co-producers of the award winning films Primal Dreams and Essential Encounters (www.brothersofthebow.com). He has published his first book, One with the Wilderness (Passions of a Solo Bowhunter). Mike wrote multiple chapters for a book compiled by Don Higgins called Real World Whitetail Icons (…in Their Own Words). Mike is a member of Sitka Gear’s Athlete staff where his field tests and suggestions help with improving the functionality of hunting gear and apparel. He is a member of Wensel/Mitten Productions, whose videos and books go a long way to help non-hunters understand our passions for the chase and the true spirit of the hunt. Mike is also on the Professional Bowhunter Society’s speaker’s bureau.
Born in 1966, David is the youngest of seven Mitten children. He has always loved animals. While growing up, he continually seemed to be nursing a crow, raccoon, squirrel or duck back to health. As a teenager, David enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and especially canoeing down the Flambeau River in Wisconsin.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, David began his career as an entomologist, developing biological pesticides that are safe for the environment. He lives near his childhood home with his wife Patti and their three children, Madalynn, Sarah and Greggy (Greg). His many friends will attest to the fact that David will be the first one there in times of need. He still finds time to pursue his intense interests in bowhunting and wildlife videography.
David has made a significant investment in time, money, commitment and equipment, trying very hard to reproduce images he sees in life so that others too can enjoy them. David pays close attention to fine detail, be it in his painting, planting a garden, hanging a treestand or filming. This is clearly evident in the meticulous way he edited our Primal Dreams.