hunter finds career in film
travels on location
to make hunting videos
Amy D. Evans
DUPONT, Ind. (December 2004) Mike Clerkin
of Dupont, Ind., began hunting when he was 9 years old, and for the
past 41/2 years he has been fulfilling a promise. Clerkin has a passion
for the outdoors and by making hunting videos, he believes that what
he films can inspire people to do more than just hunt.
by Amy D. Evans
Clerkin with some
of his hunting videos.
Clerkin works for Majestic Electric in North Vernon as
his regular job, but he spends much of his non-working time on the road.
He is leaving soon for New Mexico to film an Elk Hunt.
His schedule is usually one week home and one week away. His company
has allowed him to take as much time off as needed to continue his success.
Clerkins passion for the outdoors started when he was a young
boy when his grandfather would take him fishing. His grandfathers
zeal for the outdoors rubbed off onto him.
Clerkins mother, Ida Clerkin, was diagnosed with cancer and was
terminal. At the time, Clerkin was restoring a house and found it hard
to visit his mother as much as he wanted. Before she died, he promised
her that he would not quit trying to be successful at filming hunting
Relying on his mothers faith in him to succeed, Clerkin began
to work on his aspiration with the help of his wife, Robin, and their
two children, Aaron and Sarah.
At first, he came to a dead end, but not without hope. There was a time
when it seemed like all the calls they were making were doing no good
But with a little networking, Clerkin began to see doors open. A year
ago, he filmed a demo tape and sent it to five video production companies,
and every one of them called him back. They realized that this man had
a passion for the outdoors that could not be captured by words.
The weekly travel to capture his passion on video has been hard on his
With everything comes sacrifice, Robin Clerkin said.
Now Clerkin films videos for three companies, including North American
Whitetails, Hunter Specialties and Realtree. These films are available
for purchase at Wal-Mart. A few titles included Carltons
Calls, Primetime Bulls 2, Primetime Bucks 7,
HS Strut, Cuttn & Struttn 7,
and Monster Bucks XI.
By filming for three different companies, Clerkin has more variety in
his subject matter, since each company produces different hunts. Most
people with Clerkins job film for only one company.
All his hard work has paid off for him and his family. When asked about
his goals, he replied, I cant say, because Robin will be
On a serious note, he said he was mostly concerned about how his new
venture will affect his family. He started doing this for his family
and has always kept them in mind.
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