Reid Vander Veen gives the credit for his love of the outdoors and deer hunting to two things; his fathers instruction to have patience, do things right, and make every opportunity count, and his father-in-laws abundant efforts to grow and sustain a healthy deer population where the family hunts in South Dakota. Growing up in the Midwest, Reid took advantage of every opportunity he had to be outdoors, be that fishing with his father or friends, riding along in the combine with his grandfather, or helping friends and family with field and livestock chores. This upbringing has instilled in Reid an intense passion for spending time in Gods great outdoors.
Getting into hunting as a teenager in Iowa, Reid quickly became addicted to the pursuit of mature animals and this addiction continues to consume him as an adult. He loves the challenge of having to draw bucks in close to harvest them with a bow and believes the closest thing to Heaven on Earth is being 15 feet off the ground in a tree stand.
Three years ago Reid married his wife Lauren and moved to South Dakota. Lauren comes from a family of outdoorsmen and women that enjoy hunting whitetail deer, coyotes, and pheasants on their farm and nearby public land in the northeastern part of the state. Combining their passions with their collective knowledge and experience has allowed the family to sustain a growing herd and take many fantastic deer. However, it wasn’t until the last few years with a growing family of hunters that they started taking nutrition, herd health, and feed supplements seriously.
Reid credits his success with deer hunting to the countless hours spent in planning, scouting, and preparation leading up to each deer season. A key component of that preparation is the use of RAKS™ Big Game Supplements to ensure a healthy deer herd. Proper nutrition and quality deer management have allowed the family to consistently take high quality, mature deer in Northern South Dakota, a part of the country Reid feels is often overlooked and underrated when it comes to deer hunting.
Reid also writes for Wide Open Spaces.