Testimonials

I have been fortunate to meet some great people through the years, here are some personal testimonials from a few of them.

Larry WeishuhnAs someone who has been extremely fortunate to hunt throughout the world for writing and television show assignments, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know numerous people who I consider “those to ride the river with” as the mountain men of yore described those who they learned to trust and whose company they truly enjoyed. Derek Harris is someone “to ride the river with”!

I’ve been in some interesting situations with Derek, from the rugged and arid desert bighorn sheep mountains of Sonora, Mexico to deep snows in the High Country of the Rocky Mountains. He’s honest, forthright and genuine, someone I leaned to and who earned my trust and someone I consider a close friend!

I’ll follow Derek anywhere! Because I know who and what he is!

-Larry Weishuhn

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Tony's Hart River RamI had the pleasure of working with Derek Harris on a sheep hunt that was filmed for The Sportsman’s Channel “World of Sports Afield” series.Like most sheep hunts, it was a tough hunt in extreme conditions. We battled bad weather and steep mountains in a remote operating area where electricity for charging batteries and other luxuries was non-existent. Derek displayed a unique professionalism, adapting to situations on the fly and always capturing the footage that we needed to complete an outstanding T.V. show.

He also proved himself a fine woodsman and was comfortable in an environment that makes some hunters quit on the first day out. He was always a true gentleman and a pleasure to be with as well. I have worked with several cameraman and field producers over the past 30 years and I can say without a doubt that Derek is truly one of the best I have ever seen.

I look forward to spending some more time on the mountain with him in the future!

Sincerely,
Tony Caligiuri
President, Boyt Harness Company, LLC

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Chris Migliaro’s first Whitetail DeerI had the opportunity to work with Derek back in January while on a Wounded Warrior Hunt in South Texas hunting whitetail for my first time. This was the first time that I had been on a videoed hunt as well and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Derek and I quickly became friends due to his relaxed nature and overall friendly attitude.That next day, Derek, our guide and I, went out and within about 45 minutes of being in the blind a great looking 10 point came walking across the field. As my heart began to race and my hands got sweaty our guide calmed me down and told me to me to get on that deer. This whole time, Derek kept the camera rolling capturing the deer’s every move as well as my setup. Once the deer came to a stop broad side I flicked my rifle off safe and fire, dropping the big guy in his tracks! I am not sure who was more excited, me or Derek as we both were trying not to make too much noise in celebration of my first whitetail. I couldn’t’ have asked for a better experience on this hunt; Derek was a great camera man and kept the mood extremely relaxed and fun.

Working with Derek you will see right away that his passion for hunting runs deep and that each and every hunt he goes on he pours his heart and soul into it. From his knowledge of plants and animals, to his expert videographer skills , Derek is truly the go to man.

-Chris Migliaro

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Randy Ellison's Whitetail BuckI had the opportunity to have Derek as a guide on a whitetail hunt a few years back. He had located a nice main frame 8 point and I wanted a chance to harvest it. Derek and I started the hunt on a Friday evening and after two days of hard hunting the buck was finally located on a large rise. We made a 45 minute stalk finally getting in position to make the shot. One thing I learned about Derek is he never gives up and was more excited than I was. It was a great hunt with a great guide and I look forward to it again.-Randy Ellison

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Daniel Garbaccio's WildebeestI met Derek while I was visiting my cousin’s hunting Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa in 2009. From the start he and I became good friends due to him having a very easy going and positive character. On this visit I wanted to have my first hunt, and I was delighted when I heard Derek would be accompanying me on it.Over a cup of early morning coffee we discussed the plan for the day. We would track a herd of wildebeest where they had last been spotted the day before. He explained everything I needed to know about keeping quiet and different things that I would need to be aware of while we were stalking the Wildebeest. I always felt like I could ask him something, even if I thought it would be a stupid question, and he’d always answer it with a smile on his face.

As we sneaked through the bush I was amazed at Derek’s ability, he had a great eye, often showing me different animals and plants that I’d missed or overlooked. After he spotted the herd, we made a slow stalk until we were in position. He made sure I was comfortable, and then told me to take my shot when I was ready. I remember that I had a lot of adrenaline pumping through my veins, and the Wildebeest was down before I could blink. I must admit that it wasn’t the greatest shot, hitting the neck which meant the Wildebeest collapsed and wasn’t able to move. As we walked up, Derek cautioned me to keep me rifle ready, and I put another shot in through its vital organs.

It was great to share that experience with Derek and I remember while taking photos and telling the others about our hunt, that he was just as excited as I was, if not more! Derek also took me wing shooting where I had a lot of fun too. There’s nothing better to end a good day of hunting with stories around the campfire, and I had a great time listening to Derek’s. We formed a strong friendship over that period and to date we’ve kept in touch with each other. I look forward to spending time hunting with him again.

-Daniel Garbaccio

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