I want to be the best buck hunter I can be…so I read. Cameron Hanes is arguably the most influential hunter of this day, so when his pre-order for “Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering” opened in 2021, I ordered my hardback copy (also available in Kindle and Audible). Come May, 2022, “Endure” arrived on my doorstep.

As I’ve followed Cam through his various platforms—blog, Facebook, Instagram, and even Western Hunting Expo appearances—I already knew what angle he’d be writing from: a bowhunter turned extreme athlete, and I wasn’t wrong.

What I didn’t know is how well he’d draw me into this story of an “average guy” (his words) becoming one of the most recognizable faces in hunting.

Like too many of us, Cam came from a broken home with his parents divorcing while he was young.  The event broke something inside of him and he spent his teen years trying to navigate an uncertain path created by his father’s absence.  Like most kids, he wanted to connect with both his parents.

By graduation, Cam was drinking too much beer and headed for trouble, including a drunk driving crash that should’ve straightened his path out, but still did not.

It was Cam reconnecting with his dad and the inspiration of his friend, Roy Roth that slowly began to turn him around.

Roy, a Christian, was on a straighter path than Cam. Roy became a great influence over him.  It was Roy who told Cam in so many words, “…you need to bowhunt.”

But as you read farther into the book, you’ll find that call was more, way more, than just bowhunting.  Cam discovered he was not satisfied with average in anything. He put away the drinking, bad eating, and anything that was dragging him down.

He caught the vision of an extreme athlete bowhunter with virtually no distinction between the two. Before anyone gets too judgemental, this wasn’t just a narcissistic passion for himself, but a vision to inspire other bowhunters to be a better version of themselves.

Many people, including myself at times, have assumed that Cam preaches that bowhunters must be extreme athletes participating in 200+mile ultra marathons to be successful.  Reading, Endure, I discovered I was wrong and that is not what Cam thinks.

Oh yes, extreme athleticism has made Cam a better bowhunter and that is what works for him. He’s simply showing people what he does, not telling people what they should do.

However, as you read the inspiring book, you’ll find yourself examining your own life—have you given it  your best effort? Or have you settled for less than your potential?

That is really Cam’s message in Endure, not a call to “you need to be like me,” but a call to “be better than you are.

I found that completely refreshing and as Cam has done for millions, inspiring.

The books includes sections and quotes from other extreme athletes like David Goggins, Courtney Dauwater, and more.

I read sections of it to my teenage daughter who is a soccer athlete. Due to some foul language, I can’t recommend the book for everyone but besides that, this is a book anyone wanting to aspire to be their best should read.

Endure is more than a book about bowhunting…but a book about life, choices, hard work…and enduring.

Notable Quotes from Endure:

  • “One thing I’ve noticed that sometimes jealousy and envy permeate and taints the outdoor industry, instead of building each other up…our egos have us tearing one another down,” pg 106
  • ”Earn your breaks. Hone your skills. Develop a talent,” pg 162
  • All I am is a bowhunter who is trying to raise my game to the highest level I can,” pg 212
  • ”What are you going to do to set yourself apart?” pg 214
  • ”Hating (others) won’t help you win,” pg 219

You can find Cameron Hanes’ Endure on Amazon in Hardback, Kindle, or Audible versions here

My upcoming book: Hunting Big Mule Deer: The Stories will be available on Amazon in late June.  Subscribe to Rokslide or follow me on Instagram or Facebook at robby denning to receive notification.

My first book “Hunting Big Mule Deer: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life” is available in the Rokslide store, or you can go Amazon for faster delivery.



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Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator