Nick graduated in 1992 from Molar Barber College in Fargo, North Dakota, and began working in his hometown - Spearfish, South Dakota - in his buddy Mark's barbershop. In the mid-90's, he began guiding hunters for Jeff and Deb Smith, owners of Seven J Outfitters in Sundance, Wyoming. Seven J is only 30 miles from Spearfish. He loved hunting and wanted to do it full time. There he guided for elk, mule deer, whitetails, antelope and turkeys.
After six or seven years of guiding, they built a very strong reputation and the guys from Realtree - Bill Jordan, David Blanton and Michael Waddell - heard about them and wanted to come and film a show for Realtree Outdoors. Nick guided David and they hit it off right away. Nick showed him some of his footage and David saw that Nick was good at it - and David asked Nick if he would consider running camera for Realtree. Obviously, he accepted.
Over time, Michael and Nick became good friends and their personalities clicked. Nick made several appearances on Realtree Road Trips and they were very well received. When Michael started Bone Collector, he invited Nick to come along.