20 Questions w/Richard Sidebottom
- Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Colorado and haven’t left yet.
- If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
- What’s your favorite animal to hunt and/or fish to catch?
Favorite animal to hunt is Whitetail and favorite fish to catch is Northern Pike
- What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A firefighter and that’s what I am!
- What’s an ideal weekend for you?
My ideal weekend is spent enjoying the outdoors with my daughters.
- What’s your favorite sports team?
- What’s your favorite beer?
Michelob Ultra #LiveUltra
- What’s your favorite gun/bow?
My favorite gun is my Great Grandpas hunting rifle that has been passed down through my family.
- What’s your favorite wild game meal?
(Pheasant nugget) Phugget Cobb salad
- Favorite music genre? Artist?
Country Music. I don’t have a favorite artist. I listen to Y2Country on Sirius XM.
- Dog or cat person? Breed? Name of pet?
Dog person. I have a Yellow and Black Lab, Morgan and Tealey
- What drives you?
Tradition, Family, my desire to serve others, Challenge
- Who are your heroes?
In 1998 I lived outside of Colorado for 2 years. I was 10 years old and I moved to North Dakota where I was truly introduced to hunting and fishing. My next-door neighbor was an 83 year old Marine Corp veteran and retired railroad worker and an avid outdoorsman. He took me under his wing and mentored me through the first part of my outdoor “calling”. He taught me a lot of the very traditional ways when it came to hunting and fishing. I spent every Saturday a passenger in his little brown Ford Ranger from the beginning of August until the season would end and then I’d play the same part on his fishing boat. If it weren’t for the kindness, understanding, and patience of that old man I’m not entirely sure I would have the same love for the outdoors that I do today. The foundation that he helped me build is unbreakable. He was and still is the best role model, he was noble and lived by a strict code of integrity. For that he will forever be my hero.
- What would you name your boat if you had one?
The Rusty Minnow
- Where’d you go to college?
I didn’t go to college. I started working as an electrician when I graduated in 2005. I never had any intention of working in that trade for very long but here I am today still doing electrical work and in 2011 I started volunteering for a fire department here in Colorado, I did that for 5 years and then in 2016 I moved into a career spot as a firefighter with that same fire department.
- What TV character would you be?
Tim (The Tool Man) Taylor
- What’s your favorite day to hunt?
I think this is a two-part question. Or at least can be interpreted two different ways. My favorite day of the year to be sitting in my tree stand would have to be two days after the second full moon of the autumn equinox for obvious reasons. As for what I would consider to be my favorite type of day to be outside with a gun or bow in my hand…I would definitely say a fall day but not just any fall day, It is a fall morning… It is late enough in the season that all but a few of the leaves have changed and the sun can still feel warm but you feel the cold air coming in the breeze. It’s the type of day that is just fall enough that there is a hint of unknowing or excited optimism for what the rest of the hunt will bring, its late enough one could call it prime time but its early enough in the year that there is plenty of time left to enjoy multiples of this same type of day.
This is a hard question to answer, every day I get to hunt is my favorite, but year after year I have THAT day that fills my off-season dreams and becomes almost a benchmark to what I would equate my favorite days to.
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
Given my line of work there are a lot of different things that I could say were crazy. Any of the things that I have ever done that were crazy I truly would do them again…and again and again. Outside of work I usually keep things pretty low key and have always been like that.
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who drive slow in the far left lane on the highway here in Colorado.
- What’s your favorite piece of Legendary Whitetails apparel?
For now, it is the Legendary Anglers Copper River ¼ Zip Fishing Shirt, but it changes seasonally so stand-by!