By: Robby Stanley, special to TheGameNashville.com
Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is best known for his NHL career that has recently expanded to more than 1,000 games, but he has another big passion that he’s helping turn into a business.
Fisher is a co-founder of Buck Paint, which is a new product that is aimed toward people who enjoy deer hunting and bow hunting. Fisher, along with his brother, Bud, and friends Bobby Brooks and Dr. Samuel Sneed, decided to take an idea and turn it into a business initiative with something they are all passionate about.
Buck Paint is a dual-purpose attractant that serves as both an attractant scent to lure the deer and a spray that serves as a marker to measure how far away the deer are. It’s a unique product that Fisher and his co-founders are excited about.
“We kind of just all got together and decided to make it happen,” Fisher said. “It’s a cool product. It’s the first of its kind, a dual-purpose attractant for bow hunters and for deer hunters. We all love to do that. I’m an avid bow hunter. We’re just getting started and hopefully we’ll see it in stores over the summer. It’s been fun so far.”
Fisher’s passion for the outdoors and hunting stems back to his childhood. It was a part of his life growing up in Canada, before the fame and time commitment that comes with being a professional hockey player. It’s a passion that he still enjoys today.
“Both of my mom and my dad’s families are hunters, especially my mom’s family,” Fisher said. “I grew up hunting a little bit with my dad and with my mom’s side of the family deer hunting and did a little bit of bird hunting.
“Ever since I was little, I had a passion for outdoors, hunting and fishing, and it’s only grown as I’ve gotten older. It’s one of those things that I don’t get a lot of time to do it, especially because of the season but any off time I get, obviously family is number one, but I try and get time for that too.”
With the grind of an NHL season and the fast-paced world that he lives in, Fisher enjoys being able to go in the woods and connect with nature. There’s a peacefulness that comes with being in the woods that is always worth it to him.
“It’s one of those things that to me everything kind of slows down,” Fisher said. “Life slows down, everything slows down. You can kind of reflect and think, pray and do all of those things that you love that sometimes you don’t get a chance to do because life now is so fast with your phones and everything here, there and everywhere. That’s the only place that I love to go that’s really peaceful. Even if I’m not seeing anything, it’s never a waste of time.”
For more information on Buck Paint, visit buckpaint.com.