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HARD-CORE Pur-suit [hahrd-khor per-soot]

- Unservingly committed; The uncompromising dedication to the act of pursuing in an effort to secure or attain wild BIG GAME.

MEET THE HARDCORE PURSUIT TEAM 


 

Meet the dedicated, addicted and downright crazy bunch of hearty outdoorsmen from the NORTH that make up the HARDCORE PURSUIT TEAM. This group is dedicated to producing an exciting and adventurous outdoor television show. Each season we spend 6 straight months hunting and working hard to capture some of the most scenic and rare outdoor video imaginable. Meet the HARDCORE PURSUIT TEAM....



MIKE PELLETIER, HOST - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Mike Pelletier, host of HARDCORE Pursuit has been Hosting and Producing HCP for over 13 years.  His dream of creating one of the most exciting, reality driven Hunting Shows came to life in the early 2000’s. After 6 successful seasons of airing HCP on The Sportsman Channel, Pelletier decided to retire from a 25-year career in Corporate America to put 110% of his effort and energy into making HARDCORE Pursuit a full time career.  The full-time decision has really taken HCP to another level!  Pelletier grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan running wild as a young man fishing and hunting every spare second, he had.  He resides in Iron Mountain, MI with his family and enjoys Steelhead Fishing and Working Out during the short off season.

 




MIKE RASMUSSEN, CO-HOST - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Mike, known by all involved with the show as “Mikey” is a diehard hunter.  As a Co-Host, the poor kid has many nick names due to the fact that he’s also named Mike – like Mike P.  We call him Mikey, Jr., Number 2, anything other than his real name!  He practices shooting his bow more than anyone we know.  He’s also the HCP Food Plot Expert, spending countless hours on a tractor planting our plots every season.  Mike is an electrician by trade.  When he’s not planting food plots or scouting for tree stand locations, he enjoys working on engines, enjoying life in the U.P.....Eh!






DARRIN BRIGGS, Pro Staff - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Darrin lives in the mid-west and has a passion for the outdoors cultivated by his father.  Along with his twin brother David, he has been hunting his grandfather’s and uncle’s farm since he was 12. Darrin enjoys every part of the hunt; checking trail cameras, working on food plots, scouting, and setting tree stands for the best possible opportunity. If he isn’t in the outdoors, on a golf course or fishing, Darrin is in the classroom teaching his elementary students and also sharing what it means to be a steward of the environment. With the support of his wife, Melissa, and sons Landon and Carter, he works hard at capturing every hunt.

 



 

CORY FRITZLER, Pro Staff - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Cory was born and raised on a small farm in Iowa, did tour of duty in the Navy after high school, attended college in Santa Barbara CA, and later traveled extensively visiting much of South America, Europe, and lived for short time in Gold Coast of Australia.  He now owns and operates a cabin rental business in NE Iowa and does a little bit of guiding for trophy Whitetails in the fall when he is not hunting himself.  The rest of the year he spends his off time fishing and weight training in his off time.







 JOSH STEIN, Pro Staff - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Josh has been a hunter his entire life, beginning with growing up on a dairy farm in lower Michigan. When he moved to the Keweenaw Peninsula in 2001, he experienced a big learning curve in trying to track down those elusive U.P. mature bucks.  Josh's forestry and real estate career have allowed him to spend extensive time exploring and scouting the big woods over the last 17+ years. Josh has been filming his journey towards consistently tracking down big deer for many years now and is now enjoying sharing those adventures with the viewers of Hardcore Pursuit!






 

LANDON BRIGGS, FIELD PRODUCER / SOCIAL MEDIA - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Landon was born into a hunting family. Born and raised in Onalaska, WI. His love for the outdoors and hunting started at a young age as his father Darrin took him hunting on their farm in Ettrick, WI. Landon is the Director of Digital Media and Videographer for HARDCORE Pursuit. 

 

 



 


 SHANE MARHEINE, Pro Staff - HARDCORE PURSUIT

When growing up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the outdoors is in your blood. Shane has enjoyed hunting and fishing his entire life, there is always something to learn and get better at.  All the while, still achieving life goals along the way.  Conquering trophy animals in mother nature can be one of the hardest things to be successful at and when it all comes together, its such an amazing rush!  When not working or spending time with his wife and two children, He’s usually in the woods or on the water year round. Having the opportunity to work with this team over the years has been a ride! Traveling around the US and Canada to do what he loves has been both triumphant and humbling. They say not to wish time away, but it's hard not to, knowing that fall is always just a few short months away...
 


 

 DAVE BRIGGS, Pro Staff - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Dave grew up in Ettrick Wisconsin and has hunted there all his life on his Grandfather's and Uncle's farm. He’s blessed to have taken many nice whitetails. When Dave isn’t hunting, he enjoys fishing and golfing.  His family consists of 4 great children and wonderful wife, Amy. Dave has been filming and hunting with HARDCORE Pursuit since 2010.


 




ROB KIVELA, FIELD PRODUCER / Pro Staff - HARDCORE PURSUIT

Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Rob’s passion for the outdoors runs deep!  He’s been working with HARDCORE Pursuit since the beginning.  Most of the time you see Rob, he’s running the camera capturing all the great footage you see on the shows.  Sometimes Rob has a weapon in his hand and look out animals because he’s deadly accurate and a very stealthy hunter!








Outside our awesome team of characters that work real hard to make HARDCORE Pursuit happen. We'd like to take time to thank the many folks outside our team of dedicated YOOPERS, like our SPONSORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, LANDOWNERS and OUTFITTERS.  None of this would be possible without your awesome support! 
Thank you from TEAM HARDCORE PURSUIT!