It all started as a superstition and developed into a lifestyle. I had to grow a beard for the 2011 elk hunting season. Just like some athletes don't shave for playoff games, or wash their underwear, because they think it is lucky. I thought growing a beard would increase my odds of bagging a beast, and I did. So after the 2011 season, I was faced with the decision on whether or not to shave it. I chose to keep it, and it has been a wild ride ever since.