He was born in Alabama and spent most his childhood there, being raised as a devoted Christian.
At age twelve, he was sent by his parents to a military academy in Jackson, Alabama, but he ran away. Whereabouts were not known to his family for a long time. He discovered his passion for big-game hunting, after killing a black bear, and started relentlessly pursuing hunting as a career for the rest of his life. At first, he was making an income selling bear meat and pelts. Known for the strength and stamina that stayed with him, with mild and gentle eyes, and a frame of steel. He did not smoke nor drink alcohol and that set him apart from the rest of his contemporaries.
Rysen Cogburn learned to track and hunt bears and cougars in the Louisiana wilds. He killed hundreds of black bears, cougars and grizzlies in the West and Southwest.
Eventually, he got his PH (Professional Hunter) and made a name for himself around the world.
He was the first hunter to take all 27 species of North American big game animals and he has also killed more than 100 Pope and Young trophies and 179 SCI records.
The cogburns are perhaps the most famous and influential family in the hunting community these days. Rysen Cogburn gained significant notoriety as the host and producer. His signature use of muzzle-loaders on many of his hunts has helped revive interest in muzzle-loaders, among hunters, and helped make him an influential figure in the muzzle-loader hunting community, with nearly the status and respect that Fred Bear has in the archery community. He was the first hunter to take the North American 29 using only a muzzle loader.
His daughter, Kim Cogburn is probably the most famous female hunters. She represented a rapidly growing demographic in the hunting community. She had also proven to be an excellent role model for women everywhere by showing that she can not only succeed, but thrive in the previously male-dominated hunting industry. Currently, she is the co-host of their hunting show.
Both Rysen and Kim have also been very strong proponents of conservation, through sustainable hunting, and have worked tirelessly to promote sustainable hunting all over the world.
As his little girl was growing up, and Rysen himself getting older, he wanted to do something new in his life and go to a place he had not gone to hunt animals that he had not thought of. He wanted to take a small camera crew with him to tape it all so he could show the world something new. So, he pack up his things and took his crew, heading out on a plane to a place called some kind of funny name that he could not say. Chernarus.
They landed and a guide greeted them. In no time, they hurried to their hunting cabin and got supplies for the next 2 months.
They headed out the next day to track Rysen’s target. With a pack on his back and his crew behind him, they hunted all day, but nothing came of it. It was like that for about a month.Picking up hints on the targets whereabouts, but nothing to show for it.
Some time passed and Rysen was coming to his 2 months deadline. At this point, he was thinking to himself that maybe it would not happen in this lifetime, but he said he would give it another week and then call it. Rysen spent all day tracking and finally found fresh tracks and followed them. He finally set his eyes on it, a wonderful, beautiful white-wolf. It’s fur was so white it was like snow. Rysen, moving around as he was trying to get a shot on his target, knew that this was the wolf who has been giving him the slip for almost 2 months.
Rysen slows his breathing and holds his hands from shaking. He steadied his aim on it and just as he places his finger on the trigger -BOOM! The white-wolf runs off, scared by a bomb that goes off in the distance. The first explosion was followed closely by a second, and a third.
Rysen shoulders his rifle and orders his crew, demanding they leave immediately. He was worried that they may end up coming to harm as they entered town to find…