What is The Wild Initiative?
The Wild Initiative (formerly Living Country in the City) began as a blog, turned podcast, chronicling the journey of a city boy navigating his way into the outdoors. The Wild Initiative's mission has always been to lower the bar of entry to the outdoors, hunting and fishing. I do this by freely sharing stories, tactics and other information that once was only accessible to those with friends or family already steeped in that knowledge.
I'm a firm believer in the idea that "being country" is less about where you live or were born and more about how you live and where your heart lies. As a child, I wasn't raised in a "country" environment. I was a little suburban kid growing up in a housing tract in Southern California. I had a BB gun and a recurve bow that I would play around with while wearing my Davey Crockett coonskin cap. But, for the most part, things like camping, fishing and horseback riding, while encouraged, were always more along the lines of fun vacation activities rather than a regular occurrence.
Skipping ahead to the present day… and a new me. After what seems to be an entire lifetime searching for my place and my "why," I've finally left the crowded city streets behind me. Now I'm taking off, with bow and rifle in hand, to delve wildly into this world of hunting and the outdoors.
Bow, Arrows & Releases
Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34
Rifles & Optics
Ruger American 30-06 Bolt Action Rifle
Henry Repeating Arms .245 “Long Ranger” Lever Action Rifle
The Skinner “Express” Aperture Sight
Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Pump Shotgun
Initial Ascent - IA4K 4 Gear Combo Kit
Kifaru Timberline 1 w/ Guide Lid on Bikini Frame w/ Duplex Belt
Tent & Sleep System
Kifaru Sawtooth Tipi Tent w/ Seek Outside Titanium Wood Stove (Medium)
Canvas Cutter Fortress Bedroll w/ Klymit KSB 0 Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag