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It has always seemed to me that any man is a better man for being a hunter. This sport confers a certain constant alertness, and develops a certain ruggedness of character.
— Archibald Rutledge

What is The Wild Initiative?

Sam, Host of The Wild Initiative Podcast

Sam, Host of The Wild Initiative Podcast

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.

About me

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.


My Gear

Take only the gear to the field that allows you to hunt longer, harder, smarter.
— Fred Bear

Bow, Arrows & Releases

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


But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.
— Edward Abbey