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Welcome to The Wild Initiative blog, your gateway to a world of practical insights and engaging narratives on homesteading, hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. From reviews to mouthwatering recipes, from hunting stories to homesteading tips and tactics, and even the chance to win in exciting raffles and giveaways – we invite you to explore our articles designed to inspire and equip both beginners and enthusiasts alike as you embark on your own journey to escape the ordinary and pursue your wild initiative.

Waterglassing Eggs for Long-Term Storage

Waterglassing Eggs for Long-Term Storage

As poultry keepers, we’re well acquainted with the ebb and flow of egg production. With fall through early spring comes the annual frustration of fewer eggs, often leaving us pondering why we didn’t better prepare for this inevitable seasonal dip. But what if I told you there’s a time-honored technique, …
The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act
History of Conservation Series /

The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act: History of Conservation Series

For over a century, wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists in the United States have witnessed the preservation and restoration of the nation’s diverse fauna. A significant part of this success story can be attributed to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, also known as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Enacted …
Randy Newberg and Cory Jacobsen
Hunting, Reviews /

The Best Western Hunting Podcasts for 2022

If you haven’t guessed, I’m a big fan of podcasts. There seems to be a show dedicated to every niche you could imagine in the outdoors, and both the endless entertainment and information you find in these episodes are invaluable. I decided to share a handful of the top Western …
Is it Time to Cancel the Grip n' Grin?
Hunting /

Is it Time to Cancel the Grip n’ Grin?

A 360+ bull, a personal best bass (or trout), or a limit of ducks… Whether big game hunting, waterfowling, or angling, documenting our successes is essential to many outdoorsmen. Today, technology has made it easier than ever to share these memories with friends and family. However, as ethical outdoorsmen, HOW …
Arrow Builds: The Heavier, the Better
Hunting /

Arrow Builds: Heavier is Better

Delve into the world of bowhunting arrow setups. Explore the ongoing debate about arrow weight and kinetic energy, and see why I advocate for heavier setups. Uncover the advantages of increased stability, durability, and momentum, all of which contribute to better penetration and, ultimately, more punched tags …
2020 Spring Thunder: My First Wild Turkey Harvest
Hunting /

2020 Spring Thunder: My First Wild Turkey Harvest

After leaving my job at Goldenvoice, I finally had a free April for Spring Turkey hunting in California. While my history of turkey hunting involved hasty dashes in pajamas, this year, I was determined to do it differently. However, a text about toms in my yard set off a chaotic …
What happened to Living Country in the City?
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What happened to Living Country in the City?

You may be looking at The Wild Initiative website and thinking to yourself, “Wait just a second… I was looking for Living Country in the City!”. Well, y’ all… don’t fret. You’re in the right place …
New Mexico Public Land Aoudad Hunt
Hunting /

New Mexico Public Land Aoudad Hunt

Big ram Ewe down! Hunting trips often unfold in unpredictable ways, and this one was no exception. When out hunting, sometimes reality surpasses our wildest expectations, but more often than not, it falls short of the grand picture we’ve painted in our minds. This adventure, which I will describe in …
Arizona Public Land Javelina Hunt
Hunting /

Arizona Public Land Javelina Hunt

Last day. Last chance. Mentally and physically exhausted. Not seeing a blessed thing all morning. Yet, still managing to get it done with the help of good friends. I’m sensing a pattern with my recent Arizona hunting trips… …
Frosted Lemon Vanilla MTN OPS Sugar Cookies
Recipes /

Frosted Lemon Vanilla MTN OPS Sugar Cookies

Just to forewarn all y’all… this post is really completely unrelated to hunting. Anyway… I’ve always been a huge fan of baking. I’m not always the best at it, but I thoroughly enjoy pulling out the KitchenAid and making a mess of flour and sugar. Since my move to Northern …

“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”

// Aldo Leopold
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