Ep 235 – Fred Eichler: Down the Hunting “Rabbit Hole”


Fred Eichler, the most interesting bowhunter in the world and owner of Full Draw Outfitters, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss how deep hunting can take you. Sam and Fred delve into the heart of hunting as a lifestyle choice, one that connects individuals with the outdoors, fosters a sense of self-sufficiency and provides unforgettable adventures.

Fred shares his intense hunting experiences, from shooting coyotes from a helicopter to enduring physically demanding hunts. These adventures, fueled by a passion ignited by his father and inspired by legendary figure Fred Bear, have shaped his perspective on hunting.

In a world filled with distractions, Fred emphasizes the importance of engaging in outdoor activities like hunting to escape technology’s grasp. He speaks of the need for unity among hunters, regardless of their preferred hunting methods, and advocates for the support of all forms of hunting to preserve the sport’s traditions. Fred’s passionate advocacy for hunting’s preservation echoes throughout the episode, reminding us that, as he puts it, “If we don’t support it all… if we don’t fight for it all, we’re going to be in big trouble.”

Fred also highlights the significance of firsthand experience in understanding hunting’s positive impact on wildlife management and conservation efforts. He encourages people to try hunting before forming opinions and emphasizes the importance of education in promoting the benefits of hunting.

The episode explores Fred’s remarkable achievement of hunting all 29 North American big game animals with a trad bow, the North American Super Slam, a journey marked by challenges, resourcefulness, and determination. Fred’s stories inspire listeners to embark on their own hunting adventures, emphasizing that it doesn’t require significant financial resources but rather a determination and a willingness to explore public lands.

Tune in to this episode of The Wild Initiative to discover the profound world of hunting, the beauty of nature, and the importance of unity in preserving outdoor traditions.

Guest Info

Fred Eichler/Full Draw Outfitters

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