Ep 123 - Jeff Moran: Pulling Elk from the Depths of Hell

Jeff Moran, co-founder of Built4theHunt, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about his recent epic elk hunt. In this episode, they discuss Jeff’s inability to enjoy the outdoors without a goal, the horrors of rifle season on public land, putting in the time to increase your success, packing in and out of some of the roughest elk country in the West, what you envision never quite lining up with reality and the key factors that lead to his success. They also discuss founding Built4theHunt, an unbiased supplement and fitness platform for the outdoorsman, along with understanding your goals and what goes into your body.

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Ep 122 - Jack Donovan: The Decline of Masculinity and The Way of Men

Jack Donovan, author of The Way of Men, sits down with Sam on the Wild Initiative to discuss masculinity. In this episode, they discuss examining the definitions of masculinity through history and various cultures, how masculinity can only be defined by men, the difference between being a good man and being good at being a man, testing yourself against other men, craving elements of danger in our lives, conserving masculine spaces and time just for the guys and the association between masculinity and violence. Also in this episode, they discuss Jack preparing to go on his first-ever hunt up in Oregon, the steps he’s taking to prepare and the difficulties he’s encountering along the way.

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Ep 121 - Ryan & Hillary Lampers: Living Healthy, Fulfilling Lives as Hunters and Humans

Ryan Lampers, the StHealthy Hunter, and "Doc" Hillary Lampers of Hunt Harvest Health join Sam on The Wild Initiative. In this episode, they discuss the idea behind Hunt Harvest Health, staying healthy in order to chase your passions until you're old an gray, hunters leading the charge for healthy eating, the hard work and conditioning required for backcountry hunting and things hunters can focus on to begin improving their health and readiness. Also, in this episode, they discuss launching Western Hunting Summit 2020, investing in yourself and key ways to increase your consistency and success as a hunter.

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Ep 120 - Katie Burgert: Everything You Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Didn't Know to Ask

Katie Burgert of Fish Untamed joins Sam on the Wild Initiative to provide a beginner’s guide to fly fishing. In this episode they cover, figuring out the right questions to ask, finding new terms in videos and podcasts, why you would fly fish instead of spin fishing, essential fly fishing gear, learning to cast, different fly fishing techniques, different flies and their purposes and launching the Fish Untamed Podcast as part of The Wild Initiative Network.

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Ep 119 - Brandon Butler: Just Buying a License Isn't Enough

Brandon Butler joins Sam on The Wild Initiative at the Professional Outdoor Media Association Conference in Wichita, KS. In this episode, they discuss learning from the scary experiences of our youth, discovering and taking on the challenge of becoming an outdoor writer, how to follow your passion to get into the outdoor industry, working as a conservation lobbyist in the state capital, the workings of Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson, how to choose conservation organizations to support, hunting being a privilege and not a right and the exciting conservation steps made by Roeslein Alternative Energy.

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