Welcome to the first ever Hunt Harvest Health podcast, with Ryan Lampers and Dr. Hillary Lampers . This podcast is an accumulation of the 20 years we’ve spent in the sustainable living, backcountry hunting, and healing fields. In today’s episode we share our story. It’s fun looking back on all the memories that have made us who we are. We are very lucky folks, and we look forward to sharing more about our lifestyle, interviewing other amazing individuals, and creating a wonderful community of people interested and living a more sustainable lifestyle. You'll find out who talks more, and why we do what we do…
Topics we discuss:
- How Hunt Harvest Health evolved and our lifestyle.
- The differences that we have and how we have survived them over the years.
- How we met in the wilds of Alaska.
- Our engagement story.
- Our marriage timeline.
- Ryan's love for hunting, and gardening.
- Hillary's background.
- Hillary's evolution of supporting Ryan's hunting addiction.
- Train to Hunt and some of the great people we have met through that.
- Just to name a few...
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In our world of archery hunting whitetails, it’s not often that we get to share the final moments when one of us decides to let an arrow fly. Yes, we plan and strategize together, hang tree stands together, cut trails & plant food plots together, check trail cameras together - but rarely do Emilie and I actually end up hunting together when we are chasing whitetails.
The day started out in the most beautiful of ways. It was one of those sunrises that makes you meditate on how lucky you are to be living a life that allows you to soak up the magnificent attributes that the great outdoors and public land has to offer. The sun gleamed a warm orange aura across the landscape that surrounded us from every angle.
If you are a whitetail hunter, you know that there are a list of strategies that are religiously followed in an effort to harvest this species. Some of these strategies include factors such as temperature, time of year, wind direction, scent control, bedding areas, food sources, hunting pressure, and age of animal.
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I remember sitting on the garage floor as a 6-year-old with my family’s old yellow lab, watching as my dad butchered his wildgame kills. His knife strokes were so beautifully meticulous, each with a strategic purpose. I was always afraid to say a word, as it might interrupt his focus. In
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As I write this, I can barely feel my hands as I sit 20 feet up in a cedar tree during the second week of November – supposedly, during the peak of the whitetail rut. Despite countless hours of scouting, hanging stands, checking cameras, and learning deer movements, I have yet to see a deer.
This day in age, we are all too familiar with Generation Y – also known as millennials. Those within this generation were born between the early 1980’s and early 2000’s and are associated with plenty of negative connotations. In fact, I would be willing to bet that by me simply mentioning the term, several of those negative characteristics have begun to infiltrate your mind.
I will never forget the last time I saw my great- grandmother Connie, my granddad’s mom. She was in a nursing home, her body and mind destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease while my grandpa cried and my grandmother tried to convince her that we were her family and that she really did know us. I was only 12 years old, and it’s a memory forever seared in my brain. Flash-forward 26 years and I’m in the one room assisted living facility that my grandparents shared due to the ravages of neurological disease. Alzheimer’s Disease was now my grandfather's life, like his mother’s. Most days it was the same heartbreaking conversation “ Where do you live? How old are you? What’s your name? That was until he couldn’t talk anymore.