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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I wish someone had sat me down before I started my personal development as a backcountry hunter to introduce me to some of the topics discussed during the Summit - so that’s the purpose of this article. I want to focus on what it takes to become a DIY backcountry hunter - with an emphasis on planning your first DIY western hunt.
Our journey with our garden so far has been a lot of trial and error in learning the most effective and efficient way to do things. We know that the idea of turning over untouched soil and starting a garden from scratch can be pretty overwhelming and lead to a lot of uncertainty (trust me, I’ve felt it). For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of 5 tips that we feel are most important based off of what we have experienced and the observations that we’ve made as we’ve watched our garden grow!
We knew we had a slim chance of seeing that bear again. Nick had caught a glimpse of him at more than 800 yards on the adjacent side of the basin in a patch of young pines just below the snow line. Like most of the bears we’d seen on this trip, he was moving quickly across an opening in the trees. Unless you had your eyes glued to your binoculars, you’d never catch more than a glimpse as they passed.
To date, raising chickens has been one of the most amazing and unpredictable endeavors that I have chosen to pursue. To understand an ornery and interesting creature as the chicken is extremely eye-opening and initiates a perceptual shift in what most of people view them as being. So, sit back, relax, and learn why each and every one of us should be beyond eggcited about raising chickens of our own.
I don’t think that I can truly say that I have ever felt bored in my entire life. Whenever I have been presented with any amount of free time, I have always filled it with something else on my to-do list. For as long as I can remember, I have dedicated this free time to working towards goals, staying ahead, or working on improving myself in one way or another. Once a major endeavor is completed, I have always been onto the next.
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.
Modern American society is based largely around the premise of retirement and the concept that if you work for your entire life, save up enough money, you can “retire” to a stress free lifestyle. You FINALLY get to choose how you spend your time. The irony is that once most achieve this, they find themselves in a dissatisfied state oftentimes reflecting and reminiscing on the hard times and struggles they endured throughout the course of their life.
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