Becoming a DIY Hunter: Planning Your First Hunt

Becoming a DIY Hunter: Planning Your First Hunt

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.

Needle in a Haystack: Finding a Mountain Bear

Needle in a Haystack: Finding a Mountain Bear

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.

Adult Onset Hunting: Where to Start

Adult Onset Hunting: Where to Start

Traditional hunting is not something that most people can just jump in to.  Many of those who hunt today,  likely grew up in a hunting family or had a mentor who they have followed such as a father, grandfather, uncle, or family friend.  With the vast majority of the hunting culture being lost with urban civilization, knowing where to start in your quest to learn more about this lifestyle can be difficult.  

Solo Hunting: The Challenges are Real, The Rewards are Great

Solo Hunting:  The Challenges are Real, The Rewards are Great

In my near 3 decades of hunting and backcountry experiences,  I've hit a point in life where I actually prefer to hunt alone. The solitude I enjoy in the wild creates an intense appreciation for all things nature offers. Loneliness gives way to clarity,  which allows me to fully appreciate and understand the meaning of why I'm there.  It’s also true that I’m a born introvert.  I feel energized by time alone with just my thoughts. NIn my near 3 decades of hunting and backcountry experiences,  I've hit a point in life where I actually prefer to hunt alone. The solitude I enjoy in the wild creates an intense appreciation for all things nature offers. Loneliness gives way to clarity,  which allows me to fully appreciate and understand the meaning of why I'm there.  It’s also true that I’m a born introvert.  I feel energized by time alone with just my thoughts. No outside voices or influence, other than the sometimes deafening sound of creeks, storms or wildlife.o outside voices or influence, other than the sometimes deafening sound of creeks, storms or wildlife.

More Than Meat?

More Than Meat?

Ever get that question “Dude why do you hunt?”  It’s an unavoidable reality in today’s world where so many have become completely disconnected with what’s actually getting crammed down their piehole. It’s fashionable today to go with the easiest answer  “I hunt for the meat.”  Yes, it’s true, I myself do hunt to feed my family.