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Podcasts and stories to inform and inspire your passion for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Don’t let present circumstance limit your initiative for the wild. Listen now for tips, tactics and wisdom from the most informative and inspiring men and women in the outdoors such as Jim Shockey, Remi Warren, Randy Newberg, Laura Zerra, Corey Jacobsen, Paul “ElkNut” Medel, Jana Waller, Fred Eichler, Brian Call, Kristy Titus, Ted Nugent, Hannah Barron and Donnie Vincent.
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Podcasts and stories to inform and inspire your passion for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Don’t let present circumstance limit your initiative for the wild. Listen now for tips, tactics and wisdom from the most informative and inspiring men and women in the outdoors such as Jim Shockey, Remi Warren, Randy Newberg, Laura Zerra, Corey Jacobsen, Paul “ElkNut” Medel, Jana Waller, Fred Eichler, Brian Call, Kristy Titus, Ted Nugent, Hannah Barron and Donnie Vincent.
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Ep 245 - Capt. Zachariah Rollins: Outdoors, Fishing, and “The Captain Life” Captain Zachariah Rollins, host of Along the Keel, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to bring us into his world of offshore fishing and the captain’s life. Like the movie "The Perfect Storm," Zach shares that his family comes from a history of sou’wester-wearing longliners off the coast of Rhode Island and so began his involvement and passion for fishing at the young age of 10. He chats with Sam about different saltwater fishing styles, how he came to be captain of his own fishing boat, and the importance of protecting fishing and hunting resources going back to Teddy Roosevelt, the father of modern conservation. Zach and Sam also run through the superstitions of why bananas and whistling are not allowed on the boat. You will hear these two reminisce a little about everything from beginning a career as a fisherman, getting to see 20-foot manta rays off the coast of Hawaii, to how Zach took his own unique spin on creating his podcast “Along the Keel.”See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/245. For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative. Get discounts on hunting, fishing, and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Ep 245 - Capt. Zachariah Rollins: Outdoors, Fishing, and “The Captain Life” Captain Zachariah Rollins, host of Along the Keel, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to bring us into his world of offshore fishing and the captain’s life. Like the movie "The Perfect Storm," Zach shares that his family comes from a history of sou’wester-wearing longliners off the coast of Rhode Island and so began his involvement and passion for fishing at the young age of 10. He chats with Sam about different saltwater fishing styles, how he came to be captain of his own fishing boat, and the importance of protecting fishing and hunting resources going back to Teddy Roosevelt, the father of modern conservation. Zach and Sam also run through the superstitions of why bananas and whistling are not allowed on the boat. You will hear these two reminisce a little about everything from beginning a career as a fisherman, getting to see 20-foot manta rays off the coast of Hawaii, to how Zach took his own unique spin on creating his podcast “Along the Keel.”See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/245. For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative. Get discounts on hunting, fishing, and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 244 - Sue Tidwell: Cries of the Savanna Sue Tidwell, author of Cries of the Savanna, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to share her love affair with hunting and conservation in Africa. Sue discusses growing up in a hunting family, but never hunting herself until she met her husband after moving to Alaska. A trip to Tanzania, in Africa, was her husband's dream, but Sue explains how, initially, she was strongly against pursuing several specific African species. However, her real-life experience in Africa gave her an outsider's understanding of why hunting and trophy fees are so crucial to African communities and conservation, and how anti-hunting and trophy import bans could negatively impact Africa. Sue explains how "No meat goes to waste in Africa" and takes us alongside her and her husband's Cape Buffalo "Dagga Boy" hunt. She tells Sam about her fantastic learning experiences with their hunting guides and 23-year-old female game scout. Sue will make you fall in love and want to fight for Africa. Make sure to pick up a copy of Cries of the Savanna for yourself and one for a non-hunting friend.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/244. For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative. Get discounts on hunting, fishing, and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 243 - Dan Cabela: The Impacts of Hunting & Conservation Dan Cabela, executive director of the Cabela Family Foundation, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss the importance of conservation as well as his broad hunting background. Dan reminisces about his first exposure as a youth to hunting waterfowl and upland birds with family and just a BB gun. He talks about how he went from hunting small game and waterfowl to his love of Africa and the quality family time that goes on during those hunting trips. He shares a few of his scary situations and digs into how hunting can be both physically and mentally exhausting. Besides hunting Dan has a love of conservation. He talks about how the Cabela Family Foundation supports a number of conservation initiatives in both North America and Africa and explains not only how to get involved, but how to recognize when your efforts are successful. He also chats a little bit about his exciting experience collaring black bears and picking alligator eggs. Be on the watch for his new TV series “The Hard Truths” coming out August 20th.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/243.For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative.Get discounts on hunting, fishing and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 243 - Dan Cabela: The Impacts of Hunting & Conservation Dan Cabela, executive director of the Cabela Family Foundation, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss the importance of conservation as well as his broad hunting background. Dan reminisces about his first exposure as a youth to hunting waterfowl and upland birds with family and just a BB gun. He talks about how he went from hunting small game and waterfowl to his love of Africa and the quality family time that goes on during those hunting trips. He shares a few of his scary situations and digs into how hunting can be both physically and mentally exhausting. Besides hunting Dan has a love of conservation. He talks about how the Cabela Family Foundation supports a number of conservation initiatives in both North America and Africa and explains not only how to get involved, but how to recognize when your efforts are successful. He also chats a little bit about his exciting experience collaring black bears and picking alligator eggs. Be on the watch for his new TV series “The Hard Truths” coming out August 20th.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/243. For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative. Get discounts on hunting, fishing, and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 242 - Britné Prosser: Spring Bear Successes Britné Prosser, long-time friend, and supporter of the podcast joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to chat about her experiences hunting as a woman, newbie, and mom. They reminisce about what got her started with hunting and her first real experience hunting with her family. How she researched and connected with other hunters. Britné tells Sam about her failed elk hunt and they talk about how, regardless of how much you prepare, you’re never as ready as you’d like to be in the field. She also goes into depth about her experiences hunting spring bear with her friend Laura and how she finally found success this season. Britné reminds us how patience and perseverance can truly pay off.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/242.For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative.Get discounts on hunting, fishing and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 241 - Paul “ElkNut” Medel: Sounds and Strategies for Calling in Every Elk Paul “the ElkNut” Medel joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to lay out the complete playbook for calling elk. Calling on his years of experience interacting with elk, Paul goes over the importance of research and practice before going into the field, as well as some situational examples of his favorite calling routines. He talks about how understanding the tones and emotions of “the language” and knowing how, when and where you call is essential. It's not just about the cow calls or challenge bugles. It's all situational. Paul also teases an exciting new update to the ElkNut app. Make sure you listen through the end of the episode for your chance to win one of three free yearly subscriptions to the new ElkNut app.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/241.For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative.Get discounts on hunting, fishing and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 240 - Travis McClendon: Maximizing Your Hunt Travis McClendon of The Guide Life, Zero Guide Fees, Arizona Strip guides and Arizona Elk Outfitters joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss hunting the West. Travis reminisces a bit about filming hunts back in the day compared to the available technology now. He and Sam then discuss their mutual desires to be hunting the mountains until they’re old and gray. They cover a wide range of topics including the wide variety of hunting opportunities available in Arizona, the performance of the rut, the efficacy of bugling over the years and the behavior of mountain versus desert muleys. Travis closes things out by defining the difference between still hunting and spot-and-stalk.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/240.For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative.Get discounts on hunting, fishing and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 239 - Robby Denning: Hunting Big Mule Deer Robby Denning co-founder of Rokslide and author of Hunting Big Mule Deer joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about taking big muleys. Robby kicks off the episode with an extensive list of his favorite books and resources when it comes to mule deer hunting. Sam and Robby then discuss some of the differences between muley and whitetail populations and behavior, the differences between older age-class muleys and younger along with how their behavior changes during the rut. Robby then digs into why he solely hunts mule deer and some of his best tips for taking bigger muleys more consistently.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/239.For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative.Get discounts on hunting, fishing and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ep 238 - Corey Child: The Best Hunter on TikTok Corey Child, aka The Best Hunter on TikTok, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about authenticity in media and the truth of hunting. Sam and Corey catch up a bit, talking about how they met via TikTok and some of the weird videos they’ve made. They discuss the differences between pen-raised and high-fence animals and private versus public land hunting along with the biases against each. Corey and Sam then discuss authenticity and owning the truth of what your hunt is as well as the unrealistic expectations that can come from hunting media. They move on to tell some elk hunting stories and Corey talks about his experience being too close for comfort with a bull during archery season. Finally, they close out the discussion, talking about hunter recruitment and arguments on the very unlevel playing field of social media.See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/238.For AD-FREE EPISODES, please subscribe via Patreon at patreon.com/thewildinitiative.Get discounts on hunting, fishing and outdoor products at thewildinitiative.com/discounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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