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Episode from the podcastFull Curl Podcast with Rachel Ahtila

FCP- Ep. 005- Interview with Big Country Outfitter, Rancher, and Lifelong Guide Mike Hawkridge

Released Friday, 2nd June 2017
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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Full Curl Podcast! Every now and then we get an opportunity to catch up with folks that truly share a passion for the wildlife, and landscapes. This week I was able to catch up with a guide turned outfitter, and someone who has carved a career out of some of British Columbia's rugged mountains. Not only will we visit about how he and his wife are carrying on her families multigenerational cattle ranch, a successful hunting outfit, but a project with the wild horse herds of the Chilcotin Region.  We catch up with having a whole host of clients run through his camp, including public voice power house, Joe Rogan, and their influential shot on Petersen's Hunting Magazine.  Wildlife Stewardship Council
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Contact: Mike Hawkridge
Big Country Outfitters 768 Grevatt Road, Baker Creek BC, Canada V2J 3H9
Call now to book you next hunting adventure of a lifetime! Call toll free 1 877 482 8569
E-mail : [email protected]
SHOW NOTES:
3:30 Show Starts
3:30 Intro to Mike Hawkridge of Big Country Outfitters, homesteading on a multi-generational family ranch. 
9:00 When does a guide take the leap from hand to manager, and what should a young guide look for when they are selecting a future guide area. 
13:20 Rush Dalziel, and other infamous guides that added zest to the hunting camps, GCF Dalziel Award, and heritage
16:20 Horse chasing, round ups, and the ‘Original Ranch Rodeo’
19:50 Opinionated mares get the jobs done, and marital advice
21:00 Ranchwork, stock choices, and tough horses. 
23:24 Population of wild horses in British Columbia, and the Nemaiah Valley 
27:20 Unbranded context, Management Problems, and Herd Dynamics 
30:00 Historic Cattle Range, and management over the decades for Baker Creek
39:00 Fight or Flight Animals- The disconnect between domestic, and wild horse behaviours
41:34 CBC Network, and the uncertainty on reception from Canadians’ associated with the Wild Horse Project
44:25 Political Correct and Acceptable- Land s�haring with all stakeholders and stewards
50:00 Wildlife Stewardship Council, Regional and National Involvement, The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia, and First Nations co-collaborations. 
55:34 Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, and the epic stance on “Eat What You Kill” with Joe Rogan. 
1:06 Show Ends