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“When I want something, I’m going to do it. It keeps me up at night. I try, and if it fails, I’ll try again.” — Brad Smith It’s hard to pinpoint when change is happening. It feels like it’s always happening and never happening. But in the age of storytelling and media, it’s happening right now. This interview is going to dig into that. What happens when an entity that is nearly synonymous with the Internet and freedom of speech decides to censor content? Hate speech is one thing, but what about when it's just something the entity doesn't like but it's totally legal? That's hunting. It will be interesting to see how digital censorship plays out. Now this episode isn’t all conspiracy theory discussion. That’s actually just a small part of it. But it was a part that's unique and extremely relevant to some things happening in the industry right now. Today’s guest is Brad Smith. Many of you will know Brad from his work with Wide Open Spaces, as well as for being the Founder of Walton Rods. We’ll hear Brad’s journey into both of these ventures today. Get ready. This one is like a stream. Long, deep and a fun journey. Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation This episode of Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation. GoWild is working with Houston Safari Club Foundation, and you know about some of the conservation efforts this group participates in. This is an amazing organization, that is not only funding conservation efforts, they’re helping kids further their education, learn how to get outdoors and actively tackle R3 efforts. Houston Safari Club Foundation has put $2.1 million into scholarships for hunters. That is, they are paying for scholarships to kids who are proven outdoors enthusiasts with hunting backgrounds. These are future decision makers and educators. They tackle Hunter Recruitment first hand with outdoor programs that have introduced hundreds of students to hunting experiences and career opportunities. Houston Safari Club Foundation has also provided $3.5 million in hunter-funded programs for habitat and wildlife improvements, anti-poaching and outdoor education. Members can connect with individuals from diverse fields, sharing a passion for hunting. Go back and listen to Joe’s interview if you missed it—he talks about all kinds of amazing events they host for these efforts. Members also enjoy an active community, with monthly events and of course, the annual convention where members gather to socialize and share experiences. Learn more: hscfdn.org.
“When we get a bird, that’s when I’m going to decide. Am I really a hunter? Or am I a nature photographer?" - Chris Gleim This show's a little different. I documented my co-founder's first hunting experience. You'll hear the excitement in his voice pre-hunt, the self doubt and curiosity of what it will be like to take an anima's life, and the overall the highs and lows hunters deal with. It's an honest, first-hand account of what it is like to try hunting for the first time. Chris Gleim is the Chief Development Officer at GoWild. He's an avid hiker and outdoors enthusiast. And now, he's a hunter. Since working on GoWild, he had gotten more and more interested in hunting culture, and decided he wanted to go himself. So we decided to make it happen this turkey season and document the experience. I wanted to do this to encourage all of you to take someone hunting for the first time. As I type these show notes, I'm coming out of the R3 Symposium (Recruitment, Retainment, and Reactivation), which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska. I've spent three days listening to some of the most experienced people in the hunting industry brainstorm how they can solve the problem to stop the decline in hunters. Here's the thing: If all of you, and all of your friends, and all of their friends can start to take someone hunting for the first time every year, we can curb this ourselves. We don't need the industry to figure it out—we can be the answer. Remember, we're stronger together. Subscribe to Restless Native: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean The New Restless Native Playlist Have you checked out our Restless Native playlist? Subscribe! I update it weekly with what I'm listening to and songs we mention on the show. https://open.spotify.com/user/bradluttrell/playlist/4uBBGhWpd5qBCWDrLm0Mu8?si=zZPEgvEeQTefZo-P6NH3Iw
“I immersed my life in it. I took jobs that didn’t pay as much. But I was flexible. Being flexible and being willing to take a jump (got me to Vortex).”— Mark Boardman on his path to Vortex All websites have an "About Us," right? Not this one. Here is what I found in the Vortex Optics “About YOU” section. "Normally this is the section where it’s “About Us”. But at Vortex, it’s All About You. Rather than go on about “Us” and how long we’ve been in business and how great we are, we focus on you, what you need, what you want, what’s important to you—because that’s what makes us tick." It goes on to say it’s people, products and promises. I think that’s cool. You’re going to see that same passion come through when Mark Boardman talks about how the company operates, how it serves its customers and how it makes some of the best optics on the market. Many of you will know Mark Boardman, maybe not by name, but as the guy who went Sitka hunting with Rinella on MeatEater. I think he’s been on the podcast at some point, too. If you like this interview, you should certainly check out those shows. Vortex Optics Shop Diamondbacks Shop Vortex Rangefinders Restless Native is Sponsored by Allen’s Shocker Gear Turkey season is here, and I could not be more pumped to go after those long beards. I just found some new turkey gear hitting the market from Allen. It’s the Shocker Turkey Hunting lineup, and I’m really excited about this stuff and I’ll be putting it to the test this year.  To be Shocker-worthy, a product must possess the exact elements to make turkey hunting easier, and make you a better hunter. Each item in the Shocker product line is designed, from inception, with purpose-driven storage compartments, specific features and item orientations with turkey hunting-solely in mind. Each one of these (5) individual items are a critical turkey hunting accessory providing a strong modular foundation to the overall “SHOCKER” Turkey Hunting Collection. Shop the Shocker Lineup from Allen Now
“You could see what looked like two huge dogs. Tim said “those are some very, very big dogs.” We’re 60 yards away. Tim racks a shotgun. And let’s loose in the air. The one on the boat dock stood on its hind legs. It was freaking massive. It drops to all fours and starts running at us.”— Dark Waters, Paranormal Storyteller Warning, this show does have some serious language. Last week I released a few shows with paranormal storyteller, Dark Waters. In those shows, Dark Waters talks through what he does, as himself, James, the storyteller.  Today, I have a collection of stories from James, as his persona, Dark Waters. That is, he’s telling these in the first person perspective of the person who told him the tale. He’s reliving the experience, typically telling it all from memory. The last two of these are actually first-hand tellings from hunters and anglers.  In pulling these stories together, I will say, I got sucked in. Dark Waters is such a great storyteller, it’s as good as sitting at the theater watching an action movie.  Listen to more Dark Waters content
“When something really matters in my life, I’ve come to the realization that you either have to be willing to do nothing about it, and ignore it, and let it fester. Or, you have to be willing to be wrong about it and take actions that may fail. It may result in unintended consequences. It’s be wrong, or do nothing. If you’re willing to try something and be wrong, that’s always better than doing nothing.”— Charles Merritt, Buddy Insurance Today, we talk bed bugs, crossbow accidents, mountain bike crashes, comic books, DIY bedrooms, veganism, deforestation and the Appalachian Trail.  Do I have your attention? Yeah, I thought that was probably better than saying I was interviewing an insurance guy.  But seriously! We discuss all of that with an insurance guy. But it’s not just regular insurance, this is insurance for outdoorsmen and women. Buddy is on-demand accident insurance for people who live outdoor lives. Charles is going to outline his outdoor background, how he came to founding his company Buddy, and he’s going to give some advice for those who are chasing their dream.  Charles is a really thoughtful, well spoken guy. He takes his time, pausing to compose thoughts, and he seems like he rarely misplaces words. I admire that. I think you’ll be inspired by his drive. And who knows, you might be his newest customer by the end of this.  Learn More About Buddy
 "Hunters are not banding together to support the ultimate cause of continuing the tradition." - Scott Ellis Scott Ellis is one of the most deadly turkey hunters to carry a gun into the woods. His pedigree is incredible, and while that's part of why we wanted to have him on the show, that's not what we're talking about with Scott. We get into Scott's history. A quick online search of "Scott Ellis Turkey Calling" and you'll find more content than you even know what to do with. Scott's show and app alone is enough to teach you how to hunt. But we wanted to know how you become so influential in the industry. How does one go from a young squirrel huntin' Scotty to a three-time Grand National Champion turkey caller? Funny enough, we actually barely talk turkey hunting in this show. We actually get passionately into the topic of humanity. You'll hear Scott and me get into a disagreement around this topic. I won't spoil it, but I think it's worth listening to the show just to hear us hash through it. At the end of the show we hash through some questions from GoWild users, covering some topics from last week's show, as well as some updates to the app itself. Topics covered: • Young Scotty as a squirrel hunter • Scott's tour in the army • Dictatorship in North Korea • Conservation, and where do we go from here? • Squirrel hunting disasters • Brad almost falling into a waterfall while squirrel hunting • Hunting numbers dropping • Archers vs. archers, hunter vs. hunter • Hunting for your family vs. agriculture. • Vegans have more in common with hunters than they do apart • Turkey hunting, the gateway drug to hunting • The importance of mentorship • Scott’s new app Turkey Tech • Legacy of hunting • Humanity and how we feel when we harvest an animal Relevant links from the interview: Podcast with Scott on Hunting Masters Scott joining Cody Rich Turkey Tech App, made by Scott Ellis
“I didn’t have direct affinity for or against hunting, but if I had to choose, I was probably against it.” - Brad Neathery, CEO of Modern Huntsman Sometimes it seems Lincoln Tapp might have been right when he says social media is doing more harm for hunting than good. This weekend, animal rights activists coordinated a blitzkrieg against several well known hunters via multiple major platforms. While these animals were harvested legally and ethically, it didn’t matter. Some hunters made some great points in corresponding with this anti-hunters, but a few bad apples ruin the bunch. In this case, the whole bunch was already spoiled. It’s shameful how some people responded to the criticism. Telling people to F off and suck it. It’s moronic. And it’s essentially proving Lincoln right. GoWild has grown to be more than I ever initially conceived that first day. But it started with these same conversations. I was hiking down a mountainside after checking some trail cameras, when the absurdity of all of this polarity hit me. That same lightning strike hit Brad Neathery a few years ago, too. But it’s taken him an entirely different direction. Brad, and his business partner, Tyler, join us today to talk about their project, Modern Huntsman. While I went the digital route for my solution to the misunderstanding, they went old school. They founded a print publication to help people better understand what hunting is. That’s a really damn important conversation. We have a fun opportunity to get your hands on signed copies of Volume 2 of Modern Huntsman at the end of this podcast. This is a beautiful book you’ll be proud to leave on your coffee table as a conversation piece about why you hunt. Restless Native is Sponsored by Houston Safari Club Foundation It’s time to book your trip to Texas for Houston Safari Club Foundation’s convention. And guess what? If you’re already in Texas, you don’t even have to book it. You’re already there. This convention is a celebration of wildlife, wild places and the hunting lifestyle we all love. It has thousands of visitors and exhibitors coming from all over the globe for a three day exposition. You will see the finest in wildlife art, jewelry, firearms, sporting accouterments and worldwide expeditions. Beyond the expo there are some awesome banquets and luncheons that are complete with live entertainment, auctions and more stuff than you can even imagine. You know what the best part of all of this is? Your tickets and support of this expo help fulfill Houston Safari Club Foundation’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. The show is January 25 through the 27th in Houston Texas. I will be there myself, so I hope to see you and your rowdy bunch there come this winter. Learn more here. And thank you, to Houston Safari Club Foundation for sponsoring Restless Native.
“I don’t look at it from what I’d do different. That’s a rabbit hole that will continue on for eternity. There’s nothing I would have done different. As time goes on, it’ll just get more beautiful. It’s bigger than one person.” — Kris Bentley Appalachia has some fantastic contributions to this world. The music, food and arts that comes from those hills can be incredible. It’s also no stranger to anguish. I’m always interested by the lore that lives within Appalachia. Much of this history has hung around poverty. In the modern era, it seems the media only shows up when a northeast wind carries a tragic scent that smells like an opportunity to extort already burdened people for ratings and click bait. The media has essentially created poverty porn. A few years ago, photographer Bruce Gilden from Vice Media showed up to “document” Appalachia. What came out of it was essentially a witch hunt. And that’s not just my opinion. Another photographer who worked with Gilden on this shoot was especially conflicted about Gilden’s work, saying he at one point was disappointed with the amount of normal people he was encountering. Now, if you see his work, you’ll find caricatures of the stereotypes of Appalachia. She even went on to say Gilden was turning people into what he wanted them to be, and that it was dangerous especially in a place with a history of extraction. His work isn’t all that different than how politicians use Appalachia. Campaign speeches focused on tales of poverty, loss, and death, all to sensationalize and drive an action. In Gilden’s case, it was clicks on a digital story. In politicians case, it’s to drive votes, all for hopes of progress. Just like how these subjects never heard from the photographer again, politicians leave a wake of misplaced hope. I'm from Appalachia. And Bruce Gilden's work does not represent the people I know. Appalachia has taught me a lot. It’s at the core of who I am and all I do. My work ethic and drive directly comes from those hills. The people there have some of the biggest hearts and daily prove you don’t need the biggest wallets to make a difference in someone’s lives. Many have those same work ethics. I’ll link to a story in the notes about coal miners training to become software developers. Today I’m talking to someone who knows Appalachia like I do. Kris Bentley grew up there, and understands what it’s like to be a Kentuckian away from the camera. He’s a musician that many people in my neck of the woods will know from his work with Sundy Best. Now, Sundy Best blew up about six years ago. I remember watching them hit CMT, have articles in Rolling Stone and their albums charted nationally on platforms like Billboard. Kris and his band member Nick wrote a lot of fantastic songs, which you can hear on the Restless Native Spotify playlist linked in this episode. I wanted to have Kris, or as his friends call him, Bentley, on to talk about home, his group Sundy Best, and what he’s up to these days. You may not be from Appalachia, but think about the parallels in your story. Just as hunting and even fishing are misunderstood in the outdoors, so is this place Kris and I call home. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be from there to enjoy this show. We also have a Giveaway at the very end, and Kris is going to play a few songs for us at the end, so be sure to stick around. I’ll do the giveaway in my post-show wrap up. Restless Native Spotify Playlist with Kris Bentley's Music from Sundy Best Coal miners now becoming web developers Bruce Gilden's exploitative take on Appalachia Restless Native is Sponsored by Houston Safari Club Foundation It’s time to book your trip to Texas for Houston Safari Club Foundation’s convention. And guess what? If you’re already in Texas, you don’t even have to book it. You’re already there. This convention is a celebration of wildlife, wild places and the hunting lifestyle we all love.
"As we see the traditional storytellers retire, it's about bringing up the next generation. We have a lot of young people, but I don't want to lose the baby boomer's knowledge. Some of these people have been doing this for 35 yers and they've made the mistakes we don't want to make ourselves."— Kevin Orthman I met Kevin Orthman just a few days before GoWild launched. And he's been one of our best supporters ever since. I joined POMA for the connections, thinking it could help us pickup some good advertisers as we grow. What I got was so much more. I've made friends, found teammates, met thought leaders, and founded many businesses relationships. The Professional Outdoor Media Association is the best program we work with. I can’t wait for the convention this summer and highly recommend you check it out. If you like this show and are interested in POMA, remember, memberships are cheap. And as I point out in the show. Nobody is paying me to say this. In fact I pay POMA.  It’s a lengthy discussion but it’s good. Stick around and let us know what you think. Restless Native is Sponsored by Allen’s Shocker Gear Turkey season is almost here, and I could not be more pumped to go after those long beards. I just found some new turkey gear hitting the market from Allen. It’s the Shocker Turkey Hunting lineup, and I’m really excited about this stuff and I’ll be putting it to the test this year.  To be Shocker-worthy, a product must possess the exact elements to make turkey hunting easier, and make you a better hunter. Each item in the Shocker product line is designed, from inception, with purpose-driven storage compartments, specific features and item orientations with turkey hunting-solely in mind. Each one of these (5) individual items are a critical turkey hunting accessory providing a strong modular foundation to the overall “SHOCKER” Turkey Hunting Collection. Shop the Shocker Lineup from Allen Now
"I want GoWild community members to know who I am if they have issues, and that somebody actually cares. I want to be able to fix it for you. I want to help you." — Chris Gleim, Co-Founder of GoWild Spoiler alert: There are GoWild spoilers. GoWild is in the process of completing a survey for research. The answers outline GoWild criticisms, and there are compliments of the platform. We don't hide from any of it. We hit each concern or outlying comment head on. My cofounder, Chris Gleim, joined me in Texas for a business trip. On one of our last mornings together, we sat down over coffee and chatted the future of GoWild. This survey will be used to help us build a better product over time. We're using it to validate hunches or ideas we have internally. My Co-Founder Chris Gleim and I sit down to discuss some of the preliminary feedback from the survey and address the anonymous comments from this survey. Restless Native is brought to you by Obsession Bows. These bows are made specifically for you. They are custom bows that deliver custom experiences. Obsession is the leader in detail, creating bows for hunters by hunters. Field-tested with the relentless need to never settle, the people at Obsession leave the woods and enter the shop with innovation in mind. A bow that performs on its own level and redefines what Smooth, Fast & Deadly truly mean. The Obsessed never rest when it comes to performance and every hand and every tool that touches your bow has it’s specific purpose. A system that works like a well-oiled machine to deliver not only purpose but memories. Visit ObsessionBows.com to build for your dream bow. Use code "GOWILD19" to save 15% off your Obsession Bow.
Today is a bonus show from an interview with me (ah hem, that's Brad) on Dan Johnson’s podcast. You all may recall Dan Johnson from joining me on Restless Native. I was also on his show a while back, and that’s what you’ll hear today. Before we dive into that, I wanted to tell you about a couple of things. First, we have a deal with Houston Safari Club Foundation going on where you can get a digital membership. Remember, Houston Safari Club Foundation is not a Texas organization, it’s a conservation organization based in Texas.  If you heard episode 64, a Wild Journey, that reading was from one of my article submissions to their magazine, Hunter’s Horn. Many of you messaged me asking for more articles like that, so here is your chance. For just $35, you can get access to some great member benefits including the magazine. Tap here for that deal.  The second thing I wanted to mention was this is the last week for our First Lite sweepstakes. Soon, I’ll be calling someone to tell them they just won a trip worth at least $4500. The First Lite sweepstakes ends on September 1, so make sure you enter if you haven’t. This is a rare chance to hunt whitetail in Nebraska.  The hunt is also for whitetail. You’ll be working with world-class guide, Jordan Budd, on her family’s property. Cable Smith with Lone Star Outdoor Show will also be joining you for the hunt. And, as if that wasn’t enough, you’re getting a butt load of First Lite gear, which First Lite now says might be worth three times what they originally committed to. You can enter by downloading GoWIld, and searching for “sweepstakes.” Entering from there is easy and the whole thing takes less than a minute.  Alright, let’s get back to Dan Johnson. Dan was one of the earliest of guys to get into podcasting in the hunting space. You may know that name from Mark Kenyon’s show, Wired to Hunt, where Dan got his start. Or, you may know him from his show and networks, Nine Finger Chronicles and Sportsmen’s Nation.  This interview is mostly about what we’re doing at GoWild. I think I shamefully pre-announce a product that has since been put on hold. Oh well, that’s startup life and part of being a big-mouth founder who gets a little too excited sometimes. I will say, what we ended up going with for this year is launching in just a few weeks and I think you’re really going to love the first version of that. To keep myself safe I’m not teasing that, but I will say it’s the first of two huge initiatives for the rest of 2019. That’s right, we’re not done innovating just yet. Houston Safari Club Foundation digital membership info First Lite Sweepstakes Details My last show with Dan
“I’d rather be a plumber and be the best I can be, and be able to hunt, rather than to push paint and never be able to hunt again. I feel like that’s more rewarding for me." - Ryan Kirby  Today’s guest would tell you he was born an artist. That the paint brush was as natural in his hand as a basketball to Kobe Bryant. I’m not sure I agree. OK, the Kobe Bryant analogy is mine, Ryan would never say that. And I’ll agree some folks are more artistically inclined than others. But even with today’s guest’s natural ability, I think it’d sell his work ethic short to say he didn’t earn his success by putting in his form of 10,000 hours. Ryan has won over a dozen awards from organizations like Outdoor Life, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Quality Deer Management Association. He’s painted dozens of works of art and these things sell for a premium. A couple of Ryan’s paintings may be worth more than your truck. And when you hear how much time and labor goes into one of these paintings, you’ll realize why his paintings sell for a premium. If this is your first episode of Restless Native, welcome. I hope you’ll hit subscribe. If you dig this episode you’d probably like my conversation with Mahting Putelis in episode 33, as well as my chat with the guys at Modern Huntsmen on episode 30. Today’s recording dives straight in. And I’m not sorry. I think it works better this way. I may just have to start doing that. Ryan's website Log Time for this Episode on GoWild Share your thoughts, support, or points of contention by logging time on GoWild. Logging time is fun and lets you join in on the conversation. Restless Native is Sponsored by Houston Safari Club Foundation Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation. This organization is a great supporter of hunters and conservation, and I am proud to partner with them. Hunting and conservation, what’s not to like, right? If you agree, great. Then I want you to come on to Houston, Texas with me to attend the Houston Safari Club Foundation’s Convention and Hunting Expo. This is a great chance for a family trip or a break away with the buddies. The convention is a celebration of wildlife, wild places and the hunting lifestyle we all love. It has thousands of visitors and exhibitors coming from all over the globe for a three day exposition. Beyond the convention, you can experience some amazing entertainment, with performances from folks like Corey Morrow, Rickey Davis and Billboard chart-frequent flyer, Kevin Fowler. There are banquets and luncheons, auctions and more stuff than I possibly have time to tell you about right now. And as Joe said in his most recent interview, Houston is a great place to spend a weekend and grub. You know what the best part of all of this is? Your tickets and support of this expo help fulfill Houston Safari Club Foundation’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. The show is January 25 through the 27th in Houston Texas. I will be wandering the floor on January 26 and possibly the morning of the 27th. Please send me a direct message on GoWild if you’re going to be there and we’ll meetup. Learn more at hscfdn.org/convention. Thank you to Houston Safari Club Foundation for all you do, and for sponsoring Restless Native.  
“That blood goes right back into the soil that nourished them. It’s a really profound moment for us. It’s sad, but it’s incredibly beautiful, too. The amount of gratitude that we have for that animal, and being there as it’s dying, it’s a beautiful thing. But it’s not an easy thing. We live in a culture of ease. Our emotions should not dictate our actions.”— Tara Couture Tara Couture farms her own food, utilizes the entirety of the animal, lives as green as possible, and she cares about this planet. If you’ve listened to any amount of Restless Natives, you know that could not be more up my alley. Tara’s blowing up right now on social media. She’s fighting the good fight, discussing her lifestyle and her diet, which is certainly not mainstream. She gets challenged and she pushes back. It’s great to see her stand up for what she believes. I do have a fear for Tara, though. As she continues into this journey as an unintended social media influencer, the battles she’s fighting today may be won, but the war won’t stop. I hope she can maintain her enthusiasm for educating and explaining, and I hope she can maintain her patience. It’s hard to do that for very long without becoming a cynic or just completely defeated. I think you’ll agree with me though, I think Tara’s got the energy it takes to keep on fighting that good fight. It’s probably all of that animal fat powering her brain. Find Tara on Instagram Don’t forget to log time on GoWild, where you can connect with other foodies on the Cooking and Gardening Trails Shop Allen's Turkey Lineup Restless Native is Sponsored by Allen’s Shocker Gear Turkey season is here, and I could not be more pumped to go after those long beards. I just found some new turkey gear hitting the market from Allen. It’s the Shocker Turkey Hunting lineup, and I’m really excited about this stuff and I’ll be putting it to the test this year.  To be Shocker-worthy, a product must possess the exact elements to make turkey hunting easier, and make you a better hunter. Each item in the Shocker product line is designed, from inception, with purpose-driven storage compartments, specific features and item orientations with turkey hunting-solely in mind. Each one of these (5) individual items are a critical turkey hunting accessory providing a strong modular foundation to the overall “SHOCKER” Turkey Hunting Collection. Shop the Shocker Lineup from Allen Now
“People have a preconceived notion about things. I prefer Foraging to ‘Scavenging’ but for some people that conjures an image of eating dirty things like road kill. You say you’re a hunter, and it evokes an image of the ‘manly man.’ You’re looking for a prize, or a trophy. That’s what I’m doing. Hunting mushrooms is exciting.” — Alan Bergo, Foraging Chef In some ways, I might have called today’s guest a mad scientist. But he’s been very clear, he’s not at all a scientist.  But I will stand by the fact that he’s odd.  I have discussed cooking venison dozens of times on my show, but never have we talked about cooking venison breast—seriously. And never have we discussed the ins and outs of eating goat or leaching liver or whole carcass quite like this.  And it’s truly marvelous, in its fantastical oddity.  While we do cover all of that, we dive very deep into the surprising world of mushrooms. I have never talked to anyone about eating mushrooms and other wild findings in the same way Alan and I do. The guy is absolutely obsessed with not only finding them, but finding them at the absolute peak time of year.  Show Note Links Alan’s Website, Forger Chef Mushroom Identifier  Instagram  Untamed Mushrooms 100 Edible Mushrooms Mushroomexpert.com Neck roast recipe  YouTube
"Get out there and vote. Support your NGOs or your local organizations. Be involved. It's critically important that we're actively involved beyond going hunting. We must have our voice heard. We must put our money where our mouth is. And we must support individuals that are in support of maintaining the legacy we have in this country." — Joe Betar, Executive Director, Houston Safari Club Foundation Welcome to a special election day edition of Restless Native. If you hate politics, don’t go anywhere. We’re actually not getting into who you should vote for. On today’s show, we’re talking with Joe Betar with Houston Safari Club Foundation. You may recall Joe from a previous episode. He’s an incredibly smart fella, and a guy I’m happy to call a friend. While last time we talked about all of the great conservation and educational efforts Houston Safari Club Foundation promotes, I wanted to have Joe back on for this election day episode to talk about what he’s been doing on the lobbying and legislation side of things. Few people can talk about the impacts of conservation dollars like Joe. And beyond that, we’re going to get into how you can better inform your vote. And I beg of you to exercise your right to vote. There are few things more paramount to your right as an American than your right to vote.  Don’t take that for granted. And as Joe said, if you don’t vote, please, keep your complaints to yourself. You have an amazing opportunity to be a part of a solution. With how easy early voting is these days, you have no valid excuses. Please, put your mind to work. Evaluate the things that matter most to you. And cast your vote. Learn more about the convention Inform Yourself: Congressional Sportsmen  I Side With  NRA Houston Safari Club's website
"One of the folks said, 'There's a fire. Bring shovels.' We jumped in the truck and drove as fast as we could to where they were talking about. We pull up and shut off the truck. We get out, and we start smelling burned rubber." — Stephen Holley, SIXSITE Founder Team GoWild is on the road. We’ve been down in Texas meeting up with Stephen Holley and Team SIXSITE where we also had a meet and greet. From there we crashed in Austin for a night before meeting up with Jeremiah Doughty for a three day whitetail hunt. We have a ton of awesome content coming from this trip, and that starts right now. I sat down with Stephen Holley, the founder of SIXSITE gear, as well as Jason Dickens, a hunting guide who works for SIXSITE. We had fun with this one and I hope you do, too. Visit SIXSITE's Website Restless Native is Sponsored by Houston Safari Club Foundation Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation. This organization is a great supporter of hunters and conservation, and I am proud to partner with them. Hunting and conservation, what’s not to like, right? If you agree, great. Then I want you to come on to Houston, Texas with me to attend the Houston Safari Club Foundation’s Convention and Hunting Expo. This is a great chance for a family trip or a break away with the buddies. The convention is a celebration of wildlife, wild places and the hunting lifestyle we all love. It has thousands of visitors and exhibitors coming from all over the globe for a three day exposition. Beyond the convention, you can experience some amazing entertainment, with performances from folks like Corey Morrow, Rickey Davis and Billboard chart-frequent flyer, Kevin Fowler. There are banquets and luncheons, auctions and more stuff than I possibly have time to tell you about right now. And as Joe said in his most recent interview, Houston is a great place to spend a weekend and grub. You know what the best part of all of this is? Your tickets and support of this expo help fulfill Houston Safari Club Foundation’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. The show is January 25 through the 27th in Houston Texas. I will be wandering the floor on January 26 and possibly the morning of the 27th. Please send me a direct message on GoWild if you’re going to be there and we’ll meetup. Learn more at hscfdn.org/convention. Thank you to Houston Safari Club Foundation for all you do, and for sponsoring Restless Native.
"I said, ‘So you don’t know for 100% certainty that this bear is dead?’ He said no, and I told him we have a problem. All of the sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I see alders move, and out comes this wounded brown bear on a dead run, right for us."— Lyn Hoffman, Alaskan big game hunting guide This show is crazy. We have bear charges. Golden eagle attacks. Tales of successful hunts, including moose, sheep, goats, bears, deer, pigs, coyotes, rabbits and god knows what else I’m forgetting. We hear about of hunting accidents, being stranded on a mountain for days after a bear attack, how Lacey motivated a gentlemen to seize the day in what would be his last mountain hunt ever. And we hear about Lyn and Lacey’s newest business, which gives you a chance to go experience Alaska and get these experiences first hand. Lyn and his wife, Lacey, stopped by the GoWild office recently, and we hit the studio with no particular plans or direction for the conversation. What unfolded is a series of tales mostly from just a single hunting season that showcase why the Hoffman life might just be the best life. If you’re not hyped to listen to this already, I don’t know what else to say to get you there. I won’t even try. On a separate note, I don’t know why any time I do impressions of someone my voice is always a redneck dude. I guess it’s just what I know best. It’s pretty much my voice for all impressions, so don’t be offended. After the interview I’m going to talk about a little something that gets revealed in this podcast, so stick around for my recap and rambling at the end. GoWild users will especially enjoy that. This is a long one, so I’ll see ya on the other side in a few hours. Don’t worry, it’s worth it, and I guarantee you’ll end this show and want more stories from Lyn and Lacey, and I’m willing to bet you don’t even realize how much time has passed. Garmin Teaser Pig video Grayling fishing in Alaska Hoffman Life Instagram Download GoWild to follow the Hoffmans Log Time for this Episode on GoWild Share your thoughts, support, or points of contention by logging time on GoWild. Logging time is fun and lets you join in on the conversation Restless Native is Sponsored by Houston Safari Club Foundation Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation. This organization is a great supporter of hunters and conservation, and I am proud to partner with them. Hunting and conservation, what’s not to like, right? If you agree, great. Then I want you to come on to Houston, Texas with me to attend the Houston Safari Club Foundation’s Convention and Hunting Expo. This is a great chance for a family trip or a break away with the buddies. The convention is a celebration of wildlife, wild places and the hunting lifestyle we all love. It has thousands of visitors and exhibitors coming from all over the globe for a three day exposition. Beyond the convention, you can experience some amazing entertainment, with performances from folks like Corey Morrow, Rickey Davis and Billboard chart-frequent flyer, Kevin Fowler. There are banquets and luncheons, auctions and more stuff than I possibly have time to tell you about right now. And as Joe said in his most recent interview, Houston is a great place to spend a weekend and grub. You know what the best part of all of this is? Your tickets and support of this expo help fulfill Houston Safari Club Foundation’s mission of preserving the sport of hunting through education, conservation and the promotion of our hunting heritage. The show is January 25 through the 27th in Houston Texas. I will be wandering the floor on January 26. Please send me a direct message on GoWild if you’re going to be there and we’ll meetup. Learn more at hscfdn.org/convention. Thank you to Houston Safari Club Foundation for all you do, and for sponsoring Restless Native.
"There is not a single person on our team who has an ego. We seek out opinions from so many people. We want feedback from the community. We want people to have a voice. I know I'm not an expert. We seek out the people in their respective fields—cooking, deer hunting, or whatever because we want to do it right. We want to do it, from a technology perspective, to do it 10 times better than anyone's ever done it before."— Zack Grimes I’ve known Zack Grimes for a long time. And we’ve been through a lot together. I mean heck, about six years ago, Zack got me fired. Just kidding, Zack. OK, well not really, I did get fired, and Zack was involved, but the company’s paranoia and ignorance isn’t Zack’s fault. We’ll get into this story a little bit. But he and I started off just a couple of young guys trying to make their way into advertising. When I first met him, I thought he had it all figured out. He’s incredibly bright. I mean, he’s seriously one of the smartest people I know. We had a lot of fun screwing up on someone else’s dime before we co-founded this company together. Today you get to hear about those successes, failures, and… Tacos. This podcast was not really brought to you by Mission Tacos, but the offer still stands that if Mission Tacos wants to pay us in tacos, we're interested. Also, Brad was wrong. Zack's always had a beard. Restless Native is sponsored by GoWild.  GoWild is the fastest growing social media and activity tracking platform for outdoors enthusiasts. With this platform, you can live track your hikes, scouts, hunts, archery practice and more. You can keep a log of all of your photos and stats for your elk, deer, fish, turkeys and whatever else you can think of. You can connect with likeminded people and learn from them! You can find and share recipes for your wild game. And you can win gear, totally free to you, along the way.  GoWild also just launched an integrated partnership with Garmin. You can log your activity from your Garmin devices, and if you’re on the fenix 5 plus series, you can use the GoWild app for Garmin to track your hunting, scouting, archery and hiking.  Find GoWild on Android or iPhone. And if you’re already there, we’d love a 5 star review. If you don’t think it’s worth 5 stars, you can message me on GoWild and tell me why, and we’ll make it right. Thanks to everyone on the GoWild team for their hard work, which makes this podcast possible. Download GoWild Now GoWild Partners with NWTF
"I see so much dereliction of journalistic duty among reporters. You see these people in DC who have disdain for the hunting and fishing way of life, and it's really sad. I strive to help people get connected to see what this industry does."– Gabriella Hoffman It takes courage to admit you’re new at something. And today’s guest is someone who doesn’t back down from being new at something she actually speaks about as an authority.  Wait, what?  Seriously. Gabriella Hoffman has worked her way up to being an active writer in the hunting, fishing, outdoor and firearm spaces, but she’s relatively new to hunting. She’s also a very active political reporter, and I would certainly put the influencer label on her, even though it may not surface how some of you interpret it.  In many ways, influencers to me are the new newspaper columnists. People are excited to see new content from them. They have a clear but evolving point of view. And they reach the masses. The idea of an influencer often gets tied to social media, but it can run so much deeper than that. Gabriella, or Gabby as her friends call her, is a great example of that. She is an influencer on many levels, ranging from her articles to her own podcasts, from her social channels to her own network. She’s an interesting person, and she and I got to sit down and chat about her background and hear what she thinks of today’s media landscape.  This is another great show from POMA. I’ve got one more of these in the chamber. Unlike the last couple, that person’s last name is not Hoffman. 
Welcome to a bonus episode of Restless Native. We’re in Nashville, talking with folks about the show and turkey hunting… And, I’m trying to get people to give me their best turkey call. Enjoy!
The first Restless Native came with one promise: I’m going to tell you a story. We’ve now tipped the century mark, and I’m looking back on my favorite episodes, what I’ve learned, and where the show is going.  AND, we drop a BIG announcement. Seriously, you’re going to want to hear (and SEE) this one.  Buckle up. We’re just getting started, and episode 100 proves it. Restless Native is Brought to You by GoWild GoWild is a social commerce platform for outdoor enthusiasts. Join in on the discussion today. Download GoWild today.
"Shoshone Rose is an off the rails, fictional murder ballad. It's a tale I totally invented. It's a character I invented. A woman of Shoshone decent. She's lighter skinned. Set in the late 1800s. And she goes around in these camps of American forces. She dresses in a way that you can't tell who she is. She speaks English and passes as white or mixed. And she kills the guard, and goes and murders the general in this camp."— Emily Scott Robinson, describing her powerful ballad Shoshone Rose Emily Scott Robinson is a singer songwriter who travels the country in her RV. She crafts some incredible music and narratives, including Shoshone Rose, which she describes above. Typically my show features people from the hunting and fishing industry, but for this one, I found someone in the music industry, living an outdoors lifestyle. I love Emily’s music. She is such a great songwriter. And when I found out she lived in a freaking RV and rambled the country, I really wanted to have her join my show and talk about that. She’s a total breath of fresh air. No, not just because today we literally are wondering if each breath of air will be the one that infects us. Emily is just special. I think her interview highlights that well, but if you check out her songs, you’ll see what I’m talking about.  I wish Emily well in these strange times. I keep thinking of what’s going on, and the only thing that’s really resonated with me is Joe Rogan’s description of modern times. “We live in a movie.” Emily Scott Robinson Website Twitter Instagram Spotify
"This apparel represents what I stand for. There's that, and we're actively trying to promote conservation efforts." — Bud Fisher, Co-Founder, Catchin' Deers How many times have you and your buddies had a crazy idea, and said, “Somebody should do that. People would love it.” Typically, that conversation is where good ideas go to die. But not with today’s guest. Today we have Bud Fisher on the show. Many of you know his name, but if you don’t, you probably have heard of those Catchin’ Deers guys. The fellas who took an idea at hunt camp and turned it into a full fledged business. And they’re crushing it. Catchin’ Deers swept through social media a few years ago, and what started off as a few trucker hats turned into a business. Now, these guys aren’t all one-liners and a ridiculous logo. They’re smart. They know how to run a business. And they know how to market a product. We’ll dig into all of that today. If you’ve heard Bud in the past, stay tuned. I’ve heard those shows, too. I did my homework to ensure we tell just enough of how this thing got started, but we’ll hear him tackle a few new questions. Oh, and, I’ve got a surprise guest at the end. A fella who most Catchin’ Deers fans will recognize immediately. Let’s just say I’m getting some archery tips from a seasoned pro. Forbes Article  Catchin' Deers Website  Brad Loves These Pants Restless Native is Sponsored by Ramcat Broadheads So many of our guests have talked about how much hard work they put into their hunting season. Just like you, they train for the year to ensure they make a quick, ethical kill on the animal. To do that as an archer, you need a high quality broadhead in your quiver, which is why I’m bringing this message to you from our sponsor, Ramcat Broadheads. Keep listening—we’ve got a deal for you in just a second. First, I wanted to tell you about the technology behind these blades. Ramcats make a wickedly accurate broadhead that is known for being a highly technical and meticulously designed. They work a bit differently than what you’re use to. They have concave scoops that create an airfoil, which eliminates wind planing. This forces air to slip over the ferrule and arrow shaft for best in-class accuracy and impact energy. It’s time to put Ramcat’s top performance in your quiver. It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting a recurve, compound or crossbow, and no matter the speed of your bow. You can get 25% off your first purchase of Ramcat Broadheads with code gowild2018. This info is also in the show notes. Thank you to Ramcat Broadheads for sponsoring Restless Native. We appreciate ya
"The first year we came out, we bought as much inventory as we could in a short amount of time. We were handwriting on white boxes with black sharpie all of the data on the shells. We were getting the word out on social media. And we spent weeks building up this inventory for launch. And when we launched, our online store was wiped out in 16 minutes."— Nick Charney Today’s guest started off packaging shotgun shells into plain white boxes with the labels written on the box.  We’re going to talk through what it takes to go from that, to doubling your revenue in a single year.  Nick Charney is an engineer and shotshell ballistics expert. He is currently on active duty with the United States Air Force and he is the co-founder of Apex Ammunition. I was drawn to his story because A) I’m a cofounder of an outdoor company myself. And B) it’s turkey season, so naturally I’m thinking about shotgun loads.  Restless Native is brought to you by GoWild Download GoWild today
As many of you know, GoWild has partnered with From Field to Plate and SIXSITE to promote hunter recruitment with a sweepstakes valued at over $4,500. The sweepstakes ran for 2 months, and collectively generated nearly 3,000 new hunters and anglers for 2018. "I know this is a drop in the bucket in what the industry needs, but we're proud to be working with people and brands who understand that if we all just work together, these small efforts can eventually create bucket loads of new hunters and anglers," said GoWild Co-Founder Brad Luttrell. "For being as young of a company as we are, we're proud to see our little ol' community be this activated and inspired to jump in and solve this R3 issue." Team GoWild sat down on August 1 and called one random winner for the sweepstakes. You can listen to the episode above to see who won and just how that announcement went. The winner will join GoWild Co-Founders Brad Luttrell and Donovan Sears on an all-expense-paid hunting trip to Texas, where wild game chef Jeremiah Doughty will teach his process of hunting, butchering and cooking whitetail. SIXSITE will outfit the winner in their USA-made, high-quality camo. "We want to give back to those who are giving," said Doughty. "I want to be a part of the winner's life, because this will be a person who is pledging to help make an impact." Note: There is no video. Sorry. **About SIXSITE** Founded in 2015, SIXSITE is a high-performance hunting and outdoor apparel and gear provider. Its products are Navy SEAL-designed, built in the U.S. and constructed with tactical knowledge about how to make gear work best. SIXSITE operates on three core principles – produce gear designed by and made to satisfy the demands of a veteran U.S. Navy SEAL; build in America – always have, always will; and offer gear that delivers a great value and experience for the outdoors. Users of GoWild and listeners of Restless Native may recall SIXSITE's founder, Stephen Holley, joining GoWild Co-Founder Brad Luttrell for a podcast. The show is highly regarded as one of the best Restless Natives yet by many listeners. Listen to the interview to learn more about the company's founder, his goals and why it was important to him to create a product that was made in the USA. GoWild is proud to partner with a company with such a strong belief system and great products. Learn more about SIXSITE's products: https://sixsitegear.com/ **Restless Native is Brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation** This episode of Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation. GoWild is working with Houston Safari Club Foundation, and you know about some of the conservation efforts this group participates in. This is an amazing organization, that is not only funding conservation efforts, they’re helping kids further their education, learn how to get outdoors and actively tackle R3 efforts. Houston Safari Club Foundation has put $2.1 million into scholarships for hunters. That is, they are paying for scholarships to kids who are proven outdoors enthusiasts with hunting backgrounds. These are future decision makers and educators. They tackle Hunter Recruitment first hand with outdoor programs that have introduced hundreds of students to hunting experiences and career opportunities. Houston Safari Club Foundation has also provided $3.5 million in hunter-funded programs for habitat and wildlife improvements, anti-poaching and outdoor education. Members can connect with individuals from diverse fields, sharing a passion for hunting. Go back and listen to Joe’s interview if you missed it—he talks about all kinds of amazing events they host for these efforts. Members also enjoy an active community, with monthly events and of course, the annual convention where members gather to socialize and share experiences. Learn more.
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