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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 guests such as Jim Shockey, Aron Snyder, Corey Jacobsen, Paul “ElkNut” Medel, Kristy Titus, Guy Eastman, Jay Scott and Mark Kenyon.
 
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Angler and army vet, Rebecca Lentz joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to share her journey into the world of fly fishing. In this episode, Rebecca talks about the stigmas of “intruding” on other people’s fishing trips, how to decide on switching spots or switching flies and why you must absolutely wash your line after taking it home from the store. T…
 
Sidney Smith, double amputee, Iron Man and OG Living Country in the City podcast guest joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss achieving your goals in the face of overwhelming adversity. In this episode, they discuss the literal puddles of blood that went into Sidney’s grueling Iron Man, why the mindset of having a “Plan B” is not an option and…
 
Sarah Joy and Nadra Decker join Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss everything you need to know about getting started with waterfowl hunting. In this episode, Sam, Sarah, and Nadra dig into all the basics that a newbie would need to know when it comes to waterfowling, including how to practice, critical gear and decoy usage. They also discuss hun…
 
Lydia Smith, backcountry hunter, horse trainer, and wildlife artist joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to share the struggles and achievements of her hunting journey. In this episode, Lydia explains how, while she went out trapping squirrels with her dad, growing up, she was never taught to hunt. She examines the struggles of being a self-taught hunt…
 
Jana Waller of Skullbound Chronicles on Carbon TV joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about deep-rooted traditions of hunting and conservation. In this episode, they talk about Jana’s final Wisconsin rifle hunt with her father ending with an amazing animal, deer camp heritage, hunting out of sketchy treestands, the difference in experience bet…
 
Remi Warren, guide, writer, TV and podcast host, and one of the most knowledgable and obsessive hunters out there, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating who he is today. In this episode, Remi fields several mule deer and related hunting questions submitted by listeners. He covers searchin…
 
James Nash, Cpt. USMC Ret., of 6 Ranch Outfitters joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to share highlights from a lifetime of elk hunting knowledge. In this episode, James looks back at his childhood being raised on a six-generation ranch, building knowledge of wildlife conservation and gaining insight on elk by observing the unique behavior of Corrien…
 
True Pearce, competitive shooter, attorney and editor at Guns America, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk firearms and hunting. In this episode, they discuss True’s youth journeying deep into the backcountry with his father, the world of competitive shooting and how it translates to hunting, the degradation of our wild places, his best advice…
 
Arlando Chiles (a.k.a. Buck da Black Hunter) of Campfire Evolution joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about his life-changing “huntervention”. In this episode, they talk about how alcoholism and depression steered him onto the path of hunting, discovering Randy Newberg while watching YouTube rap videos, advice for archery newbies, starting yo…
 
Corey Piersol of Burch Barrel and Chris Ollis, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Detective, join Sam on The Wild Initiative over a few Montana beers to recap a weekend at Western Hunting Summit and talk hunting. In this episode, they talk about a little bit of everything including filling your freezer with wild game, growing up anti-hunting, a recap of …
 
Mike Ensch, hunter, angler, music festival producer and old friend, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to catch up and chat about the outdoors. In this episode they discuss immersing yourself in the outdoors in any way possible, crazy characters in the music industry, learning to love the process rather than the results, the similarities between hunt…
 
Mark Livesay of Treeline Pursuits joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to give the ultimate rundown on how to build your hunt plan and locate elk. From paper topo maps to Google Earth to mobile apps, Mark has developed a detailed and revolutionary system for locating hunt areas. In this episode, he breaks down his best tips from decades of backcountry …
 
Cable Smith, host of the Lonestar Outdoor Show, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to catch up and just shoot the sh*t for a while about hunting. In this episode, they discuss road trips and living like a transient gypsy, whiskey and cigars and how open and welcoming the hunting community can be. They cover a little bit of everything: how COVID has a…
 
Bert Sorin, CEO of Sorinex, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about preparation for your next hunt. On this podcast, they discuss the concept of fitness versus strength and how it fits into the outdoors, what it means to go “deep-water” on your passions, the intense preparation of getting a once-in-a-lifetime animal, discovering where you ne…
 
Primitive survivalist Laura Zerra joins Sam on The Wild Initiative about building your ideal lifestyle and outdoor experience. In this episode, Laura reminisces about growing up as the “weird kid” whose closest friends were a pack of coyotes. She walks us through her journey into veganism and her transition back into eating meat as well as many of …
 
Byron Pace, photographer and filmmaker, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss conservation and our hunting media. In this episode, Byron discusses his involvement in Modern Huntsman and the changes in our consumption and presentation of hunting media as well as the important values his father imparted to him with regards to the outdoors. They…
 
Tom Rowland, fishing guide and host of Saltwater Experience and the Tom Rowland Podcast, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss how fitness has improved his life as a hunter, angler and family man. In this episode, they discuss the sacrifices you have to be willing to make to live the life you want and how to discover your direction. Tom tells…
 
Robin Black, MMA Analyst and Commentator and king of the one-minute breakdown, joins Sam, in this bonus episode of The Wild Initiative, on an Instagram Live session. They have a fantastic conversation covering a little bit of everything including trophy hunting, masculinity, athlete hunters, the emotional connection to what we fight or kill and the…
 
Blake Manning, a fellow California native, joins Sam to talk about the endless opportunities for hunting that California offers. In this episode, they discuss the ins-and-outs of reaching out to private landowners, their Spring turkey seasons, hunting coastal blacktail, taking his wife out on her first hunt, and sharing the bounty of the hunt with …
 
Powerlifter Brandon Lilly joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss overcoming adversity and the power of stripping life down to the basics. In this episode, Brandon walks us through his journey as a powerlifter and through his recovery from a catastrophic rupture of both knees. He also provides his insight on a wide variety of topics including m…
 
Britt Longoria joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss what it truly means to be a hunter. In this episode, Britt reminisces about traveling the world hunting with her father, the important legacy he left, the start of her love affair with Africa and growing up with dreams of running an African Safari Company. They also discuss the controversia…
 
The Quiet Survivalist and 30+ year military and federal law enforcement veteran, Michael Lavalle, joins Sam on the Wild Initiative to talk about essential survival skills. In this episode, they discuss must-have survival gear for your pack, fire-starting tactics, how to find water in the desert, and even some super handy tricks for locating and tra…
 
Locke Wheeler is back again, talkin' turkey with Sam on The Wild Initiative. In this episode, they discuss how the weather and seasons affect turkey behavior during the day, whether or not to use decoys, turkey rafter dynamics, decoy setup strategies, aggressive and timid calling techniques and how to locate toms in the morning. Learn more on the s…
 
Anna Van Nostrand of Anna V Outdoors joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk all about wing-shooting, bird dogs and the hunting life. In this episode, they discuss her history as a firearms instructor, developing her passion for wing-shooting and bird-doggin', getting her daughters into hunting, how to get your start in the sport and the essential…
 
Jay Benjamin is the co-founder of Big Sky Rentals, a company focused on renting out fishing, hunting, and camping gear. The cost of technical outdoor equipment can be limiting, especially for those new to a sport. Additionally, traveling with gear is often a hassle. Rental gear addresses both of these problems, and Jay’s goal is to provide high-qua…
 
Fisher Neal of Learn to Hunt NYC and Yale Drama School joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about his passion for teaching others to hunt. In this episode, they discuss wanting to pursue a career in acting without sacrificing hunting and fishing, the opportunities available to hunters in New York and New Jersey, the logistics of managing whitet…
 
Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt and MeatEater joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss his new book, That Wild Country. In this episode, they discuss advice for someone building a career in the outdoor industry, the romantic mythology of “heading west” and his personal journey, advice for first-time mountain hunters, physical fitness, setting expec…
 
Jen Ripple is the Editor-in-Chief of DUN Magazine, a fly fishing magazine written by women and for women. After writing a women’s column for another magazine, Jen realized there wasn’t yet a women-focused publication in the fly fishing world and decided to start one of her own. While DUN is by no means meant to exclude men (and Jen mentions how man…
 
Isaac Aleman, formerly of Easton, joins Sam on the Wild Initiative at Hunt Expo in Salt Lake City to discuss, among other things, why FOC stands for "f**king overcomplicated." In this episode, they cover Easton's history and roots in California, Rambo First Blood Pt 2, the value of hunting the same area year after year, introducing your kids to hun…
 
Marc Smith and Jeremy Dugger sit down with Sam on The Wild Initiative at Hunt Expo in Salt Lake City to talk hunting big muleys. In this episode they cover, locating big mule deer and learning to kill them where they are, important terrain features to look for, tracking deer, road hunting, laying down in deer beds pushing deer and pretty much every…
 
Jake Roy is a fly fishing guide with Wilderness Place Lodge in Alaska. Although many people will want to book a guided trip if they head north, Alaska is also very doable as a DIY “exotic” destination for those of us from the lower 48. In this episode, Jake walks me through what to expect when planning a trip, including when to go, what you can cat…
 
Jordan Romney of Drift on the Fly joins Sam on The Wild Initiative at the Sacramento International Sportsman's Expo. In this episode, they discuss guiding fly fishing in California, how Steelhead runs can interfere with college courses, starter gear and how fly fishing is becoming more affordable for beginners, power versus style, the physics behin…
 
Kaitlyn Lowes joins Sam on the Wild Initiative in the NSSF Lounge at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. In this episode, they discuss hunting her family’s property in Texas and taking her first deer, the beauty of processing your own wild game meat, shooting and hog hunting from horseback, the ethics of high-fence hunting and hunting overseas. See more on the…
 
Lukas Leaf is the Executive Director of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters and is on the board of the MN chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. This episode starts with a little discussion of what the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is, why it’s important to so many people, and what the fishing is like throughout the year. Then, we get into the curr…
 
Nick Smith, the Informative Fisherman, joins Sam in a boat at the Sacramento International Sportsmen’s Expo for this episode of The Wild Initiative. In this episode, they discuss his becoming the first full-time fishing YouTube’er and earning the name “Informative Fisherman”, the science of mother nature and how it affects bass fishing, calling fis…
 
Robbie Kroger, founder of the Blood Origins Project, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative. In this episode, they discuss exploring what hunting means to each individual, fighting against the lack of authenticity in hunting media, trying to target the “why” in his stories and not just the kill, adding to the Blood Origins family tree and how hearing the…
 
Scott Bosse is the Northern Rockies Director of American Rivers, an organization that protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. In this episode, Scott and I talk about Wild and Scenic Rivers, which are rivers that have been designated for protection due to their unique and outstanding qualities.…
 
Nick Hoffman, of Nick’s Wild Ride on The Outdoor Channel, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative at the NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas. In this episode, they discuss being wired as a hunter versus being wired as a gatherer, feeling a longing for the wild without knowing what’s missing, wanting to start an Anthony Bourdain-style hunting show, running away at…
 
Casey & Regina Stafford of CICC Outdoor Adventures join Sam on The Wild Initiative. In this episode, they discuss the abundant hunting opportunities offered by the State of California, waterfowl as an easy introduction into hunting and an in-depth discussion of locating and hunting hogs on public land. See more on the show notes page at thewildinit…
 
Eddy Wittry was, until recently, the Program Lead for the Denver chapter of Project Healing Waters, a non-profit dedicated to helping disabled veterans through fly fishing, fly tying, and rod building. This program benefits vets suffering from both physical and mental disabilities by transitioning them back into civilian life at their own pace, usi…
 
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