Today is not your average hunting interview, but to me, it’s as every bit and even more important. A good portion of hunting is about heritage, likewise, this episode is heritage. It is also about life and insights from those who have lived before us.packing, to me, embodies so so many great so much of what I hope to help pass on to my kids and the next generation. If you don’t know Val Geissler, he is a horseman, a cowboy, a singer, a poet, a teacher, and a family man, among being a dad to not only his own but to so many others just to name a few things though I do not feel that sums up the man at all. If you have ever seen UnBranded, the documentary about riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada, Val is the father like figure that truly helps Ben Masters and the guys accomplish their mission. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you watch it. Anyway, I had the chance to sit down for a cup of coffee with Uncle Val and to be honest I think I had a smile glued to my face the entire time. This interview with Val is one that I will hold close as one of my all time favorites up there with Roy Roth for a lot of reasons. Do we me a favor if this has as much impact on you as it did for me, share it with someone. I say that not for me at all, but I truly hope that as many people as possible get the chance to sit in the kitchen with Uncle Val and pull a bit of good old boy insight.
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Uncle Val – 4:46
Val’s Backstory – 9:00
The Desire to be a Cowboy – 14:25
Val’s Start with Horses – 17:05
Insight on Raising Kids – 23:42
Val’s Music Career – 26:08
Val on Life & Hard Times – 30:49
A Little Tangent on Technology – 42:21
“Unbranded” the Film – 45:42
“Hawk’s Rest” True Seclusion – 51:56
A Bit of Cowboy Poetry – 1:10:13
Val on Freedom – 1:12:42
Traditions to Preserve – 1:15:12
Instant Gratification – 1:26:30
Motivation – 1:30:49
Val in the Service – 1:35:53
Advice to Your Old Self- 1:37:53
Advice on Life – 1:41:04
Exited to share this episode with you guys though. As Ron’s nephew says Ron is tougher than woodpecker lips and kills more shit than smallpox. Ron is someone I really look up to for his never quit attitude and I love his mentality of if anyone has ever done it, then by hell, I can do it too. He is one of the lesser-known greats that has probably forgotten more than I will know.
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I am excited to share this episode with you. Jaco I would say is a good friend of mine that I have known for a couple years just from hanging out at trade shows and various events. Jaco is kind of known in our group as the crazy South African, which is meant in the best way possible. Jaco is just a solid upbeat positive guy that is always having fun and making people laugh. Jaco and I sat down and turned the microphone on finally and just talked about Africa and African hunting. pretty interesting to chat with someone who literally eat, sleeps, and breaths it living over there and literally being in the outfitting business since he could walk.
- Interview starts (5:00)
- Hunting African animals (10:00)
- Affective archery range (13:00)
- Tracking skills (19:30)
- Hunting Kudu (23:00)
- Spot and stalk in South Africa (31:15)
- Hunting the tiny ten (34:00)
- The negative look towards African hunting (37:00)
- The ripple effect (40:00)
- How to help poaching in Africa (46:00)
- How conservation is different in Africa (49:30)
- Scariest moment hunting Africa (55:00)
- Snake stories (1:00:00)
- Lion stories (1:02:45)
- Hunt with Jaco (1:08:30)
Big thanks to the show sponsors for making the show happen every week, first off to OnX, I am a huge fan of On X. even this time of year and the more I use it the more I like it. I have been using the desktop version to do a bunch of scouting. whether it be looking at new units for draw areas or scouting for spring bear. when I scout through On X on my computer I can mark waypoints and points of interest that will sync up with the mobile app while I am in the field. The Mobile app is amazing because I can download the maps to my phone and use the maps and GPS with no service or in airplane mode to save the battery. On X is the most trusted public/ private mapping system, know where you stand with On X Maps get 20% off your membership with code TRO. Go sign up its a great product, great company, and help support the companies that support the podcast. On X Maps
Speaking of supporting the show. Thank you guys for all the support on my newest project Backcountry Fuel Box. I am pumped to share this with you guys and have had so much good feedback and honestly, I think you guys are going to love it. Personally, I would be stoked to get a monthly box full of the stuff we are putting in it. That’s why I started this project really was because it was something I wanted. A monthly box that sent me all the cool new options for backcountry meals, snack, bars and everything in between. Whether you want to try new options, stock up for your next trip or just save money on the stuff you will use anyway the monthly box is a great option. Every box is going to have at least a dinner, a breakfast, a meal replacement and enough snacks and bars to test out throughout the month until the next box. For $30 bucks a month you get $40-$50 dollars worth of gear and its quality stuff Not just a pile of cliff bars. Last week we gave away three boxes to lucky winners who signed up for the presale. Ryan Moxley, Tracie Koepplin, and Jason West all won they’re first box free! but now that the site is up we are officially taking orders and between now and March 15th one lucky winner is going to win a free subscription for life! yes for life! this is not a scam and you have my word as long as you still want the box and I’m still sending out boxes you will get a free box every month. You must sign up to win this prize! head over to Backcountryfuelbox.com and sign up for your monthly box of awesomeness and you could just win a free subscription for life.
This week I’m joined by my good friends Mike and Angela Haralson for a great dinner conversation with my girlfriend and I. Mike and Angela have been good friends of mine for quite some time and I got the idea to do this podcast when Mike and I were chatting about planning for big future hunts. Personally, I want to start truly thinking about how to go on a sheep hunt and what better person to chat with then a die hard hunter and financial planner. Mike is a financial planner by profession and just overall very smart with money, yet he and Angela do a ton of cool hunts every year. This episode is not your average tips and tricks but truly a great conversation that I think many should listen in to and take notes. There is some awesome information in here.
- Interview starts (5:00)
- Teaching yourself to hunt (9:15)
- How to plan and save for your hunts (17:30)
- “I just elk hunt” (21:00)
- How to start (23:00)
- Tag application funds (28:00)
- WTA (30:45)
- How to start planning for a 50k dollar hunt (34:45)
- Starting an open line of credit (37:15)
- What credit cards to be looking for (43:15)
- Alternative ways to save (50:30)
- What to look for in your dream hunt (1:03:00)
- The initial trip might only be a scouting trip if its DIY (1:10:45)
- Trophy fees (1:15:00)
- Networking (1:24:15)
- Hunting for the experience (1:32:15)
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Hey guys, were super excited about today’s show. Most of you guys have probably been following along on Born and Raised’s youtube channel and watched their Land of the Free series. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you watch this awesome series of fifty day’s elk hunting in five different states. It was an awesome project, and to celebrate the success of it, we hosted an event in Kelso Washington, and recorded this podcast live in front of an awesome audience of fans. The show was great, and we’re super thankful for those of you that bought tickets and attended, and we are thinking about doing another event in the future, so let us know where you guys would want us to go! We had tons of giveaways and raffles, and got to meet and talk to a bunch of fans, so you won’t want to miss the next one! For those of you who couldn’t make it though, we recorded the event to share with you guys. During the show, we did have some highlight videos to play, which you will hear in the podcast. So if you want to watch the event and see those videos, head over to the Born and Raised youtube channel, where we’ve posted a video recording with the highlight videos for you to watch. We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes podcast of the Land of the Free podcast, and thanks so much for listening!
- Show starts (5:00)
- An awesome beginning to the season (17:00)
- The first bull trent has ever passed on (31:00)
- Steve’s bull (46:00)
- Treavor’s bull (1:02:00)
- A cold way to end things (1:13:00)
- Land of the Free 2.0? (1:23:00)
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