Craig Hailes and I have been pretty good buddies for a while now, we connected through the podcast and hit it off quite well from the beginning. Craig is a total elkoholic and considering he resides in Australia, that’s a pretty strange passion to have. Craig is a hell of a hunter and a hell of a guy who has been on a ton of really cool hunts all over the world. In this episode, we chat about all kinds of random stuff but we definitely talk about his obsession for elk and how hunting down under is different from in the states. Craig also was lucky enough to hunt Ibex in New Mexico last year and we talk a bit about that hunt as it can be a brutal hunt and leave all but humbled.
Also, I have a Backcountry Fuel Box Giveaway Challenge for all you boys and girls. I saw a pic the other day of someone that still had nearly every product from each previous month’s Backcountry Fuel Box.
So here is the challenge: If anyone has been able to save every product from each box and hasn’t eaten anything yet, post a picture of all your boxes and I will give you this months box for FREE. You have to use #backcountryfuelbox so I can find it though. I am skeptical that anyone still has a full 5 months worth, so even if you don’t have 100% of everything, but you are close, just post it anyway because you still have a chance to win.
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Meet Aussie Hunter Craig Hailes – Start
About Craig – 12:46
Hunting Culture Down Under – 16:47
What Made Craig do an Elk Hunt – 17:58
Hunting Sanbars – 21:06
Traveling & Hunting the Globe – 32:50
Craig’s Ibex Hunt – 45:54
Remember Why You Hunt – 1:03:42
Craig’s Podcast & Social Media Handles – 1:17:48
The Surprise Wedding Crasher – 1:19:00