Justin Helvik (@jhelvik) is one of the first guys I met when I moved to Bozeman last year. We hit it off both being from small farming communities and immediately started chatting about elk hunting, hound hunting, and even Justin’s passion for climbing mountains. We had actually planned a trip this past summer to climb Granite Peak here in Montana until one of us drew a limited entry sheep tag and screwed that all up. After just having a limited entry Mountain Goat tag the year Justin was lucky enough to pull his sheep tag as well. It would be impossible to be bitter about Justin drawing back to back “treasure species” tags or even all three “treasure species” in under 6 years, but Justin is one of the nicest most humble guys you will ever meet. In this episode, we discuss a lot about those hunts and how they have opened his eyes to truly why he hunts. Having to answer some hard questions about why you need to hunt a bighorn sheep at all, Justin and I share very similar thoughts on why we need to push ourselves more and more. Justin also shares, stories of Grizzly encounters, mountain rappelling, 20,000 ft mountains, waist deep snow on goat hunts, and so much more. One of my favorite podcasts I have done in a while.
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Meet Principal Justin Helvik – 0:03:11
View on Hunting Growing Up – 0:05:53
Why Hunt? – 0:12:26
Justins Ecuador Mountain Climb – 0:21:05
2 Once in a Lifetime Tags – 0:25:57
A Rappelling Story – 0:29:09
Justin’s Goat Hunt – 0:34:37
Bitter Sweet Success – 0:43:51
Sheep Tag & Scouting – 0:49:14
The Hunt: Hans & Frans – 1:01:20
Time, Priorities, & Excuses – 1:09:59
Outlook on Size & Lesson Learned – 1:14:05
Advice to Younger Self – 1:21:35
Justin’s Instagram & Pics – 1:24:41