Restless Native is hosted by Brad Luttrell, the Co-Founder of the GoWild app. We're finding interesting stories and people in conservation, fitness, music, food, hunting, humanity, fishing, entrepreneurship and the environment. While the topics always vary, these people have one thing in common: They're ever restless. Never comfortable. They're Restless Natives.
123: Backpacker & Founder of Black Folks Camp Too, Earl B. Hunter, Jr.
Memorial Day is coming, which will officially kick off summer for most Americans. Millions of people will spend their summer camping and hiking.
But today’s guest sees a gap in one audience.
Earl B. Hunter, Jr. founded Black Folks Camp Too to focus on opening up the outdoors to more people, specifically, the black community.
I saw a news story about Earl and his mission last summer, and he was kind enough to respond to my cold inquiry about his mission.
He was recently a guest on my other show, Gearbox Talk, to talk about hiking gear. And on this episode, we’re going to talk about the challenges Earl saw, and how he’s conquering those challenges with Black Folks Camp Too.
122: Hunt to Eat Founder & Photographer, Mahting Putelis
Sometimes I feel oversaturated with news about hunter numbers. They’re up, they’re down. And then back up again. Now Outdoor Life says we have no clue what they are.
Whatever they are or aren’t, I think we need to do better.
Even if hunting spiked last year, we have to realize there is some bubble happening here. Of course people hunted more last year, it was one of the only things you could do.
How many times have I said that we were losing hunters to youth sports? And Netflix? Well youth sports were shut down last year, and there’s only so many rounds of your favorite show you can watch before you have to move or become part of the couch.
There are some really interesting plays happening in the outdoor space. You have people like AJ De Rosa, Nic De Castro, Slade Johnston, Murielle Gaither, Adam Gifford, and my team at GoWild so many others, who are making strong tech plays to get more people outside. I hope that together, we’re building a strong enough community to avoid losing hunters when this bubble bursts. And just like the ammo and gun shortage, it will burst.
We’ll either be prepared for it, and have handled it well. Or it’ll be 2016 over again, when the demand for guns slumped, a time the gun industry calls the Trump Slump due to it coming along with Trump’s win of the election, and then firearms companies started getting their butts handed to them.
Today's guest is another guy who deserves to be among that list of people I mentioned. It’s Mahting Putellis, the founder of Hunt to Eat.
He’s going to talk about hunter recruitment and retention today. And what he and his team are doing to help more people get outside.
121: Jack Carr, Navy SEAL Sniper & Author
Jack Carr was a Navy SEAL for twenty years. He’s led assault and sniper teams through places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
And he’s the New York Times best selling author of Savage Son, along with The Terminal List and True Believer.
In this interview:
His military experience
Previews of the book, which drops April 13
How Jack separates himself from his main character
The new TV series coming out about Jack’s book series
I hate picking a favorite, but this might just be my favorite Restless Native ever. I am such a big fan of Jack.
He’s one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. And no matter how many times you’ve heard him before, or if you’re totally new to him, I think you’ll find this show fascinating.
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120: The Hunting Public’s Aaron Warbritton
Most of you probably know The Hunting Public, but do you know their story? Do you know why they decided to found their business? Do you really understand what they’re trying to do?
I’ve really come to respect these guys, because I have first hand seen how they’re running not only their content, but their business. They’re not pay to play, swapping sponsors out nonstop and grossly creating sponsored kills.
They are themselves all the time. That’s something to admire.
We’re going to talk about all of that and talk about how Aaron feels about the culture of hunting.
If you haven’t seen it, Aaron was recently on my other show, Gearbox Talk, too. Don’t miss that one.
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119: Hunter & Outdoor Entrepreneur, Nic De Castro (LandTrust)
Do hunters have an access issue? This simple question will throw people into fits. Some are hardcore public lands. Some don’t care.
Today I have the founder of LandTrust on the show. We’re going to discuss public lands and the future of private. Nic De Castro has a very interesting take on the future of conservation through private access.
We’ll also talk about LandTrust’s unique model. They’re growing rapidly right now, and Nic is a very sharp entrepreneur who has a strong vision for where his company needs to be.
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Came for the spooky stuff last year and stayed for for the rest. viva la spooky. You have the best spooky stories related to hunting. Dude please make more spooky hunting related content. Thanks. My 2 cents.
I love this podcast. Brad brings a sort of nuanced and thoughtful discussion on hunting and life that we can all benefit from
One of my favorite podcasts
The host and the guests are always so interesting! So many different people from different walks of life sharing their stories and perspectives. This podcast is part of my weekly listen list because it never disappoints!