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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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    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 79 Ratings

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.

    Henry Ferguson: Big Deer With Big Chief Whack-A-Buck

    Henry Ferguson: Big Deer With Big Chief Whack-A-Buck

    Henry Ferguson, a.k.a. Big Chief Whack a Buck, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to discuss his encounters with monster muleys, both typical and non-typical. In this episode, the chief goes into detail about his family's hunting stories, hard lessons learned about mule deer, and why there is some "tension" in the family on the topic of hunting elk versus muleys.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Baker Leavitt: Huntin’, Hormones & Pig Testicles

    Baker Leavitt: Huntin’, Hormones & Pig Testicles

    Baker Leavitt of Black Rifle Coffee Company Outdoors joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about arrow mechanics, health, and more. In this episode, Baker goes into his African hunts, why heavier arrow builds are better and the negatives of casting judgment on others’ legal and ethical hunting tactics.
    See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/204.
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    • 53 min
    Mia Anstine: Breaking Stereotypes

    Mia Anstine: Breaking Stereotypes

    Mia Anstine, outdoor writer, guide and hunting mentor, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about her advocacy efforts. In this episode, Mia talks about her childhood, how her daughter has become an accomplished outdoorswomen and the biases for women in the hunting world. They later go on to talk about the importance of communication, especially during a Russian Brown Bear hunt, the benefits of hiring guides and the importance of firearms education in preventing fatal incidents.
    See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/203.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ted Nugent: A Very American Tirade

    Ted Nugent: A Very American Tirade

    Ted Nugent, legendary outdoorsman, musician, firearms enthusiast and political activist, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to “pluck some feathers” when it comes to conservation, freedom, truth and common sense. In this episode, Sam and Ted get confrontational on not so “common sense” gun laws, political division, living in fear and so much more. Put on your big-boy panties, ladies and gents… this one isn’t for the easily offended.
    See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/202.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Dan Staton: Sweat Equity and Killing Elk

    Dan Staton: Sweat Equity and Killing Elk

    Dan Staton of ElkShape joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to talk about what drives him as a man who prides himself on the development of what he calls “sweat equity.” In this episode, Dan goes into detail about his first encounter with a successful elk harvest, how time in the woods makes us more effective and present at home and how he leverages elk hunting to create the best possible versions of his ElkShape camp attendees. They also go into how important ridding negativity in your life is and why pushing through the little negative voice in your head will benefit you.
    See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/201.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Samuel Ayres: Reminisce (2017 Elk Hunt)

    Samuel Ayres: Reminisce (2017 Elk Hunt)

    Sam brings back Clayton Marxer, the Adventure Cowboy, to introduce The Wild Initiative’s 200th episode. In this episode, Sam and Clayton reminisce about the trials and tribulations of Sam’s 2017 elk hunt. Sam then shares the audio files he recorded at the end of each day, sharing the raw details of what’s going on in his mind throughout the whole process. This episode reminds us of how challenging it is to chase elk every September and how you should always hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
    See more on the show notes page at thewildinitiative.com/200.
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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Ray Carnley ,

Very Good

Cool podcast. It’s Ray from Texas. Was in Bozeman at the Hunting Summit. I talked to you for a while outside the Burch Barrel cookout

Turner Rowland ,

5 Stars

Sam does a good job asking questions that let his guests expand and show their knowledge. He has an impressie guest list of top talent that all have lots to teach us all. 5 stars for sure

mynameistakenistaken ,

Best podcast for beginner hunters to experienced

There’s a lot to be said about this podcast, but to say the least, I am absolutely amazed at the fun and informative stories and tips this podcast offers. I have listened to many different hunting podcasts, but I especially enjoy this one and continually come to this podcast. Thank you !!!!

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