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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 the most informative and inspiring men and women in the outdoors such as Jim Shockey, Remi Warren, Randy Newberg, Laura Zerra, Corey Jacobsen, Paul “ElkNut” Medel, Jana Waller, Fred Eichler, Brian Call, Kristy Titus, Ted Nugent, Hannah Barron and Donnie Vincent.
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    • 4.9 • 88 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 the most informative and inspiring men and women in the outdoors such as Jim Shockey, Remi Warren, Randy Newberg, Laura Zerra, Corey Jacobsen, Paul “ElkNut” Medel, Jana Waller, Fred Eichler, Brian Call, Kristy Titus, Ted Nugent, Hannah Barron and Donnie Vincent.
The Wild Initiative is a member of the Waypoint Podcast Network. Waypoint is the ultimate outdoor podcast network, bringing together the best hunting, fishing and outdoor podcasts. Learn more at waypointtv.com/podcast.

    Charles Spiegel: A Target Rich Environment

    Charles Spiegel: A Target Rich Environment

    Charles Spiegel, co-owner and co-host of Target Rich Environment TV, Helihunter, and Three Curl Outfitters, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to delve into the world of feral hogs, their origin, and the imperative need to control their population. Charles provides insights into the rise of these non-native hogs in Texas, from their domestication to their transition into the wild, revealing how the constant population increase and the ensuing havoc on farms and ranches led them to become the world's largest hog-hunting outfitter in the state. With a resolute declaration, he states, “We got started out of necessity, not necessarily a business.”
    This episode uncovers the adaptability, intelligence, and astonishing reproductive speed of feral hogs, underscoring the looming threat they pose in terms of disease and parasites. Charles dissects their negative impact on native habitats and wildlife, where the pigs' voracious appetites and aggressive behavior wreak havoc on ecosystems. The conversation takes a thrilling turn as Charles guides Sam through a helicopter hunting experience, painting vivid images of Led Zeppelin blasting in the background and pigs being dispatched from the helicopter's vantage point.
    As the discussion unravels, Charles unveils the dynamic world of hunting these creatures. The conversation touches on the intricate dynamics of eradicating 70% of the population to maintain equilibrium, the intricacies of heli-hunting, and the incorporation of military tactics and Led Zeppelin to maximize hunting efficiency. The popularity of hog hunting in Texas as both a business and recreational activity is revealed, with helicopters and thermal optics employed to cull these invasive creatures, making this episode an exhilarating peek into the high-speed world of aerial pig eradication.
    Join Charles and the team on Target Rich Environment TV as they conquer the daunting task of curbing the hog population, all while weaving together the adventure and conservation narrative that encapsulates this captivating tale.
    Guest Info
    Charles Spiegel & Three Curl Outfitters

    threecurl.com

    @threecurlcharles

    facebook.com/charles.e.spiegel

    Target Rich Environment TV

    targetrichtv.com

    @targetrichenvironment.tv

    facebook.com/targetrichenvironment

    youtube.com/@targetrichenvironmenttv8196

    targetrichtv.com/contact

    Heli Hunter

    helihunter.com

    @heli_hunter

    facebook.com/HeliHunter

    info@helihunter.com

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    • 40 min
    Lilian Mremi: Misconceptions of Hunting in Africa

    Lilian Mremi: Misconceptions of Hunting in Africa

    Lilian Mremi, a native and game scout of The Rungwa Game Reserve, Tanzania, Africa, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to provide a unique perspective as a professional African game scout. She shares how her journey into this role began, inspired by her uncle's occupation as a wildlife commander. In this podcast, Lilian and Sam discuss the misconceptions surrounding hunting in Africa, shedding light on the closely regulated nature of these hunts, overseen by biologists and researchers with rules and quotas. Lilian emphasizes how hunting, when managed properly, benefits both wildlife and local communities in Africa, countering notions of overpopulation leading to habitat destruction and crop and livestock damage. "If there is overpopulation, there becomes a lack of food and in turn destruction to the habitat as well as the community crops and livestock."
    Lilian delves into the creative methods employed by local communities to deter animals from encroaching on human settlements, including strategies like hanging dried chili and using beehives. These techniques not only prevent conflict but also offer additional benefits, such as honey harvesting. She highlights the reduction of poaching in Africa and the efforts to renew elephant populations through regulated hunting, emphasizing that this practice contributes positively to both wildlife and local communities.
    Hunting outfitters, contrary to misconceptions, greatly assist local communities by providing essential resources such as schools, roads, water, and employment. Lilian encourages those unfamiliar with African hunting practices to come and witness the process firsthand, inviting listeners to view the impact and benefits of hunting in Africa for themselves. "I encourage people to come and view the process for themselves." She concludes with a heartwarming lesson in Swahili, "Asante Sana," expressing gratitude and underscoring the importance of understanding different perspectives.
    Understanding the multifaceted perspective presented by Lilian sheds light on the intricate relationship between hunting, conservation, and community support in Africa, dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions while fostering a deeper appreciation for the region's unique approach to wildlife management.
    Guest Info
    Lilian Mremi

     @lilymremi


     facebook.com/lilian.mremi


     tiktok.com/@missielili


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    • 44 min
    Capt. Zachariah Rollins: Outdoors, Fishing, and “The Captain Life”

    Capt. Zachariah Rollins: Outdoors, Fishing, and “The Captain Life”

    Captain Zachariah Rollins, host of Along the Keel, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to dive deep into his world of offshore fishing and the captivating life of a captain. With a family history rooted in generations of sou’wester-wearing longliners off the Rhode Island coast, Zach's journey into the realm of fishing commenced at the tender age of 10. In this episode, Zach and Sam navigate through the captivating waters of different saltwater fishing styles, unearthing Zach's voyage to becoming a captain, and delving into the crucial thread of preserving fishing and hunting resources, a legacy tracing back to Teddy Roosevelt, the pioneering architect of modern conservation.
    Amid their engaging discourse, Zach and Sam lead a voyage through superstitions that steer clear of bananas and whistle-free boats. As the conversation meanders, the duo reminisces about everything from Zach's formative years as a fisherman, encountering colossal 20-foot manta rays in Hawaiian waters, to the unique tapestry of creating his acclaimed podcast, “Along the Keel.”
    The captivating tale unfolds as Captain Zachariah Rollins shares his enchanting encounters with whales and dolphins, interlaced with reflections on leadership, embarking on outdoor escapades, and persistently pursuing passions. Anchored within their dialogue is a profound appreciation for the maritime world, a sentiment carried by their shared understanding that the ocean’s power can be harnessed to shape lives and impact communities.
    In a world brimming with challenges and opportunities, Zach's narrative unveils the relentless spirit that has guided him. With each narrative arc, he illuminates the threads that interweave his journey, inviting listeners to join the crew in savoring the grandeur of the oceans, the allure of the outdoors, and the enduring camaraderie found on land and sea alike.
    If you're yearning to explore the open waters, resonate with the legacy of hunters and anglers, and bask in the wisdom of a seasoned captain, this episode is your compass to traverse a world where the horizon stretches as far as the heart's desire.
    Guest Info
    Zach Rollins

    @captain_zachariah_rollins

    facebook.com/zachariah.rollins.7

    Along the Keel

    alongthekeel.com

    @alongthekeel

    facebook.com/alongthekeel

    youtube.com/@alongthekeel

    tiktok.com/@alongthekeel

    alongthekeel.com/pages/contact

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Sue Tidwell: Cries of the Savanna

    Sue Tidwell: Cries of the Savanna

    Sue Tidwell, author of Cries of the Savanna, embarks on a riveting journey with Sam on The Wild Initiative to share her profound love for hunting and conservation in the heart of Africa. Sue's story unfolds against the backdrop of a childhood in a hunting family, but her personal hunting adventures didn't kick off until she met her husband in the untamed wilderness of Alaska.
    Yet, it was a trip to Tanzania, Africa, driven by her husband's dream, where Sue's perspective on hunting underwent a transformative shift. Initially resistant to targeting specific African species, Sue's real-life encounter with Africa and its unique hunting landscape profoundly changed her outlook. In this episode, she passionately articulates why hunting and trophy fees play a pivotal role in supporting African communities and conservation efforts.
    As Sue guides us through her adventure, we are introduced to the remarkable individuals she encounters, including a 23-year-old female game scout, Lilian Mremi. These encounters provide invaluable lessons and forge deep connections that underscore the interconnectedness of hunting, conservation, and the people of Africa.
    The discussion delves into the heart of Sue's book, Cries of the Savanna, a work that masterfully blends engaging stories with compelling facts to emphasize the pivotal role of well-managed hunting in preserving habitats and wildlife. Sue passionately underscores the need for an emotional connection to convey the importance of hunting in conservation. Cries of the Savanna encapsulates this emotional journey, inviting readers to fall in love with Africa and become advocates for its unique hunting heritage.
    The episode's narrative continues with the challenges of hunting in Africa, including quests for buffalo, zebra, and guinea fowl, including a thrilling narrative about her husband's Cape Buffalo "Dagga Boy" hunt. Sue offers vivid insights into the tactics and nuances of African hunting, illustrating the thrill and difficulty of tracking elusive game across the savanna. Sue also touches on the cost of hunting in Africa, providing valuable perspectives on budgeting and the temptation to pursue additional game once on the continent. She shares experiences of forming deep bonds with locals, encountering venomous snakes, and the importance of secure, zippered tents to keep out unwelcome wildlife.
    The conversation takes an inspiring turn as Sue highlights the multifaceted benefits of hunting camps in Tanzania, where jobs are created, wildlife is protected, and poaching is deterred. These camps play a pivotal role in fostering coexistence between communities and wildlife, ultimately safeguarding precious habitats.
    Throughout the episode, Sue underscores the importance of understanding the significance of hunting in Africa. She emphasizes the need to respect local rules and regulations and the scarcity of meat in the daily diets of African communities. Sue's account of her African experiences provides a profound contrast to the convenience of obtaining meat in North America. As Sue aptly puts it, "No meat goes to waste in Africa."
    In this episode, Sue's compelling narrative paints a vivid picture of Africa's wild heart, the essential role of hunting in its conservation, and the profound connection between people and the land. Join us on this remarkable journey and discover why Cries of the Savanna is a must-read for anyone curious about the wild world of hunting and conservation in Africa.
    Guest Info
    Sue Tidwell

    suetidwell.com

    @suetidwell.writer

    facebook.com/sue.tidwellcoyle

    suetidwell61@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dan Cabela: The Impacts of Hunting & Conservation

    Dan Cabela: The Impacts of Hunting & Conservation

    Dan Cabela, executive director of the Cabela Family Foundation, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative to explore the profound connection between hunting and conservation. Growing up immersed in hunting and outdoor activities, Dan shares his journey from small game hunting to his passionate love for hunting in Africa. He delves into the critical role hunting plays in preserving wildlife and habitats, emphasizing the importance of maintaining lion habitat to prevent human-wildlife conflicts.
    Dan's experiences in the wild, from capturing black bears in Arkansas to collecting alligator eggs, underscore the impact of hunting on conservation. He highlights the Cabela Family Foundation's efforts to reintroduce lions to the Zambezi Delta in Mozambique, showcasing how hunting and conservation go hand in hand.
    Through his engaging storytelling, Dan emphasizes the significance of hunting as a social and cultural activity that unites families across generations. He discusses the evolving narrative in hunting media, moving beyond kill shots to share the complete hunting experience, including the struggles and communal aspects.
    Dan passionately advocates for the invaluable connection between hunting, conservation, and outdoor initiatives. He encourages listeners to get involved, join conservation organizations, and actively participate in local chapters to make a direct impact on wildlife preservation. Dan's dedication to preserving our natural heritage and fostering an understanding of hunting's vital role shines through in this insightful podcast episode. Don't miss his exciting upcoming TV series, "The Hard Truths of Conservation," set to debut on August 20th. Engage with this inspiring conversation, and discover the transformative power of hunting in conservation efforts.
    Guest Info
    Dan Cabela

     @dancabela


     facebook.com/dan.cabela.1


     @discodantheman


    Cabela Family Foundation

     cabelafamilyfoundation.org


     @cabelafamilyfoundation


     facebook.com/cabelafamilyfoundation


     youtube.com/@cabelafamilyfoundation4958



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    • 50 min
    Britné Prosser: Spring Bear Successes

    Britné Prosser: Spring Bear Successes

    Britné Prosser, friend and long-time supporter of the podcast, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative in an engaging conversation about her journey as a female hunter, a newcomer to the world of hunting, and a mom who balances her love for the outdoors with family life. Britné shares her initial inspiration for hunting and recalls her first hunting experiences with her family. She candidly discusses how social media, specifically Instagram, played a pivotal role in connecting her with like-minded hunters and encouraging her to explore the world of hunting.
    Britné delves into her early doubts and fears about hunting, revealing that she once considered becoming a vegan due to the negative perceptions surrounding hunting on social media. However, after finding inspiration from prominent figures like Cameron Haynes and Joe Rogan, she decided to take the plunge into hunting, which has since become an integral part of her life.
    As the discussion unfolds, Britné emphasizes the importance of continual learning in the hunting world. She describes how she draws knowledge from various sources, including reading, hands-on experiences, and following inspirational hunters on Instagram, all while surrounding herself with down-to-earth mentors. She also reveals her admiration for female hunters who expertly balance family life with their passion for hunting.
    The conversation takes an exciting turn as Britné shares her triumphant spring bear hunting experience in Idaho. Despite initial nerves and doubts, Britné successfully harvested her first bear. She vividly describes the challenges and excitement of the hunt, highlighting the unique sounds and emotions she experienced during the process. Britné shares a humorous story about getting a memorable nickname while skinning a bear, emphasizing the camaraderie and humor that can be found in the hunting community.
    Britné expresses her deep gratitude for the support and assistance she received from her partner and family, emphasizing that her success was made possible through the investment of time, energy, and knowledge from others. She fondly recalls the taste of bear meat, particularly the summer sausage, and shares the challenges of tracking bears through dense brush.
    In a heartwarming moment, Britné talks about her children's curiosity and interest in trying different types of meat, with her youngest child particularly enjoying it. She shares her own positive experience with bear meat, noting its delicious, melt-in-your-mouth texture, especially when dipped in melted butter.
    Britné's journey as a hunter, newcomer, and mom is an inspiring testament to the transformative power of perseverance, learning, and connecting with nature. This episode is a delightful blend of personal experiences, hunting achievements, and the deep sense of community found in the world of hunting.
    Guest Info
    Britné Prosser
     @unbound.wanderer

    Unbound Wanderer Pyrography
     @unbound.wanderer.pyrography



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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Sue Tidwell ,

Sam has an awesome personality! So fun to listen to!

I really enjoy Sam’s podcasts largely due to his easy-going down-to-earth fun personality. I strongly suggest checking it out!

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

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