Son of a Blitch

George Blitch

George Bowe Blitch has been a Wildlife Manager, Texas Rancher, Professional Writer, Videographer, Photographer, Editor, Speaker, Brand Developer & Designer, Cartographer, Musician, Teacher, Coach, Entrepreneur, Finance Manager, and the list goes on... George has met some wildly interesting people in his lifetime, and this "Son of a Blitch” is sure to share some impactful stories, interviews, and messages that will be informative, educational, and highly entertaining! "I've met some incredible people in my life, and I want to share their stories!" ~GB
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Ep. 73 - Pete Muller w/ the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) - Conserving Wild Turkey Populations and Family Hunting Traditions
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Ep. 73 - Pete Muller w/ the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) - Conserving Wild Turkey Populations and Family Hunting Traditions
Ever wondered what it takes to conserve wild turkey populations and ensure the future of hunting traditions? Tune in as George Blitch sits down with Pete Muller, Communications Director at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Pete unveils the rich history of the NWTF, from its founding by Tom Rodgers in 1973 to its groundbreaking habitat conservation initiatives across 49 states. Learn about the organization's unique strategies, like their initial trap-and-transfer projects, and how they continue to shape the landscape for wild turkeys and hunters alike.In this episode, Pete shares his personal journey into the world of hunting, recounting unforgettable turkey hunts and the joy of introducing his son to this time-honored sport. We also delve into NWTF's comprehensive outreach programs aimed at creating responsible hunters through ongoing education and family involvement. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at the exhilarating NWTF annual convention in Nashville, a must-attend event that brings together over 72,000 outdoor enthusiasts for networking, learning, and pure fun.Another key topic is the importance of increasing NWTF membership. Pete Muller emphasizes that membership contributions are vital for sustaining conservation efforts and educational programs. With only about 10% of turkey hunters currently involved with NWTF, there is a significant opportunity to grow this number and amplify the impact of their work. Membership perks, such as a $25 Bass Pro gift card and other swag, make joining NWTF a no-brainer for any turkey hunting enthusiast. But that’s not all—we also explore the culinary delights of wild turkey meat, offering creative recipes and tips to make your next meal a family affair. Pete reflects on the broader impact of the NWTF’s conservation work and why increasing membership is pivotal for sustaining these efforts. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or just curious about conservation, this episode promises a rich tapestry of stories, insights, and practical advice to inspire and inform. Don’t miss it!NWTF.org
Ep. 72 - Exploring the American Frontier through the Music of Hawken Horse (Andrew Scott Wills) - Discussing his new album - Hammered & Hewn Vol. I & II
Jul 12 2024
Ep. 72 - Exploring the American Frontier through the Music of Hawken Horse (Andrew Scott Wills) - Discussing his new album - Hammered & Hewn Vol. I & II
In this episode, Andrew Scott Wills, who produces music as Hawken Horse, takes us on an enthralling journey from his commercial songwriting days in Nashville to the conception of his latest, deeply historical double album, "Hammer and Hewn, Volume 1 and 2." Vol I is available today, July 12th, and Vol II will be available on October 11th. Inside scoop - go purchase the CD or Vinyl on his website and get Vol II, immediately! www.HawkenHorse.comExperience the magic of the American frontier as Andrew shares his profound love for history, showcased through his riveting songs about mountain men, fur traders, and legendary Western figures. Listen to the fascinating stories behind his tracks, including the adrenaline-filled tale of John Colter’s run from Blackfeet warriors and Jedediah Smith’s harrowing encounter with a grizzly bear. Andrew’s collaboration stories, such as the creation of "Arkansas Mule" with Clay Newcomb (Host of the Bear Grease Podcast, MeatEater) and his partnership with Brooke Maloof, provide a glimpse into the camaraderie and creativity that fuel his musical endeavors.Beyond the music, Andrew dives into his personal experiences as an outdoorsman, using traditional flintlock rifles and period-appropriate instruments to bring authenticity and the personal experiences to his art. This episode highlights the evocative power of music to transport listeners to different eras and underscores the importance of legacy. Hear about Andrew’s hopes to inspire future generations, not just through his compelling storytelling but also through meaningful relationships formed with listeners. Don't miss the chance to explore a rich tapestry of history and music with the talented Hawken Horse.To purchase CDs and Vinyls of Hammered & Hewn Vol I & II, visit:HawkenHorse.comSearch your favorite streaming platforms to follow and listen to “Hawken Horse”
Ep. 71 - MATTY NELSON  (Former Green Beret, Seekins Precision, Hat Creek Training)
Jul 2 2024
Ep. 71 - MATTY NELSON (Former Green Beret, Seekins Precision, Hat Creek Training)
The latest podcast episode offers a fascinating and entertaining account of Matty Nelson's extraordinary transition from a childhood enveloped in Utah's orchards to the rigorous and esteemed ranks of the Green Berets. Nelson's early exposure to nature's raw beauty and the values instilled through family outdoor activities (and sports) provided him with a profound respect for the environment and a robust work ethic, elements that would later become pivotal in his military endeavors.Nelson shares a few interesting stories about his time in Brazil, first as part of his mission trip with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and later, during his foray into the Brazilian Jungle Warfare School (CIGS). The CIGS, known for its exacting training regime, was a crucible that tested Nelson's mental and physical limits, further shaping his capabilities as a soldier, and a man.Nelson's recollections of camaraderie and resilience during missions in Colombia bring to light the unpredictable and chaotic nature of military operations. It is also serves as a vehicle for one of the funnier stories shared by any of my guests, as Matty tells a glorious side-splitting story for the first time, publicly. I was happily brought to tears from laughter. You’ll appreciate this one!These experiences illustrate the importance of adaptability and the strong bonds formed under such circumstances. The narrative doesn't end with his military career; it seamlessly transitions into his role as a top-tier shooting instructor, demonstrating how his sniper training and competitive shooting passion led to influential leadership and instruction roles at Hat Creek Training Facility and with Seekins Precision, as the Director of Business Development.His story is filled with valuable insights for those intrigued by military careers, outdoor adventures, or the intricacies of sharpshooting. It is a compelling account that blends personal triumphs, professional milestones, and an unfaltering commitment to serving others, whether in uniform or in civilian life.SeekinsPrecision.comHatCreekTraining.comIG: matty__nelson
Ep. 70 w/ JACK CARR (recorded live on 6-19-24 at Murder By The Book, in Houston, TX on the RED SKY MOURNING Book Tour)
Jun 20 2024
Ep. 70 w/ JACK CARR (recorded live on 6-19-24 at Murder By The Book, in Houston, TX on the RED SKY MOURNING Book Tour)
This podcast was recorded during a live event at Murder By The Book, in Houston, TX with George Blitch and Jack Carr, on June 19, 2024. George hosted the conversation and Audience Q&A during Jack Carr's Book Tour for his latest novel in the James Reece series, Red Sky Mourning.To check out the video podcast link, visit:YouTube.com/@sonofablitchJack Carr is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Sniper. He lives with his wife and three children in Park City, Utah. He is the author of The Terminal List, True Believer, Savage Son, The Devil's Hand, In the Blood, Only the Dead and Red Sky Mourning. His debut novel, The Terminal List, was adapted into the #1 Amazon Prime Video series starring Chris Pratt. He is also the host of the top-rated podcast Danger Close. Visit him at OfficialJackCarr.com and follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @JackCarrUSA.George Blitch is the host of the “Son of a Blitch Podcast,” where he interviews interesting people doing interesting things. He’s sat down with guests that include New York Times Best Selling Authors, Television Show Hosts, Leaders in the Outdoor Industry, Podcasters, International Touring Musicians, Award-Winning Chefs, Photographers, and Filmmakers, Veterans and related Veteran Organizations, Business Leaders, Actors, Publishers, Inventors, Professional Athletes, Federal Judges, Cartel Fighting Game Wardens, and more! George Bowe Blitch has worn many hats before becoming a podcaster. He’s been a Wildlife Manager, 5th Generation Texas Rancher, Professional Writer, Videographer, Photographer, Publisher, Editor, Speaker, Brand Developer & Designer, Cartographer, Musician, Teacher, Coach, Entrepreneur, Finance Manager, Semi-Pro Football Player, and the list goes on... George has met some wildly interesting people in his lifetime, and this "Son of a Blitch” is sure to share some impactful stories, interviews, and messages that will be informative, educational, and highly entertaining!For more information about George Blitch and the “Son of a Blitch Podcast” visit: www.SonofaBlitch.com and search “Son of a Blitch” wherever you listen to podcasts to subscribe and follow the podcast.Follow George on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for more information and event updates.
Ep. 69 - Cutting Edge Collaboration How a Game Warden and a Knife Maker Forged Innovation and Sound w/ Lt. John Nores & Mike Vellekamp (w/ V Nives)
Jun 17 2024
Ep. 69 - Cutting Edge Collaboration How a Game Warden and a Knife Maker Forged Innovation and Sound w/ Lt. John Nores & Mike Vellekamp (w/ V Nives)
When former game warden Lt. John Nores, Jr.,  and master knife-maker and V Nives owner, Mike Vellekamp, joined forces, the result was nothing short of extraordinary. Their collaboration transcends mere business, merging the rugged beauty of knife-making with the resonating power of music, creating an unforgettable narrative that honors service, survival, and environmental conservation. The centerpiece of their partnership was their work on the V Nives Thin Green Line Signature "Trailblazer," a knife designed to meet the grueling demands of game wardens in the field. This blade is not just a tool; it is a symbol of resilience and innovation, incorporating essential features such as a seatbelt cutter and glass break. Norris, with his extensive field experience, and Vellekamp, with his artistic vision, have created a knife that is both practical and emblematic of the guardianship over natural resources. (Podcast Host, George Blitch, has been using this as his Every Day Carry (EDC) for over two years) As the episode unfolds, the conversation seamlessly transitions to the realm of music with Mike's band, Metasin, whose debut album "Evilution" serves as a powerful vessel for storytelling. The track "Hidden War," an auditory tribute to Norris's impactful experiences detailed in his book of the same name, demonstrates the unique intersection where melody meets the narrative, amplifying the message of the unseen battles game wardens face against wildlife exploitation. Delving deeper into personal connections, the hosts discuss the inception of Metasin, a band that rose from a chance reunion to become a voice for themes as heavy as human trafficking, to the struggles of reintegrating post-military life. The meticulous care in the songwriting process is evident, with each track carrying a distinct personality and message, leaving listeners to discover and interpret the meanings in ways that resonate with their personal experiences. The conversation also broaches the subject of legacy, where both Norris and Vellekamp share their aspirations to leave a positive mark on the world through their respective crafts. Norris's dedication to protecting the wilderness and Vellekamp's passion for knife-making and music production coalesce into a shared mission of educating and uniting people around pressing global issues. Listeners are invited to participate in the philanthropic efforts of the duo, from supporting the Trailblazer series to contributing to a GoFundMe campaign aimed at helping their drummer's wife in her battle with cancer. The episode ends with a sense of anticipation for the future, promising more innovation, inspiration, and the power of collaborative efforts to drive change. As the podcast episode draws to a close, it becomes clear that the stories shared are more than just a series of events; they are a testament to the impact of blending diverse talents and passions for a greater cause. The harmony between blades and ballads is a poignant reminder of how art, in all its forms, can be a force for conservation, community, and the crafting of a legacy that echoes in the wild. In this space where craftsmanship and melody converge, Norris and Velikamp have forged not just a knife, but a narrative that cuts to the heart of what it means to create with purpose. The episode stands as an inspiring testament to the possibilities that arise when individuals come together to combine their skills for the betterment of society and the environment.
Ep. 68 - The Complex Legacy of Pete Rose Explored with Keith O'Brien - author of "Charlie Hustle"
Jun 10 2024
Ep. 68 - The Complex Legacy of Pete Rose Explored with Keith O'Brien - author of "Charlie Hustle"
How did Pete Rose, a baseball legend with 4,256 hits, become one of the sport's most polarizing figures? Join us on the Son of a Blitch podcast as we chat with best-selling author Keith O'Brien about his book, "Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose and the Last Glory Days of Baseball." Keith brings a unique perspective, having gained rare access to Rose and his inner circle, and shares the intricate details of Rose's career, his relentless drive, and the choices that led to his downfall. This episode gives you an inside look at Keith's journey from his Cincinnati roots to becoming an acclaimed author.We get into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to write a deeply humanizing narrative of a controversial figure. Keith reveals the challenges and triumphs of his writing process, from securing unprecedented interviews to handling sensitive topics like Rose's gambling scandal. We dive into the broader implications of sports betting on baseball, debating whether Rose's on-field achievements should outweigh his off-field controversies. This is an eye-opening discussion that brings a fresh perspective to the enduring debate over Rose's exclusion from the Hall of Fame.Finally, we explore the evolving landscape of sports betting and its impact on the integrity of baseball. Keith and I draw parallels between historical scandals and today's betting culture, pondering whether modern advancements are safeguarding the sport or paving the way for new controversies. We also tackle the contentious issue of Hall of Fame inductions for athletes with controversial backgrounds, questioning if their contributions to the game should be enough for eternal recognition. Tune in for an engaging episode filled with baseball history, ethical debates, and compelling storytelling.
Ep. 67 - A Special Melanistic White-tailed Deer & A Hunter's First Harvest
Jun 4 2024
Ep. 67 - A Special Melanistic White-tailed Deer & A Hunter's First Harvest
Hunting is a tradition that transcends time, bringing together individuals from all walks of life to share in the experience of the great outdoors. In our latest podcast episode, George Blitch and Matthew Mitchell embark on an enthralling adventure with the retelling of the first successful hunt by Jon Herbster, aka "Johnny Bolts", and the tale of George's second melanistic white-tailed deer. Both were taken, and filmed, during the same hunt! *George just had an article about harvesting his second melanistic deer published with MeatEater, which you can read here.*George's article about his first melanistic buck, "Black Beauty", can be found here.With a fusion of wit and wisdom, we narrate Johnny's transformation into a hunter deeply connected to the wild, reflecting on the rituals and responsibilities that come with the territory.As mentors, we recount the meticulous preparation that paved the way for Johnny's growth, starting with fundamental firearm handling and advancing to precise shooting techniques. The story unfolds with a gripping mix of advice and humor, illustrating the profound influence of patience, practice, and ethical considerations that shape a true hunter. Through Johnny's lens, listeners experience the anticipation and excitement of the hunt, the critical moments that define a successful shot, and the respect owed to the wildlife we pursue.A twist in our narrative emerges with the encounter of a melanistic doe—a creature so rare that its presence adds a layer of fascination and intrigue to our hunting experience. This episode is not merely a recounting of a hunt; it's an exploration of the natural world and the continuous learning that hunters embrace.The climax of our story is as much about the thrill of the chase as it is about the bond formed between hunters under the vast sky. The sense of camaraderie, the shared triumph of a successful harvest, and the tradition of celebrating such moments with a slow-burning cigar are central to our tale. We highlight the importance of savoring these experiences, from capturing the memory of Johnny's first doe and George's second melanistic deer, to the respectful art of butchery that honors the animal's life.Listeners are invited to join us in this remarkable escapade where laughter and lessons are plentiful. Each chapter of the podcast paints a vivid picture of the hunter's journey, from the initial excitement of the trip to the reflective moments after a hunt. The podcast not only entertains but also educates, urging hunters to cherish their experiences and the wildlife that grants them.This episode is more than just a story; it's an inspiration for both seasoned hunters and those new to the sport. It encapsulates the essence of hunting—a practice rooted in tradition, respect, and an unwavering appreciation for the wilderness. As we close this chapter, we leave our listeners with a sense of wonder, a deeper understanding of hunting, and an eagerness to step into the wild to create their own stories.To read more of George Blitch's writings, visit:www.sonofablitch.com/writings.htmlAnd follow him on Instagram at:www.instagram.com/thesonofablitchTo learn more about Matthew Mitchell's architectural business, visit:www.matthewmitchellarchitecture.com
Ep. 66 - Conveying The Truth About Hunting, Conservation and Storytelling w/ Robbie Kroger
Jun 3 2024
Ep. 66 - Conveying The Truth About Hunting, Conservation and Storytelling w/ Robbie Kroger
Embarking on an insightful dialogue, George Blitch welcomes Robbie Kroger, the founder of Blood Origins, into a conversation that not only traverses the terrains of Kroger's life but also delves into the intricacies of hunting and its role in conservation. Growing up in Johannesburg, Robbie did not hunt in his youth, but the influence of his grandfather and his transformative experience in the Okavango Delta ignited his passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. Aspiring to be a game ranger, he developed an appreciation for nature that would eventually lead him down the path to establishing Blood Origins, a platform dedicated to the education and awareness of hunting's role in preserving our natural world. The journey from Robbie's early years to the creation of Blood Origins was far from linear. Before his foray into the realm of conservation, Robbie pursued professional soccer, making his mark as a goalkeeper and later serving as a goalkeeper coach at Mississippi State University. Despite his achievements in sports and academia, the call to the wild, inspired by his grandfather's written accounts of hunting and adventure, was a constant undertone in his life. It was this legacy, etched on rice paper, that sowed the seeds for Blood Origins, which sought to share authentic hunting stories and shed light on hunters as conservationists. Blood Origins evolved from a personal project into a non-profit organization that remains fiercely independent, allowing for a powerful and genuine narrative. The initiative thrives on being nimble and quick to respond to conservation challenges, with a focus on telling compelling stories that span continents. Robbie's efforts have led to documentaries and projects, including the documentation of the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation's work in New Zealand, and conservation efforts in Zambia, Tanzania and beyond. Blood Origins also examines contentious topics, such as mountain lion hunting in the United States, emphasizing the critical importance of education in these complex debates. In this episode, Robbie Kroger's anecdotes highlight the importance of balance in the ecosystem and the need for thoughtful communication in the face of criticism. Through Blood Origins, he strives to reshape the conversation around hunting, aiming to reach an equilibrium that acknowledges hunting as an enduring tradition while promoting its integral role in conservation. As the podcast episode unfolds, Robbie and George discuss future projects and the value of community support, inviting listeners to become a part of Blood Origins' mission. The episode culminates in a profound discussion on legacy, both professionally and personally, as Robbie expresses his desire to change perceptions of hunting globally and his commitment to being an affectionate and present family man, contrasting the more reserved nature of past generations. This podcast episode not only offers a glimpse into the life of a man who transitioned from city life to wildlife guardianship but also serves as a testament to the power of storytelling and its potential to foster change in the conservation narrative. It is a clarion call for all who cherish the wild and are invested in its future, showcasing the indelible mark that informed and passionate individuals can leave on the world.To learn more about Blood Origins, and to become a supporting member, visit:BloodOrigins.org
Ep. 65 - The Heartbeat of the Hunt with Janis Putelis: Chronicles of Family, Nature, and the MeatEater Legacy
May 28 2024
Ep. 65 - The Heartbeat of the Hunt with Janis Putelis: Chronicles of Family, Nature, and the MeatEater Legacy
In the latest podcast episode, Janis Putelis, a pivotal figure in the MeatEater community, shares the tapestry of his life story, weaving in threads of family, the lure of the wilderness, and the rituals that bind them.The episode opens with Janis reminiscing about his Michigan roots, where his father's influence and the woods of Wisconsin shaped his early outdoor experiences. His journey from those formative years to guiding in Colorado, and eventually meeting up with Steve Rinella to join the MeatEater family,  illustrates a life intertwined with the rhythms of nature. Janis' transition from a hunter to a mentor and media personality is a testament to his evolving relationship with the wild. His anecdotes about creating content for MeatEater's YouTube channel and returning to his ancestral homeland of Latvia add layers of depth to his story, showcasing his personal and cultural connection to hunting.The discussion shifts focus to the crucial aspect of introducing children to hunting and the great outdoors. Janis emphasizes the importance of gentle exposure, celebrating each child's unique pace of embracing nature. Through his experiences at turkey camps in Montana and deer camps in Wisconsin, Janis stresses the value of not pushing kids too hard. The narrative of his family participating in hunts without coercion offers a blueprint for parents seeking to cultivate a love for nature in their offspring.Janis' first visit to his fatherland of Latvia at 44 years old, unveils a chapter filled with anticipation and cultural immersion. His solo trip, prompted by an invite from a Latvian hunting magazine writer, was a pivotal moment of self-discovery. As he prepares for his next family trip to Latvia, Janis reflects on the significance of imparting his heritage to his children. The narrative then delves into the traditional Latvian hunting practices, where respect for the game and community values underscore the hunting experience.Further along, Janis describes the inner workings of a European hunting club, revealing the traditions and processes that shape a member's journey from driver to shooter. The club's model underscores a balanced approach to hunting that honors sport, tradition, and sustainability. Janis' experiences with this communal aspect of hunting highlight the profound respect for nature that permeates through every facet of the pursuit.The conversation takes a delicious turn as Janis shares tales of transforming the day's hunt into delectable meals. His culinary expertise, shaped by years in a professional kitchen, is evident as he discusses practical and efficient cooking methods that bring wild game to the family table. From preparing shredded turkey meat for various dishes to making Italian-flavored meatballs in bulk, Janis' approach to cooking is both foundational and innovative, emphasizing the joys of homemade meals to share with his family and close friends.The episode then takes a stride into Janis' personal health journey. His pursuit of ultra-marathons and his commitment to fitness for life is a narrative of transformation and determination. Janis' dedication to staying fit for the hunt and for his family is an inspiration to listeners seeking to make a lifestyle change.In the final segment, Janis' reflects on his role at MeatEater, his views on fame, and the impact of his work. His focus remains on being a great dad and partner, striving for a positive influence through promoting outdoor activities and conservation. The discussion about MeatEater's content, initiatives, and Janis' role within the organization highlights his dedication to fostering a better world through engagement with nature.TheMeatEater.comLatvian Trip episodesIG: Janis_Putelis
Ep. 64 Celebrating 2 Years of the "Son of a Blitch Podcast" & A Sneak Peak at What's In Store For Year 3
May 22 2024
Ep. 64 Celebrating 2 Years of the "Son of a Blitch Podcast" & A Sneak Peak at What's In Store For Year 3
As the host of the Son of a Blitch podcast, I'm elated to share a milestone—the podcast's two-year anniversary episode! It's a heartfelt homage to the listeners and guests who have been the backbone of this wild ride. It's been a hell of a year, as I have had the distinct priveleg of interviewing these amazing folks:Rob Gearing - Spartan Precision EquipmentBrent Reeves, host of the podcast "This Country Life", MeatEaterPaul Lewis - FHF Gear, MeatEaterGary Roberson - host of the show "Carnivore", owner of Burnham Brother Game Calls, author of "Eyes Front"Lindsay Thomas Jr - CCO w/ National Deer AssociationJesse Griffiths - James Beard Award Winning Chef, co-owner of Dai Due, New School of Traditional Cookery, author of Afield, The Hog Book, The Turkey BookMark Kenyon - Wired To Hunt, MeatEaterJoel Van Der Loon - Bush Survival Training & "Alone" contestantMike Anderson - Scheels Outdoors Podcast HostChef Jean Paul Bourgeois - Creator & Host of Duck Camp DinnersJim Shockey - Outdoorsman, Host, Author of "Call Me Hunter"Princess Goes - the band, talking about their 2nd album, "Come of Age"Curtis Bell - Veteran, Mental Health AdvocatePeter McDonald Sr - Veteran, Navajo Code TalkerLance Lewis - Wildgame ChefJustin Driebelbis - CEO of Texas Wildlife AssociationBen Masters - Filmmaker, Author, ConservationistKent Boucher - Host of First Gen Hunter PodcastMichael Sabbeth - Author, Sage & friendFreddy Cruz - Speke Podcast, Cruz thru HTX podcast hostJesse Griffiths - The Turkey Book episodeBrad Leone - host of the hit shows. "Making It" & "Living Legends"Jason Phelps - Phelps Game Calls, MeatEaterJared Larsen - onX MapsMark Haslam - Southern Way Podcast Host Tyler Jones - The Element, MeatEaterWill Alt - Veteran, Other Side VenturesRomey Swanson - ED of Devils River ConservancyJody Horton - Photographer, PublisherLt. John Nores - Ret. Game Warden, AuthorDirk Durham - Phelps Game Calls, MeatEaterEilas Cairo - Olympia ProvisionsMark Greene - Ret. US Navy SEAL, Author of "UNSEALED" This celebration isn't just about looking back; it's a toast to the future and the captivating guests queued up: Robbie Kroger from Blood Origins, Talkling knives and music with John Nores and VNives Founder, Mike Vellekamp Exploring the book "Charlie Hustle - The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball" with NYT Best Selling author, Keith O'BrienSitting down with Janis Putelis, the Director and Executive Producer of the Netflix Original series MeatEater and co-host of The MeatEater PodcastPete Muller with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)Talking guns and long range fun with Matty Nelson - Seekins Precision Director of Business Development, Special Forces Veteran & Instructor at Hat Creek Training.Grahame Jones - former Texas Game Warden & (current) Fishing Guide  Tyler Vanderkolk - Archery Country owner and taxidermistJack Carr - former US Navy SEAL & New York Times Best Selling Author of the James Reece Terminal List Series - LIVE PODCAST/INTERVIEW Jonathan Wilkins with Black Duck Revival...and many more to be announced! I extend my deepest gratitude to you, the listeners, for tuning in to the resonant stories from this diverse roster of guests. If you haven't subscribed, followed, and rated the podcast, please do! Feel free to share with your friend and family!Thank you
Ep. 63 - The Unyielding Spirit of Mark Green: A Navy SEAL's Tale of Resilience, Recovery, and Rediscovery
May 14 2024
Ep. 63 - The Unyielding Spirit of Mark Green: A Navy SEAL's Tale of Resilience, Recovery, and Rediscovery
In a compelling episode of the podcast, we delve into the life of Mark Greene, a former Navy SEAL whose story is as harrowing as it is inspiring. And we focus on his best selling book, "UNSEALED". Mark's narrative begins with a career-altering football injury, taking him from the potential of professional sports to the esteemed ranks of the Navy SEALs. It is here that Mark's journey takes on a transformative arc, reflecting the human capacity for adaptability and the warrior's unyielding spirit. As the conversation progresses, Mark shares the sobering realities faced by veterans. He does not shy away from discussing the scars borne by many who have served—both visible and invisible. One of the most poignant topics broached is the epidemic of veteran suicides, an issue that Mark addresses with both sensitivity and urgency. His call for community support serves as a sober reminder of our collective responsibility to honor and aid those who have sacrificed for their country. The episode intricately weaves through Mark's life, shedding light on the leadership lessons learned during the grueling trials of Hell Week and the shift from the battlefield to the demanding civilian world. The mental and emotional fortitude required for this transition is made starkly evident, as is the profound struggle with personal identity that often accompanies a military departure. Mark's journey through the creation of his memoir, "Unsealed," reveals his process as not just cathartic but also as a guide to help fellow veterans navigate the tumultuous waters of life after service. The narrative continues with Mark's reflection on the principle of legacy within the SEAL community. He expresses a desire to be remembered not only for his courage and achievements but also for his role as a steadfast teammate. The connections built in the face of shared adversity are, for Mark, the foundation of a legacy that extends beyond military accolades to the enduring impact on the lives he touches. Towards the end of the episode, the dialogue turns to the transformative process of writing his memoir. This undertaking was prompted by the alarming statistics of veteran suicides and Mark's desire to offer insights into the challenges faced during and after military service. The memoir serves as a beacon for those struggling with their transitions, offering solace and a potential path forward through Mark's recounted experiences. The discussion wraps up with a thoughtful examination of the six pillars of healing that Mark identifies in his transition: isolation, indulgence, cocooning, emergence, grief, and resolution. These stages resonate not only with veterans but with anyone undergoing significant life changes. The emphasis on seeking help and the power of community during crisis times underscores the message that even the most resilient individuals, like Navy SEALs, can experience profound struggles. In closing, the episode is not just a recounting of a Navy SEAL's life; it is an intimate bridge connecting listeners to the sacrifices and courage of individuals like Mark Greene. His wisdom and experiences, shared through his book and this heartfelt conversation, offer a profound understanding of life's transformative power and the importance of acknowledging and supporting our veterans.To learn more about Mark Greene, and to order the book "UNSEALED", visit:MarkGreene.comIG: "themarkgreene"To learn more about George, visit:SonofaBlitch.comMapMyRanch.comIG: "thesonofablitch"
Ep. 62 - Cultivating a Charcuterie Empire at Olympia Provisions with Elias Cairo
May 7 2024
Ep. 62 - Cultivating a Charcuterie Empire at Olympia Provisions with Elias Cairo
The culinary landscape is often a testament to the power of passion, heritage, and an unyielding commitment to quality and sustainability. This is the narrative that unfolds as we delve into the story of Elias Cairo, co-founder of Olympia Provisions, and his transformation from a sponsored snowboarder with a penchant for the adrenaline rush of the snowy slopes to a revered maestro in the art of charcuterie. His journey, as discussed in our latest podcast episode, is not just about the crafting of delectable meats but also about building a legacy and fostering a community around a shared love for exceptional gastronomy. Cairo's roots trace back to the family kitchens of Salt Lake City and the influence of his Greek heritage, where the farm-to-table lifestyle was not just a trend but a way of life. His father's emigration from Greece to the United States brought with it the traditions of the Peloponnese—hunting, farming, and a culture steeped in the appreciation of fresh, homegrown food. It was here, in the family-run Greek American cafes, that Cairo's culinary spark was ignited. But it was his apprenticeship in the Swiss Alps that honed his skills and shaped his philosophy toward food and sustainability. The Swiss mountain ski lodge culture, with its symbiotic relationship between nature and cuisine, played a pivotal role in Cairo's evolution as a chef and artisan, and eventually a world class salumist. Upon his return to Portland, Oregon, Cairo's entrepreneurial spirit took flight as he embarked on the mission to revolutionize the American charcuterie scene. Olympia Provisions was born out of a desire to create naturally fermented, mold-rich salami that echoed the quality and authenticity of European cured meats. The growth of an empire soon followed, encompassing a production facility and a string of restaurants, each narrating the story of quality meats, family heritage, and community. The success of Olympia Provisions can be traced to Cairo's unwavering dedication to sustainable practices. From working with a network of trusted farmers to achieve Global Animal Partnership standards to the transparent operations of their production facility, every step underscores the commitment to responsible sourcing and the betterment of the industry. Olympia Provisions stands as a testament to the impact of a business built on ethical principles and the pursuit of culinary excellence. Eli Cairo's vision for the future is one where his company remains an employee-driven legacy, championing the art of charcuterie and the respect for the entire process—from farm to table. His personal aspirations mirror this ethos, with a life enriched by family, hunting, and continuous culinary exploration. Through his story, listeners are inspired to not only appreciate the complexities of charcuterie but also to understand the profound influence of sustainable practices on the future of the food industry. The narrative of Eli Cairo and Olympia Provisions, rich with heritage, passion, and an enduring commitment to quality, offers much more than a mere taste of exceptional charcuterie. It serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and food enthusiasts alike, reminding us that the journey of food is as much about the destination as it is about the flavors experienced along the way.Elias Cairo OlympiaProvisions.comIG: "olympiaprovisions"IG: "eliascairo"George BlitchSonofaBlitch.comMapMyRanch.comIG: "thesonofablitch"
Ep. 61 The Call of the Hunter w/ Dirk Durham: Exploring Hunting Thrills and Wilderness Wisdom
Apr 30 2024
Ep. 61 The Call of the Hunter w/ Dirk Durham: Exploring Hunting Thrills and Wilderness Wisdom
When the echoes of an elk's bugle traverse the vast wilderness, it stirs something primal within the heart of a hunter. In the latest podcast episode, we are privileged to sit down with Dirk Durham, known in the hunting community as 'the Bugler.' Dirk is not only a renowned elk caller but also an ambassador for the craft and spirit of hunting, and is the Marketing Manager for Phelps Game Calls. This conversation is a deep dive into the art of elk calling, the adrenaline of hunting, and the profound connection to nature that these activities cultivate. Dirk's journey into the realm of elk hunting is one born out of a childhood fascination with the wilderness. Raised in Weippe, Idaho, where the legacy of Lewis and Clark's expedition still whispers through the mountains, he grew up immersed in the stories of his father's hunting escapades. Dirk's passion for hunting was not satisfied with mere tales; he sought to carve his path, taking inspiration from his father, a World War II veteran who settled in Idaho for its serene landscapes. As we navigate through Dirk's narrative, it becomes clear that elk calling is not merely a tactic but an art form perfected over time. The episode unfolds his evolution from an amateur enthusiast to a world champion elk caller. It's a tale that resonates with dedication, innovation, and a deep understanding of these majestic creatures. Listeners are given a glimpse into the painstaking process of call design, where every note and nuance can mean the difference between success and silence. The conversation further ventures into the science behind elk hunting. Dirk enlightens us on the dynamic environment of North Idaho, where hunters and prey must constantly adapt to survive. The reintroduction of wolves, for example, is a point of contention that has drastically altered the behavior and population of elk in the region. These are the realities that shape the hunter's experience, making every season unpredictable and every hunt a new challenge. Beyond the thrills of the chase, Dirk's ethos of hunting is grounded in sustainability and respect. He paints a vivid picture of how a hunter's freezer is not just a storage space but a testament to a lifestyle that honors nature's bounty. Each cut of meat tells a story, one that Dirk shares with reverence, emphasizing the hunter's role as a steward of the land. The chapter on elk hunting calls and trade shows is a treasure trove for enthusiasts seeking practical advice. Dirk dissects the intricacies of various calls and offers guidance on selecting the right tools for the trade. He also unveils the All American three-pack, a collaboration with fellow champions that showcases the diversity and expertise within the hunting community. As we draw the episode to a close, Dirk leaves us pondering the legacy we leave behind in the hunting industry. It's a legacy that transcends trophies and records, focusing instead on relationships, ethics, and the continuous pursuit of excellence. The invitation to join this story, to be part of the ongoing narrative of hunting and conservation, is open to all. In essence, this podcast episode is not just a collection of hunting tales; it's a clarion call to embrace the wild, to listen to the whispers of the forest, and to resonate with the heartbeat of the wilderness. Join us as we explore the profound impact of hunting on the human spirit, and how the call of the hunter is an echo that shapes both our history and our future.PhelpsGameCalls.comyoutube.com/@THEBUGLERBRANDIG: "thebugler"SonofaBlitch.comIG: "thesonofablitch"
Ep. 60 Protector of the Wild, Lt. John Nores, Jr. -  A California Game Warden's Journey in Conservation, Battling Cartels, and Beyond!
Apr 22 2024
Ep. 60 Protector of the Wild, Lt. John Nores, Jr. - A California Game Warden's Journey in Conservation, Battling Cartels, and Beyond!
In the realm of conservation, few stories captivate and inspire as profoundly as that of Lt. John Nores Jr., a former California Game Warden whose life journey we traverse in this latest podcast episode. The episode paints a vivid picture of a man who not only served as a guardian of wildlife and natural resources but also rose as an environmental crusader and a beacon of creativity.John's tale begins with his roots deeply embedded in a family that revered the outdoors. A childhood steeped in environmental stewardship laid the foundation for his career as a game warden, a path fraught with challenges yet rewarding beyond measure. His narrative intertwines the sacredness of nature with his duty, highlighting a spiritual connection to the wilderness that proved essential, particularly during the unprecedented times of a global pandemic. The surge in public interest in outdoor activities amidst the crisis underscored the intrinsic value of our natural world as a sanctuary for the human spirit.As we delve deeper into John's experiences, the podcast uncovers a clandestine battle being waged within the borders of the United States. Through his most recent book "Hidden War," John brings to light the environmental terrorism perpetrated by cartels engaged in illegal marijuana cultivation. These illicit operations, far from being mere criminal endeavors, have a far-reaching impact on both the environment and society. Pesticides banned for their toxicity in almost every country, except Mexico,  are found at these sites, poisoning wildlife and water sources, an alarming revelation that calls for unity and action across political and social divides.Balancing the intensity of his conservation enforcement role, John's odyssey takes an intriguing turn into the world of knife design and music. The podcast reveals his collaboration on the Trailblazer knife series with Mike Vellekamp's VNIVES, an embodiment of his creativity and commitment to practicality and tactical design. His musical journey, from clarinet to bass guitar in the band Area 56, adds another layer to his already multifaceted persona. Mike and John worked on some music together, which will be discussed on a future podcast with both gentlemen!John's dedication to conservation is unwavering, as he shares plans for future projects, including an article shedding light on the environmental impact of wild hogs in California and a documentary series that ties conservation to broader societal issues. This determination to continue making a difference resonates throughout the episode, as does the call for collective action to protect our planet.The episode also touches upon the significance of film in raising awareness about national issues such as human trafficking, drawing attention to the struggle of distributing powerful movies like "Sound of Freedom." Moreover, the chapter addressing national priorities on drug trafficking reveals the insidious spread of substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine across the nation, emphasizing the critical need for education and policy reform.Listeners are also invited to explore John's foray into podcasting with the "Wardens Watch" and  "Thin Green Line" podcasts, platforms through which he connects with audiences to discuss pressing conservation issues and share gripping stories from the front lines of wildlife law enforcement.This episode serves as a rich tapestry of bravery, creativity, and the indomitable spirit of a man whose life work is a testament to the enduring battle for the preservation of our wild places. Join us in this captivating journey through the life of a true conservation trailblazer.To learn more about John Nores, visit:www.JohnNores.comTo learn more about George Blitch, visit:www.SonofaBlitch.com
Ep. 59 Behind the Lens w/ Jody Horton: The Craft of Cookbook Storytelling, Publishing, and More!
Apr 9 2024
Ep. 59 Behind the Lens w/ Jody Horton: The Craft of Cookbook Storytelling, Publishing, and More!
In this captivating episode, George Blitch sits down with renowned photographer Jody Horton to unravel the detailed craft of cookbook storytelling, and the intricate tapestry of wildlife photography. Horton, an artist with a keen eye for the vivid world of food, travel, lifestyle and wildlife imagery, shares his journey and the evolution of his passion, tracing back to the early days amidst the surge of local food sustainability, leading up to his involvement in prestigious projects, including two James Beard award-winning collaborations.  The discussion delves into the nuanced dance of wildlife photography, as Horton reveals the tactics that allow him to meld into nature's canvas, capturing vibrant, elusive shots of the hunt. Horton’s recount of his experience not only illuminates the patience and skill required in this field but also offers a glimpse into the unpredictability of capturing such fleeting moments.  The conversation then shifts towards the creation of timeless cookbooks, highlighting Horton's role in “The Turkey Book”, a collaboration with Jesse Griffiths (their 3rd together), that encapsulates the essence of the wild. He details the efficient planning and rapid production process that brought the book to fruition in less than a year, a testament to the meticulous execution and dedication behind the scenes. The audience is given a peek into the world of long-term cookbook ventures (Jody has done almost 20 cookbooks), where Horton speaks on the allure of cooking with fire and the profound significance of constructing a space that breathes life into the art of photography.  Horton’s narrative continues, revealing the transformation of his career from a fledgling food photographer during a time when the profession was scarcely populated, to a sought-after expert in the field. His initial forays with publications like Garden and Gun and Texas Monthly led to a burgeoning reputation and the opportunity to work on impactful projects that resonated with his ethos. This trajectory underscores the importance of credibility and experience in navigating the competitive landscape of food, travel and lifestyle photography.  The episode also addresses the journey of finding and creating the ideal studio space in Austin (St. John Studios), where Horton could harness natural light to its fullest potential. He recounts the arduous search for the perfect location, ultimately transforming a rundown building into a versatile studio that could accommodate a wide range of food and beverage projects. His studio's design, crafted to provide efficient and diverse shooting environments, epitomizes Horton's commitment to excellence and innovation in his work.  As the auditory journey concludes, the topic of legacy is brought to the forefront. Horton reflects on the imprints we leave behind, both in imagery and in life, sharing candid thoughts on balancing the pursuit of passion with family life and the importance of nurturing a living legacy. The episode serves as a trove of inspiration for those moved by the interplay of light, lens, and life's magical moments, offering a heartfelt perspective from the heart of Jody Horton's world.  Listeners are invited to connect with Horton and follow his continued journey through his photography website and other ventures. For those interested in collaboration or simply keeping up with his work, this episode is a must-listen, providing invaluable insights into the mind and craft of a master storyteller and photographer.
Ep. 58 Diving Deep into Devils River Conservancy and the Heart of Environmental Advocacy with Romey Swanson
Apr 1 2024
Ep. 58 Diving Deep into Devils River Conservancy and the Heart of Environmental Advocacy with Romey Swanson
In the latest podcast episode, Romey Swanson, the Executive Director for the Devils River Conservancy, shares an intimate view of the group's mission to preserve the Devils River. This Texas waterway is a marvel of nature, celebrated for its clarity and ecological significance. Romey's dedication to this cause shines through as he discusses the complex relationship between land stewardship and collaborative conservation strategies that ensure the river's vitality. The Devils River is one of the cleanest rivers in Texas, boasting a biodiverse ecosystem fed by spring waters. It's nestled in a delicate balance between public and private land stewardship, a testament to the commitment of local communities and conservation organizations working in tandem. The conservancy's partnerships with groups like the Nature Conservancy, and Texas Parks and Wildlife are vital, highlighting the power of collaboration in environmental protection. Reflecting on nearly a year as Executive Director at the Conservancy, Romey recounts the organization's evolution and its role in fostering responsible environmental stewardship. Education and advocacy are at the forefront of their efforts, aiming to instill respect for the river and ensure its splendor remains unspoiled for future generations. Initiatives like the Devils River Access Permit Program underscore the importance of visitor preparedness and legal access, essential components in preserving the river's integrity. The episode also delves into the strategic and day-to-day challenges of conservation. From managing visitor access to the river to navigating the intricacies of land ownership and public policy, the podcast paints a picture of the ongoing work required to safeguard natural treasures like the Devils River. As the conversation turns to the practicalities of visiting the Devils River, listeners are guided through the preparation process and introduced to the various access points available to the public. Romey emphasizes the significance of education and proper preparation to prevent conflicts with landowners and to promote a culture of respect and appreciation for the river's pristine condition. In conclusion, the episode stands as a call to action for listeners to become allies in the cause for conservation. It invites us to support the Devils River Conservancy's mission, either by visiting responsibly or by joining their membership program. The dialogue is not only a narrative of the conservancy's endeavors but also a reflection of the broader struggle for environmental preservation, one that resonates with all who value nature's gifts. The Devils River story is one of passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the environment. Romey's mission is a beacon for all environmental advocates, reminding us of the importance of protecting the natural wonders that enrich our world.Learn more about the Devils River Conservancy, and join, here:DevilsRiverConservancy.orgLearn more about Romey at:ModernTexasnNaturalist.comTo learn more about George Blitch, visit:www.SonofaBlitch.comwww.MapMyRanch.comIG: "TheSonofaBlitch"
Ep. 57 "Steward of the Wild" Romey Swanson's Quest to Conserve the Texas Landscape
Apr 1 2024
Ep. 57 "Steward of the Wild" Romey Swanson's Quest to Conserve the Texas Landscape
Embark on an insightful expedition into the heart of Texas conservation with Romey Swanson, the Executive Director of the Devils River Conservancy. With a rich history rooted in childhood adventures across West Virginia and Texas, Romey's pursuit of wildlife stewardship has led him to an influential role within the state's ecological preservation efforts. Appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council, Romey's story is a tapestry of personal growth and professional evolution, from a technician fresh out of college to a key player in land management plans and helping to shape public policy and public awareness in the various groups, committees, and boards that he sits on. His fervent resolve to protect Texas's bountiful waterways and diverse ecosystems is both a tribute to his dedication and a rallying cry for environmental advocates.This episode is not merely a chronicle of Romey Swanson's contributions to Texas's natural heritage. It's an invitation to join hands in the collective responsibility of nurturing the bond we share with nature. Through stories of close encounters with the elusive Mexican Spotted Owl and reflections on the growth of ModernTexasNaturalist.com, Romey embodies the essence of a connector, uniting hunters, anglers, and conservationists in a common cause. Let's heed the call to safeguard the Devils River and engage in the mission to preserve the splendor of Texas for generations to come. Your passion for the outdoors and commitment to conservation can make a world of difference—and this episode is your guidepost.Learn more about the Devils River Conservancy, and join, here:DevilsRiverConservancy.orgLearn more about Romey Swanson at:ModernTexasnNaturalist.comTo learn more about George Blitch, visit:www.SonofaBlitch.comwww.MapMyRanch.comIG: "TheSonofaBlitch"
Ep. 56 - Will Alt - Helping Others Get to the Other Side of Their Challenges (Through Hunting & The Outdoors)
Mar 25 2024
Ep. 56 - Will Alt - Helping Others Get to the Other Side of Their Challenges (Through Hunting & The Outdoors)
Amidst the narrative of professional milestones , serving in the military, and personal challenges, such as navigating through marriage, divorce, and raising children, Will Alt reveals how he maintained a delicate balance between his thriving career(s) and his commitment to family life. He reflects on the tumultuous financial storms he weathered, learning hard lessons about business and bouncing back with a renewed vigor to succeed. Taking over a struggling company and transforming it into a flourishing enterprise is no small feat, yet his story doesn't stop within the confines of office walls. The heart of this episode lies in the what Will is currently building. We get a hint of it when he talks of initially co-founding Wilderness for Warriors, a sanctuary for veterans and individuals grappling with the scars of their past, both seen and unseen. Will speaks candidly about his personal struggles with PTSD and depression, emphasizing the transformative power of hunting and the great outdoors. It's a space where vulnerable individuals find strength and camaraderie, where every hunting trip with children and adults is a stride towards healing and understanding. This chapter of the episode poignantly highlights the therapeutic benefits of nature and the significant impact of giving back to those in need.Looking ahead, the conversation shifts to an ambitious venture—an innovative outdoor and hunting platform that marries the thrill of the hunt with the soul of philanthropy. This upcoming project promises to leverage mainstream network TV and YouTube to inspire and engage the community, particularly focusing on the youth, veterans, and disabled. Alt shares the challenges of building a non-commercial venture solely driven by a passion for helping others and the deep personal fulfillment that comes from such endeavors. The episode paints a picture of a future where heart-pounding hunts are interwoven with heartwarming narratives, inspiring others to join a movement centered on the human spirit.Will recounts diverse hunting expeditions that span from the United States to the Yukon and Africa, bringing to life the friendships and experiences that hunting has brought him. But the real focus is not on the hunts themselves, but on the human connections they foster. From taking veterans on African safaris to giving a terminal cancer patient one final round of sunset hunts and memories with the family , each adventure is a thread in the larger tapestry of human connection and compassion. The stories told are a testament to the power of shared experiences in the wilderness and the anticipation of a new show that will showcase these profound encounters.The final chapter of the episode delves into the deep emotional challenges faced by veterans post-service, touching on the often-overlooked issue of mental health. The conversation becomes an eye-opening discussion on the life-saving importance of education on explosive threats, the harrowing personal toll it takes, and the long road to recovery. It is here where a transformative discussion happens, when Will Alt talks about his failed suicide attempt for the first time ever, in public. He was dead for 16 minutes and was brought back to life. His raw and unfiltered telling of the story and its effects on him and his family were very powerful. It's a sobering reminder of the critical need for mental health awareness and support, which Will also addresses through various initiatives.Alt leaves us pondering the imprints we leave on the world, the legacies we build, and the lives we uplift—inviting us to join a movement that's about more than the hunt, it's about the human spirit. Learn more about Will Alt & Other Side Ventures, here:Will Alt on IGOther Side Ventures
Ep. 55 - An Exploration of Tyler Jones's Hunting and Musical Pursuits (The Element, MeatEater, Tyler & The Tribe)
Mar 18 2024
Ep. 55 - An Exploration of Tyler Jones's Hunting and Musical Pursuits (The Element, MeatEater, Tyler & The Tribe)
Tyler Jones' story is one of harmony between the call of the wild and the strum of a guitar, a narrative rich with authenticity, passion, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. The discussion meanders through Tyler's multifaceted life, his contributions to the hunting community, and his musical endeavors as the guitarist and singer of the band, Tyler and the Tribe.Tyler's connection with nature began in his childhood, growing up on the legendary Lake Fork in Northeast Texas, a renowned bass fishery. He shares heartwarming tales of his early experiences with bass fishing and hunting, which have profoundly shaped his path and led him to co-create The Element's podcast and YouTube channel with his friend, K.C. Smith. Tyler's foray into the MeatEater family marked a significant milestone in his journey, further solidifying his place in the outdoor industry with projects like the 'Buck Truck' series. Throughout the conversation, Tyler discussed the hurdles of producing authentic hunting content with The Element, from conceptualization to the final edits, emphasizing the importance of genuine representation and the joy of sharing these experiences with the audience. The conversation then shifted to Tyler's music journey, an adventure marked by trials and triumphs. Tyler narrated his experience with playing in Dallas, forming his band, and the rollercoaster of touring life. The rawness of his stories painted a vivid picture of an artist's life, where genre-blending, maintaining artistic integrity, and handling the industry's hurdles are part of the everyday struggle.Tyler's songwriting process reveals the emotional inspiration behind his music. The chapter delves into the deep impact of friendships and the weight of loss, stirred by the legacies of Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins - go listen to "Born For a Time (Such As This)". George Blitch  and Tyler dissect the song and what Tyler was thinking about when he wrote it. It is a testament to the power of music to evoke shared memories and mourning and its ability to connect us on a profound level.Towards the end of the episode, Tyler opened up about his views on legacy and faith, sharing his desires for his children and the spiritual path he hopes to leave behind. His heartfelt reflections on fatherhood, personal ambition, and the influence of public opinion offered listeners a glimpse into the soul of a man who is deeply connected to his beliefs and family.The episode wrapped up with Tyler expressing gratitude for the opportunity to share his music and personal stories with the world. It was a reminder of the support and community that surround creative endeavors and the unexpected paths our passions may lead us down.In summary, Tyler Jones's episode is a symphony of life and artistry, a blend of resilience, passion, and the unyielding desire to make one's mark on the world. It's an inspiring narrative that encourages listeners to pursue their dreams while staying rooted in what truly matters—authentic connections, family, and the pursuit of a life lived with purpose and passion.To learn more about Tyler, visit:YouTube.com/TheElementWildTyler and the TribeTo learn more about George, visit:SonofaBlitch.comMapMyRanch.com
Ep. 54 - Mark Haslam: Examining Southern Wildlife Management and the Legacy of Conservation
Mar 11 2024
Ep. 54 - Mark Haslam: Examining Southern Wildlife Management and the Legacy of Conservation
In the latest podcast episode, George Blitch hosts Mark Haslam, a seasoned outdoorsman and deer management sage, as they delve into the nuances of managing a 1,900-acre property and wildlife management, in general.Haslam's journey is a testament to the dedication and passion required to sustain and enhance the natural habitats of the South. This dialogue opens up a treasure trove of knowledge, revealing the complexities of deer management, from habitat enhancement to the timing of doe breeding seasons.Haslam shares his background, growing up in a hunting club and eventually taking on the management of his family's farm. He speaks of his transition into land stewardship, influenced by the principles of Quality Deer Management (QDM) and the National Deer Association. As the episode unfolds, listeners gain an understanding of the gradual learning process involved in land management. Mark recounts his first forestry practices, which involved the clearing and thinning of pine trees to improve the habitat for wildlife.The conversation also explores the importance of collecting data for deer management. Haslam discusses the social and entertainment value of having a skinning shed, the science behind tracking breeding dates for does, and the impact of such data on hunting strategies. Listeners are offered a glimpse into the meticulous record-keeping that serves as a powerful tool in wildlife management. Moreover, Haslam addresses the challenges of deer overpopulation in the Southeast, emphasizing the necessity of QDM practices to maintain healthy wildlife populations.In an enlightening chapter, Haslam recounts his experience launching Southeast Whitetail during the pandemic. His desire to fill a content gap for Southern hunters and land managers led to the creation of a platform tailored to the Southern hunting experience. His involvement in conservation and mentor hunts is a thread that runs through the episode, illustrating his commitment to the heritage of the hunt.The episode also introduces the new direction of The Southern Way podcast, with Haslam at the helm. He outlines the show's focus on hunting tips, tactics, and interviews with a range of hunters, promising a rich blend of content centered around Southern hunting culture. The upcoming content is set to cover a wide array of topics, from land management and predator control to food plots and the sharing of wild game meals.Conservation efforts and the cooking of wild turkey also make their way into the discussion, highlighting the challenges of managing these birds across Georgia and South Carolina. Haslam shares cooking techniques for turkey and reflects on memorable moments from past hunting seasons. This chapter underscores the significance of land management in supporting healthy turkey populations and the joys of preparing wild game.As the episode draws to a close, we hear heartfelt tales of family hunting traditions and land sharing. The importance of introducing youth to hunting and the communal aspect of the sport is celebrated. The focus remains on responsible and ethical hunting, with an emphasis on stewarding the land for future generations.In summary, the podcast episode with Mark Haslam offers a deep dive into the world of deer management and Southern hunting traditions. It's a story of stewardship, strategy, and respect for the land, resonating with both seasoned hunters and those new to the outdoors. The episode stands as a valuable resource for anyone looking to enhance their understanding of wildlife management and embrace the conservation ethos that is so integral to the hunting heritage of the South.SoutheastWhitetail.comSonofBlitch.comMapMyRanch.com