Listen: Ep. 24: Remi's Wife's First Hunt and Valuable Tips for New Hunters
"I just want you to think back for a second. Think back to your very first hunt. How'd you get into it now while you're thinking about that there's a very large group of people listening to this podcast right now? That have never hunted so this week on cutting the distance podcast. I WANNA give those people the nine insteps to get into hunting. Now you might be thinking to yourself a remmy. I've hunting my entire life. I don't need to hear this podcast. Will you'd be wrong because I'm sure that you'll run into somebody that's interested to get into hunting or there might be someone in your family. Maybe bringing your kid up hunting. This will give you ways to help. People people get into the sport that are interested in a way that lays it out in a very formulaic plan that everybody can do. Honestly the barrier to hunting thing is the fact that it's very hard to get into. I recognize that because I get so many messages daily about people exploring. They're listening to this podcast. They're watching videos. Does they're trying to figure out how they themselves can be a hunter for me. I grew up punting if I were to think back to my very first. It's just a compilation of so many any different experiences. I started out before he could even walk going on. Hunts with my dad being outdoors. I just grew up into it. It was something that came natural however there are things later on in life like bow hunting duck hunting that I taught myself but I already had the basics down so for me to tell a story of my first doesn't it means much but through guiding in other things I've taken countless people on the very first time to me. It's an extremely exciting shared experience experience. Because I get to see people go through the process and understand what I love about hunting about procuring my own food about being self sufficient now. Now I'd really like to tell you maybe some stories of my son but I think the best story is of my wife's I done throughout my life. There's been no more memorable experience as far as I hunt goes then when my wife took her very first year in. My wife's hunting journey started long before she ever stepped foot in the field with a gun. Now you might think think okay. She's married to this professional hunter. Of course she would hunt when we first started dating. She was familiar with hunting. Her Dad hunted but she'd never been hunting herself shelf now. I had no intentions of turning her into a hunter. That was just something that happened based on her own decisions. The one nice this thing was she loved wild game and I would cook it as often as I could over the years while we were dating she kind of started to think and I love to eat in this game meat. I wonder what it would be like to harvest it myself. Now after about a year of dating she just decided one day that she wanted to try hunting and without talking to me or anything she went onto the fishing game. Website signed up for Hunter's safety course her and actually a friend of hers. I grew up with Sarah. They decided to go take their hunter's safety course together and at least that way if she ever decided she wanted to go hunting she would be ready well. It wasn't until about three three years later. She decided it was time to go earlier that year. She'd come up to Montana and this was at the point where now we're engaged so through our dating process. She never hunted but it was just something that was inside of her that she said you know I like to eat. I see the process and the respect that my husband been has for the animals but on she thought to herself she'll never fully understand the experience unless she does it for herself. She doesn't know if she's going to like it. She doesn't know if it's something she wants to continue to do but she thinks at least she should try it so in order to get her into it. I just thought well. Let's let's do a bird hunt now as the big hunter that I am I am going to guide her on a bird hunt one of the things that I'm very careful when I take a new hunter is I want the experience to be their ear experience. I don't want to pressure anybody into anything. I want them to kind of understand the steps that it takes to hunt. I teach them through the process but then I let them make decisions as well now. She got a small game license in Montana and we decided to go for a weekend in between my guiding. Unfortunately this year there Renault grouse anywhere we hiked we looked. It was just bad weather conditions. She walked away from her. Very first time with me unsuccessful. And it wasn't for lack of trying it was just that we couldn't find any animals but throughout the weekend. We're continuing up until that point. She practiced with her gun and and she'd shot shotgun. She shot a rifle. We went through all the process of just getting to that point going out in the field but I actually think that unsuccessful first trip trip really gave her an understanding of. Wow hunting isn't just going out and killing something. There's a whole process behind it so we're going to fast forward a month or two later. We found ourselves on a trip to Hawaii and we had an opportunity where we can go out and hunt access to your. It was toward the end of the trip and we. We didn't have a lot of time so I borrowed a rifle from a friend. We went out to this hunting area and we started the morning hiking out just looking for deer and access doe or something where she could possibly be successful and have her first successful hunt. We started the morning working into the wind. There's a lot of tall grass in this area quite a few dear but it was just quiet. Everything was in the really thick grass as we work the wind was good but then the wind started to shift and blew out the canyon that we were planning planning on walking through which is never good. It was just a bad set of circumstances because the wind changes side to hike up and around in. Come out this canyon from. I'm a different direction while doing that. A beard walked out across the hillside. I got her set up. She got the deer in the crosshairs he was standing broadside outside for just a split second and then walked off in those few split seconds. She knew she had a shot but she didn't take not because she didn't want wanted she just didn't feel comfortable afterwards. She was just kicking yourself man. Why didn't they shoot? Had the great opportunity. That was probably my only chance. It didn't work cout. And she's pretty bummed out at that point. We already gone through a couple of unsuccessful hunts but she had an opportunity and she just didn't act fast enough which to me he was fine. I preferred that. She didn't Russia shot and make a bad shot in her. I am a very cognizant of making sure that she made a perfect shot. Well we're about out of time. I'm glossing way down the valley and I see some deer pop out on a hillside in the tall grass. Look at each other and let's go after those dear. This might might be your last opportunity. We work over to that spot and that so thick they're the grass is way taller than the deer are sitting in. They were out in the open. But now there's no dear to be seen or sitting down like they were right here. Let's just sit and wait so we sit wait because getting to at that point in the day where we gotta turn around so we start to walk a little further. See if we can look down into the goalie a little bit better and we blow out three deer. Dang it that sucks. They run off from across the valley. All I saw were three deer hunting. Well I'm sorry about that. We're just going to have to go back Daniels. Like I feel like there's another dear here was just wait. It was like shirt. I thought you know there's something about hunter instincts. If she feels like she wants to wait. Let's wait so we sit down and wait watching the hillside in a few minutes later. Antler tips across the way it walks out in the opening. I get Daniel set up and I'm going to stop it because I can see its antlers but I can't see it's body it's Walkington opening about three feet wide and I'm thinking as soon as it hits that opening I'll try stop it with a call and she'll get shot. Well the dears walking through the grass. I'm anticipating that the sound is GonNa take a little longer to get there. It's about one hundred and fifty yards so so I'm gonNA call just before it hits the opening. I call the buckets the opening but it stops with a piece of grass covering its vitals. She has no shot but the call turned the buck tortoise. And now it's facing us so make another meal. Call these access deer there fairly vocal animals. So I just make Mak- sound at it with my voice. I don't actually have a call with me so I just make that chirp sound that the does tend to make and the buck puts his head down and comes right right toward us and you'll get set up on Bush and the deer POPs out thirty five yards turns broadside she pulls the trigger drops drops the deer. She made a perfect shot. It was fast action and she harvested her first year now. She went through a range of emotions because she wasn't sure how she was going to feel. This was the first thing she ever killed and she was crying but when she walked up on it she wasn't necessarily just sad but she was also happy and excited. I I can tell through the experience and how excited she was. Afterwards of the whole thing. She told me that she'd never had those type of emotions. She now understood understood what it meant to be a hunter. She understood what I go through in the field the whole process and why I love it so much and it was really cool for me. Need to see somebody latch onto the way that I did to see someone go through the same steps of becoming a hunter from that moment on she was hooked and and for me. That was a really exciting day because I got to see my wife one get into hunting but to really understand what drives me and why I love to go Out there so much."