This film will be featured in the 2014 "Hunting Film Tour"
I started this crazy endeavor over 3 years ago with the dream of changing the face of hunting media. I knew what I wanted to say; what I wanted to show and represent. What I never expected was the level of interest and support from the public for what I always felt was a minority interest – the simple, honest, and ethical hunt. The kind of hunt where things like woodsmanship, effort, and wildness – as opposed to record book status, and mechanical advantage – take center stage. In other words, I wanted to show what hunting really is, or can be. I wanted this film to be the antithesis of mainstream hook & bullet media.
I’ve been asked dozens of times what this film is about, and I never know exactly what to say. It’s difficult to pin down, to capture in a nice little paragraph. If you’ve ever tried to concisely describe you’re most enduring passion to someone who may or may not share that affinity you’ll know the position I’m in. What I can do is list a few of the guiding principles that have shaped this film.
The most pervasive of these is the idea of “traditional values”. We’ll define this as the guiding light in a true sportsman’s heart, regardless of what we carry in our hands. These values live in the heart of the rifle hunter who knows the difference between the true satisfaction of fair chase and honest hard work, and the misplaced pride in a trophy at any cost. They live in the heart of the flycaster who wades an icy October stream, hoping for a rainbow’s rise amid a backdrop of golden aspen. And they live in the heart of the traditional bowhunter who gives up the advantages of modern aids in hopes of somehow getting closer to nature.
A very close second is what Aldo Leopold described as a conservation, or land ethic. The simple idea that we are part of a larger community; that our lives are intertwined with the fate of the land, water and wildlife is something that, in large part, seems to have been forgotten. As hunters, I believe we have a responsibility to the land; to assure, for future generations, a natural world that is as beautiful and diverse as the one that we enjoy.
In addition to the above, this film will lean heavy on the most traditional and aesthetic of weapons – the longbow. I do this, not because I think it makes me a better hunter, but because it’s what I know. Traditional archery is at the very core of why I hunt. It allows me to fill the hunter’s niche that was carved out ten thousand years ago. It forces me to overcome an animal’s senses, to exist within that hypersensitive bubble where game has evolved to detect and evade predators much more skilled than myself. In other words, it means a lot of tag soup, but an unparalleled sense of accomplishment when it all comes together.