Soulful Hunter Podcast

transforming lives through primal adventure

Whether you are brand new to hunting or a seasoned veteran, The Soulful Hunter Podcast is for anyone thirsting for adventure and a fresh perspective. With a focus on mentorship, community, self-discovery, natural connections, conservation & primal adventure, the Soulful Hunter is reinventing and reimagining hunting as you know it.

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Episode 35
Spring bear update

Johnny finally set off to fill his first ever spring bear tag with his buddies Tony Ellersick and Clint Easley. How did it go? Tune in to find out.

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episode 34
Is hunting a right? with Allen ernst of SCI

The Constitution of the United States of America has written in it that WE have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Procuring our own food is a fundamental right of humanity yet is constantly attacked! Thankfully there are people and organizations that will stand hand in hand with you to defend your rights. But did you know that hunting and fishing can be amended into states constitutions? Tune in to find out more.

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episode 33
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THE SPORTSMEN’S ALLIANCE WITH BRIAN LYNN

Hunting, fishing & trapping are a way of life for many. The ability to procure your own food is a fundamental right of humanity. More often than not, the rights of outdoorsmen and women are constantly being attacked by the anti-hunting community. So why is joining an organization like Sportsmen’s Alliance so important? Tune in to find out more.

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episode 32
blacktail hunting 101 with tom Ryle

Blacktail deer are considered the grey ghost of the PNW. To find any buck is a real challenge and requires a lot of persistence. On this episode we dive into blacktail hunting 101 as well as how Tom’s passion for hunting and conservation took him from the private sector to becoming an influential part of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. This episode is slam packed with nuggets to help you become a better hunter.

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episode 31
fuel the pursuit with Ryan Munsey & Mike Lum

Nutrition has to be one of the most loved and hated topics in the world. It is so crucial to our everyday success and ability to thrive. And yet most people do not even give what they eat a second thought. Ryan Munsey & Mike Lum of Fuel The Pursuit decided it was time to take some action on the way people look at food. In this episode we dive into their stories along with their love for hunting and nutrition and how it has impacted them. So why is nutrition so important? Tune in to find out more.

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Episode 30
the why series | Chapter 5
Predator hunting

The Why Series with Jana Waller is a deeper look into the future of hunting. It will inspire you and challenge ideas while building a foundation of clarity as to why people hunt. Predator hunting is a crucial part of conservation and yet is a hot button amongst some crowds. So why is predator hunting so important? Tune in to find out more.

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episode 29
Bear hunting 101 with Clay newcomb

With spring bear seasons kicking off it is time for a bear hunting 101 episode. Clay Newcomb, the owner of Bear Hunting Magazine is an awesome person and a wealth of knowledge. We dive into the history of black bear hunting in this nation, along with tips, tactics, and everything you would want to know about getting the most use from a bear.

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episode 28
TURNING TRAGEDIES INTO TRIUMPHS WITH RUDY NUNEZ OF TACTACAM

When I met Rudy at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City, I knew I was with a kindred spirit. After talking with him about his journey, I knew that he needed to share his story and talk about what hunting has done for him. The narrative surrounding hunting is something that “WE” all need to be aware of. Everyone has a story to tell, and it is stories like Rudy’s that strengthen the “why” behind hunting. 

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Episode 27
From washington to Wisconsinwith Mark boardman of vortex optics

Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics sits down for a fun conversation full of stories and perspectives. We talk about the importance of hunting along with how it is portrayed publicly. We also dive into how vulnerability is needed to learn something new, along with the power and importance of storytelling. Mark also drops his perspective of how waterfowl hunting is the gateway to becoming a hunter and new products Vortex has coming in 2020.

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episode 26
OnX Hunt with Dylan dowson

When I learned about the OnX Hunt app, my hunting career completely changed. OnX is a game changer and revolutionizing how digital scouting and land access is viewed. Every new and veteran hunter should have a subscription and become extremely familiar with the product. Once you do, the world of hunting will become your oyster. On this episode, I sit down with Dylan Dowson of OnX and we talk about the app along with how he put it to use while hunting a bull of a lifetime this last fall.

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EPISODE 25
the journey of an elk hunter with Jeff winslow

This episode was a long time in the making and one that that shines a lot of light onto what it is like to hunt elk. As in all things, there are highs and lows in the journey, but it is how we rebound from the lows and continue to give good to others that lead to the ultimate reward.

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episode 24
from bucks to bears with Shane Vander Giessen

On this episode we dive into strategies and tips for hunting the alpine with Shane Vander Giessen. Shane is a proven and seasoned hunter when it comes to alpine hunting and has been blessed with some amazing animals. His YouTube channel was a huge inspiration for Johnny on his journey towards becoming a hunter. This episode has some great insight towards planning and implementing your own backcountry adventure as well as a lot more.

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episode 23
Becoming a Hunter with Ian Padron

This episode is focused on the growth and mindset of moving out west and pursuing western big game hunting as a passion. Our guest Ian Padron, shares his journey of moving from Wisconsin to Washington and how it has impacted his life. We also dive into some great tips for beginning hunters along with how to hunt the backcountry. This is a fantastic episode and there are a lot of gems to be had.

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episode 22
Hunting while spiritually intoxicated with Anna lisa brashear

On this episode Johnny chats with Anna Lisa Brashear, a spiritual medium from New Orleans Louisiana, about the spiritual side of hunting. This is a thought provoking episode that dives deep into a side of hunting that is rarely acknowledged in the mainstream and will shine a light on a different perspective for you the next time you step foot afield.

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episode 21
THE WHY SERIES | CHAPTER 4
legacy

The Why Series with Jana Waller is a deeper look into the future of hunting. It will inspire you and challenge ideas while building a foundation of clarity as to why people hunt. Legacy is a term that is associated with something that is left to the next generation. So why is legacy so important? Tune in to find out.

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episode 20
from rookie to mentor with jason grove

On this episode Johnny chats with Jason Grove about the growth a new hunter experiences along with being courageous enough to try new things without having much experience. Jason’s story is an amazing example of diligence and hard work being rewarded.

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episode 19
the better half of hunting with Megan Mack

On this episode Johnny is joined by his wife Megan to talk about what life is like being married to a hunter, her view of it, and a lot more. 

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EPisode 18
THE HEALING POWER OF HUNTING WITH CHAD RYKER OF BACKCOUNTRY ROOKIES

On this episode Johnny chats with Chad Ryker about the healing power of hunting and what it led him to create. Chad is veteran of the armed forces and the host of the Backcountry Rookies Podcast. This is a super cool episode where Chad gets vulnerable and shares what hunting has done for him in his life. When you are done with this episode make sure to go check out the Backcountry Rookies Podcast as well as give them a follow on Instagram.

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EPisode 17
THE WHY SERIES | CHAPTER 3
MENTORSHIP

The Why Series with Jana Waller is a deeper look into the future of hunting. It will inspire you and challenge ideas while building a foundation of clarity as to why people hunt. Mentorship is a brand pillar of the podcast and a big aspect of hunting and yet it is often misunderstood. In this episode, Johnny and Jana dive into what mentorship is, how it looks and why we need it. Knowledge is power and through this thought provoking series you too can be your own #soulfulhunter.

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episode 16
FACING FEARS & GETTING DIALED IN WITH JOSH KIRCHNER

Josh Kirchner aka the “Dialed In Hunter” joins Johnny to talk about facing fears in hunting and getting dialed in for the backcountry. It is a great episode that covers an array of topics and dives deep into the emotions that are not often shared within the hunting community.

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Episode 15
What is primal adventure?

The Soulful Hunter Podcast is founded upon the belief that hunting has the ability to transform your life through primal adventure. So what is primal adventure? Join Johnny as he dives into what it is and what it can do for you. As always, stay soulful!

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Episode 14
The Hunting Narrative with Robbie Kroger of Blood Origins

Hunting can be a volatile topic amongst many circles of people. It is up to hunters to change that and set the narrative of how we want hunting to be remembered. This is where Robbie is setting the bar with his creation of Blood Origins. His story and perspective brings much needed wisdom to a past-time that is traditionally looked upon as uneducated and ignorant.

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Episode 13
The Why Series | Chapter 2
What Is Conservation and Why Do We Need It?

The Why Series with Jana Waller is a deeper look into the future of hunting. It will inspire you and challenge ideas while building a foundation of clarity as to why people hunt. Conservation is a big aspect of hunting and is often misunderstood. In this episode, Johnny and Jana dive into what conservation is and why we need it. Knowledge is power and through this thought provoking series you too can be your own #soulfulhunter.

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Episode 12
Balancing Purpose with Passion

Ever had a difficult time balancing your passions with your responsibilities? Yeah, you’re not alone. On this episode, Johnny gets vulnerable when talking about the struggles he has faced this season and how to overcome them.

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Episode 11
Recruiting a Non-Hunter with Tucker Stine

On this episode, Johnny talks with Tucker Stine about the transforming power of hunting and what it can do for your life. Tucker grew up loving the outdoors but never knowing what it was like to hunt. It wasn’t until he met Johnny, that the idea of hunting became so inspiring that he has chosen to give it a go. This conversation is a look into life without hunting and how important it is to recruit and mentor others.

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Episode 10
The Wild’s Call with Jess Patrick

On this episode, Jess Patrick sits down to talk about the wild’s call upon who we are as humans. Jess is an awesome guy with a lot of wisdom and insight when it comes to reflection about why we hunt. For more information on Jess check out https://wildscall.weebly.com/blog or look for @wildscall on Instagram.

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Episode 9
The Why Series | Chapter 1
What it means to be an ambassador for hunting

The Why Series with Jana Waller is a deeper look into the future of hunting. It will inspire you and challenge ideas, all while building a foundation of clarity as to why people hunt. The hunting community needs advocates now more than ever that are going to stand up for what they love and recruit the next generation of hunters. Knowledge is power and through this thought provoking series you too can be your own #soulfulhunter.

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Episode 8
Mentoring and Changing Lives with Jeff Barlow of Nimrod Outdoors

On this episode, Johnny sits down with Jeff Barlow of Nimrod Outdoors to talk about mentoring and how hunting has the power to change lives. He also shares about his Hunt Mentor program that he has underway in the state of Utah.

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Episode 7
Elk Hunting with Sitka Ambassador Dan Ness

Episode 7 is all about elk as Johnny talks with Sitka Ambassador, Dan Ness. They cover a variety of topics from Sitka layering systems, guided hunts and all things elk.

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Episode 6
Waterfowl Hunting 101 with Tommy Sandoz

The Soulful Hunter’s purpose is to invoke passion and inspiration when it comes to hunting. Waterfowl hunting is something that I have never done but always wanted to. So when it came time to breach the subject and talk all things waterfowl hunting 101, Tommy Sandoz is the man.

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Episode 5
The Power of Purpose with Tim Corcoran

On this episode, Tim and Johnny dive into the power of purpose and how hunting can be the precipice of purpose and fulfillment in life. They cover such topics as the root of humanity along with courage, vulnerability and feeding people.

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Episode 4
The Why with Jana Waller

Jana Waller of SkullBoundTV joins us to talk about the “Why” in hunting. She shares her journey of being a hunter as well as some hot topics within the hunting community

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EPISODE 3
POWDERHOOK & THE POWER OF HUNTING WITH ERIC DINGER

Johnny sits down to talk with Eric Dinger about the power of hunting as well as how to get more people involved. Eric is the founder of the website and app Powderhook that can be found for ios and android users. 

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Episode 2
Lessons learned with tony Ellersick

Johnny sits down with his first hunting partner and Washington Backcountry team member Tony Ellersick to talk about their journey and the lessons learned.

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Episode 1
The beginning of primal adventure

An introduction into The Soulful Hunter Podcast episode #1 with host Johnny Mack.

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