When I began hunting, I also began journaling as a way of working through all the emotions that bubbled up along the way. I started crafting a memoir to recount my experience. I even thought I was doing well until I picked up Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner.
In it, Lily Raff McCaulou explains how she left an exciting job in New York City, moved out west, and started hunting as an adult. Our life experiences are very different, but I was reading a much better version of the book I wanted to write. When I saw she had beaten me to the punch on references to the Oregon Trail as an introduction to hunting by a solid 5 years, I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board.
Lily is a better writer than me by far. I am thankful for that because she challenged me to be more introspective in my story telling. Naturally I figured we could all learn from her and was thrilled when she agreed to let me interview her for Hunting Fatherhood.
We talk all about a growth mindset, learning to be comfortable in the world, hunting while breastfeeding, and plenty more. Have a listen, and check out her book.
Shot Down by Josh Woodward; https://www.joshwoodward.com/song/shotdown
Back to the Woods by Jason Shaw; https://audionautix.com/creative-commons-music