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Rawhide Season 2: Bear Hunt

After a very successful season in respects to Bear hunting through ’16 (harvesting two good bears in New Brunswick with my father and a 21-inch skull in Quebec..) I was convinced that there was NO topping this success in season 2 of Rawhide. While we may not have shot a bigger boar this year (I mean, come on, 21 is pretty tough to beat when you’ve got all of 5 days to film a full show) this year’s bear hunt was, quite honestly, the “funnest” hunt of my life. After a very successful season in respects to Bear hunting through ’16 (harvesting two good bears in New Brunswick with my father and a 21-inch skull in Quebec..) I was convinced that there was NO topping this success in season 2 of Rawhide. While we may not have shot a bigger boar this year (I mean, come on, 21 is pretty tough to beat when you’ve got all of 5 days to film a full show) this year’s bear hunt was, quite honestly, the “funnest” hunt of my life.

Now, for starters, allow me to ‘T’ up the situation; 5 days of hunting, Paradise Hill, SASK, my good buddy and the Canadian Country Music Awards’ Male artist of the year for ’16 & ’17, Brett Kissel, Bretts’ uncle, Derrick Germain (whose even more fun than BK himself, I may add..), and one of my favorite outfitters on the globe; Buck Paradise Outfitters. For anyone who’s had the pleasure of hunting with Grant Kuypers and the Kuypers clan before at Buck Paradise, you’re well aware that the best part of the hunt (which is almost ALWAYS successful) is the evenings and time spent mixing and mingling with the other hunters in Grants unbelievable “Man Cave.” This time was no exception and with the group of characters that we had in our group combined with some pretty solid country music, I can guarantee that this episode is not one that you’re going to want to miss when it airs in April of 2018.

Perhaps the only downfall of this adventure was that BK was quick to point out the fact that we didn’t need to be in the stands until around 3-4pm…Leaving us an abundance of time to play a little golf. Well, I Jordan Walsh strongly, strongly dislike golf. Picture yourself walking through a valley, stalking a great big bull elk only to crest the peak and realize that he was much closer than you anticipated. You just bumped your trophy bull and Perhaps the only downfall of this adventure was that BK was quick to point out the fact that we didn’t need to be in the stands until around 3-4pm…Leaving us an abundance of time to play a little golf. Well, I Jordan Walsh strongly, strongly dislike golf. Picture yourself walking through a valley, stalking a great big bull elk only to crest the peak and realize that he was much closer than you anticipated. You just bumped your trophy bull and your 4-hour stalk is now over before the fun even started. THAT is how I feel about golf. But, I decided to oblige and play 9 holes. After all, how bad could it go? HA…When April rolls around, you’ll see…

The hunting was phenomenal. Uncle D hammered a beautiful, chocolate colored boar the first evening. My bear came right down to the last minute (which has seemingly been a theme for me this year, too) but was totally worth the wait. Having harvested a big boar last year, this season’s goal was to try to bag a color phase. I don’t think I could have got any luckier than being blessed with the boar that I was fortunate enough to harvest. From beers with buddies to bullets with bears, one hell of a good time was had by all. Oh, and we may have found some time in all of this to have a little shooting competition too and while there’s no doubt who probably won that (me) there are some clips that you are NOT going to want to miss 😉 Perhaps the only downfall of this adventure was that BK was quick to point out the fact that we didn’t need to be in the stands until around 3-4pm…Leaving us an abundance of time to play a little golf. Well, I Jordan Walsh strongly, strongly dislike golf. Picture yourself walking through a valley, stalking a great big bull elk only to crest the peak and realize that he was much closer than you anticipated. You just bumped your trophy bull and your 4-hour stalk is now over before the fun even started. THAT is how I feel about golf. But, I decided to oblige and play 9 holes. After all, how bad could it go? HA…When April rolls around, you’ll see… The hunting was phenomenal. Uncle D hammered a beautiful, chocolate colored boar the first evening. My bear came right down to the last minute (which has seemingly been a theme for me this year, too) but was totally worth the wait. Having harvested a big boar last year, this season’s goal was to try to bag a color phase. I don’t think I could have got any luckier than being blessed with the boar that I was fortunate enough to harvest. From beers with buddies to bullets with bears, one hell of a good time was had by all. Oh, and we may have found some time in all of this to have a little shooting competition too and while there’s no doubt who probably won that (me) there are some clips that you are NOT going to want to miss 😉

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Chasing the Dream

Everyone has a dream hunt. That “once in a lifetime trip” that you would take right away if you won the lottery. No two dream hunts are the same, differing based on the hunter and their own aspirations. I know this because I remember vividly, as a kid, hearing my family members discuss their dream hunt around the fire while camping or at the dinner table.  Around the time I was seven, I laid eyes on a picture of what I viewed as a “massively large elk.”  From that moment on harvesting that Elk became my dream hunt. Being much older (though not necessarily much wiser..), I know that the “Dream Elk” that I had been thinking about for years was called a Red Stag. To hunt a Red Stag is no easy feat!

Fast forward 16 years and here I am, planning out my second season of Rawhide with WildTV. Being part of WildTV has given me the opportunity to work with other TV hosts, such as Jeff Coyle, from The Edge. Jeff and I have become fast friends. He had lined up a particular hunt just east of Australia across the Tasman Sea on the island of New Zealand and had room for a partner! Knowing that this particular hunt has a TON of extra meaning to me personally, Jeff gave me the okay to check with the bosses and our production team to explore the opportunity of having me join him on the hunt. With it being last minute, I wasn’t sure that it would be a possibility, but I’m glad to state that I was wrong.  After some consideration and thought, WildTV President, Ryan Kohler, gave me the go ahead.

We will head to New Zealand on April 16th to harvest the one and only Red Stag, my “Dream Elk”!

This is a great opportunity for the Rawhide crew to team up with The Edge Abroad crew and do some hunting/filming for WildTV’s new series, The Edge Abroad. I will also get to finally chase my childhood dream of harvesting the Red Stag. I’m still in awe! The hunt obviously still has to come together, but in just over one months time, we will cross the Pacific ocean together to check my dream hunt off my list!электронная системаключей

New Brunswick Black Bear..”Just Hunt”

One of my favorite hunts from season 1 was undoubtedly our New Brunswick Black Bear hunt.

With my father, Mark, being originally from the Miramichi, NB area, I saw this as a unique opportunity to bring him along for a one-of-a-kind, father/son episode.

With it being just my 2nd filmed hunt, the nerves were high. Our first show did NOT go successfully and, I’ll admit, I knew in the back of my mind that if this one did not work out, that this whole “TV thing for Jordan” may be short lived.

The hunt looked promising with our guide, Lary Matchett, having all sorts of trail camera pictures of big, mature boars. I was certain that we would have a bear on the ground within the first couple of days. Boy, was I ever wrong! I didn’t even SEE a bear throughout the first 2 days.

Dad? Well, he seemingly got the lucky stands and was littered with bears. It seemed like every bear on the planet, from Brother Bear, Winnie the Pooh to the Bear in The Big Blue House were showing up for dad. But, zero for this guy.

Fortunately, dad cashed in on a beautiful, New Brunswick bear on day 4 (after being just a taaad picky). As happy as I was for him, that definitely did NOT help the nerves. We took the next couple of days to visit family, do some fishing on the Mighty Miramichi River and just take in the activities that go with the old man visiting “home.”

With just 2 days left to hunt, I returned to the blinds determined to seal the deal and drop my personal first ever Black Bear. The “family time” and time spent fishing were crucial in me being able to relax and remember that at the end of the day this hunt was supposed to be fun and about so, so much more than a TV show.

Thankfully, with a new found mindset, I was able to play the waiting game right down to the wire and cash in on my very own New Brunswick Black Bear just in time! It was at this point that I really realized that, if I just took it easy, acted naturally and didn’t worry about completing an episode, things came together much easier and far better than constantly being on edge for both myself and the show’s sake.

This really helped set the table for the remainder of the season, and was a huge reason why season 1 of Rawhide was so successful for myself and everyone else involved, too!

Looking back, I’m sure glad I realized this early on and was able to “Just Hunt” as we headed out on 10 other adventures through 2016!

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Calgary Boat & Sportsman Show

What a fantastic time had by all down in Calgary, Alta at the Boat & Sportsman show! First off, a HUGE thank you to Marc-Philippe Legault from Honda Canada for having the Rawhide crew in the Rocky Mountain Power House Honda booth for a good portion of Saturday. It was tremendous to get out into the public eye and chat with fellow hunters, share stories and discuss both Rawhide & WildTV with everyone all while promoting a product that my family has believed in for generations.

I can remember being just a young boy and riding on the back of my great uncles 1998 Honda Foreman 400, a unit that they still use today! Or, building (OK, more like watching my grandfather and father build..) the massive, 27 feet high X 8 foot wide tree stand that still sits on family owned property to this day all while using a good ‘ol Honda generator. Honda has truly been a brand near and dear to my family for generations and it is an honor to be able to work with them inside Rawhide.

The Boat & Sportsman show was great. It seemed like most attendees felt that the attendance was up in comparison to years past. For me, the amount of interest that the WildTV brand drew was quite rewarding to see. So many hunters & outdoorsman alike were quick to ask questions about the network and of course when our new series’ (Rawhide, Canada Hunts, The Edge season 7) would be hitting the air. I was happy to answer and exchange hunting stories for the better part of 4.5 hours and am really, really looking forward to attending both the Red Deer Boat & Sportsman Show and the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show in the month of March! See you there!
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Episode 13: CFBW Moose

10 Years. That is how long it took for me to read those three wonderful words: Antlered Moose, Successful. Literally from the very first time, I’d ever entered my draws to this summer day in 2016..10 long years.

As every hunter knows, those draws that one is forced to wait for typically make for the most memorable adventures. Now, I know that I could have been successful in other zones much earlier on. However, the Camp Wainwright Moose hunt was always one that stood out to me. Growing up in Wainwright, I saw firsthand, year after year, how successful this particular hunt was and the good, mature bulls that the area produced. For me, this was worth the wait. In hindsight, I have no regrets.

With just 7 days left until the hunts’ opening day, I was headed home from a day at the office to pack and prepare. The unexpected happened when I lost control of my vehicle on less than ideal driving conditions. Everyone was OK. However, I’d been dealt my 5th concussion in as many years. These things just get easier and easier to pick-up the more you get, I swear.

There I was lying in bed for every minute of the day for a week straight trying to face the fact that, after a decade of waiting, I would be burning my much-awaited moose tag. Having dealt with concussions in the past I was well aware that this was a likely possibility. Imagine waiting almost half of your life for something, getting it and having it taken away from you. This was me. Mix in the fact that my co-worker and co-host of The Edge, Jeff Coyle, and his life-long buddy, Kim Jones, were going to be joining me on this “finale style” episode as a two part, 1 Rawhide & 1 The Edge show for both of WildTV’s series’ and I can’t even beat around the bush; I was sincerely saddened.

Bring in my uncle & co-host, Brad Kile, as well as good friend, Dallas Becker. Between the two of them, they were confident that they could drag me around, find me a respectable Bull and get the job done. All I had to do was pull the trigger. I felt OK with this plan and knew that I had to give it a whirl.

Day one sucked. -38 degrees and headaches don’t mix particularly well. We saw moose but no shooters. The Edge team? They’d dropped their bull just as planned. As happy as I was for them, I wasn’t certain that I’d be able to go out again when day two rolled around…

This two-part show had its bumps but, all things considered, I am very excited to bring it to WildTV this calendar year.

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Shot Show 2017

What a trip Shot Show 17 has been! I gotta tell ya, this place is CRAZY! Now, I know a lot of outdoorsman dream of coming down here and checking out all of the coolest gadgets in the industry and rub elbows with the Shockey’s & Drury’s of the world. You kind of feel like a kid in Disneyland. But, 12.5 miles worth of booths set up in the bottom four floors of the Venetian/Palazo hotel, combined with 85,000 people makes for some serious chaos.

It’s sort of like 4 days of the outdoor industry’s version of Wall Street. Picture the scene from “Wolf of Wall Street” where Leo DiCaprio has just finished chatting with Matt McCauneghey and the clock hits 9am on his first day on the job..Millions of “stock brokers” trying their best to impress the industries finest and earn their business. You meet a whole world of interesting folks and learn so, so much about the products and the industry itself.

For a young guy like me, it can be Particularly consuming. Having been here last year, too, certainly helped as I was well aware of what we were headed in to. However, you have to be on the tip top of your game at all moments. You never know who you could run into around that next turn. Through it all, I’ve had an absolute blast here at the Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has been a tremendous trip and there is undoubtedly some cool things in store for WildTV, The Edge, Canada Hunts & Rawhide as the WildTV team cruises through the calendar year of 2017!

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Episode 6 -7

Wow, first off, let me begin by saying that the operation ran by Jack Hume Adventures is one of the classiest and well organized I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. Huge thanks to Rich, Amanda & staff for having our team.

This hunt certainly fell under the “trip of a lifetime” experience and I am SO excited for you guys to see it for yourselves in 2017. Ironically enough, as most “stories” go, it did NOT start out all peaches and roses. After flying to Montreal, boarding the 5am chartered plane from MTL to base camp (approx. 1,300 KM north, or an hour & forty five minutes of flight time in my language) & the 40min ride on the float plane (that really got the best of Brad, by the way.. Ever seen someone use a barf bag in-flight? I now have!!) we were literally in the middle of nowhere. I’ll admit, I was a bit concerned going without cell service for an entire week, not to mention hair gel and lotion, too (soft, I know..), but I didn’t even notice it. Once you get up there it’s literally “Eat. Sleep Hunt. Repeat.” There isn’t time for anything else.

Upon arrival, we met our guides and got settled into a much fancier set up than what I’d imagined. Brad had me prepped for the worst and this was far from it. Beds, small lodges, shower (sort of). As far as camps miles away from civilization go, this was Grade A material. Immediately after supper, I headed to a nearby lookout for my first adventure of the trip. Within minutes of arriving, the hunt literally started with a bang. I’d spotted a beautiful, 19-20in skull, 400pound + black bear at 410yds. “Range. Dial. Shoot” went into full effect.

Day 2 was equally as successful. We didn’t see the amount of Caribou we’d anticipated but within a few hours of the morning our crew had a beauty of a bull on the ground. Over the next 3 days, we hardly saw anything. With Caribou being a migratory animal, they come and go in spurts through each camp. With just two days to go on our hunt and our group still needing to down 3 ‘Bou, I was panicked. What happened next floored me. Rich Hume, Owner/Operator of Jack Hume Adventures, informed our guide that we would be relocating camps. This was a blessing and NOT something that is ever expected of an outfitter. I’m still grateful for this favor and likely forever will be.

Our plane to relocate us was delayed 5 hours. Fog had settled in early and we were tied to the ground till around noon. By the time we landed at our new “resort”, daylight was closing. As soon as our boots hit the ground, she was guns ‘a blazing! This two part episode should come together extremely well…catch it exclusively on Wild TV in 2017!кухни купить киевcasino games

Walsh Whitetail

This particular whitetail buck is likely my most memorable hunt to date. Not only was I fortunate enough to cash in on a trophy, scoring 173 5/8 all said and done, but I was blessed enough to harvest this beauty with my grandfather right in the midst of a very stressful time for our family. My great grandmother was very ill with cancer and most of our time was spent by her side. However, Grandpa had scouted out this buck and wanted us to chase him in the early stages of the season. On November 3 rd , 2009, we connected. It meant the world to me to be able to show a picture of my buck to my Great Grandmother and have her smile over it before her passing the very next day.детский интернет магазин харьковonline casino real

Kile Sheep

Following a moderate physical preparedness regiment and significant mental and gear alignment the expedition to Alaska for Dall Sheep was on. The planned hunt was seventeen days in the bush with fifteen of them compromising of rain, rain, more rain and some sleet and snow while nestled in a two man lightweight dome tent. The average day consisted of glassing this vast land for hours on end and hiking from three to ten miles per day while navigating upwards of seven fast flowing creeks and steep mountains. In the first few days Brad was successful in anchoring a full velvet caribou that was sky lining a small ridge a few miles away from spike camp.

On day twelve the team made a significant charge five miles up the drainage and dropped spike camp, then continued on to the last known location of the trophy rams. In true hunting luck fashion the band of rams had crossed the river overnight and the fifteen hundred foot climb up the shale ridge was for not as the sheep were over eight hundred yards away. The decision was made to climb down the fifteen hundred feet slope and ascend up to the three thousand foot mark on the other side of the river and make a play. Running out of daylight and energy the team made the plateau required; the hunters lay down and relaxed while the guide surveyed the band for the two largest legal rams.

Once the rams were selected and following a coin flip Brad shot first and was able to anchor a very respectable (almost book) ram and so did his buddy. Following some significant celebrations and extensive photos the realization of the hunt was epic. Transporting the animal back to spike camp was an adventure as were all other trips but it felt a little easier and refreshing as the goal set by a ten year old hunter to harvest the coveted and majestic Dall Sheep had come to fruition and all of the pain, suffering and what felt like survival was a distant memory to the ones created on the trip. If asked again there would be no question that going on another sheep hunt will be in the cards one day very soon.профессиональная косметикадля бани

Walsh Antelope

I can’t thank Brad enough for giving me the opportunity to harvest such a beautiful Antelope at just 14 YO. Brad had drawn a tag that takes around 12 years to earn. Having already harvested a respectable buck, he allowed me to take his 2008 Antelope on a youth/partner license. It was a great hunt on family owned land in Southern, AB that I was fortunate enough to enjoy with both my uncle, Brad, and father. For the record, my Antelope is indeed bigger than Brads.купить нерфсход развал оборудование