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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 😉

JW