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LISA BALLARD AND AB3 CRACKS HIS FOOT

Episode 93: Lisa Ballard and AB3 Cracks His Foot

Today, AB3 sits down with Lisa Ballard, writer, photographer, Emmy Award-winning TV producer and host, filmmaker, coach, product consultant, champion skier, and avid outdoorswoman. AB3 also talks about his recent SNAFU involving a broken foot and how he is currently coping.

 

Episode Highlights

  • How a deep love for the outdoors since her youth influenced everything in Lisa’s multidimensional life and career
  • What it’s like to be a professional skier for over three decades
  • Why professional athletes tend to gravitate toward hunting
  • The challenges of big game hunting versus upland hunting

3 Key Points

 

  • One of the great rewards of hunting, beyond the kill itself, is the physical, mental, and emotional growth that comes out of every hunt. Comparing it to professional skiing, Lisa puts particular emphasis on failed attempts on the slope and on the trail, saying that each failure presents a teachable moment and an opportunity to become better in the next attempt.
  • Consider hunting on horseback. It adds a completely new dimension to this amazing outdoor experience, not to mention the convenience you’ll have by being able to stow your kills on your horse—a huge help for big game hunting in particular.
  • If you want to make a living doing what you love, go for it. Some people unfortunately believe that if you’re having too much fun and have too much passion for what you do, then you’re not really working. Lisa proves that this isn’t true. To get to where she is today, Lisa had to employ tremendous amounts of focus, discipline, and sacrifice over the decades. She absolutely loves what she does as an outdoorswoman, but she had to put in the sweat equity to make it into a real career.

HUNTING GADGETS

Episode 92: “Hunting Gadgets”

 

Now more than ever, there are a ton of bow hunting gadgets available on the market. While AB3 tells us that he’s all about staying cutting edge, by the same token, he’s a firm believer in packing light. Today, he talks about the two gadgets that he never leaves home and goes into the woods without.

 

Episode Highlights

  • Finding a system that works for you
  • The many benefits of bringing your phone with you in the woods
  • How rangefinders save you time during hunting season
  • Gadgetsversus equipment

Two Essential Gadgets to Bring on Your Hunt

 

  1. Cellphone. Besides the obvious benefit of being able to stay in touch with the rest of the world, particularly in the case of an emergency, having a cellphone with you in the woods also allows you to check useful tools such as a compass and flashlight, and apps for deer forecasting, weather, and mapping (AB3 personally uses the onX Hunt App).
  2. Rangefinder. Traditional bowhunters tend to do without one; but AB3 prefers the accuracy of a good rangefinder, and to him, it’s a lifesaver. Deer, after all, are particularly unpredictable animals. AB3 ranges areas, and as long as a deer shows up within range of that area, his bow will be ready.

JOSH CRUMPTON: THE SPORTING DIVERSITY ROAD TOUR

Episode 91

Josh Crumpton: The Sporting Diversity Road Tour

 

AB3 once again welcomes Josh Crumpton, founder of Spoke Hollow Outfitters. Following the death of George Floyd and amid the issue of racism that America was then forced to contend with, Josh and a friend had the idea to sponsor a road trip to “lead by example” in promoting diversity across America. 30 participants and 20 sponsors (and counting) later, the Sporting Diversity Road Tour 2020 is underway.

 

Listen in as AB3 and Josh discuss how he intends to “make noise” through the Sporting Diversity Road trip in order to promote diversity, inclusion, and conservation while celebrating all that the outdoors has to offer.

 

Episode Highlights

  • Josh’s itinerary for the Sporting Diversity Road Tour
  • A primer on camping on Bureau of Land Management (public) land
  • Discussing diversity on the trail and how the Sporting Diversity Tour came to be
  • What first-time fly fishers need to know before starting

Three Key Points

  • It has taken a horrible incident that is George Floyd’s death to ignite the much-needed conversation around racism in America; but it doesn’t take much for individuals to do their part in addressing this issue. The idea for the Sporting Diversity Tour was planted during a conversation with a friend over beers following Blackout Tuesday, and this idea eventually snowballed into the official, exciting initiative that is taking place today.
  • The best teachers are not necessarily the best at their craft (and vice versa). But that doesn’t matter. An instructor’s job is to guide and inspire others to become the best they can be in what they’re teaching them to do.
  • When the traditional marketing machine targets a specific demographic for decades, it naturally leads to the exclusion of others who don’t look like that target market. For the diverse population, hunting in America has always been presented as a white man’s activity. To give more people of both genders and all racial backgrounds the confidence to take part in this world, the diverse community as a whole must get together and have these important conversations which, eventually, will overpower the mainstream message.

DON’T LEAVE YET

AB3 isn’t one to squander opportunities. One deer season, however, would come to haunt him for days to come when a bit of impatience forced him to leave the woods empty-handed. This experience reminded him that going on a hunt is an experience that requires your full attention, free of all distractions. Living in a fast-paced world where we’re so used to instant gratification, it’s never been more important to make sure that you enter the hunt with a clear, tranquil mind and with the purpose to decompress and recharge. That means no phones while waiting in the stand—no fantasy football, either!

 

Listen in as AB3 relates his hard-hitting failed hunt and lessons learned as a result, the issue of racism and prejudice towards hutners of color, and what we can possibly conclude from rising gun sales all around the country.

 

Episode Highlights

  • The importance of going into a hunt free from the distractions of the modern world
  • AB3’s favorite time to hunt to minimize mind clutter
  • An important message to hunters of color, and how to overcome perceived challenges
  • Why gun sales and the desire for self-sufficiency are rising in America

Three Key Points

  • Get rid of distractions! Whenever you go on a hunt—whether it be deer, duck, quail, turkey, goose, hog, etc.—remember that part of the joy is the opportunity to get away from it all.
  • With hunting numbers going down, particularly for minorities, check your prejudices. If people stubbornly hold fast to their preconceived notions regarding who they think should be out there hunting, the number of hunters will only continue to decline as intolerance rises.
  • There are a number of reasons why gun sales around the country have been going up, and a greater appreciation for self-sufficiency is taking place. But whatever the case may be for different individuals, it’s a great thing in the long run for more Americans to realize the need for self-defense and the ability to produce their own resources.

ROW WATSON: TRICK SHOTS AND HANDMADE BOWS

AB3, Host of The Bryant Land Show, interviews Row Watson, Founder of Rows Mystic Sinew Bows in New Jersey who specialize in custom handmade bows. Row Watson talks about his passion archery, making customized bows, and his drive for complicated trick shots,

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show, is a mapping technology app that helps you in the field to mark your stands, trail cameras, and trees you plan to climb.
  • Deer season is in full effect in the state of Georgia.
  • AB3 introduces Row Watson.
  • Row Watson defines ‘sinew.’
  • What is Row’s process for making bows?
  • How did he acquire his bow-making skills?
  • What is Row’s technique for shooting with his bows?
  • What does he set his draw weight at?
  • Row Watson talks about his intricate trick shots and animals they eat.
  • Look for the Bass Pro Shop links on BryantLandCountry.com.
  • Support onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Showat onxmaps.com.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Row Watson shoots his bow instinctively, like a slingshot, with more of a push-pull than a draw.
  2. Row Watson pulls between 30-70 pounds with his bow.
  3. Row’s creative bow trick shots stem from skateboarding earlier in his life.

CHARLENA MCNEIL: THE HUNTRESS WOODS

AB3, Host of The Bryant Land Show, interviews Charlena McNeil, known as The Huntress Woods, is a self-taught hunter in the state of Georgia. Charlena McNeil discusses how her passion for hunting has grown, hog hunting, her favorite rifles, how to deal with snakes, and how high up she likes to hunt.

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show, is a mapping technology app that helps you in the field to mark your stands, trail cameras, and trees you plan to climb.
  • Deer season has begun in the state of Georgia.
  • AB3 introduces Charlena McNeil who explains the origin of her name and hunting lifestyle.
  • Does she have any desire to start her own guide service in Georgia?
  • How does Charlena McNeil approach hog hunting?
  • Charlena is a self-taught hunter and hasn’t used a bow yet.
  • What are her favorite rifles and what fostered her interest in rifles?
  • Charlena talks about the outdoor interest of her children.
  • What was Charlena’s background like?
  • Why does Charlena enjoy hunting alone?
  • Charlena and AB3 have a conversation about snakes.
  • What is her typical hunting height?
  • Look for the Bass Pro Shop links on BryantLandCountry.com.
  • Support onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Showat onxmaps.com.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Charlena McNeil’s biggest hog kill up to this point has been 150 lbs.
  2. Charlena draws hogs in with a 40-50 lb bag of apple corn.
  3. Make sure when you are in the woods you watch your feet for snakes and wear snake boots.

GERALD ANDERSON: OUT OF THE BOX

AB3, Host of The Bryant Land Show, interviews Gerald Anderson, Host of The Morning Smoke CLT podcast out of Charlotte, North Carolina Out of the Box. Gerald Anderson discusses his knowledge of cigars, including the differences between how they are made, the myths about cigars, humidors, and cigar lounges.

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show, is a mapping technology app that helps you in the field to mark your stands, trail cameras, and trees you plan to climb.
  • AB3 joined the Buckwild Hunt Club.
  • AB3 introduces Gerald Anderson who talks about his college experiences.
  • What made Gerald Anderson get into cigar culture?
  • Is he more of a social cigar smoker or relaxing with one on his own?
  • Gerald Anderson explains the difference between different cigars.
  • Upper tier cigars that are $10 each or more are aged tobacco and smoke smoother and burn slower.
  • What is the truth about Cuban cigars?
  • Where are the best places typically to buy quality cigars?
  • What part does the humidor have in the cigar process?
  • Gerald Anderson discusses cigar lounges.
  • Eat first before you smoke cigars.
  • What advice does Gerald Anderson have regarding good cigars?
  • Gerald talks about his podcast and feedback he has received.
  • Look for the Bass Pro Shop links on BryantLandCountry.com.
  • Support onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Showat onxmaps.com.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Gerald Anderson’s fascination with cigars happened 10 years ago at a friend’s whiskey party, paring different drinks with different cigars.
  2. Hand-rolled cigars use whole leaves, they smell better and smoke better than machine-made, and the smoke isn’t as toxic for you because there are no chemicals; just wrappers, tobacco, and fire.
  3. Cigarettes are about 90% chemicals and 10% tobacco. Cigars are 100% cured tobacco.

LATOYA MITCHELL HODGES: BLACK GIRL WITH A GUN

AB3, Host of The Bryant Land Show, interviews Latoya Mitchell Hodges, who also happens to be related to one of AB3’s closest friends when he moved to Atlanta. Latoya discusses how she was first introduced to guns, developing her knowledge and experience with them, and the importance of being responsible as a gun owner.

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show, is a mapping technology app that helps you in the field to mark your stands, trail cameras, and trees you plan to climb.
  • Latoya Mitchell Hodges talks about her Christmas cookie tradition.
  • Where did her interest in guns come from?
  • What was it like shooting her first gun?
  • Latoya Mitchell Hodges talks about gun safety AB3.
  • Has Latoya ever felt that by having a gun she is somehow inviting some element into her life that wouldn’t normally be there?
  • How did her dad feel when Latoya got her first gun?
  • Latoya Mitchell Hodges talks about different guns she has interest in.
  • Does Latoya have any interest in competing or hunting?
  • Look for the Bass Pro Shop links on BryantLandCountry.com.
  • Support onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Showat onxmaps.com.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Gun owners have to be ok with the fact that if they pull their gun out of their holster, they are making a decision that they are going to fire their gun, and possibly kill someone.
  2. When carrying a gun, retreat is always an option. Don’t invite trouble.
  3. Owning guns isn’t just a right, it is a responsibility.

BRYANT LAND DAY

AB3, Host of The Bryant Land Show, delivers a solo episode without any guests where he talks about the path he took to get the Bryant Land brand started, telling stories with video, learning about merchandise, and discovering podcasting.

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show, is a mapping technology app that helps you in the field to mark your stands, trail cameras, and trees you plan to climb.
  • Deer season opened in South Carolina with bucks only.
  • AB3 tells the story of how the Bryant Land brand began and what Bryant Land Day?
  • What made AB3 start Bryant Land?
  • AB3 has been working in the media since his sophomore year in college.
  • AB3 talks about the lesson he learned when he first got merchandise made.
  • What is next for Bryant Land?
  • Look for the Bass Pro Shop links on BryantLandCountry.com.
  • Support onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Showat onxmaps.com.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Bryant Land merchandise is currently 40% off by going to bryantlandcountry.com/shop and use the coupon code “Bryant.”
  2. The earlier days of Bryant Land began with two video shows that he independently produced.
  3. AB3 is looking to film some deer hunts, along with turkey and hog hunts in 2020.

SEVIN CARTER: 7th CENTURY OUTDOORS

AB3, Host of The Bryant Land Show, interviews Sevin Carter, Founder of 7th Century Outdoors, in Durham, North Carolina. The discussion gets right into hunting and taking down big deer. Listen to the stories of how Sevin Carter shot the two deer that got him featured in Sportsman’s Guide.

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show, is a mapping technology app that helps you in the field to mark your stands, trail cameras, and trees you plan to climb.
  • AB3 introduces deer hunter Sevin Carter.
  • North Carolina and South Carolina are underrated for their deer hunting.
  • Sevin spent time in Texas and Arkansas and wishes he had a chance to hunt in them.
  • How did Sevin get a chance to start hunting?
  • They talk about Dick’s Sporting Goods no longer selling guns and hunting gear.
  • What are the stories behind the two deer that got Sevin Carter featured in Sportsman’s Guide?
  • How high up in the air does Sevin like to hunt?
  • What does Sevin Carter have planned for 7th Century Outdoors?
  • Support onX Hunt, a sponsor of The Bryant Land Show at onxmaps.com.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Seven Carter started hunting at around age 10 with squirrel hunting.
  2. Seven shot two deer that made it into the magazine Sportsman’s Guide.
  3. There is always something to be learned from each hunt.