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Eeland Stribling works for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a Wildlife Nuisance technician. His job allows him to get really close to all types of animals from the wild.

His name means largest African Antelope. One of his early experiences with animals nature was with his grandfather, who was the head of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. They would sit together and watch animal planet and Steve Irwin’s Crocodile Hunter.

While Eeland was at Colorado State University, he began tying flies and fishing and quickly found himself in New Zealand, fly-fishing. He helped to create the CSU fly-fishing club and loves working on conservation projects with @pigfarmink, @brownfolksfishing.

But not only is Eeland a great outdoors man he’s also a great stand-up comic. He has performed in Wyoming and all over Colorado. He believes in connecting with people, whether that means teaching kids to fish, or taking friends to his favorite Colorado valley (he’ll never tell), or laughing with strangers about human experiences. He’ll talk nature, music, philosophy and whatever else you care about.

FISHING WHILE YOU WORK

The Bryant Land Country Podcast is up for your listening pleasure. In this weeks episode AB3 covers a few topics. A hog hunt that didn’t happen, update on the fresh food plots he planted last week and how one NBA star almost missed out on a contract while fishing.

AB3 was also a guest on “When the Hunt Calls.” Cliff Cadet from @urbanarcherynychad AB3 on his instagram live show and that is recapped. Make sure you check out “When the Hunt Calls” 9pm ET on instagram and click on the link to see AB3’s episode.

Before you go…

We enjoy sharing tips and resources with all of you so please keep them coming. As I stated before I want this to be place where you, my audience gets involved in the conversation.

Last thing…

If you know anyone that I should be interviewing and have any feedback about the show or any topics that you would like to hear please shoot me an email ab3bryantland@gmail.com.

BAITING AND FOOD PLOTS

The Bryant Land Country Podcast is up for your listening pleasure. In this weeks episode AB3 recaps last week’s podcast (My First Hunt)by reading some listener accounts of their first hunting memories.

AB3 then gets into baiting and food plots. Is there a difference, not really. He will also talk about the things he’s doing to get those plots and bait stations ready for the upcoming deer season.

Before you go…

We enjoy sharing tips and resources with all of you so please keep them coming. As I stated before I want this to be place where you, my audience gets involved in the conversation.

Last thing…

If you know anyone that I should be interviewing and have any feedback about the show or any topics that you would like to hear please shoot me an email ab3bryantland@gmail.com.

FIRST TIME HUNTING

This week on the Bryant Land Country Podcast AB3 will reflect on his first hunting experience. Back in October of 2015 he went on a hog hunt in South Georgia. They ran the dogs on this hunt and he used a bow. Hog hunting with dogs is a full out adrenaline rush. Things start out quiet in these hunts but once the dogs get on a hog, its on! So listen to AB3 as he recaps that.

Also AB3 get’s into his work trip to Detroit for baseball. He his back on the grind for a small stretch and goes into detail about that.

Last thing covered in this episode is a quick commentary about last weeks episode with Patrick Durkin. The feedback we received was mostly positive. And why a lot of folks didn’t necessary agree with him or Patrick at least they were respectful.

Before you go…

We enjoy sharing tips and resources with all of you so please keep them coming. As I stated before I want this to be place where you, my audience gets involved in the conversation.

Last thing…

If you know anyone that I should be interviewing and have any feedback about the show or any topics that you would like to hear please shoot me an email ab3bryantland@gmail.com.

PATRICK DURKIN

Patrick Durkin of Waupaca, Wisconsin, is an award-winning outdoor writer, newspaper columnist, and general outdoors reporter. He also provides editing services for books and magazines.

He was a contributing editor of the Archery Trade Association and writes frequently for national archery and hunting magazines. In addition, he has been MeatEater’s wildlife research contributor since June 2018, and an editor for Inside Archery magazine, an archery industry trade publication, since December 2014.

Durkin has written a weekly outdoors newspaper column since 1984. His weekly column has appeared regularly in over 20 Wisconsin newspapers during his career.​ His magazine articles have appeared in several publications such as the American Hunter, Outdoor Life, Bugle (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation), Quality Whitetails, Whitetail Journal, etc.

It’s no secret there is a lack of participation in the hunting industry by people of color. The lack of representation of people of color in the hunting industry is what led Durkin to become curious about this issue. It led him to ask the question is hunting too White?

As a result of this curiosity he wrote an article “Is Hunting Too White?”. As a Black hunter I’m always asked if I’m fearful of hunting with White men with guns. Some hunting outfitters have their names with the word plantation on it without realizing how that impacts people. Frankly, hunting is a test on how well you get along with people, especially when you’re sitting in a blind.

We discussed some things that need to change so hunting can be more inclusive. Organizations are entering more cities to reach more Black and Latino children. Durkin recognizes there are lots of things he doesn’t have to think about because of his position in the world. Not everyone has access to land, rivers and different places to hunt and fish. This is a thoughtful discussion about a touchy subject.

BLACKBILL OUTDOORS

This week our conversation is with YouTuber and hunter DJ Jones. We spend some time talking about his transition into and out of playing football at the college level. When his football career ended abruptly, he found more time for hunting.

Being an outdoorsman is a family tradition for DJ. His uncle used to take him hunting unbeknownst to his father. He fell in love with hunting. But he mostly grew up deer dog hunting in Florida and then later was introduced to hog hunting.

He harvested his first buck in Minnesota. This buck weighed about 189 lbs with 9 scorable points. DJ shoots his own hunting videos in which he published on his social media channel BlackBillOutdoors. The recovery of that buck gained over 10,000 views on YouTube. As a result of his social media presence he is now an ambassador for the Legendary Whitetails.

We spend some time discussing the adjustment from living in Florida to Minnesota. The rules of hunting in MN are much different than FL. DJ also shares with us why hunting on public land isn’t his favorite option. He’s excited to travel to more states to hunt more species specifically the black bear and mule deer.

Before you go…

We enjoy sharing tips and resources with all of you so please keep them coming. As I stated before I want this to be place where you, my audience gets involved in the conversation.

Last thing…

If you know anyone that I should be interviewing and have any feedback about the show or any topics that you would like to hear please shoot me an email ab3bryantland@gmail.com.

BEARS, COUGARS AND TAXIDERMY

This interview is a bit different. It’s an in person interview with a self-taught renowned taxidermist. With state, national, international and world championship awards Dave Polak has been a trusted authority for professional and artistic taxidermy services for over 25 years. He does quality work using the best materials.

Dave specializes in Custom African and life size mounts, specialty bird mounts, rugs, mammals, deer, birds, fish, shoulder mounts, pedestals with habitat and cabinet bases. With the amount of knowledge that Dave has acquired he also teaches others how to do the same.

We get into his taxidermy business where Dave provides great advice for those who want to get into the business but also shares some things to consider when you’re looking for a taxidermist for yourself.

Recently, he finished a cougar hunt but he also enjoys bear hunts. Most of these kinds of hunts require strength and endurance. And of course, lots of patience.

Sometimes you’re in the woods for days and other times you kill your prey a lot quicker than you think. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of hiking and waiting involved in the wild. Therefore, if this is something you’d like to add to your hunting repertoire then tune in.

BONUS EPZ-GONE FISHIN’

It’s summertime and the kids are out of school. They came up to visit AB3 in Milwaukee for a few days and had a great fishing trip on Lake Michigan with Captain Brian Griffin from Griffin Charters. The Captain and AB3  goose hunt together in the winter so it was natural that they fish together.

The kids talk about the trip, having to get up early and a little friendly competition. A competition that led to the sister having to help out the brother. Also find out who caught the biggest fish of the day.

HUNTING WITH A CAMERA – PART 2

We are on part two of episode 21 with Lance Krueger. In this episode we dive even deeper into some of the techniques that he uses to capture his wildlife photos, cameras, sitting in the blinds and family life.

However, in the last episode we discuss how Lance got into wildlife photography and created a name for himself in some of the top wildlife and hunting magazines on the market. Household names include Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life.

Today, Lance shares in detail the the types of cameras he uses to photograph the animals. He provides some tips that could save you thousands and thousands of dollars on camera equipment.

We then spend an incredible amount of time discussing how he sits in the blinds to capture those up and personal shots. If you remember (last episode) we talked about understanding the behaviors of the deer.

Clearly, a lot of patience is needed. This process is not for people who have difficulties with delaying instant gratification. Lance sits in the blind for hours and sets up his cameras for days so that the deer become comfortable enough with having them around that they let their guard down. This allows him to take incredible shots.

One thing’s for sure, Lance recommends not using camouflage for inside of the blind and outside of it. The idea is to eliminate movement not create it because this allows you get even closer to your prey. He tells us exactly what we should wear when we’re sitting in the blinds.

Lastly, Lance created a lifestyle for himself and his family that most of us would dream to have. He has been fortunate enough to share his passion with his family and he tells us how he was able to do that unconventionally.

HUNTING WITH A CAMERA

Lance Krueger is one of the top Whitetail Deer photographers in the world. He’s s a full-time professional photographer and outdoor writer who travels extensively photographing wildlife, hunting and fishing scenes throughout North America.

Lance’s extensive photographic coverage of the Whitetail Deer for over 25 years includes more States and provinces than any other professional photographer, and he has photographically captured Whitetail Deer doing in their habitats.

Lance has had thousands of his photos appear on the covers and inside most of the national hunting and fishing magazines as well as articles. But he also writes for books and magazines. His photos are a mainstay on the covers for the top hunting and fishing magazines.

These household names include Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life. Lance’s photos have also appeared nationally and internationally in books, calendars, brochures, advertisements, websites, apparel, catalogs, products, packaging, artist renderings, and even billboards for some of the top companies around the world, which you can see a list of here.

People always ask him how does he get so close to the deer. Well, it’s not from purchasing products like deer scent or anything like that because there’s no magic pill to it. Although, some things may help. However, if you want to come as close as he does to a deer, then you’ll have to put the time in the woods––sitting and waiting in the blind.

This is the best way to learn about deer movements. For instance, you can learn about their behavioral patterns, how old they are and a host of things that will help you to become a better hunter. Even when you’re scouting, use every opportunity you can.

Lance believes you can condition deer over time through constant human interactions. He shares a lot of tips on how to do that.

For our new hunters, we go in-depth about aging deer on the huff. I bet you’re wondering, what that is? It’s the way in which you can tell how old a deer is. Well, did you know the older a deer gets the more angled the brisket will be? Lance does a great job breaking it down for us.

Before you go…

I enjoy sharing tips and resources with all of you so please keep them coming. As I stated before I want this to be place where you, my audience gets involved in the conversation.

Last thing…

If you know anyone that I should be interviewing and have any feedback about the show or any topics that you would like to hear please shoot me an email ab3bryantland@gmail.com.