Sunday, January 29, 2012

Irons in the Fire

Ready, Set, Go! 

     Now that we have our website up, our promotional video finished, and all the right gear, it's just about time to start filming the pilot episode. All we need now is to set up the first hunt. We've been talking to a number of people that could help us get the ball rolling. 

     Last week, we drove to Helena, Montana to meet with Jim Posewitz, a dedicated conservationist and founder of Orion: The Hunter's Institute. We sat around the wood stove in what he called his "in-town cabin" and talked about Teddy Roosevelt, Charlie Russell, and Bison issues. Jim is an incredibly intelligent man with a memory like a vault. He knows his history and recounted a number of buffalo tales and some hunting history as we toasted our toes. 

     One topic that Jim brought up was the loss of our hunting history. We don't hear about how hunting evolved or how hunter ethics came into play unless we specifically research it. You don't even get the basics in Hunter's Education courses anymore. This is where we come in. I think that Hot On The Trail will begin to fill in the gaps of our knowledge and retell those long silent stories. Young hunters and even just the youth in general should be aware of our history. The human race began as a society of hunter and gatherers. We all have roots in hunting somewhere in our past. It's exciting to be part of something that is working to preserve so much culture and traditions!

     We are also trying to get in contact with the Salish Kootenai tribes this week to see if they would be interested in our project. We would love to work with them for our pilot episode. So, tomorrow, Jesse and I will be driving to the reservation to talk to the right people. Hopefully it goes well!

More HOTT Secrets soon!


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