Getting Gritty w/Brian Call of the Gritty Bowmen
Andy Ivy, was born and raised in South Africa, his family ranched cattle and started a Safari operation, which his uncle still operates today. That is where Andy started in the Hunting Industry. He got into archery after helping a client that had come to hunt with a bow. Since then, he has hunted with a bow ever since, compound, self bows, trad bows everything. Andy studied in the UK and shot competitively on the 3D circuit, though his only interest was hunting (not legal with a bow in the UK). He then worked in the US for a year and was offered a job as head guide for an outfitter in Australia that was bowhunting only.
We are ecstatic to announce this weeks podcast guest, Remi Warren. He can be found on Solo Hunters, and his new show Apex Predator. Remi is also a professional guide and outfitter. Although he lives on a mountain 300 days a year, we are lucky enough to have him on the show this week. During this weeks show we talk about Solo Hunters, Apex Predator, and hunting with a stick and string.
During this episode we discussed whitetail tactics with one of the greats, Mike Mitten. He has wrote numerous articles for traditional bowhunter, and bowhunting magazine. He is the author of “One With The Wilderness”. Mike has also produced the DVD’s “Primal Dreams” and “Essential Encounters” along side his brothers, Gene, and Berry Wensel.
“It was in Connecticut where I grew up that my love of wildlife and hunting really developed. It was snapping turtles, leopard frogs and garter snakes that instilled my passion for exploration and biology; I couldn’t get enough books about them or all the other animals of the world, however, it was my father’s stories of hunting northern Maine and his collection of Jack O’Connor books that inspired me most. Those stories of mountain hunts, grizzly bears, pack trains, hunters taping out their dall sheep horns by lantern; it was all I ever wanted to do.
During college, I continued to follow my passion and studied Wildlife Biology where I received an opportunity to study Bengal tigers in both Bangladesh and Nepal. I found the travel, the element of danger and the exposure to new cultures and wildlife intoxicating. I then went on to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska collecting genetic and age class samples of Pacific salmon. I spent long summers living in a 1 person-backpacking tent through all the Alaska weather and wildlife; I lived for it! These adventures inspired me as a hunter and fisherman to explore the world.
Today I’m driven by my own adventures if for no other reason then to find my own great stories. This is my adventure. ”
– Donnie Vincent
Fred Eichler is a man of personal achievement. His passion for bowhunting has taken him all over the world in pursuit of his next adventure. Fred truly believes that any animal with a bow is a trophy. His personal quest to complete the North American Super Slam with a recurve bow reflects that state of mind. In mid August of 2009 Fred harvested a cow Tule Elk to become the first to take all 29 North American big game animals with a recurve bow and complete the Super Slam. Fred has been fortunate enough to share his love and enthusiasm of the sport with fellow bowhunters across the country through his television shows and personal appearances. If you ever run across Fred in the woods or at your local bow shop you’ll be greeted with a big smile and friendly handshake. Bowhunting is more than a passion for him, it’s a way of life.