The Hunter Apprentice

The Hunter Apprentice

The Hunter Apprentice brings its listeners real hunting content through interviews with special guests, experiences from past adventures, and shooting the breeze with like minded hunters within our community. We cover hunting strategies for different species, opinions on gear, preferred terrain, seasonal timing, and even some stuff that has nothing to do with hunting, but just who we are! Please subscribe and follow our channel for great, easy listening hunting content!

Episodes

August 8, 2023 67 mins

Mike is joined by Joe Trottier and Justin Spruiell of the Armed Forces Initiative (AFI) of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  Justin, Joe and Mike round table what the AFI is all about, how it helps veterans that are retired and still serving their country as well.  There's some great information on how to be involved in their events in both Canada and the US as well! The boys share some great stories on their own hunting experi...

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Greg Toogood is the host of the hunting Wild TV series "Bushnell Presents Prairie Pursuit".  Greg is producing the show's 7th season this year! Mike and Greg talk about some of the challenges faced when hosting a show and also balancing family and work.  They also chat about how they brought their kids into the TV series and some of the challenges that came alongside that.  Enjoy this great episode!

 

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June 23, 2023 82 mins

If you're a lover of bear hunting, this episode is for you! We have Isla Friesen, Mike's 12 year old daughter, and Landen Fidek, Pursue the Hunt team member, on the podcast to re-live their spring bear hunting adventures from this spring!  We recap our spring bear seasons, share stories of success, bear baiting, hunting strategies and first time tagging out on a bear for Isla! From a ground blind set up no less! 

 

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Jordan is a professional photographer, videographer, and media specialist for Divebomb Industries in the USA.  Growing up in Texas, hunting has been a part of Jordan's lifestyle and continued on to make a career out of that lifestyle.  Divebomb is taking the waterfowl hunting industry by storm with their high quality decoys and waterfowl hunting accessories.  This episode is chalk full of great info, insight to waterfowl hunting an...

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On this episode, Mike and Brendon with 222 Metalworks talk about how he got his start in the euro mount business and how it relates to having those trophy conversation pieces displayed in your living room.  Mike and Brendon talk mule deer hunting, bow hunting and share some great stories!

 

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On this episode of the Hunter Apprentice Podcast, Mike chats with Aaron Stonehocker from Tactacam.  The guys chat about some cool and user friendly ways you can film your hunts with the Tactacam products as well as share some stories on how the #shareyourhunt brand messaging coincides with the Pursue the Hunt show philosophy. We also fit in a little turkey hunting strategy for the upcoming spring season! So tune in, hit that follow...

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Mike is joined by Muc Simons and special guest T.J. Schwanky on this episode of the Hunter Apprentice.  T.J., Mike and Muc talk about how the hunting television industry has changed over the years, some highlight hunts and changes that T.J. has gone through, and whether or not we would take new hunters into our hunting hot spots.  This is a great episodes full of some laughs, stories and discussion around how the hunting industry h...

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On this episode, Mike sits down with friend and taxidermist Royd Lusk to talk about the ins and outs of taxidermy, what it takes to get into it, how long he's been doing taxidermy, things he has learned along the way and sharing a stories and few laughs.  Royd's knowledge of taxidermy and hunting makes this an episode relatable to all hunters and what they need to do out in the field to make sure their trophy of a lifetime is well ...

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January 17, 2023 118 mins

Mike is joined by Muc Simons and Landen Fidek from Saskatchewan to debrief on Mike's latest hunt to Vancouver on the Canadian west coast for late season waterfowl.  Mike, with friend and DUC staff Zane Zondervan and Zane's father tried their hand at sea duck on the open ocean, puddle ducks on the delta and fought the marshy tides all with the infamous Vancouver skyscraper skyline in the background! On this podcast, Mike adds in a l...

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November 10, 2022 74 mins

Mike, Muc and honorary guest Brian catch up on the latest in how their season is going and then dive into talking everything waterfowl.  We have been learning A TON of waterfowl hunting strategies and having some good success.  So if you are interested about waterfowl hunting or have already fallen in love with it, this one is for you! From blinds to decoys and shot shells to shotguns, this covers it!

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August 31, 2022 75 mins

Hunting season is right around the corner and Mike is joined by guests Leigh and Mark from Tooth of the Arrow broadheads to talk shop with arrow and broadhead tuning, broadhead design, and arrow flight.  The guys then get into the nitty gritty of bow hunting and challenges they've faced in the field.  Listeners will get some great insight on this one! We are all human, make mistakes and learn from them to become better hunters and ...

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August 19, 2022 64 mins

Mike sits down with his good friend Jaret to debrief their early season Rocky Mountain Goat hunt.  Mother nature threw everything at them and yet, when the stars align, good things happen.  They talk about their pre season preparations, filming challenges, weather challenges, pack weight challenges and more! This is a jammed pack episodes of learn lessons and also how some previous experience paid dividends to the trips' success!  ...

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Join Mike and guests Jason Acorn and Calvin Buckler, from arrow company Kill'n Stix, as they chat about everything arrows!  We chat tuning, shaft size and spine in regard to hunting application, broadhead choices, and hunting show shenanigans.  Tune in, hit that follow button and enjoy our content! 

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July 14, 2022 86 mins

Mike, Jeremy and Muc get into to it and waste no time catching up on Muc's spring bear hunt of a lifetime! With wind and weather against him, Muc managed to pull off harvesting the black bear of everyone's dreams, and one of the largest of all time, that Muc has been hunting for the last 4 years!  Tune in and listen to how it all went down!  Then we get into LEH draw results, some BC Reg changes and a more finalize fall hunt schedu...

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June 6, 2022 58 mins

Mike is joined by LeeAnne and Mike from the Acumen Clinic in Edmonton Alberta to chat about Mike's recent knee injury, surgery through the Acumen Clinic, and his recovery process.  With a short turn around window over the winter,  Mike needed to be back on his feet and in hunting shape for the spring season.  And the Acumen Clinic had all the answers.  Don't let injuries stop you from doing what you love, but seek out the right pro...

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Mike is joined my Mark Huelsing from Exo Mountain Gear, a premier hunting pack company based in Idaho.  Exo Mountain Gear has been in the game of building some of the best hunting packs since 2014.  Mike and Mark talk about their pack systems and what their design means for the hunter.  Whether it be a day hunt or 14 day sheep hunt, Exo has you covered.  More importantly we discuss practical gear packing application, use-ability, h...

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Mike, Jeremy and Travis talk about their trip down to southern BC for spring Turkey, things they learned and saw.  Mike talks about his first hunting experience after his knee surgery back in January 2022 and how his knee handled the terrain and mileage they experienced.  Finally, the group chats about their upcoming hunt schedule and production plan for Pursue the Hunt on Sportsman Channel Canada. This chill episodes is a great re...

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Mike, along with Guests Muc Simons and April Willis, talk hunting gobblers and baiting bruins on this classic "spring hunting season" topic.  Muc has been hunting bears most of his life with a deep understanding of effective ways to bait bears in his home province of Saskatchewan.  April, hailing from Manitoba, is a passionate bow hunter, with an even higher passion for chasing turkeys.  Her knowledge and experience shines through ...

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Mike joins with guest Dawson Atamanchuk for a unorthodox spring topic; mule deer and bow hunting.  The snow is melting and it's time to get outside!  Getting that bow tuned up for longer distances, re-tuning that bow hunter's mentality and this season's expectations are a few things we discuss in this episode on The Hunter Apprentice.  Too often we put a ton of pressure on ourselves to succeed with the bow.  We pay too much attenti...

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Mike and Jeremy sit down with a panel, Travis, Dawson and Muc, to talk about their experiences in hunting and filming.  Their experience with TV shows, Streaming services, and home content gives great insight into what it takes to film your hunts or start a show.  We talk raw experiences, do's and don'ts, camera tech tips, and being shy in front of the camera and getting more comfortable!  This a great chill episode focused are how...

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