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The By Land Podcast

#136 - A First Time Western Backpack Hunt with Joey Bennett

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Joey Bennett headed west this past September to meet a personal goal of hunting elk in Colorado. It would be the first time he’d hunt elk, the first time he’d hunt Colorado, the first time he’d ever go backpack hunting, and he did it alone.

When I saw Joey’s big smile on an Instagram post after his hunt, I knew we needed to talk. He spent a solid 5 days backpack hunting in Colorado in an area he was completely unfamiliar with and although he never punched a tag, he couldn’t have been more excited about the experience.

I asked Joey to come on the show to talk about his journey, his hunt, and to pick his brain about what it was like traveling west to hunt elk that he’d never hunted before. He’s a regular guy like me and you who has a job, a family, and a passion for adventure. Joey made up his mind he wanted to give it a shot, and he made it happen. That’s what I love about his story. It’s about just going for it regardless of the unknowns that lay ahead.

There are great bits of wisdom and insight sprinkled throughout this episode and I hope you take a little inspiration from Joey and just go do what you dream of doing. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. Just make a plan, go, and have an adventure!

Show Notes and Links

  • Introductions
  • Joey’s solo elk hunt summary
  • Planning for a western elk hunt to an unknown area
  • Joey’s backstory with the outdoors
  • Diving into the details of Joey’s trip
  • Lessons learned
  • Gear talk!
  • Joey’s IG https://www.instagram.com/jjbennett64
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