Activate The Hunt Podcast Episode 004

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Hunting isn’t easy. It takes a certain amount of hunting skill to kill a wild game animal. Not every hunting adventure will result in a bounty of delicious organic food. So, don’t get discouraged if you come home without a cooler full of meat to show for. As you advance in your journey as a hunter, you will likely have the inclination to learn the traits and tactics of elite hunters, so that you can use their information to help you bring home more than memories from a hunt.

My guest today, Trevon Stoltzfus, talks about the idea that 10 percent of hunters kill 90 percent of the wild game. He explains the common traits he found in his research of this elite group of hunters, and how adopting these traits has helped him to be much more successful in the field.

Guest Introduction

Trevon Stoltzfus, a former collegiate and freestyle wrestler and professional bull rider was born and raised in southern New Mexico, where he had the privilege of working as an Elk, Mule Deer, and Antelope guide. From an early age the love of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors was instilled in him by a heritage passed down from his grandfather, uncles, and older cousins.

Having taken numerous trophy big game animals, he now desires to pass that passion for the outdoors on to others through the written word, outdoor seminars, television, and videos.

For the past several years, Trevon has been a co-host on Outback Outdoors, which airs on the Sportsman Channel. Before that, he had the pleasure of working for Eastmans’ Hunting Journal as the research editor and was the archery Co-Host for the Television show “The Best of the West.” As a freelance outdoor writer, Trevon writes for many national hunting and bowhunting magazines and serves on multiple outdoor industry promotional staffs.

In this show, we will dive deep into a topic and idea that Trevon has talked about in numerous articles and seminars over the years, which is that 10 percent of hunters kill 90 percent of the wild game. I think it’s important to note that I didn’t choose this topic because I think we should compare ourselves to hunters that kill a lot of animals or that we should define the success of a hunt by the kill, but because we naturally want to improve our skills as hunters and bring home the bounty of organic meat to share with our family and friends.

Trevon shares some great information in this interview that we can all learn from and hopefully adopt as we grow as hunters.

Show Highlights

  • Origin and idea of topic: Common Traits of Elite Hunters
  • Practicing visualization as a way to prepare for a hunt
  • Examples of visualization
  • Visualization doesn’t take the place of practice
  • Being prepared for your hunt starts way before opening day
  • Practicing for preparedness for a single opportunity to kill
  • Getting physically fit to prepare for hunting
  • Persistence during a hunt gives you more opportunity to kill
  • Understanding your opportunity to make a kill shot
  • Staying motivated before and during a hunt
  • Tips for getting and staying motivated
  • Aggressive adaptability: reaction to the animal and the situation is critical

Quotes To Remember

  • “There’s not much different in being prepared for that one instant” -Trevon Stoltzfus
  • “When I worked out, it added to my mental and physical toughness” -Trevon Stoltzfus
  • “Be fully aware of the moment” -Trevon Stoltzfus
  • “Bowhunting is a game of numbers, you need more opportunities” -Trevon Stoltzfus
  • “When you get your body and mind right, you can do anything” -Trevon Stoltzfus

Connect with Trevon Stoltzfus

Resources Mentioned

Additional Notes & Links

  • Here’s a link to Trevon’s article “How To Be A 10 Percenter” on Bowhunting.Net: Click Here
  • Video of Trevon talking about how to be a 10 Percenter: View Here

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