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Trophy Vs Meat Hunting

October 21, 2015
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So I keep seeing this subject come up more and more… And really it’s a little troublesome to me. Mainly because it has caused a bit of rift between brothers so to speak. Everyone does this for a different reasons but the majority of us still have the same love for: hunting, the game we hunt, and the outdoors.. It goes deeper than this one specific topic: gun hunters vs bow hunters, Mathews shooters vs everyone else, weekend warriors vs die hards….. those are all topics for another post… However I bring them up to make one point before I get into this discussion… It is getting harder and harder for us as hunters to do what we love and if we want this sport to last we need to show a unified front because the anti-hunting groups are far better organized than we as a whole. You see how fast crap goes viral look at the Cecile the Lion BS. When we do something good it only goes viral within our niche not worldwide… So think about that next time you want to waste your energy picking a fight with a guy because he shoots a different bow than you.  Sorry for the tangent…..

Trophy vs. Meat Hunting

I was going to start picking apart this argument but I decided My opinion may just fuel the matter…So I’m going to share my philosophy of what kind of hunter I am..

I for one  Am neither a trophy hunter or a meat hunter and I am both a trophy hunter and a meat hunter….. Hmmmmm, how? you ask… I am interested more in the experiences than the meat,… And even though my family, friends and I all enjoy the meat.. I do not need it to survive. heck if you add up what it costs me to hunt those are some pretty expensive steaks. I can be eating Kobe beef for dinner every night.

I take home more than racks as my trophies, each time I take to the woods it fills me.. Don’t get me wrong I’m not getting up on a soap box here and saying I don’t seek or long after big racks I’d be lying to you if I did… Anyone who visits my house will see that I do collect my fair share of bone…

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But I learned a long time ago that if you cannot enjoy all of it.. if its only about the pursuit or if its only about the outcome your going to be left feeling empty…. Doing what I do can take it’s toll sometimes.. your peers are always watching you , your always worried about what others may think, always trying to please fans and then there’s the pressure you put on yourself to out preform your last… This is not the heart of the hunter ( at least not in my opinion). And this is not why I started hunting.

There was a short stint in my professional hunting career that I would only chase giants, that hunting lesser bucks was beneath me . I was so caught up in what everyone else was doing and so focused on inches that I lost sight of why I started hunting in the first place….. family, friends, nature, connection, inner call….. all that went away and all I had was very high, highs and very low, lows….

So I started hunting for the experience.. I learned to have fun and soak up everything I’m doing.. Those who know me best know I’m very hard on myself and I still get upset and still beat myself up a bit when I don’t meet my goals, but in the end I’ve learned to take away what I need form hunting and that’s the connection to my inner self….. “John Stallone hunter”  hunting has become me… its not just something I do, it is who I am.. And I feel connected , grounded and truly feel like I’m me….

Whoa got a little deep there… but I hope those of you who continued to read past the opening line caught what I’m trying to spit here… If you got into hunting just for the kill or just for the trophy your gona have a lot of disappointments in your life, I’m not saying don’t push yourself to be better or take home giant racks… I’m just saying grow to love everything about what you are doing, appreciate the places hunting is taking you, feel the world around you and the next time you eat a tag sandwich it may not sting so bad..

I wrote a narration for a short film I did in 2012 that kinda sums it up have a look it may make more sense



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John Stallone Marketing Director: The Hunting Channel Host of Days in the Wild Content coordinator: for The Outdoor Insiders Field Editor for Earned DIY journal  Facebook Twitter Instagram I am the marketing Director for The Hunting Channel, a National pro-staff shooter for Mathews, Swhacker, trufire, Sneek Tec, Bow IQ , cogburn and Gold tip as well as many more . I am a outdoor videographer and writer in the hunting industry. My program is viewed over  4million x monthly, I am a published outdoor writer and have over 4 million views on youtube and receive traffic upwards of 65 million each year on my video clips. I have completed my whitetail slam and currently working on my super slam. My TV show was voted viewer’s choice for 2014 on Carbon TV and I have been successfully producing shows for over 11 years. Here is some of my video work: Chevy :Mathews, Tenzing Swhacker Broadheads, Cogburn    Here is a sample of my Hunting Show My books: The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint The Secrets of Hunting Western Game  Some of my accolades:  Featured in Tom Miranda's book rut hunters  Certified Deer Steward from QDMA and Clemson University Certified Wildlife Manager from Penn Foster Master Degree from Colorado State in Rangeland Management and Ecology   Some more about me:  1981 first deer hunt 1990 first deer with a bow 1996 won first archery tournament 1998 Received a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Canyon University 2001 Started shooting Mathews as Pro-shop field staff 2002 Became chief of Infield testing for Huntech Inc 2004 started The Hunting Channel online 2004 Published First article in Midwest Whitetails 2005 Started TV Show Days in The Wild 2006 Release 1st book The Ultimate Guide to staying Scent Free 2006 Enter # 11 pope and young by spot and stalk Antelope 2007 Started Market My Hunting Business 2007 Started THC’s Tip of The Week 2008 Released  2nd Book The Secrets of Hunting Western Game 2008 Began The Hunt Fit Program 2009 Released 3rd Book The Whitetail Hunters Blueprint 2009 Began The Hunting Channel Blog 2013 Completed Master’s of Science Rangeland Management and Ecology 2013 Was awarded  The Whitetail Slam 2013 Was featured in Tom Miranda’s book The Rut Hunters 2014 Became Field Editor for Earned Magazine 2014 -2015  Days in The Wild awarded Viewer’s Choice Carbon TV 2015 first to Harvest a Florida Mt. Ibex with a bow on film 2015 Became The Content Coordinator for The Outdoor Insiders