Tyler Sharp, Part II – Modern Huntsman
Modern Huntsman is a biannual publication and online forum for conservationists, creatives, and outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy this podcast and my guests’ depth of thinking on topics related to the natural world, then you’re going to love Modern Huntsman. Through thoughtful writing, captivating photography, and elegant design, Tyler and his all-star team intend to improve the perception of hunting in our society by highlighting its thoughtful and conservation-focused aspects, which are often ignored by established media.
I like to hunt, although I’m not obsessed with it like I am with endurance sports. But my work in conservation and deep reading of natural history have given me a firsthand appreciation for the importance of hunting, and the vital role it plays in conserving landscapes and species around the world. Without the efforts of visionary hunters like Theodore Roosevelt, the healthy wildlife populations we enjoy here in the American West would be a mere fraction of what they are today, if they existed at all. Thanks to their deep respect for wildlife born from their love of the sport of hunting, TR and his contemporaries set in motion a conservation ethic that continues to grow and evolve. Now, over 100 years later, Modern Huntsman will carry that ethic forward.
Once again, Tyler and I had a wonderful conversation, and I was incredibly impressed with his ability to discuss complex, sometimes emotionally charged issues in a respectful, intelligent, and non-arrogant tone. Of course we discussed the details of Modern Huntsman, its origins, and why there is a need for such a publication. We chatted about Modern Huntsman’s current Kickstarter campaign, which I highly recommend you support—links are in the notes. We also talked in depth about some of the misconceptions around hunting and specifics about why hunting is so important for conservation throughout the world. And just like last time, Tyler had some excellent book recommendations.
This was a fun and enlightening conversation, so I hope you enjoy. Check out the episode notes for links to everything, and be sure the check out the Modern Huntsman Kickstarter page, watch the film, and support the project.
All images courtesy of Tyler Sharp & Modern Huntsman
- Tyler Sharp – Website and Instagram
- Tyler’s First Mountain & Prairie Podcast episode
- Modern Huntsman Kickstarter page
- Modern Huntsman on Instagram
- Drop Cap Design
- Ben Masters interview
- Camrin Dengel interview
- John Dunaway interview
- Stephen Rinella
- Theodore Roosevelt
- The Man-Eaters of Tsavo by John Henry Patterson
- The Ghost and the Darkness
- Something of Value by Robert Ruark
- The Old Man and the Boy by Robert Ruark
- Meditations on Hunting by Jose Ortega y Gasset
- Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
- The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
- Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen