Cody Halbleib | Ethan Beck | Andrew Bosche
Why we hunt?
In our family, hunting holds a deeply rooted tradition that spans across generations. We find solace and connection in continuing this age-old practice, honoring the memories of our ancestors who once engaged in the same pursuit. Beyond the sentimental aspect, we also recognize the unique privilege we possess. Many other countries lack the same opportunities to immerse themselves in nature and experience the profound connection with the land and its wildlife that hunting provides. Embracing this privilege, we approach hunting with respect for nature and a commitment to conservation, ensuring that we can pass on this cherished tradition to future generations.
Why do we focus on Whitetail?
The thrill of the chase is what captivates us most. Just when we believe we've unraveled their patterns, the game throws us a curveball, leaving us mesmerized by their unpredictability. Engaging in this pursuit provides a much-needed escape from the monotony of daily life, serving as a mental reset where all worries fade away. The immersive experience of hunting allows us to reconnect with nature and ourselves, rejuvenating our spirits and instilling a profound sense of fulfillment. In those moments of wilderness, our minds find clarity, and the world's complexities become momentarily irrelevant.
What tip do you have for a new photographer?
The key is to find enjoyment, have fun, and gain valuable knowledge; if these elements are missing, it's time to adjust your approach.
What tip do you have for a new hunter?
Focus on what brings you genuine happiness and fulfillment in this pursuit, rather than seeking approval from others. Embrace the joy of hunting deer, even if it's just for a fleeting moment during your early experiences, for these moments can lead to a lifetime of contentment. Free yourself from the pressure of conforming to the expectations of seasoned hunters, and instead, listen to your instincts and make choices that resonate with your passion for hunting. Remember, authentic satisfaction arises from staying true to your love for deer hunting, cherishing each thrilling encounter, and growing as a hunter while forging a path that aligns with your unique journey in this rewarding sport.
- 2-3 pounds venison roast, cut into 2-3 inch pieces(or beef chuck roast)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or ½ teaspoon dried)
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 12 ounces brown ale beer
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning the roast
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning the roast
- 1 pound large carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces (about 7-8 carrots)
- 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4-6 potatoes)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Generously season the pieces of roast with salt and pepper. Heat a dutch oven with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the meat to the dutch oven, and sear until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the meat to a plate.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add another tablespoon of olive oil, onions, rosemary and thyme to the pot. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to caramelize. Add in the garlic and tomato paste, and cook for about 1 minute while stirring. Mix in the beer, broth, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt and black pepper.
- Add the carrots and meat to the pot. Cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 3 - 3 ½ hours, or until fork tender. Remove the thyme and rosemary sprigs, then serve the meat, carrots and gravy over mashed potatoes.