Name: Josh Morgan
Hunting Experience: 12 years
Josh is an experienced hunter and photographer from Michigan. He is good at photography. In 2021, he won our photo contest prize. We like his awesome photos! He is also the father of 4 children. As he said, the new generation of hunters is coming!
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excerpts of interview record
Julian: As a hunter who owns 12-years of hunting experience, How did you start this sport?
Josh: I got my start into hunting later in life than most, I began hunting at 19. I basically had limited knowledge and equipment. I used my dads shotgun with cheap slugs and was able to shoot my first deer on the opening day of gun season in Michigan. I was immediately hooked and bought a crossbow to continue hunting past gun season. After a few years of crossbow and gun hunting, I made the switch to a compound bow.
Julian:What‘s the most memorable thing about your hunting experience and why?
Josh: The most memorable moments in hunting for me has changed over the years. Obviously shooting a big buck, a long bearded turkey or whatever else I’m after is always memorable. For me now, the best memories are getting my kids involved and hunting memories made with friends.
Julian: As a lover of hunting, we also know that you like several outdoor sports from your IG, which shows that you also have a strong interest in fishing, riding, etc.What are the unique features of hunting compared with other sports? And what attracts you to keep hunting.
Josh: Almost all of my interests are outdoors. Hunting is no different that the rest of the things I like, riding dirt bikes, fishing, my job. Anything to do with being outdoors and connected with nature is where I strive to be. I am driven to keep hunting because it’s become a passion and I’m always trying to learn and perfect the way I hunt.
Julian: As you posted, children started hunting when a youth. What role does hunting play in the family relationship do you think? Is it helpful to establish a good relationship between two generations?
Josh: Getting youth into hunting is crucial, it teaches children safety, outdoor skills, awareness and respect for nature and animals. Today’s generation of youth is getting further away from our ancestral roots of hunting and being outdoors.
Julian: Congratulations that Frank got his first deer when he was only eight years old. How will you help them become excellent hunters? Not only hunting skills but also the attitude to face difficulties. Maybe it also involves the sense of environment and wildlife protection.
Josh: I had the enjoyment of getting my oldest son his youth license and take him out during the mentored youth hunt. At 8 years old he was able to harvest his first deer with a 350 legend straight wall cartridge rifle at 73 yards. We envolded the entire family in the process afterwards. I plan to get my 3 younger boys hunting when they become old enough, I involve them in small game and turkey hunting and the occasional hunt for deer with me.
Julian:Your photos are awesome. Now we know you took them by iPhone, not pro camera. Can you introduce the key points of hunting photography? Will you continue to take good photos and share them with everyone in the future?
Josh: The day you get a turkey, deer, small game or big fish is important and you want to have something to show for it and view later.... photos. You would much rather have an awesome photo to look back on. I use my phone because cameras have came so far, and we always have our phones with us. Getting the angle of the photo, the animal propped upright with a good background and adequate lighting is the most crucial part. Have someone help in the process, you won’t regret it.
Julian: A New View fan mentioned that he want us to introduce the good places for hunting around the Nation. As a hunter from Michigan, do you have any recommendations for hunting ranch or hunting areas? What is the reason for this recommendation?
Josh: I hunt in Michigan and mainly on private land. If your in an area with private land that’s huntable, get out in the spring with plenty of time before hunting seasons open and knock on doors and ask for permission. Leasing land or offering a farmer or landowner for services goes a long way. Your going to be rejected more than not, but keep going, eventually you’ll get permission and have a place to hunt. If your not able to look for private land to hunt and can’t afford a lease, state land is a great option in any state. Treat any land whether it’s private, lease or state land with respect as if it is your own.