Episode 63 Backcountry Mentorship with Johnny Mack

Johnny Mack is the creator of https://wabackcountry.com/ where his mission is to mentor those looking to learn the art of hunting. After going through the struggles of learning to hunt as an adult, Johnny realized his experiences could help others and thus the website was born.

Johnny is no doubt passionate about helping people hunt and because he comes from the coaching and teaching world, he’s naturally created a platform to reach others who need a hand. On this episode, we discuss Johnny’s background, his personal transition into hunting, and why he built WA Backcountry.


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Emory R. Wanger



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Show Notes

  • Introductions

  • Johnny’s backpacking background

  • Why get into hunting

  • Choosing between hobbies.

  • Making the transition to hunting

  • Putting everything together

  • What it feels like to enter a predatory mindset in the wilderness

  • How hunting reduces food waste

  • Explaining hunting

  • Adapting backpacking skills to hunting

  • Early experiences in backpacking

  • How Johnny helps people transition to hunting

  • The reason Johnny started “Washington Backcountry”

  • Taking new hunters hunting and establishing mentorship

  • Advice to new hunters

  • How to find Johnny Mack