For not seeing a moose on my recent Alberta hunt, I have to admit, they sure beat the heck out of me. I was invited into the bush by the staff from Deep Lake Adventures. The guides did their best to try and roust a bull from the bush, but with the rut winding down and the occasional presence of wolves, we had our work cut out for us. Despite the tough hunting, it was one of the most entertaining hunts I’ve been on in years. Why? I had the good fortune to share the camp with NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer and Bryan Emrich, sr. vice president of marketing for Peak Automotive/Old World Industries.
Clint and Bryan experienced the same tough hunting as I, but that didn’t damper their spirits. Each evening back at camp, the joking took off the moment we all gathered in the dining tent for great food, and the fun didn’t end until the generator rumbled to a stop, indicating it was “lights out” for the night in camp. From Clint’s behind-the-scenes NASCAR stories to Bryan’s tales of trying to keep the over-enthusiastic Clint reined in during functions, the laughs never quit. I’ll never forget the story about how a septic operator failed to notice the pump was in reverse mode and spit, instead of sucked waste out of Clint’s expensive coach. Adjacent coach owners in pit row all experienced a “different” kind of springtime shower.
More importantly, I again realized that despite the different walks of life we all come from, most hunters are simply good ol’ boys and gals. Clint arrived in Alberta straight from the Charlotte Speedway via his private jet, but once we jumped in the pickup trucks you would never have guessed he was a world-class NASCAR driver. I wouldn’t call hunting an equalizer, but instead it’s a unifier. Regardless of your background, it draws us together to enjoy a hard hunt, wall-tent living and a few days without showers or the other amenities of home. It’s what I really enjoy about hunting camp, and the reason I don’t mind going home without a trophy. Sure, everyone likes to have an animal down at the end of a hunt, but sharing a camp with new friends and laughing until the end is a trophy memory in itself.
I sat down with Clint for a short interview that’s nothing less than downright hilarious. Keep checking HuntingClub.com … it should be posted soon.