Restless Native: Joshua Stratton, Angler & Entrepreneur
"As an industry, if we keep drinking out of the same watering hole, we're all going to be thirsty."
— Joshua Stratton, Against the Current
I love disruptive people. If you’re building a product, or using products or marketing tactics in an unexpected way, or doing something entirely different, that takes courage.
That’s Joshua Stratton.
Today’s guest is not afraid to speak his mind. He’s not afraid to talk about the shortcomings of the outdoors industry. And he’s not afraid to talk about his shortcomings.
Joshua didn’t come from hunting heritage. So in a lot of ways, he’s the guy we’ve talked so much about recruiting. We need people who might find this way of life interesting for the recreation and the meat acquisitions—not because it’s what their grandfather did.
That’s a great tactic to grow the lifestyle we all love.
Joshua and I talk about those R3 efforts, that’s recruitment, retainment and re-engagement. But we’re going so much deeper. This guy gets deep. We’re going to discuss religion, humanity, parenthood, consumerism, business and bears. And more.
This episode is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation
This episode of Restless Native is brought to you by Houston Safari Club Foundation. GoWild™ is working with Houston Safari Club Foundation, and you know about some of the conservation efforts this group participates in.
This is an amazing organization, that is not only funding conservation efforts, they’re helping kids further their education, learn how to get outdoors and actively tackle R3 efforts.
Houston Safari Club Foundation has put $2.1 million into scholarships for hunters. That is, they are paying for scholarships to kids who are proven outdoors enthusiasts with hunting backgrounds. These are future decision makers and educators. They tackle Hunter Recruitment first hand with outdoor programs that have introduced hundreds of students to hunting experiences and career opportunities.
Houston Safari Club Foundation has also provided $3.5 million in hunter-funded programs for habitat and wildlife improvements, anti-poaching and outdoor education.
Members can connect with individuals from diverse fields, sharing a passion for hunting. Go back and listen to Joe’s interview if you missed it—he talks about all kinds of amazing events they host for these efforts.
Members also enjoy an active community, with monthly events and of course, the annual convention where members gather to socialize and share experiences.
Learn more: hscfdn.org.