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Ep. 1 – Intro to the Backwoods Grind Podcast

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In the first episode of the Backwoods Grind Podcast, Jonathan and Zack talk about what they hope this podcast will become. Enjoy the show!

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Jonathan Wilson:
All right, we’re live. This is Jonathan with Backwoods Grind. Welcome to the Backwoods Grind Podcast. I’ve got my co-founder, co-pilot, cohost, and best friend, Zack Kile here with me. How are you doing man?

Zack Kile:
Good, doing good. Excited about the podcast.

Jonathan Wilson:
This is gonna be the intro of what the Backwoods Grind Podcast is going to be all about. And it’ll likely evolve over the next several episodes and going into what we hope that it will become. But I just wanted to spend a few minutes and just kind of talk about what we envision for this podcast. There’s a lot of podcasts out there, but we feel like that we can bring something also to the table and bring some good content. We you know, hopefully that we can, we can bring on some guests that, that interest us and interest our, our listeners. So yeah, so I’m excited about it. We’ve been planning and talking about it for sometime and think now’s the time.

Zack Kile:
Yep. And we have a number of guests that they’re lined out. I have committed to the podcast. And so we’re excited about that. Yeah, so we really have some things that we think our listeners will be excited about.

Jonathan Wilson:
Right? Yeah. We listen to a lot of podcasts ourself, and I’m just excited to get ideas from them. And even might even have some familiar guests that have been on other podcasts, but I like coming up with questions that might not be answered on those other podcasts that are really good, but and I’m sure that this will, this might be the case for others, but we might, our PA our podcast episodes might leave more questions about the guests, but we every time I listened to most times when I listen to a podcast, I have more questions that I’d like to ask.

Zack Kile:
So, yeah, absolutely. And you know, something that we’re going to be looking at maybe a little different perspective is from an entrepreneur side different people in the outdoor industry that have started their own thing started their own business, people that are doing, doing work within the outdoor industry, like photographers, artists craftsman like ourselves. I think that’s going to be an interesting aspect that maybe people don’t hit on as much.

Jonathan Wilson:
That’s right. Yeah. There are a lot of a lot of guys out there that would like to start businesses in the outdoors. I mean, when I was a teenager I had a vision of having a company in the outdoors. I mean, 13, 14 years old making my own masks, a face mask and stuff like mom showed me some so and techniques and stuff like that. And it was very amateur of course, but just as an, from an early age has had a, a vision love the outdoors and a entrepreneurial spirit that just made me want to be involved in it and have a product that I could bring to the market. And, and we’re like 20 something years later, and it’s, it’s actually happening with a Backwoods growing coffee company. And I think

Zack Kile:
That’s an interesting thing that another thing that we’ll bring out is you have the traditional hunting companies when you’re growing up, you imagine that you’ll be maybe hunting on a TV show or, or something like that, but there’s a lot of alternatives to that. That’s right. The especially with the advent of social media and I mean, look at ourselves or a coffee company in the hunting space. Think about all of the industry that could be hunting specific. That’ll be coming in the future. So you can really think outside the box. And I think we’re going to bring in a lot of people that are outside the box and not necessarily your, your, your hunters and we’ll definitely have those. Oh, yeah,

Jonathan Wilson:
That’s right. Yeah. It’s, it’s so yeah, we, we hope to bring interesting content, but just people that may not even be as well known as, as some of the bigger influencers in the industry, but people that are really interesting to us and what they bring to the outdoor industry. I say industry, you know, it just a community as a whole you know, before there was social media and in hunting hunting industry, I mean, we had our uncles and our dads and took us out hunting and really it was a lifestyle well forward, it was an industry. And so there’s, there’s some, some guys that have been around what is now the industry or community, and we want to bring on the podcast and talk about what it was like when they were going up. So yeah, it’s, it’s exciting times.

Jonathan Wilson:
I, I think we’re, we’re really podcasting is, is an interesting content medium and something that we’ve talked about a lot. And we w just, you know, want to throw our hat in the ring, I guess, and cause I think it’s it, it’s exciting to hear stories like we, we we read books and watch videos of, of hunting and people in the outdoor industry, but just to hear the stories of, of growing up and, and what brought people into not only hunting, but the founding of companies that are centered around the outdoor industry. It’s yeah, exciting times.

Zack Kile:
Yeah. And I think, you know, we’re going to be bringing on people. I think social media is a double edged sword and you can, you can look at different people on social and kind of get a picture in your head of what they are. And I’m really excited about getting some people on here to know who they truly are, that’s it? Because, you know, w we, we can even look on our Instagram or Facebook and look at different industries or different people within the industry or community and, and have a, like a preloaded idea of who they are. And then every time we meet somebody in person, they’re the most incredible people. And and I think that’s something that we want to tap into that’s right. Yeah. If we could spur one person into starting their own business think about where we’re at right now, what we’re about, what we’re about to get ready to do tomorrow. Why don’t you explain that a little bit? Yeah. Yeah.

Jonathan Wilson:
So we are in actually in a hotel in Southern Alabama. And earlier in the spring of this year, we partnered up with Dave Owens and we came out with the pin Hodi roast. Some of you, if you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably seen it or subscribe to our newsletter or other social outlets. You might’ve seen that. We’ve, we’ve come out with what is called the pin Hodi roast. And Dave came to us with an idea to donate the proceeds of that roast to the turkeys for tomorrow organization, new organization coming out coming up, got some really good backing behind it, some good names in the community

Zack Kile:
A lot of years. That’s right. Yeah.

Jonathan Wilson:
Yeah. It’s and got Jim Rohn question Ron jolly and, and others that are Preston Pittman, and now Dave Owens getting involved with this new organization and it’s, it’s really exciting that they’re coming at it from a different angle. And they’re, they’re focused on the local level, the biologist, and getting involved with putting money back into the local areas, the states in order to bring back the population of, of turkeys and Turkey population. So anyway, we’re here in south Alabama for a meetup with some, some of the guys that are behind turkeys for tomorrow. And it’s really exciting to be a part of something like that. That’s something we feel like there’s going to be a really good thing for Turkey hunting as a whole. And so, yeah, that’s, that’s what we’re we’re doing this weekend and I’m looking forward to it.

Zack Kile:
Yeah, absolutely. It’s certainly a great thing. One of the big things with TFT is the money that you raised stays in your state. Yeah. And and so you get to you get to keep the, keep the work in your state. And again, it’s people that have been in the industry for a really long time and that have a lot of connections and they have passion for the outdoor industry. Me and Jonathan were talking about it today. These are guys that are they’re get up getting up into retirement age. But they care about Turkey so much that they’re coming out of retirement and doing this volunteer. Yep. And so it’s, yeah, it’s an incredible thing. And for us to get the opportunity to, to be with these guys and, and just be a part of it’s really exciting. And so that goes back to, if we can spur one person into the outdoor industry taking that leap it’s, you know, there’s a lot of cool things on the, on the surface, but the deeper you get the better it gets, the relationships, the people it’s just incredible. It is.

Jonathan Wilson:
And I’m all for new companies coming into the industry because it just, it, it keeps the industry strong. You got a good product, you got good products coming out and it’s you know, th there’s two ways to look at it and look at it as people trying to make money off of the industry, but you can also choose to look at it as strengthening the industry. If you got good products, you got, you make it more fun for people to get out more. I guess maybe not easy, cause we’re not all about easy here back was crying, but you know, if you get somebody out new, somebody new, get out into hunting, and if you’ve got a good product that helps them do that, then that’s a good thing.

Zack Kile:
Yeah. Not only that and I don’t want to sound biased here. But I guess it is a shameless plug, but in my opinion, if you can buy coffee from an outdoor company, you know, where some of that money is going to go back into the industry and you can plug in anything and not just coffee. And I don’t want to just plug our company. You could name a number of different industries, clothing, whatever it is. But if you’re putting that money into that company, you know, some of that money is probably going back into conservation or into the outdoor industry, which is only going to further the outdoor community as a whole. And so if you can keep the money within the industry, that’s just a, just an added bonus. Yep. So we’re,

Jonathan Wilson:
We’re also in our a big part of our lives is ministry in our Christian walk. And we’re all about putting money into outreach and you know, reaching region for people and helping people. And so it’s, it’s part of who we are and that kind of bleeds over into our company and giving back to the outdoor industry and helping it improve. And then also putting money back into conservation to help the wildlife. I mean, obviously if we didn’t have the wildlife, if the turkeys go away, then there’s what do we do then? So you gotta have the game there to, to hunt them. So it’s just, yeah. It’s if, if, if there’s a company that’s all they want to do is make money. I mean, that’s part of it. You gotta have money, you gotta support your family.

Jonathan Wilson:
But at the end of the day, the reason why we, we, we do it is to, to further the industry for further the, the the growth of of the hunting industry. So it’s like I said earlier, it’s exciting times. And I think that we’ve got a bright future ahead. We’ve got a young people that are coming up. I mean, our, our nephews and nieces, they’re getting excited about hunting and we’ve got a bright future ahead of us and we, we need to leave it better than we’ve than we found it. You know, our, our uncles and dads got us involved in the outdoor industry, outdoor community lifestyle, or what have you. And we, we learned from them and we’re passing that on now to our children. We just, we need to leave it better than we found it.

Zack Kile:
Yep, absolutely. That’s Ron jolly had a a blog that he came out with her an article and then the name of the article was if not you then who that’s it. And so if we all take personal responsibility and try to do a little bit to, to teach somebody to hunt or to, to give back in our own way I mean, if we just have the personal responsibility, which a lot of outdoors and already have, that’s it, if we just keep pushing it and teach the younger ones coming up. Yeah. Because social media is, is a great thing. Yeah. As far as that’s concerned, I mean, you see hashtags coming on, like save the pole. Yeah. Our buddy and all the products just, I mean, I think it was Penola productions. Yeah. how many, how many people got into trapping this year?

Jonathan Wilson:
Yeah. Where us absolutely. And many others. Yeah. The wild Turkey report doing that live Dave Owens and and getting, getting them on there and just talking about how to get started and then cut Strickland and his podcast.

Zack Kile:
Yeah. He had the trapper come on and it was just extremely educational and fired us up about trapping, which we’ve never been pumped up about. And, and we got out and did it this year and, and had some success right off the bat because of, because of those podcasts, because of those Facebook lives. And so no doubt, we helped the purple population ourselves, but multiply that by all the people that saw that, that hashtag or that Facebook live or that podcast. Yeah. And look at what that turned into. So every little bit,

Jonathan Wilson:
That’s it? Yeah. So social media, as you said earlier, a two-edged sword and that’s the, that’s the side of it. That’s really good is spreading the idea that we’ve got to give back and monetarily, and also with our sweat equity we’ve got to get out there. I mean, our father-in-law owns several hundred acres of property that we can help him improve. And every few years we’ll see a few hands on the, on the property. We’ve never, we’ve never seen any gobblers. And but hopefully from our efforts, ours and our nephew’s efforts the next few years we’ll be able to one of them to get a gobbler on it. And that that’ll be really rewarding.

Zack Kile:
Absolutely. Our father-in-law happens to be eat up with Turkey hunting yeah. And never killed a Turkey on his own property. And he’s lived there for 20, 30 years, 25 years, 25 years. And never killed a Turkey on his place. So man, if we can make that happen. Awesome. Would that be, I

Jonathan Wilson:
Think you said he’s seen one gobbler in 25 years on the property and w it’d be really cool for us to either him or the nephews or nieces even to get to get one on the, on the family property, because one, one reason is he’s helped us. He helped us get into Turkey hunting. I mean, he was with me when I killed my first one. And and now he’s been with you,

Zack Kile:
He’s the reason I got into Turkey on. Yeah, absolutely. He maybe a different story for a different day, but he absolutely got me into Turkey. Hunting got me fired up about it, just seeing him, how, how fired up he was about it. And he, he don’t get fired up about a whole lot other than work. But I said, if he’s that excited about Turkey and I need to look into it, sound to it. Yeah, absolutely. So he’s it would really be cool for it to come full circle like that. And for us to help him be able to get a Turkey on his own place. That’s right. Well,

Jonathan Wilson:
I think we have a first episode here, a introduction to the Backwoods Grind Podcast. And I’m really excited. I’ve said it multiple times, but I’ve been looking forward to this for some time now. It’s been a crazy a year. We’ll talk more about that. 2021 has been insanely awesome. But I’m looking forward to talking more about, about that, about the company Backwards Grind Coffee Company. And you can check us out at backwoodsgrind.com and look us up on Instagram. Shoot us a message. If you shoot us a message, either Zack or I are going to respond cause we love communicating with the people in the community and seeing how we can help each other be more, be more involved and just yeah. Reach out any time. So anything else?

Zack Kile:
Yeah, I was just going to mention that just be looking for the next couple of episodes we plan on kind of telling our own story on how we got into the industry and, and how we got into hunting as youngsters. So yeah. Keep a watch. We’re planning on putting out a couple episodes here pretty soon. So just keep a watch out for that.

Jonathan Wilson:
Yeah. The next two, next couple of episodes will be kind of interview style between me and Zack and then beyond that, we’ll start pulling in some guests from around the community and so be looking out for it and check us out backwoodsgrind.com on Instagram at backwoodsgrindcoffee, and shoot us a message. And we’ll talk to you soon.

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