Matt Hargrove

Hunting,Cooking,Conservation,Story telling.

 

 

  I love hunting, I love cooking, and I love eating and enjoying the process of field to table living. I grew up in Houston, Texas and at an early age I was introduced to Texas' game rich hill country.  I went hunting for the first time with my father at the age of eight, tagging a whitetail doe. I was instantly enchanted with the pursuit. As I matured and started hunting on my own I gravitated towards archery. It took me three years to find success with a bow, and close to seven more to connect with my first archery buck. Over the years I have learned to love processing my own harvest.  I am constantly experimenting and learning each cuts best use. Transforming a sinewy neck roast into a silky tender barbacoa will make you question your love for backstraps. I have a wonderfully understanding and beautiful wife, Meghan, who I love and adore sharing life and the outdoors with. Together we have the cutest little redhead, Stella, who we cannot wait to get glassing and hiking along with us. 

    In recent years I have awoken to the issues threatening this way of life. Habitat loss and highway expansion threaten mule deer and pronghorn migrations. Domestic sheep grazing on federal lands wreak havoc on the survival of bighorn sheep, exposing them to respiratory diseases that they cannot fight. Wolf population and the delisting of grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem are causing a stir for all parties involved. Meanwhile, politicians in Washington are trying to "transfer" tracts of federal public land to state and private ownership, threatening conservation and restoration projects of those habitats and altogether eliminating public  access. Despite this, I believe we are living in a golden age of hunting. Modern science, research, and decades of strict management have turned a waning resource into a thriving landscape full of opportunity and flourishing populations. Despite the turnaround our wildlife and wild places have enjoyed since the Roosevelt days, it is more important than ever to fight for the conservation of our land and all its inhabitants. After all, it may be a noble cause, saving the mountain side, but as a hunter it is a strictly selfish form of altruism.