Skip to comments.Jana Waller, Hostess Of Skull Bound TV – Sportsman Channel Showcase
Posted on 08/31/2012 5:08:19 PM PDT by marktwain
New Berlin, Wis. --(Ammoland.com)- How did you get started in the hunting and the TV industry?
I began writing for hunting websites and magazines in 2006 in order to stay connected to the hunting community. I met fellow writer and producer , Jim Kinsey, and we began discussing what we both felt was missing in many of the current hunting shows. One idea lead to another and our show SKULL BOUND was born, tying in my skull business and passion for conservation.
What is the biggest mishap that has happened while filming an episode?
Luckily, we havent had too many mishaps while filming for SKULL BOUND. Jims extensive experience in filming dangerous game hunts has been a godsend and has saved us from many mistakes. The funniest mishap would have to be when I forgot my bow on an Idaho black bear hunt. We were making the 1.5 hour drive over to our hunting site from our home every evening and I had forgotten that I took my bow out of its case to clean it the night before. I didnt discover that I forgot my bow until we stepped out of the truck in Idaho. Its pretty darn hard to hunt without a weapon.
What is your most memorable hunt?
I was fortunate to get an invite to hunt antelope with the Chippewa Cree people of the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation this past September. The hunt went down beautifully but more memorable to me was the celebration following which included drummers, dancing and the opportunity to talk with some of the elders.
Can you tell us about the funniest moment of your hunting Career?
The funniest moment of my hunting career would have to be when my African PH started lighting zebra dung in our blind. I had never experience anyone lighting dried turds on fire to cover or mask our human scent. I couldnt stop laughing which of course isnt exactly helpful while hunting out of a blind. Surprisingly, the smokey smell was actually enjoyable which of course made me laugh even harder!
How do you like to spend your time when you are not hunting?
When Im not hunting you can most likely find me fishing. From fly fishing to jigging for walleye, I love to be on the water. And when Im not hunting or fishing, Im painting or beading skulls.
What is something most people do not know about you? (Something people are surprised to find out about you.) People may be surprised to learn that Im deathly afraid of heights. Despite spending the last 20 years in a treestand, its a personal challenge every time I climb that tree.
What are you most proud of, or what is your biggest accomplishment?
I went to a month long intensive guide school this past summer in Wyoming. Id been wanting to learn the skills of a successful backcountry guide every since I started hunting the mountains of Montana two years ago. The school was not only physically challenging but mentally as well. I graduated in a class with five men and am very proud to have completed the school.
If you could hunt any place in the world and any species where and what would it be?
I would love to go on an archery moose hunt in Canada or Alaska. Ive been blessed to travel to both incredible countries but havent been on a moose hunt.
What is something that viewers would be surprised to learn about filming an episode? Or what was surprising to you when you first started filming?
Its so much more difficult to capture a hunt on film than viewers may think. From the unpredictability of game to the challenge of hiding movement and scent of another person in the field, it can be pretty arduous to capture the hunt perfectly on film. As most hunters know, the hunt can go down very quickly and to film it all from the right angle to be steady can be tough. Viewers may also be surprised to know how many dozens of hours go into making a 30 minute episode. Its not just the challenge of filming the hunt, but also having a creative editor that can tell the story in an exciting manner.
What one tip can you give your fans to a successful hunt? The phrase successful hunt is subjective. What one hunter considers success another may think it was a bust. Its simply not possible to harvest an animal on every hunt but to me its not about the trophy. Its about the adventure and the amazing people I get to meet throughout the journey. I went to New Mexico this past Fall and hunted for ten days straight in the Gila Mountains without harvesting an elk with my bow. It was an incredible adventure that I would call a huge success. My tip would be to go into every hunt with a positive attitude and to appreciate the adventure, not the kill.
What is your favorite meal including wild game? Any good recipes?
My favorite wild game meal would have to be smoked bear. Its so simple and so delicious that Im surprised more people havent tried it. Simply take your bear hams to a local processor for smoking and when you pick it up it is fully cooked. All you have to do is slowly warm it in the oven at 200 degrees for three hours with some yams or pineapples and youll have a wonderful meal for days.
To start the thread: Not Guilty.
I was sure Alaska was one of the 57 states.
“I was fortunate to get an invite to hunt antelope with the Chippewa Cree people of the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation this past September. “
Oops, the “Chippewa,” correctly known as the Anishinabe, never ventured past Minnesota. No way in hell there’s Anishinabe in the Rocky Mountains unless a raiding party invaded Baraga, Michigan the past two or three years.
I’m sure the writer got his tribes and geography mixed up.
“Im sure the writer got his tribes and geography mixed up.”
You may be correct, but that is what they call themselves.
“You may be correct, but that is what they call themselves.”
I’m not doubting you.
Off and on, I hunted and fished for 20 years with the Anashinabe in the far northwoods and Canada. I ain’t never heard of Cree Chipewas. Or Chippewa Crees. Never. Now, I’m not saying they don’t exist. The website proves that some people called Chippewa Crees are out there.
Now, hear me out. This is not a criticism of you.
At the reserves, we’d get roaming hippy wannebe Indians. They’d come around begging for Indian names. Some of the guys would take them under their wings and charge them X amount of dollars for an “Indian” name. Most got the Anishinabe name “Windago” which means a supernatural cannibal who eats children.
They would tell the hippy “Windago” to head west to complete his Indian spiritual journal.
Perhaps the Chippewa Crees you speak of are the creation of the Anishinabe jokesters. There are literally dozens of hippy Windagos roaming around the west looking for the ghost of Black Elk, and they were created by my fishing and hunting buddies.
Some may think that what they did was cruel, but you need to understand Indian humor.
Round is certainly a shape in Freeper Island.
The website says the reservation was created during the depression, as a joint project of Cree and Chippewa chiefs, with the assistance of the federal government.
Are you a ghost from Freeper Island?
Yup: I’m the guy who started that whole FUN thing. Sure was glorious for the weeks that it lasted. Thanks for YOUR participation!
I guess they have the net in the Maldives now.