In today's culture, Jim says it has become all too common to judge people harshly and twist things that are good and turn them into something else entirely. This is especially true in the hunting realm as cancel culture runs rampant online and hunters are judged for taking photos with the animals they hunt. "A trophy is a memory of something that happened—only recently have people twisted it to be about ego." Jim explains what he means and highlights how the word "trophy" has been hijacked and used to vilify hunters. Leaning into the criticism, Jim explains why he is proud to be a hunter and why all hunters should be proud of the work they put in and the skills they learn in order to successfully kill animals and live that field to table lifestyle. Diving further into hunting, Jim talks about what hunting is really about and how "killing" is such a small and almost insignificant part of the lifestyle. A huge part of hunting is family, camaraderie, friendships, the passing on of traditions, quality time spent in the woods with the people you love, watching wildlife, communing with nature and getting in touch with your ancestral soul. Hunting isn't what we do, it's who we are, he says.
Listen in as Jim also talks about conservation and his desire to educate others about the natural world. Through his personal collection of artifacts on display at his Hand of Man Museum of Natural History Cultural Arts & Conservation, Jim discusses how his museum is a place for the public to learn about wildlife and the outdoor lifestyle through tangible objects rather than screens. He also expresses his desire to see more museums like his own created in order to provide places for people to go to better understand the natural world, wildlife and the role hunters play in conservation.
Tune in to The Revolution for a great conversation with the legendary Jim Shockey. Be sure to watch "Shock Therapy" on Outdoor Channel, Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET for a deep dive into all of Jim's most memorable adventures.