Nov 5, 2020
Q and A with Donnie Vincent
A conversation on hunting, traditions, and a life outdoors.
As Wisconsin offers up her greatest season, men and women once again take part in the annual pilgrimage to promising oak forests, field edges and deer camps across the state in search of cagey whitetails – perhaps even, something more.
During this time, biologist, hunter and outdoorsmen, Donnie Vincent, too returns to the Midwest between expeditions to the artic circle, or anywhere you’d otherwise find great swaths of untamed wilderness. For years, Donnie has been seeking adventure in the wild corners of the globe with hunting as his focus. Nowadays, he and his team work to share the experiences they’ve cultivated through a collection of films, both short and feature length, to expand on the nature of hunting, the outdoors, and our relationship with them.
We at Badger Sportsman were fortunate to get a moment with Donnie to discuss the age old pursuit of hunting and what it means to be a hunter today.
Please introduce us, and our readers who don’t know you, to Donnie Vincent. What are the points that have made you, you? (outdoorsmen, hunter, traveler, etc.)
It’s always an interesting question being asked who you are. Either by experience, education or delusion we contrive some sort of resume, this is my attempt at that.
I’m an educated man, biology being my drug of choice, but I’m hardly a practicing biologist. My education did teach me a great many things, however, what I learned most of all was to stay close to the library and to ask more questions than I answered.
I studied biology because I love wildlife and the wilderness, and by wilderness I’m mostly referring to anyplace outside and away from most people. In this regard, Central Park is not wilderness, but the little farm that I hunt in Wisconsin is.
I imagine my love for hunting and storytelling lies mostly in my genes, but it was no doubt fostered by the pen of Jack O’Connor and Aldo Leopold – read O’Connor and you can’t help but want to hunt sheep, read Leopold and you can’t help but realize there is a wild world right outside your door, a fascinating one of detail, awe and wonder.
As for my films about hunting, life and conservation, I’ve merely struck gold with the crew I’ve surrounded myself with. I work with wonderful men, gifted and fearless. We’ve not done this for dollars, but because it’s a rich life. The world is moving too damn fast, I only hope to change it a little and to maybe slow it down for people who are as easily entertained by what comes before and after the sunrise as I am.
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