In the Media Diet column, Zero Point Zero Production asks prominent hunters about their reading and media consumption habits. What hunting magazines are they reading? How do they get their news when they’re at home? What about when on a hunting trip? What is on their Netflix queues? The answers to all these questions, and more, lie ahead. Up next, Remi Warren. Remi is a full time hunting guide and outfitter. He owns and operates Montana OutWest Outfitters where he specializes in public land elk hunts. He works as a guide on New Zealand’s south island for Tahr, Chamois and red stag. Aside from guiding, Remi is a field editor for both Elk Hunter and Western Hunter magazines. He is also the host of Solo Hunters, a television show airing on the Outdoor Channel where he self films and documents his hunting adventures.
Do you read a lot? What books are you reading?
The books I read are generally non-fiction. I am in the middle of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall right now.
I also really like old adventure books and looking for old hunting books. I am looking forward to reading Alaska Yukon Trophies Won and Lost. I take old hunting adventure books with me on backpack hunts in case I get stuck in the tent for a day or two because of rain.
We hear you are a big fan of listening to books?
I probably listen to more books than I read. This may sound weird, but it works with my lifestyle and is something that I enjoy doing while driving. I travel a lot and am on the road a lot. I have always liked books on tape because I can hop in the truck, drive for 12 hours, be immersed in a book, then hop out and be somewhere new. I actually started listening to books on tape when I was in high school. I would get the assigned reading on tape, pop it into my Walkman and go fishing while listening – I figured that if I could fly fish while doing my homework, it was a win-win. Since then, they have stuck and I listen to them all the time. I have listened to everything from The Odyssey and The Lewis and Clark Journals to current best sellers.
I like learning new things, so I read a lot of how-to books. I taught myself Photoshop as well as web design because I figured they are good things to know for owning a business. Even though it is a hunting outfitting business, everyone needs a website. I don’t really like paying for things I think I can do myself, so I am always buying books that teach me how to do something, or at least how to get started. I have a dry curing book that I just got into. I pour over edible and medicinal plant books like they are going out of style, and am always picking up photography books. Sometimes, I get books on something I think would be cool but actually have no intention of doing, such as furniture making or taxidermy.
What about magazines? Which ones?
I read mostly hunting magazines. When I was a kid, I would read every hunting magazine I got cover-to-cover. I would save them, then skim through them again at the end of the year and re-read the stuff I was interested in.
I enjoy Western Hunter and Elk Hunter. I may seem partial because I write for them, but the fact is I write for them because I like reading them. Another favorite of mine is called Huntin’ Fool, which is more of a hunt unit research publication. I am constantly picking up magazines in airports, gas stations and grocery stores. I will pick up anything from Field and Stream or Outdoor Life to photography magazines to sports magazines. I do the traditional “guy thing,” where something on the cover intrigues me, I pick it up and stand there reading it. If I catch something else I pass or am interested in, I will buy it. If it doesn’t interest me or I finish it, I will move on to the next one. If I am somewhere new, I always seek out local sporting publications. I like to read things about the area I am in and find magazines I don’t get at home.
I somehow get Outside in the mail every month. I am not sure where it came from because I never subscribed, but it is a good one. Just do me a favor and don’t tell them, because I would like to keep this free magazine thing going.
Which websites do you go to regularly?
I get a lot of convenient news online. I seem to always check the news feed while checking my Yahoo emails. It is easy, so I will click on a few suggested articles since they are staring me in the face. I also go to the Google news page a lot and use the news app on my phone.
Is it difficult to keep up with the news while hunting?
News and being off the grid don’t really go hand in hand. I would say that most of my news comes from satellite radio. Most of the time, I hear about events after everyone else no longer cares about them (nowadays, the turnaround seems to be pretty quick). I used to try keeping up with news but it got to be impossible, especially when I am gone for months at a time. I will pay attention to headlines or go back and Google events that people seem to talk about a lot so I can keep pace. I don’t try to keep up with all the stuff that seems really non-important to the whole scheme of things, such as which celebrity is getting a DUI this week.
I may be one of the few people that still gets an actual newspaper. When I am home, I look through the paper. When I am away, I will look up local papers oline that I like, such as the Reno Gazette Journal (my local paper) or the Ravalli Republic, the local paper where I run my elk guiding business.
How else do you get news and other media? Do you use social media?
I get a lot of news from emails or through social media. I have what I like to call “rabbit hole news habits,” where I click on a news article or something suggested by a friend and then keep going through different suggested readings at the bottom. It can be unpredictable, but I cover a range of news and topics this way.
For entertainment, I go on YouTube or Vimeo. I get a lot of outdoor or animal-related videos sent to me either via email or from friends on Facebook.
Do you watch TV? Which shows?
I watch mostly online and on my smartphone via Netflix or something similar. The only time I watch on a TV is if someone in my family has recorded something and asks me to come over and watch with them. I normally stick to comedies or typical crime-solving shows. My favorite TV show is Sherlock on BBC. I like shows that are thought out and well acted. The League is another favorite. I don’t really follow sports but the show is hilarious. I like that it is semi-scripted and it reminds me of how my friends and I joke around. I am almost done with Breaking Bad, even though I am probably late watching it. I just watched the documentary Black Fish on Netflix. My only thought is that someone needs to make a movie called Killer Whalenado, where killer whales terrorize a city while flying around in tornados. I’m just sayin’.
Do you ever go to the movies?
I go to a lot of movies around Christmas. I really enjoy it and I end up seeing every movie that is out between Christmas and New Year’s. The only downside is that most of the time they show a preview for another movie I would much rather see but it comes out in the fall, when there is no chance I will be close to a place with a movie theater.
What are your favorite movies?
My favorite comedy is Happy Gilmore because I laugh every time I watch it. For action/drama, it is either Gladiator or Brave Heart. Enough said – if you have an inkling of testosterone, you get it. For an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, if that is even a category, it is probably Predator. For a ridiculous movie I am most embarrassed to admit liking, I’ll go with Encino Man. For documentary, I’ll say Planet Earth, even though it is a series.
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