Life, Guiding and Perspective


Jake Franklin

I was born and raised in an unlikely spot for someone who has spent their life pursuing some of the world’s most elusive mountain animals.  Although I grew up in Southern California, my upbringing wasn’t upon the city streets or Orange County beaches.  I grew up in a remote kids camp where inner-city kids got a taste of western living.  

Sysco food trucks and a generator for electricity was our normal. My brother and I didn’t know any other way. After graduating high school, I began prep for a career in the hunting industry. An online education for wildlife management and a Montana hunting guide school had my mind focused on being the best hunting guide I could be. With a bit of luck, a lot of free labor, and a focus on my goals, it wasn’t long before I was guiding for desert sheep all over the Southwestern US.  With my path having been unwavering for nearly 15 years now, I have made a successful life of it.  My measure of success is based solely on the ability to live comfortably with experiences that could never be bought or replicated.  These coupled with a family, the ability to make a difference, and helping others live out their dreams are all a man needs.

My professional guiding career has been based around trophy desert and rocky mountain bighorn sheep, with the exception of premier or specialty tags for mule deer and elk. I have seen a lot of life come and go while sitting on a horse or perched high on an alpine peak.  The lessons I have learned afield have given me insight into life in general and I have learned that most things in life can be related to experiences while hunting.

With all my time dedicated to my family, clients, guides, and horses I’ve never found the time to share what I’ve learned and the experiences I have lived.  However, lately I’ve been feeling a sense of non-genuine content coming from all sides of the hunting industry.  That’s when I heard of “Field Ethos,” a platform for grit, a platform for genuine information with no reservations.  It’s refreshing and real.  The word “Ethos” says it all. It’s the character of a culture.  It’s the embodiment of who we are as outdoorsmen, and I know for sure we aren’t in it for fame, recognition, pride or the whiskey and woman.  There’s an ethos in us that drives it.  In discovering “Field Ethos,” I’ll make time to get lazy and write. I’m looking forward to sharing with the readers the gnarly accidents, lessons learned, and incredible things I’ve seen.

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