Hank Williams Jr. loves hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. But these days, the country singer prefers to embrace antiquity and history. You probably won’t find him in the woods wielding a modern-era rifle.
The reason why is Williams likes the challenge of old-fashioned guns. The country singer is chasing the foot heels of explorers like Daniel Boone or Davy Crocket. With practice, Williams said he’s actually pretty good at aiming with antique weaponry.
“We shoot a lot of antique, obsolete old guns,” Williams said during a Youtube video. “It’s a challenge to take those old guns and make them do remarkable things at a very long range. In other words, our forefathers could hit the mark they were aiming at.”
Williams also enjoys taking people out into the wilderness for the first time. He wants them to experience the majesticness of seeing elks or bears for the first time in their natural habitat. As far as what antique weapons he likes, Williams is fond of flintlocks.
“I didn’t really realize this to a few years ago,” Williams said. “And I really lost my interest in any type of modern guns. I like the flintlocks and the old black powder, Davy Crocket, Daniel Boone.”
Hunting is a Tradition for Hank Williams Jr.
Besides country music, hunting and fishing is a family tradition. Williams is just one in a long line of hunters and outdoorsmen in his family. His father, the late Hank Williams, also enjoyed embracing nature.
“My life and the outdoors, the hunting and fishing, was passed down to me from my great grandfather, grandfather, and father. They were all hunters and fishermen,” Williams said. “Daddy loved hunting and fishing, one of the main reasons he came up here to Kentucky Lake. The reason I came up here to Kentucky Lake.”
But since his father died when he was a kid, Williams learned hunting and fishing from his grandfather. Together, the duo would go out into the woods in Alabama on hunting trips.
“I had a grandfather in South Alabama. A very simple man that lived a simple life,” Williams said. “Cut down pulpwood trees for a living, farmed, and I thought it was pretty special to go down there and have out trips out in the woods. Quail hunting and fishing and even bullfrogs digging.”