If you don’t know Ryan Bingham past his breakout role on Yellowstone, he’s an Outsider’s Outsider. The singer/songwriter/actor actually began his professional career as a bull rider, seeing much of the West as a self-professed “vagabond” through his coming-of-age. Today, however, audiences know him best as Yellowstone‘s slippery Walker.
In-between filming seasons, we’ve learned Bingham is an avid hunter. Alongside iconic pro-hunter and guide Remi Warren, he’s spent the summer hunting axis deer in Hawaii. With some good ol’ Pacific-bound angling in-between, of course.
Back in June, Outsider covered their adventures together. Now, Warren has finally released a great video montage showcasing their trip. Within is a front-row seat for their hunting, angling, and breakfast-sandwich-making exploits. It’s well worth a watch for any Yellowstone fan or Outsider:
Professional hunter and guide Remi Warren and musician Ryan Bingham head to Hawaii to hunt Axis deer and fish the Pacific Ocean. They celebrate success with fireside music and freshly cooked wild meals. To see more, visit https://www.meatyourmaker.com/MEAT!
Yellowstone’s Ryan Bingham Makes the Best of Summer
Back here in the contiguous U.S., summer isn’t known for prime hunting. But in Hawaii, that changes completely. In the Aloha State, axis deer are available for harvest year-round. From the looks of it, Warren and the Yellowstone star are making the best of this, too.
In Hawaii, axis deer are an introduced species. The axis – or spotted/chital deer – is native to the other side of the planet: the Indian sub-continent. They make for marvelous harvests, too, as bucks can surpass 150-pounds.
Shed and trophy hunters also stalk the species for their unique 3+-foot racks, which are completely unique from the typical white-tailed hunts seen across the U.S. And if you make like Yellowstone’s Ryan Bingham, you can take full advantage of a summer hunt through axis deer.
Introducing species to non-native habitats, however, is rarely an advisable conservation strategy. Nowhere is this more clear than the Hawaiian islands (or Florida’s Everglades invasive species problems), where the axis deer have zero natural predators. As a result, the species is causing significant damage to both natural ecosystems and agricultural operations. Then, humans must “interfere” again in order to cull their numbers and prevent further damage. The best way to achieve this is through hunting.
In short: Yellowstone‘s Ryan Bingham is doing Hawaii a favor.
Remi Warren on Hunting Axis Deer: ‘Cover or Open?’
Back in June, Remi Warren described his hunt with Bingham in “thicker cover” as having “its advantages and disadvantages… On one hand if you can catch their antlers or ear tips above the brush line, it is often easier to get close with a good wind,” he cites alongside a shot of himself and Bingham stalking axis deer.
“On the flip side, there are many animals you won’t spot… And when you are close, getting a clear shot is tough! For me I simultaneously love and hate thick country. What do you prefer… Cover or open?” Warren asks followers.
Be sure to watch their footage above to see Warren’s cover and open tactics in action alongside Yellowstone‘s Ryan Bingham.