Fans of the Uncut with Jay Cutler podcast are in luck because we’ve got a bonus episode that just hit streaming services this week. In addition to our weekly podcast, we’ve got a second show for listeners to tune in to with special guest Cam Hanes.
The 54-year-old is an endurance athlete, author, and avid bowhunter that’s become well known in recent years on social media and for his podcast appearances. Fans of the Joe Rogan Experience will recognize Cam from his more than a dozen guest spots on the popular podcast. He’s become one of Rogan’s good friends over the years and now has more than 1.3 million Instagram followers who follow his hunting adventures.
During his interview on Uncut with Jay Cutler, the former NFL quarterback covered an array of topics with his guest. The guys talk about Cam growing up bowhunting and finding a passion for the outdoors at a young age. They discuss Hanes’ penchant for running a marathon on a daily basis as part of his workout routine. The 42-year-old talks about his mindset when it comes to running as well. He admits he doesn’t have as much talent as others, but he’ll always work harder than the next to achieve his goals.
The guys also chat about Cam Hanes’ new book that comes out May 17 called Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering. Of course, they talk about his relationship with comedian, UFC commentator, and podcaster Joe Rogan who is also an avid bowhunter as well. The pair talk about that and much more on a very special bonus episode of Uncut with Jay Cutler, presented by MTN OPS.
Cam Hanes Talks Growing Up Bowhunting on ‘Uncut with Jay Cutler’
Early on in the podcast, host Jay Cutler got into Cam Hanes’ upbringing in a small town in Oregon. Cam’s love for the outdoors and bowhunting began at 15 years old. His stepfather took Cam and his brother deer hunting for the first time during his early high school years. He started out hunting with a rifle, but eventually picked up a bow at 18 years old. Since then, he’s never looked back and hasn’t used a rifle since.
“I killed a buck when I was 15, and then that kind of got the ball rolling. And then I got a bow when I was 18 and never rifle hunted after that. I only bow hunted since then. It’s been like 34 years, or 33 years of bowhunting,” Cam Hanes explained on Uncut with Jay Cutler.
Hanes recalls his first bow, which was super slow and loud compared to today’s standards. He even remembers the model of the bow and where his family got it. They ordered a Golden Eagle Super Hawk Turbo Compound Bow off of a bowhunters discount warehouse.
“Compared to today’s bows, it was just a piece of junk. It was loud, it sounded like a .22 was going off,” Cam joked. “So deer were tough because deer will jump the string. If that arrow isn’t getting there fast, they can react.”
Cam Hanes laughed when sharing that he missed 16 bucks that year who were simply dodging his arrows. They’d hear his loud and slow bow getting ready to release his shot, and they’d “jump the string” as Cam said. However, he has fond memories of learning with that one bow, especially since it helped start his lifelong journey as an avid bowhunter.
Why Cam Hanes Tries to Run a Marathon Every Single Day
Cam Hanes is famous for his focus and drive no matter what activity he’s involved in. Many of his books share tips and educate readers on backcountry bowhunting. However, his newest book that releases next week shares some of his lifelong philosophies and disciplines. The book aims to motivate readers and help them push beyond their physical limits to improve themselves.
Host Jay Cutler brought up the fact that Cam is an ultra-marathoner. He has an insane training regime that doesn’t just include him running a few miles each day. Instead, he attempts to run full marathons on an everyday basis. Seriously. Jay simply asked, “How? When did this start and why?”
“To me it’s like, I’ve always felt like I don’t have an advantage over anybody. So my thing has been I can outwork people… So it just kinda translated to hunting,” Cam Hanes shared on the podcast.
Hanes went on to share a little bit more about the hunting industry and how competitive it can be. If you want certain opportunities in that world, or to write like Cam has, or earn sponsorships, you have to be at the top of your game.
“So I’m like, I’ve got to outwork these people,” Cam continued. “If I want to be the best I can be and be marketable and chase my dreams like I want, I’ve got to put in more work than every other guy. It kind of evolved from there.”
“I was like, if I can get a marathon done a day, when I prepare for these 200-mile ultramarathons in the mountains, that’s going to prepare myself mentally and physically. So I’ll get up before work and get in some miles. I’ll run at lunch, and then I’ll run after work. And if I can get in 26 miles a day, I check that day off as a win,” he added.
The Bowhunter Discusses His Friendship With Joe Rogan
In case you’ve been living under a rock in recent years, comedian turned podcaster Joe Rogan has the largest and most influential podcast around. The Joe Rogan Experience has become bigger than even its host could’ve ever imagined. He interviews famous actors, musicians, athletes, politicians, and other huge celebrities. Yet he also welcomes guests that are experts on his interests as well, including fitness and health experts and also hunting experts like Cam Hanes.
Host Jay Cutler asked his guest about his friendship with Rogan and his numerous appearances on his show. It all started back in 2014 when Rogan reached out to him about being a guest on the podcast. Since that first appearance, the two have grown close and often hunt together when their schedules allow it.
“[Joe Rogan messaged me] and said, ‘Hey, Cameron Hanes, would you ever want to come to L.A. to talk about fitness and bowhunting?’ I’m like, ‘That sounds good, I like talking about those things,'” Cam Hanes said of how he met Joe Rogan. “So I went down there in 2014 and took him a Hoyt bow. He’d just started hunting [with rifles]… but I said, ‘Hey, you need to bowhunt.’ I said, ‘I’d like to take you bear hunting.’ He’s like, ‘hunt a bear with a bow?’ Yea. So we ended up doing that and he killed a bear with a bow.”
“Rest was history,” Jay Cutler added. “You kill a bear with a bow, I mean you’re pretty much hooked at that point.”
“Yea, so it was great,” Cam responded. “Now we’ve been almost the best of friends [ever since].”
Cam Hanes opens up and talks about much more during this week’s bonus episode of the podcast. Make sure to check out his full conversation with host Jay Cutler in the video above, or tune in and listen to Uncut with Jay Cutler on Spotify, Apple, or wherever else you listen to your favorite podcasts.