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Clint Boone, First Guest on The Backyard Sportsman on August 27

August 20, 2010

Clint Boone and the author with a "backyard bear"

  Clint Boone a young family many who was brought up in the Siver Valley country of  Idaho, took me on a “backyard bear hunt” in the mountains behind his family’s landholdings. This area is famous for its silver mines. As a big, athletic guy he could make significant amounts of money working underground in the nearby mines. He worked as a miner and experienced three rock bursts (the rock in the tunnels and walls literally explodes under pressure) while working underground.  The worst of these trapped him over 3,000 beneath the ground for several days.  After this, he gave up mining and now makes non-hunting-fishing-season money doing odd jobs and building custom homes.

  A friend, Kimberly  McLaughlin, wrote the following.

Clint Boone

To say that Clinton “Clint” Boone had an underprivileged life would be a matter of conjecture.  Those who live in cities would be likely to reject a life without running water, electricity or indoor plumbing.  This was the life handed to Clint until he was approximately 12 years old.  Along with these disadvantages, also came privileges.  He learned to live off the land, because his family maintained a 4-acre garden of which provided them with food and the extra was  sold or traded for whatever the family needed to survive.  The greatest privilege was that Clint  learned to hunt and fish which became a way of life.  His first big-game hunt was with his father when Clint was about 12-years old. He still remembers the tall trees, crisp mount air and STEEP climb. The biggest excitement came when he used his Grandfather’s .30-30 to kill a 4 X 4 bull elk.  This was a life-changing event for Clint.  To somehow incorporate hunting and fishing into his life in a way that would make him a living became his dream.  Clint has sometimes worked 4 or 5 jobs to help support his wife and son, during the time that he is hunting and fishing. One of the many jobs was as a miner, but he gave that up after he was trapped 3,700 feet underground after a rock burst in a silver mine.   It gave him more resolve than ever to realize his true passion for being a fish and game guide.  Odd jobs and construction work are still getting him from one year to the next.   He has dreams of hunting elswhere in the US and in other countries.  His greatest dream is to become a guide.  Idaho, like many states, requires that guids undergo formal training and licensing.


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