Those who have hunted for a couple decades or more understand this; becoming an effective hunter hasn’t always been this easy. Some, like renowned predator hunter Les Johnson, devote much of their time and energy – both personally and professionally – doing whatever they can to help hunters shorten the learning curve. Often, that means sharing specific hunting techniques or tips, but for Johnson, it also includes a more-fundamental discussion of life’s overall challenges. “Appreciate the things that life teaches us, and we become better at anything we decide to do,” he says.
Widely recognized as one of the world’s top predator-hunting experts, Johnson began gaining notoriety in the late 1980’s as a competition coyote caller. “I wanted to be one of the best coyote callers in the world,” says Johnson, who went on to earn the Triple Crown Championship of coyote calling in 1999, becoming the first and only coyote caller to win all three major championships (Midwest, National and World Championships). What’s more, Johnson earned all three of these championships in the same year, securing his place in coyote-calling history.