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Proving Grounds: Weatherby’s Ode to Hunting

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Adam Weatherby tests his new cartridge and himself in Canada’s untamed North Country. He finds a life changing moment in the process.

Adam Weatherby, the grandson of Roy Weatherby, goes on an epic, life changing hunt wherein he finds more than he had hoped for. He went to test himself and the new cartridge he developed, the 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum. He ends up doing that and more.

In this film Weatherby waxes poetic about the land, the animals, the test to his body and mind, and God’s creation. It is one of the more beautiful short films we’ve seen in some time.

As Weatherby climbed the mountains, searched for animals, and endured the elements, he also came to realize that he was not quite ready to shoot the caribou that first presented itself. He had more to experience, more of the journey to walk.

“A trophy is much more than an animal,” he said. “For me, it’s not just the arrival of a bullet that defines a trophy. But the journey I took to get it there.”

He settles into the hunt, and finds his center, so to speak. Now he’s ready.

“While God is always present in my life, it was here, looking over some of His most beautiful creation that I felt a closeness fill the silence that was so rare in our modern lives. It was peace, with a purpose,” Weatherby says. “My senses were heightened. My heart was full. The hunt was underway. But though I glassed for hours, it was not through optics that I found a way to see.”

The cartridge performed beautifully. It dropped the big caribou bull in its tracks. Then, later it did the same on a gorgeous bighorn ram. That part of the test had proved successful. The other part, the personal part, also completed, offered time for contemplation.

“We have moments in our lives that define us. This was one of those for me. The world around us disappeared, and there was nothing but me, and the ram,” Weatherby reflects. “Much more than the horns and the meat he carried, I finally recognized that this was my destination.”

A final tip of the hat to His creation:

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game.
-Psalms 65 and 76

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Proving Grounds: Weatherby’s Ode to Hunting