Gavin Pau
(@southern_leafer_official)

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I didn’t choose Hunting and Fishing, they chose me. I will always live for the call of the wild. Please DM me for permission for use of my content.

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Sunday’s were made for tailgating ✖️ ✖️ Now there’s something to be said for a warm bowl of chili, ice in my @yeti lowball and relaxing on the couch watching football 🏈- then again...my season isn’t over...Eric and I will grind till the bitter end (which is Jan.14) we both have buck tags burning holes in our pockets...we have to wear the orange 😐 this weekend but tonight’s action seems promising. A cold north wind is blowing...almost every stand we have is money on a north wind. Mother Nature is a savage...as bowhunters we will return the favor. #itsinmydna #ilovebowhunting #landoflincoln #uahunt #alwayslethal #nockon #relentless #tailgating #builtforthewild #livewildlivefree #built2hunt #bridgethegap #ridgereaperlife

Show me your two best bass!!! That’s what they say on the tour when you come correct to the scales!!! Found some quality on the homewaters, there’s nothing better than finding a spot within a spot. Loading the livewells with authority!!! #enigmafishing #bassfishingismyhustle #wired2fish #uafish #dowork #castcatchrepeat #limitof5 #fishthemoment #fishing #bassfishing

You guys know how much @built2hunt_co means to me. If you need a resource for supplementation, gear and an awesome online community of kindred souls - this is your place. People who love to train, love to hunt, who don’t give up - then join us. Furthermore-take advantage of the savings. They built it for you, they’re #built2hunt #ycctm #bridgethegap #trainyourmind #trainyourbody #earnednotgiven #saveyourself #repostapp

Whitetail Roller Coaster ✖️ ✖️ It feels like yesterday, the trail cameras gathering intel, hanging new sets with Eric @double_e_83 in the height of August. The anticipation of October, we can barely contain ourselves. November rolls in, we are hard pressed to make our travel and work schedules line up. The rut...we literally missed by days...and it hurt. That’s life...now it’s December...the end is coming but guess what...we are not done...endless season. Our best work has yet to come, I truly believe that. #ilovebowhunting #nockon #fbf #bowhunterslife #nevergiveup #uahunt #built2hunt #makethetime #partnerincrime #brotherinarms

#fbf ✖️ ✖️ @thisinnerninja - big brother and I - even then...the glacier was receding. We would return years later on a cycling trip, the glacier left a small pothole lake - somehow nature found a way to put native brook trout there...not sure how this happens...there’s only one inflow...from the glacier itself. Just a couple #albertaboys #clearlycanadian #bigbrother #qualityh2o #miafamilia #iceage #glacier #jaspernationalpark #alberta #backintheday

The search for quality ends in calamity ✖️ ✖️ Oh yes sports fans...I still have fishing on the brain 🧠- what’s your favorite technique. I like the jig...any kind of jig. Give me a heavy action flipping stick, a big nasty hook and watch the line go sideways...that’s when the fireworks start. #fishing #wired2fish #bassfishingismyhustle #thebite #canyoudigit #flippersdelight #derbylife #fishingislife #wootungsten #uafish #enigmafishing 📸 Credit: @mcdowell_kyle

Slow~Your~Roll ✖️ ✖️ Bass fishing...I can always talk Bass fishing...sometimes I think I should open my own tackle store...surrounded by the planets finest baits, rods and reels. Then again..I just like to fish. Winter time means you have to slow down, slow your roll, it’s painful but it can payoff big time and next thing you know you got a livewell full and headed to the scales early...heck might even order a pizza 🍕 while I wait. #bbs #enigmafishing #fishing #bassfishingismyhustle #wired2fish #strikekinglurecompany #uafish #castcatchrepeat #wootungsten #whatgetsyououtdoors #derbylife

Fish combat 101 - Hustle & Flow ✖️ ✖️ Simply put, I like Big Hooks, Heavy Line, Heavy Action Rods - and giving green fish dental 🦷 work. Get in the BOAT 🚣‍♀️!!!! #enigmafishing #puremagic #bassfishingismyhustle #wired2fish #repostapp #jigbite #dowork #uafish #wootungsten #5x3fishing

There is a tenseness and uncertainty ✖️ ✖️ 6x tippet - 4 wt @echoflyfishing solo series rod...things get sporty in a hurry. #fbf - With another gun season roaring through the land of lincoln this weekend...heading south to the ozark plateau of Missouri crossed my mind. Chucking dirty meat flies at hungry Rainbows in winter... #gowhereyoudontbelong #livewildlivefree #flyfishing #wadeforit #menditsoyoucanbendit #whatgetsyououtdoors #tnflyco #puremagic #doublehaul

What’s your weekend looking like??? After talking with my neighbor last night...our target buck “Bishop” headed east - he’s a drifter...has a huge core range and got picked up on cameras 7 miles east of us by another hunter. Lay low big boy...and come back to us! #ilovebowhunting #ridgereaperlife #uahunt #livewildlivefree #ieatdeer #nockon #refusetofollow #gowhereyoudontbelong #built2hunt #antlerdrunk #thepassionneverdies #bowhunterslife

They called her “Long Rifle” ✖️ ✖️ She’s one of the first IG feeds I decided to follow. Since then, I feel privileged to follow her adventures. Her hunting and foraging game is hella strong!!! @fishinghuntress Huntress - the title is well deserved. #repostapp #thepassionneverdies #hunting #fishing #foraging #freerange #hormonefree #venison #womanhunter #deadeye #whatgetsyououtdoors

Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they’re after... ✖️ ✖️ Henry David Thoreau ✖️ ✖️ I’ve got fishing on the brain 🧠... blessed to have good fishing so close to home...power plant lakes are money in the winter months...I have a boat in the garage...probably should get to work on this thing...stop making excuses...less excuses and more fishing. #tinman #boatproject #fishing #wired2fish #enigmafishing #uafish #thepassionneverdies #landoflincoln #whatgetsyououtdoors #bassfishing #fishingisacontactsport #wootungsten

Sometimes you just have to “pitch the tree” - you know what I’m talking about...that one stump on the homewaters...you just can’t help yourself...no matter what the conditions...you’re going to give it a full send. #flippersdelight #wootungsten #fishingisacontactsport #uafish #enigmafishing #territorialstump #derbylife #wired2fish #bassfishingismyhustle #fishing

@ethan_burham has been working on something special. He shared his thought process on his insta story and released @soulfood_outdoors into the digital world. Give it a follow...it’s gonna get sporty folks. #doit #doitnow #isitdonealready #independentproject

Monday has me looking back... ✖️ ✖️ I’m in shear mental exhaustion...Eric and I have targeted and hunted “Bishop” non stop since October 20th. We haven’t drawn our bows back since Oct. 16th - this is the part where people don’t want to admit...they’ve given up. This is where Eric and I are so alike...we stubborn like mules...this is why there’s Pope & Young Bucks on our walls. Don’t know how to quit, don’t know when to quit. I told Eric...it almost feels like Bowhunting is a job...everyday we’re off...meet up...boots on the ground...working together...problem solving...over and over again. We don’t get paid to hunt, we aren’t sponsored...it ain’t bout that, ain’t never ever been bout that. No matter where the Whitetail Roller Coaster Series takes us - we do it because we love it. We do it to preserve the memories and this lifestyle. #earnyourtrophy #thepassionneverdies #gatordontplay #landoflincoln #built2hunt #nockon #bowhunterslife #nevergiveup #ieatdeer #uahunt #ridgereaperlife #bowhunting #learntofilm #outdoorvideography #whitetailstrategies #viewfromyoursummit #livewildlivefree #keephammering @uahunt @built2hunt_co @double_e_83 @behindthestring @jaredknerr @shayne.edwards @bowtecharchery @huntingproductguru @whitetail_fit @bowhunting_fiend

Eyes on the prize...among hunters there’s a lot of debate on what we are our expectations are as hunters. Meat Hunters: simply put - it’s brown and it’s down. They provide for their family or they simply want to know where their protein came from. Fair enough - I’m good with that. Trophy Hunters: Probably the most vilified group among hunters these days. Stereotyped as those who cut the head off the animal, sitting on the animal while smoking a cigar getting their picture took. Most uneducated folks would accept this definition-there’s actually quite a few bowhunters that I know that accept this definition. My definition: I am a trophy hunter. I have honed my Bowhunting skills by shooting hundreds, if not thousands of arrows at home, on the road and during competition. Bowhunting effectively and being lethal requires a depth understanding of Archery. I pick a mature animal, single him out and begin the arduous process of deciphering his world. He is nature’s apex survivalist - the odds are clearly against me. I have years of failure on multiple deer to prove that. I’ve eaten plenty of tags, seasons without even drawing my bow back because of my expectations. I’m borderline obsessed when it comes to the process of locating, scouting, and killing a big whitetail. My inner circle of friends - think the same way. I pass on multiple chances to harvest a deer - to let them live, because I’m searching for the one.The meat harvested from a my trophy buck is cherished...nothing is wasted, but I’m being transparent - my family doesn’t require venison to survive. So if ask me, I will tell you I am trophy hunter. If you have read this far, then you will know that I earned those bucks on my wall and the meat in my belly. ✖️ ✖️ #built2hunt #thepassionneverdies #landoflincoln #transparent #behindthestring #idoitforme #whatgetsyououtdoors #earnyourtrophy #viewfromyoursummit

These Boots Were Made For Walking... ✖️ ✖️ Maybe it’s to trudge or wander...whatever it is - these @uahunt Gore-Tex boots are on their second full season. I’ve always hunted in rubber boots..it’s what most of us whitetail guys are used to. I’ll never go back...light-breathable-running shoe comfort all day...perfect for the rigors of a bowhunter. Heading to Government ground for a change of scenery. #built2hunt #landoflincoln #whitetailstrategies #uahunt #whatgetsyououtdoors #bowhunterslife #publicland #notallwhowanderarelost

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat it’s not your fault... ✖️ ✖️ Eric and I are at the midway point in our season. In seasons past the rigors of our bow season in Illinois is enough to make you throw caution to the wind (pardon the pun) and get lazy with scent control. I did just that on tonight’s hunt. I’ve been wearing @uahunt Extreme Wool Series and of you don’t dry these garments properly between hunts...you get this weird smelly cat pee smell....I kept getting whiffs of it in the tree. I tell you what...I’m thanking that stuff wind that almost blew me and @double_e_83 out of the tree. I wash my clothing in a clear soap, no color brightening, no fragrance. Dry according to the instructions and then everything - Base layers, @hecsstealthscreen suit, UA Extreme Wool Jacket and Pants, gloves, neck gaiter and even the @built2hunt_co lid go in the Scentmaster Tote for 30 mins. It has a charcoal mat in the bottom and it compresses air through the garments into the charcoal. The final step is an ozone bath and thus far...I can’t remember he last time I got winded. Tomorrow is going to be an all day sit...without smelly cat. #smellycat #uahunt #nockon #hecs #whatgetsyououtdoors #thepassionneverdies #bowhunterslife #landoflincoln #bowhunting #whitetailrollercoaster #built2hunt