The Great American Tracker

When Josh Hyde looks to the future, he's facing west.

STORY BY NICK TAYLOR | IMAGES BY PHILLIP HARDER

There is an age-old axiom that truly great hunters are born, not raised.  Perhaps it’s based on evolution.  Perhaps it’s something deeper.  If you arrive at a public game preserve on opening day and ask the individuals assembled what it is that sets the truly great hunters apart, they’ll quickly raise the issue of instinct.

“Instincts aren’t taught,” Josh Hyde recently told me.  “They are woven into your DNA - becoming part of you even before your heart and lungs are formed.”

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