have met very few people in my lifetime that can honestly say that they
absolutely love their job and they cannot imagine doing anything else for a
living. Lightning would have to strike for most people to make a living doing
something that they are completely passionate about.
Nate Hosie, lightning struck twice. Nate was born and raised in the mountains
of Pennsylvania. He would tag along on bird hunts with his father and
grandfather at the tender age of six years old. As Nate grew, so did his
reputation as a skilled hunter among the locals. It was not long before he
landed a spot field staffing for Hunter Specialties followed by a spot as a
co-host on HeadHuntersTV that airs on the Outdoor Channel.
struck for Nate a second time with his country music career, taking Nashville
by storm with such hits as The America I know, The Woods and Rocked All
of Nate’s success has not been without obstacles and tragedy. But it is those
events that fuel his passion and desire. His roots are deeply entrenched in
music and the outdoors but, through it all, Nate Hosie has found a way to make
it all work. But for now, Nate Hosie is living his best life and living out his
You know Nate, it's funny, I hunt and
guide 20 minutes from where you live.
I was just looking through my trail
cam pictures to see if I have any photos of you on my hunting lease.
Yeah, I have been sneaking around your
It’s crazy what a small world it is. But I’d say that this is a good
part of the country to be hunting. There are some very scenic areas to hunt
around here in North East, PA.
I grew up hunting just across the
border on the New York side. I've always hunted literally twenty minutes to
half-hour from where you live. That’s where I have hunted my whole life.
It is beautiful over here. It was
the same for me. I have spent a lot of my time while growing up going just
across the border to New York to hunting as well.
A lot of people in this business ask
me, “Hey man, how’s turkey hunting in New York?” And they look at you with that
look, “New York??”
Everybody often thinks of the NY City,
they do not have a clue how beautiful most of New York State is. In upstate New
York, the hunting can be really good in certain areas.
New York does offer a little bit of
everything. We have the city, we have beautiful beaches, we have picturesque
But I can't wait to get out of here.
I am ready to make a change and leave NY.
Exactly. New York is a good place to
visit and then get out.
I did a little background research on
you. You started hunting at five years old?
Yes. When I was five years old, my
mom and dad had bought me an Orvis cap gun. They used to make a side-by-side
My dad owned a printing business.
And my grandfather, in his town of Jessup, where he lived, he was called the
grouse king. They were all big-time bird hunters and whitetail hunters. Their generation
was a huge hunting generation. That was on my mom's side.
My dad didn't really grow up hunting.
He had some business partners that would get together on the weekends. They
would get bird dogs and go release pheasants and hunt pheasants, grouse and
woodcock and just worked with the bird dogs.
When I was five years old, my dad
and my grandpa started taking me over there and let me see the dog’s work. Of
course, I had my Orvis cap gun. I would be busting caps on anything that took
To this day, my dad would always say
to me that there would be 10 to 12 inches of snow back then. We used to get
some heavy winters. I can remember looking forward to Saturday morning going to
Jordan’s Diner first thing in the morning. Then we would make our way into the
I had to work the bird dogs. I was
hooked right from the start at five years old. I would walk with them and be
with them every weekend. As I got older, my grandpa started to take me
whitetail hunting. Obviously, I was hooked on that. There is a huge tradition
of whitetail hunting here in Pennsylvania. So, I was hooked on whitetail.
Chris: It’s like a national holiday.
That's right. When schools are
closed, everything shuts down for deer season. You are brought up in a state
that has a strong hunting heritage that I'm proud very of. Then once I got a
little bit older around 12 and 13 years old when I could start really hunting
legally, I got hooked on turkey hunting. I started out in the fall turkey
season. I went with a buddy. And I thought, “Man, that is pretty cool.”
I’d taken my first turkey. I started
going with my neighbors, Bob and Butch. And they are some country-certified
hunters and killers. Man, they’re great woodsmen.
Once I was introduced to spring
turkey hunting in that conversation that was going on with the turkey, I was
hooked right from the start. I couldn’t believe how much I loved that
conversation, talking to a turkey. So, it had become really an obsession.
I loved all things hunting, but
really yelping to a turkey had become something that I really was just hooked
on. So yeah, from a young age, whether it was walking bird dogs, yelping at a
turkey, or chasing whitetails, I was hooked.
Chris: There is something about turkey
hunting that you either get or you don't. If you do get it, it's in your blood.
Nate: Yes, there's no doubt. I like the
idea of being offensive with it. A lot of times with deer hunting, not that you
can't make moves and set stands and do things like that to be offensive. But a
lot of times you're sitting, you are waiting. You are being on the defense
until one rolls up in there.
With turkey hunting, it is more
like, “Hey, he’s got one in there. Let's go get him.” You know what I'm saying?
I like that offensive move of turkey hunting.
Chris: What is it about hunting that just
Nate: I think when I was younger, it was
the ability to be out there with my dad and my grandpa and to be part of the
crew and the camaraderie. I think as I've gotten older, it's even more about
that to me.
Hunting to me has never been about
killing. You know what I mean? It's been about everything outside of that. Now,
killing is part of it. We respectfully hunt animals. And we feed our families
and things like that. However, it's always been about the atmosphere for me.
When I got into the music scene and I started putting out this Woods album, the first song we ever wrote
for it was called Why I Hunt. And it
had to do with everything outside of killing anything.
If the only reason you hunt is to
kill, I think you're missing the point of what it is to be out there. It is to
appreciate those moments. To appreciate God's creation. I respect the animals
that we chase and to really just be a conservationist.
That was something that was
instilled in me from a young age. Like I said, no doubt when I was young and
today, I love to punch a tag. Don't take that the wrong way. I love punching a
tag. But it wasn't about that.
I go out in the woods even when the
season’s out and just enjoy walking in the woods. I just love the trees and the
birds and the smells of being out there, the entire atmosphere that the woods
bring. I just think it's an incredible place of peace.
Watching the woods come alive and
then afterwards going back to camp, hanging out with the crew. It's a bonding
Nate: It sure is. There's no doubt.
If you had a choice between music and
hunting, what would it be?
Nate: Well, obviously, the first choice
is going to still do both. If I had to choose one or the other, it's always
hunting. It is like music found me, in a way. I went through a very difficult
time in my life.
I was going deer hunting with some
friends. My buddy lost control of his truck, and we hit a tree. I broke my
neck, and I was in a halo for months. It was a long recovery time.
In the 10 months following that, we
lost one of my younger sisters, Marla, who was killed in a car accident when a
guy ran a stop sign in our town. He ran into my mom and my grandma and my
I went through a really difficult
time there internally struggling to find peace and struggling to find reason
and struggling to find so many different things. The woods were always my
I would go out in the woods, and I
would cry it out or I’d pray out there or I would do whatever. That was where I
went to get off my chest what I needed to and to get the relief I needed, too.
The day before she was killed, she
had played on my guitar that I got when I broke my neck. I was like, “Oh man,
I’m going to learn to play guitar because I can’t do anything else right now.”
I tried that for about 30 seconds. I
was like, “Man, this is never going to happen.” The day before she was killed,
she played the intro to Down on the
Corner, that da, da- da, da, da-da, da. It wasn't good. But it was enough
to where I was like, “Man, how do you know how to play that?”
She’s like, “Oh, my friend Tommy
taught me.” Following losing her, I remember one day I was looking at that
guitar. Matter of fact, I could see it there. And I could just see her. I could
feel her. I could remember that. And I was like, “You know what, I'm going to
learn how to play it.”
was a roofer in high school. I got into a huge cover band in college and I
realized that I’d much rather play music in a cover band in college then be a
roofer. So, I played music.
Chris: Can’t say I blame you.
Nate: That’s right. We developed this crazy following and played
at all kinds of shows. Since those days, as we sit here today, I've stood on
stages and opened for artists and performed at places and put out music and
made incredible friendships with artists that I could have never dreamed of in
my wildest dreams.
I've taken from that is sometimes in the worst moments of your life, you find
what's supposed to happen. Like I said, if I had to pick, I'm going hunting.
But I also have a special place for music because I feel like music found me in
a really tough time. It was my outlet that pulled me out a little bit in
addition to the woods and the outdoors.
Nate, you're obviously very
Nate: Oh, a hundred percent. Yeah, my faith is strong. I thank
Jesus every day for all that I have, just for my life in general and my wife
and my boys and the opportunities we have, just to live here in the USA. We're
all blessed to live here in the USA.
know we're in some turbulent times, and there's often chaos. But we are
fortunate and blessed to wake up every day in this country and walk to the
coffee pot, if you drink coffee, or go grab your water, whatever it is that you
are blessed to do it and live in a country with so many brave men and women
that give us that ability and keep us free within our military and law
enforcement and first responders, all of that. Yeah, so I'm a spiritual guy.
Chris: I believe in this, but I know the passing of your sister was
a very difficult time. Do you feel her guiding your career as far as your
hunting career, your music career?
Nate: I do. On the hunting side of things, she never hunted. I
grew up with three other sisters. Marla was our sister who we lost. And I have
two other sisters, Molly and Emily. I feel like she's guided our lives
indirectly in all different ways.
there, and she's our inspiration because in such a tragic event, you learn the
value of time. No matter what it is that you try to be in your life, whether
it's hunting or music or athletics or podcasts, whatever it is that you do,
anything, value your time.
your time wisely, celebrate the good times, celebrate the good moments, celebrate
people's successes, whether it's your own or others. Because the one thing you
learn in tragedy is how fast everything can change.
think that the scariest thing for me was one minute, I'm standing on the porch
with my now wife. She was my girlfriend at the time. And she's getting ready to
go to Mexico on a mission’s trip. We hear the ambulances roaring through town,
and we pray for whoever that is.
later, my younger sister is screaming and crying and telling me there's been a
horrible accident. And in that moment, understanding how fast everything changes
and it changed me forever.
It's not that I was a heathen
growing up or anything like that or this bad person. It's not anything like
that. But I just value time so much differently because I'm horrified at how
fast it can be taken. You know what I'm saying?
Chris: Oh, absolutely.
Nate: So, I’ve learned to celebrate positivity. When you wake up,
you are positive. You look for the good. It doesn't mean you don't get
stressed. Of course not. But it means you choose to beat it.
You choose to say, “Hey, I'm going
to look at the glass half full no matter what because I know what the other
side of the glass is.” You know what I mean? I've been there.
I often tell people, they're like,
“Oh, Hosie's always positive.” Or this or that. It's like, “Well, it's not
because I've just walked the road of perfection It is just that I know the
darkness. I've been there. I know the heartache. I know it hurts. I know I'll
be let down.”
chose a long time ago to rise up over all of that. And that's what I try to do.
And no easier way to do it than through something you love, music and hunting
and my family and friends and all that.
Chris: Through tragedy and adversity,
there's two roads you could take.
Nate: That's right. She would want us to bring something good from
it, I try every day to do that.
Chris: What have you gotten out of
Well, hunting for me like I said,
from a young age, it has instilled so much into me. It has helped me understand
so much connection to God, connection to the animals we chase, connection to
It has given me such respect and
appreciation for just the outdoors, for just the peace of going out there. My
greatest hunts are taking place now. I like being able to share the woods with
my little boy, Cruze.
He took his first buck this year,
his first doe, his first turkey. And any of the hunts that I've been blessed to
be a part of, nothing beats being out there with Cruze or with Tiffany or with
Nash, with my family, and being able to share that heritage and being able to
see them smiling when they see deer come out.
Again, it's not about punching tags.
It’s just watching deer, hearing turkeys gobble, whatever it may be, and seeing
the excitement on their face. I don't know where my life would be without
hunting in the outdoors. I really don't because it's such a crucial part of
every one of my days.
Chris: It's a part of who you are. It's not
something we do.
Nate: Yes. In my song, Why I Hunt, the chorus is, “It's the way the good Lord speaks through the breeze
and the trees when I'm sitting in the white oak stand. I do it because it's in
my blood. It's just a part of who I am.” And that's the truth. It's in my
blood. It's just who I am.
Who are your hunting heroes? Who
Nate: I think that a lot of the guys that
took time to take me hunting while I was growing up; my dad, my grandpa, Bob,
Butch, my buddy, Jeff, a lot of my friends, really.
I pay attention to a lot of the way
that my friends hunt -older guys, younger guys. But within the hunting
business, there are so many too that have inspired me along the way that I can
now call great friends; Jim Shockey, Michael Waddell, David Glenn, Bill Jordan,
Eddie Salter, so many of these people.
Keep in mind, there's too many that
I couldn’t even name that I look up to in the outdoor space. Those are just a
few, but I see the good in everybody. I watch people, and I look for
inspiration every day and all. “Man, I like the way he does that.” Or, “I like
the way she does that.”
There's a lot of great women on the
Outdoors Channel as well; Melissa Bachman, Eva Shockey, Tiffany Lakosky, and
Nicole. So many women who are inspiring. And I take inspiration from a lot that
they do, too.
got a lot of hunting heroes because I love the sport so much that when I watch
somebody hunt who I know loves it like I do, even like my buddies, Hunter
Wallace, Phillip Culpepper, I relate to all these people because they love it
like I do. My boy, Randy Birdsong, co-host in HeadHunters and scooba.
look at every one of these people as inspiration in the outdoor space because
we all love it. We all grew up doing it. So, I have a lot of heroes. But if I
had to pick my number one, I'd have to say my grandpa.
My grandpa took me out with my dad.
He took me for my first whitetail, and we spent time sitting there at the tree eating
coconut cream pies. I'd eat mine and his by the time it was 9 AM.
miss him every day that I'm out in the woods, but I know he's watching down
from the best seat in the house. So that'd be my number one just because he
really instilled it in me from a young age.
We certainly have an inviting
industry where people are always willing to help. Whether you are on the
professional side or you are a casual hunter, everybody's always looking to
A hundred percent. Oh, another one
that I forgot to mention. I don't know how I forgot, Ted Nugent. Nugent was a
hunting hero of mine, an absolute rock and roll legend. I had the opportunity
to open up for him years ago in Ohio. And that was one of the coolest moments
of my life.
He is such a force for hunters and a
voice for the good of conservation and hunting. That dude, I cannot say enough
about him. Uncle Ted is a legend.
I've seen Uncle Ted a number of
times in concert, and he's been on the cover of American Outdoor News as well.
Nate: I remember my dad came with me, and I opened up for him.
Ted's up there playing. And he gives a shout-out, “Thanks, Nate, for being
here.” And all that stuff.
My dad's like, “The craziest part of
that for me is that your mom and I went to see him 30 years ago.” And he's
like, “And now I'm sitting here listening to him tell my son, ‘Thanks for being
a part of the show.’” It’s just wild to him. You know what I mean?
Chris: Yes, absolutely. Your music
influences, are they all country?
Nate: No. As a matter of fact, honestly,
growing up, I was a lot more rock-based than I was country per se. I grew up
listening to a lot of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, The Black Crowes, Guns N’
Roses, Mötley Crüe,
Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty. But in the nineties, I really got into nineties
country music like Rhett Akins.
Now I got to be really good friends
with him and hunting buddies. So that nineties country really connected to me.
I still love nineties country music a lot. As I become more into music,
Nashville has a really cool connection between rock and country. I still have
that rock influence behind a lot of the music that I write. You know what I
the sprinkler country, I really have a lot of respect for the classic country
feel, the music. And I think that's what my favorite thing about music is.
Going to Nashville is the grassroots sound of things in creating something.
I wouldn't consider myself a great
musician. I think music came in at a good time. Or a great singer. But I have
the ability to be out amongst incredible musicians and great singers and
artists and producers that can take something that I write that they may think
is good and then make it 10 times better because of their insane talent,
whether it be through playing or producing or helping vocally as to where I
want to go.
would say I was more rock-based but also obviously, strong country-based.
Lyrically, when I'm writing music, my lifestyle is where we live. Montdale is
just a small little town in the country, and it's just where I live. But I
don't mind having a distorted guitar on there every now and then. You know what
Chris: Well, country music certainly changed a lot from, “My wife
left me, took my truck and my dog.” to where it is today.
Nate: Yeah, exactly. Well, it’s like they really need to do
something with the country, how they did with rock. They had soft rock,
easy-listening rock. They had all these different genres. And really country's
done that. But they just haven't really done country pop per se. It's still considered
a country. There's just so many branches to it now.
I'm not one of those guys. I'm not a
hater. I could appreciate anybody who gets out there and gives it their best,
no matter what it is. If it's something I like, I dig it. If it's not, hey, I still
respect you for getting out there and doing your thing. It takes all kinds in
Chris: HeadHunters TV,
how'd that happen?
That's a really cool story. We were
actually just talking about this the other day, Randy and I. As I said earlier,
he just loves it. He's ate up with hunting, one of the best hunters I've ever
been able to share the woods with and just a great person and Scuba and our
team who we had for a while and all the freelancers that we work with.
Years ago, I was working for Hunter Specialties. I was working as a
producer and cameraman, and Randy was working for Whitetail Freaks at the time. He and I didn't know each other. I
knew of him because I had seen a lot of the
Whitetail Freaks productions and a big fan of Don and Kandi.
One day at the Pennsylvania sports
show, I was just running a hen's wheel. There was a turkey call, and I forgot
what he said. But he popped off something, and I popped something back smart to
him. And we just became buddies.
Every show that year, we'd run into
one another or go out and have dinner somewhere with a bunch of friends and
socialize. And he had told me he had this idea for this show, HeadHunters TV. And at the time, I was
just going to help out with the production side of things, do some camera work,
and things like that.
As we spent more time together and
I'd be around him more, he's like, “Man, what do you think about potentially
being a personality on the show?” And I was like, “It's your call, man.” You
know what I mean? “It's your call. Do what you want to do.”
Obviously, I had been honored. One
thing led to another, and he gave me a shot at it. And here we are 13 years
later with an incredible show, a great fan base. I can't think of a better way
to make a living promoting hunting in the outdoors in a positive light.
Well, that seems to be the roadmap
to greatness. Lee and Tiffany started the same way. Michael Waddell started the
same way running the camera, guest appearances. And now they’re megastars.
Yeah, and I think the cool thing
about running a camera from being on the producer side is whether you're a
producer, whether you’re in front of the camera, or an on-camera personality in
any way, being a producer and being behind the camera, I think it only helps
somebody who gets out in front of the camera understand because as a deer's
coming or a turkey or whatever it is that you're hunting, elk, moose, whatever,
when I'm communicating, Scooba films me at times.
We've been a part of some amazing
hunts. He is my man. He's like my right-hand man in all that we do. And we have
such a great connection not only in our friendship. But we're sitting there,
and we're working a turkey or have a deer coming or an elk.
Communication is always key, and I
can almost visualize what he's seeing to an extent. You know what I mean?
Because I've been there, I've been behind that camera.
Now, granted, Scooba is a much, much
more advanced producer than I ever was. But I could still understand through
the lens if he's saying, “Hey man, no, I don't have him. There's no shot.” It's
up to him. He's the boss. You know what I'm saying?
I do think running a camera and
being a producer helps in a lot of ways, especially in the television world. If
you do become an on-camera personality at some point, knowing how to run a
camera is a great thing to know how to do especially now.
I film all my family stuff, my
little boys and my wife. And I have just as much fun running a camera as I do when
I am in front of it.
Chris: On HeadHunters TV, you have this
distinct face paint.
Nate: Yeah. It's funny. The face paint
started out and still, to a certain extent, today is a bullseye. It's a
bullseye for the haters, but I love it.
When we went through all of that
tragedy and stuff, I thought to myself, “How could I give my sister a little
love without…” It's obviously a super sad story, so I don't want to be a downer
in any way. But, “What's a little tribute I can give to her in what I do, as I
go for this dream that I've had?”
I painted my face, and I started
messing around. I came down, and I was like, “What if I mimicked the letter M?”
Obviously, it's not an actual M. It's not obvious. But it comes down my face,
it comes down my nose, and then it comes down the other side.
People are like, “Oh, who does he
think he is, Batman? Who is he? KISS? In the beginning, it was just like, “Oh
gosh.” You didn't want to read any comments. But all these years later, man,
I'm so thankful for something as simple as face paint because you have kids
going as me for Halloween.
You have adults, you have men,
women. They're going out hunting. They're tagging me, “I'm painted up like
Hosie tonight.” I'm not the first one to do it, by any means. All I did was
simply take something that's been done and just make it something that was
symbolic to me.
The idea of it not being obvious,
well, she's not obviously here either. But I feel her all the time. She's still
there. And to see a positive reaction to that, me and my buddy Culpepper, it's
still a fight all the time.
call him Phillips paintless platoon because it's always back and forth, “Man,
no, there's no face paint on my show.” It's all in good fun. But it's got a
cool little meaning, a simple meaning behind it.
The fact that Culpeper alone doesn't
like it, I'll be painting until I'm a hundred. Just because even though now
sometimes I'm like, “Oh gosh, I got to paint. It's 95 out in Texas.” But it's
really become a pretty cool little positive identity, if you want to call it.
People have really taken to it and recognized it. And it's been really fun.
Like I said, “I'm not a villain. I'm
a nice guy.” People are like, “ Oh, who does this guy think he is?”
Chris: It's like putting on a uniform.
Nate: That's right. It's all in good fun,
Chris: What can we expect from HeadHunters
Nate: With HeadHunters, we've got a great season coming. It will air on the
Outdoor Channel at the end of June Thursday nights, and we air five times a
week. I have to look at the new air times but Thursday night. I think either
8:00 or 8:30 is our prime.
have a great season coming. We were insanely blessed last year with an amazing
season. As we move into this season, we are going to hunt hard and try to bring
the best, most positive outdoor TV show we can to everybody.
I have a bunch of new music coming
this year. I've got a bunch of concerts that I'll be playing throughout the
year. So, we are just going to keep on, man. We are going to be out there
celebrating the good Lord, all our blessings, and celebrating the USA
everywhere we go and thanking God for all the blessings of our families and
safety and all the people who support us.
Chris: Is it going to be all North America, or do you have any
destination hunts in mind?
Right now, it is all North America
leading into this season. But I definitely have some talks about some bigger
things coming down the pipe, not this coming season but the following.
Chris: Do you arrange your touring around hunting season?
Nate: Correct. Yeah, hunting comes first.
But if I can play a show here and there, I'm in.
Where can we find HeadHunter TV, and where can we find you
is on the Outdoor Channel. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, or
anything like that under HeadHunters TV. We are also on MyOutdoorTV.
far as myself personally, you can follow my personal accounts, Nate Hosie on
Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. And my music is available on iTunes, Spotify,
all the bigger platforms for music. That's where you can find us, and we look
forward to anybody who wants to join the crew and come along for the journey.
We would love to have them.
Do you miss being able to walk into
a store and buy an album?
Oh, I do. I miss the simplicity of a
lot of things. There's a lot of good that comes from technology and a lot of
bad at the same time, you know what I mean?
The double-edged sword. It's a
Absolutely. Well, I appreciate you
Yeah, thank you so much.
We will follow you on social media,
and we look forward to the upcoming season.