Today I had a phone conversation with Bob Hansler—the popular YouTube Survival Expert.
I don’t know Bob’s politics, I never mentioned mine, and the subject never came up.
Here’s Bob’s public Bio:
Expert in Bushcraft, Wilderness Survival, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Primitive Skills as well as a certified shooting instructor. Bobs former life as a Biologist, and Teacher aids him in his understanding of the natural world around him, as well as the animal kingdom and its inner workings. Bob is an experienced Horseman, Farrier, Blacksmith, as well as a Leather worker. Bob has been a lifetime advocate of Boy Scouts, and an Eagle Scout himself….
For more information and to follow Bob on his adventures in the wilds of Texas, visit his youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/horsebackbob
I didn’t interview Bob or take notes. We just talked a bit. He’s quite philosophical. He’s engaging, experienced in Living, and rather brilliant.
Bob Hansler is my favorite YouTube person. He hosts a wilderness survival channel where I learned to forage food in the wild; and to catch, clean, and cook fish, snakes, mammals, insects, and other wild bushcraft skills.
I think almost everybody wants to know how to survive in the wilderness, and how to do what Bob does. For me Bob is the best and most sincere on this topic.
I’ve seen Bob Hansler copied and emulated by other popular YouTube personalities—as in his presentation on poison ivy, and on even Bear Grylls.
Bob is funny. I saw him wrestle and pin a giant, armored gar fish. He had this monster pinned to the ground but it kept fighting. Clinging in a hug to the giant fish and pinning it, Bob coolly remarked, “I love my gar.”
It was funny
Bob’s videos consist basically of him getting right into the thick of whatever he’s explaining or demonstrating. This can take place deep inside his own, “Lost World,” Texas property—in summer or winter.
The point is, Bob Hansler demonstrates and teaches by actually doing it—by doing the thing itself.
So, if the topic is—say—making fish-traps, Bob Hansler will be right there, wet to the bone, down in the mud of his own creek, intensely showing how to make a fish-trap. He is dedicated and tireless. That’s just how he is. It comes across.
Or he could be skinning a rattle snake, building a Paiute deadfall trap, cooking up a mess of craw-dads, trapping packrats to be relocated, or foraging for edible vegetables and plants. He’s very straightforward and sincere.
Part of Bob Hansler’s online charm is his sincere intensity. His interest in the topic, and his confidence in his training. He makes it all look effortless, as if he has been doing it for a lifetime. And—kids—he really has been doing it for a lifetime
Bob Hansler is deep, compassionate, and educated. He can talk tree-grubs or mitochondria. Snake skins or DNA. He holds Nature sacred. He seeks to share his knowledge to help build a better world.
And he holds quietly within himself a feeling of Wonder at what drives it all. What might turn the great wheel of Nature from beginning to ending.
When you’re watching Bob Hansler on YouTube, you’re not just seeing some simple farm-boy. You’re in the presence of a working intellect focused on teaching you, but in awe of what he is teaching.
A popular inhabitant of Bob Hansler’s wild world is “Huck The Inscrutable”—the most laid-back, tail-less dog you have ever seen. Huck is in charge of security, taste-testing Bob’s cooking, and critiquing the action.
Bob is also occasionally joined by his college-age daughter, Bre, who assists, who sometimes hosts her own survival channel, and who has watched over him in the past.
A few years ago Bob Hansler had suffered two debilitating retina detachments. He had completely lost all use of his right eye, and was considered blind in his left eye.
Bob’s blindness at the time was tragically revealed in a video when it suddenly became apparent he could not actually see Huck, who was right in front of him.
I am happy to report, however, that, now years later, Bob Hansler can see again and is back on the job, making important videos here in New Mexico and preparing to re-take on the world.
Bob Hansler has a genuine interest in his Viewers; he has a love of Planet Earth, and he produces wondrous videos. Bob Hansler declares that despite severe rigors of production, he can never quit any of this; he can never give up; and that he will always keep doing what he loves, no matter what.
I am looking forward to Bob’s important, next videos, to his homespun wit, and his wilderness wisdoms.
Best Wishes—to Bob Hansler and Family. Keep moving