Tell us about yourself.
Hunting for Greatness is an Indigenous-inspired business where anyone can learn, ask questions, discuss, and get valuable content about being able to get out to enjoy the outdoors! Founded in 2021 by Pat Gatz, Hunting for Greatness has become a trusted resource for life-long knowledge from seasoned professionals, expert advice, experiences, and victories to inspire and help others grow on their hunting journey. As the traditions of hunting teeter on the bridge of extinction, Hunting for Greatness seeks to breathe new life into the sport to usher in a new hunting era rooted in tradition, heritage, and culture. Pat Gatz is a First Nation Algonquin Native passionate about contributing to the hunting community to ensure that every North American has the knowledge and confidence they need to become a proficient, safe hunter and live off the land like we were meant to be! “ HUNT TO LIVE, LIVE TO HUNT!” PAT GATZ - A.K.A. LITTLE EAGLE
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
"The Simple Hunting Guide: Beginners Quick Start Into The Sport With Ease - Tracking, Scouting, And Survival Skills" by Pat Gatz is a comprehensive hunting guide designed for beginners. This book covers essential hunter education, including how to acquire a hunting license, basic gear and survival equipment, and an overview of hunting weapons. It offers step-by-step instructions for small game hunting, along with tips and techniques. The guide aims to teach patience, respect, ethics, confidence, responsibility, and emotional control through hunting. It's suitable for those new to hunting, providing a thorough foundation in the skills necessary for success in the wilderness. For more details, you can view the book on Amazon: The Simple Hunting Guide.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
THIS IS HUNTING! This is HUNTING! It will break you! Days may stretch into months, even years, without a glimpse of life or the echoing shot of a huntress/hunter's aim. Choosing to let animals pass, with the aspiration that others will do the same, nurturing their growth and managing lands. The huntress/hunter's journey entails both successful hits and inevitable misses. This is HUNTING! You will see garbage in the bush and do not think twice to clean up after those who disrespect nature. You may wound something one day, and it will break your heart! You will be taking a life to provide food to your family. Hunting adds depth to the profound experiences encountered in the pursuit of sustenance. This is HUNTING! It will teach you life lessons. You will learn patience. One more minute can make all the difference in the world! You will learn determination...the weather changes anyway, the wind changes direction, and you still persevere long hours of punishment! You will learn patience and determination. This is HUNTING! It will inspire you to Hunt for greatness! You will see wildlife in its natural habitat, and your heart will swell. The beauty of dawn will humble you. You will learn the feeling of being the prey and also the predator! You will see things from a different perspective. You will communicate with other living creatures. This is HUNTING! It will make you vulnerable. You will make mistakes just learn from them. You will face your worst enemy………YOURSELF! You will have to walk through the dark, blinded by total darkness and navigate by listening to every sound! This is HUNTING! You will find your true self! You will learn patience, passion, strength, and courage! Discover independence, determination, heartache, empathy, silence, and peace! All living things are connected! This is HUNTING! You will be faced with ignorance from the activist's viewpoint that labels hunting as evil because we prefer to ethically hunt and harvest our food for our families instead of paying someone to raise it and kill it unethically for them, which, in their minds, is acceptable! This is HUNTING! It is where you will learn the most valuable lessons about life. It is where you will make your best memories. It is where you will find life’s true meaning. It is where you will lose and find your soul. This is what hunting means to me! Chief Little Eagle First Nation Algonquin Native is proud of my Indigenous heritage and culture! Live the only way, the right way, THE NATIVE WAYS! “ HUNT TO LIVE, LIVE TO HUNT!” Chief Pat Gatz A.K.A. Little Eagle
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up! Share with the world you view! Live life to the fullest, and life is short so do everything healthy for the soul for the time you have!
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I want to spread my native heritage & culture to the world to show you all who we are!
What are you working on now?
I am working on a childrens book called," Dreamy the Dream Warrior and Monz the Moose with my 9 year old daughter.
What is your favorite method for promoting your work?
Online social platforms through posts & videos.
What's next for you as a writer?
Keep writting! Nothing more!
How well do you work under pressure?