Tyler Farr was first exposed to the life of a musician when his stepfather, a guitar player for George Jones, took him on the road with the band. But his second love in life is hunting. He sat down for a Q&A with Field & Stream magazine where he talked about the upcoming hunting season, finding time to hunt on tour and his first hunting trip with his father.
“There was a Methodist church not far from my house, and my dad took me there for my first whitetail hunt,” he said. “I was 10 or 12 years old and we got there early, early in the morning for the opener of the youth season, and the folks at the church were serving biscuits and gravy and had a big breakfast for a bunch of old men and kids. Then everybody went out hunting, and it just happened to be about 20 degrees that day with a half foot of snow on the ground, and I ended up shooting my first deer. I was hooked from then on.”
While Tyler enjoys deer hunting, his busy tour schedule will keep him out of the woods most of this fall. His schedule will clear some this spring though, giving him the opportunity to turkey hunt, which is his favorite thing to do – besides play music, of course.
“I am 100% addicted to gobblers,” he said. “I got into turkey hunting later in life when I was in high school and one of my best friends just talked me into going out with him one day. I had no idea what I was doing, I just had a shotgun, and here come these turkeys gobbling and I thought, ‘What the heck is going on?’ It just took my breath away, I’d never experienced anything like it, and from that point on I was bound and determined to learn anything I could about hunting gobblers.”
Because of Tyler’s busy schedule, he has to seize opportunities where he can find them while out on the road.
“I just try to shoot and practice whenever I have a small window during the day or between shows,” he said. “I have some land around Nashville that I can escape to, but lately, it’s just for quick outings—things like three and four day hunts are much harder to come by.”