Mules, Squirrels, Archery, Family: The Story of an Arkansas Renaissance Man

First Lite’s latest film features Clay Newcomb, an Arkansas resident with a talent pool ranging from fighting mules to running a bear hunting publication.

The hunting world often skews towards the West in terms of images and stories. In a refreshing twist, First Lite’s “Newcomb” sheds light on Northwest Arkansas, where a guy named Clay Newcomb calls the Ozarks home with his family.

This 11-minute film highlights some of the parts that make up the whole of Newcomb. From his beginnings with mules to his acquisition of Bear Hunting magazine, the story offers a light-hearted glimpse of a life complete, albeit specialized in squirrel hunting.

And it’s healthy. I like it, Really healthy. Newcomb’s dedication to family first is a compelling highlight of the short film.

Watch the feel-good short film above or on the First Lite YouTube channel.

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By Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is the editor of GearJunkie’s Hunt + Fish. She also serves as a board director for Orion the Hunters Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes fair hunting and ethical hunting across the country. A do-it-yourself hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and started hunting and fishing in her 30s. She has been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she began working on the television show MeatEater. She is an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and outdoorsy lover. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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