Saturday, September 2, 2017

How It All Started

Until last June, barely anyone outside of my home state of Alabama knew who Hannah Barron was. From the time I could walk, I've been in the woods following my dad around. I began skinning and boning out deer by myself before the age of 10. I killed my first deer when I was eight years old; it was a seven point buck. I used a Zebco 33 to catch my first bream as a toddler. I learned how to use a bait caster shortly after. I never thought anything about it because it was the way I was raised, and it was a lifestyle that was as natural to me as breathing. It still is.

Five years ago, the local game warden moved in next door. When I say next door, I mean several miles away from my rural home. My family lives a mile off an unpaved road, so we don't have neighbors in the traditional sense of the word. My dad owns a saw mill. Brad Gavins, the county game warden and our new neighbor, asked him to cut up some logs for him. A friendship was struck between the two, and Brad offered to take us noodling. Although it was something we'd never tried, it fit perfectly into the lifestyle we already live. 

For those of you who don't know, noodling, also known as handfishing or grappling, is catching catfish with just your hands (no rod, no reel).

After a few trips with Brad, we were hung. It became a sport as important to us during the summer as deer hunting was during the winter.

Last year, my cousin Ryan Sanders recorded me catching a 30 pound flathead catfish. I posted it on Facebook and Instagram. To my surprise, this video went viral reaching over 25 million views in the first week. 

My social media grew to numbers that are still amazing me. This week I broke 100,000 followers on Instagram. 
People ask me how I got to where I am with my social media, and the best I can tell them is to be themselves. My followers like me because I'm real. I don't do any of this for the attention. I do it because it's a part of my life that I will never give up. It's my passion, and there's nothing else I would rather do. Hunting, fishing, and even noodling are in my blood. The fact that I'm in a position to help those who want to get started in the sport is just a bonus. Thank you all for your amazing support! 

12 comments:

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  2. Sounds like a great life and many adventures the outdoors is the best​ place the raise kids up in my father did the same thing minus catching huge catfish with my hand which I hope to do one day... Curtis from Michigan

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  3. Keep it up Hannah, do what you love, love what you do & be you doing it. I think that about sums it up.

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  4. That is so amazing to finally hear your story , I can relate to it a lot haha, you keep on doing what your doing , you are a true country girl . that a lot of this generation now days could learn a bunch from. Like hard work and being true. I really enjoy following you on Facebook and Instagram . love seeing all the fishing and hunting posts and post of you and your dad working. Its awesome. Keep it up ,

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  5. Being a fat dumb city dweller, I have done very little of what you or your daddy have done. Doubt I even could! But your lifestyle looks to be very fulfilling and I for one am jealous. Keep up the posting. We all love y'all! Lol

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  6. Awesome Hannah I love this you and y9ur family are so amazing and do so much good for all the outdoors men and women out there

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  7. Doing what you love keeps you young, happy and free. Don't stop having the time of your life.

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  8. Loved your story. I'm proud you're from Bama also. You grew up much the same way as I did.

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  9. Thanks for the story. I like to see your and your Dad's videos. Being from a rural town in Northern Vermont it's great seeing you guys living the way you want to.

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  10. Keep up the positive image. We need more young ladies like you too share the outdoors in a positive light!!!!

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