Jason Aldean on His Life, Career, Music, and Hunting

Jason Aldean on His Life, Career, Music, and Hunting

Jason Aldean's day job is pretty noisy.


Aldean's life runs a mile a minute with screaming fans, his band, and everyone surrounding him — there's enough volume to make normal folks cover their ears.


But Aldean loves it all, so it's not often he wants to turn it off.

When he does, though, it's hunting that helps him find silence. There's no problem a treestand and some properly tuned archery equipment can't solve.


Aldean is most known for his music and his ability to entertain just about anyone willing to buy a ticket, but nowadays those in the hunting world also know him as one of those crazy-ass Buck Commanders. You know, the guys who paint their faces, go on TV, and kill (lots) of big deer.

On the heels of his becoming the face for Field & Stream stores, appearing in national commercials with his father, Barry, and helping to promote outdoor traditions, Petersen's Hunting sat down with Aldean to find out what's on the horizon, and why hunting helps drive his success on and off the stage.

Petersen's Hunting: We'll start with a softball. How'd you get into hunting?

Jason Aldean: Actually, my dad and my grandfather would come up to Georgia for about a week every Thanksgiving. When I was old enough to go along, they let me join in. Spending that time with them was just how I got started and why I loved it. Some years down the road my grandfather passed away, and I found myself hunting less. It just wasn't fun for me to go anymore. I didn't hunt for quite a while until I met some of the Buck Commander guys. With that crew I rediscovered how fun it was'¦being in deer camp, filming everything and just hanging out with a bunch of your buddies. I'd never really done it like that before. It sparked a whole new interest for me.

PH: You get a chance to work with a lot of brands. What does it mean to you to go all in with Field & Stream stores and what they stand for? 

JA: The history they have is huge. Field & Stream has been around forever. They've built their brand around family and, with me having kids of my own, I want to get them involved. Field & Stream stores have great products and do a great job of capturing why we go outdoors and I'm looking forward to being a part of the team over there. 

PH: Do you have any good stories from your Buck Commander hunts, or the crew in general?

JA: All of us on that show have different personalities, and bring different things to the table. We want it to be just like everyone else, you show up at hunting camp with your buddies and rag on each other and have fun. At the end of the day [in the Buck Commander crew] you love each other like brothers'¦but you do get pranks played all the time.

jason-aldean-interview-on-hunting-and-music

You have to have your head on a swivel. There's been a lot of that stuff. This year we got Luke [Bryan], made him think the Game Warden had a little something for him. We look forward to those times all years. We only have a few weeks we are all together. It's full throttle the whole hunt.

PH: Any good hunts coming up this fall? What's exciting for you?

JA: I actually plan my touring and concerts a lot of times around hunting season. Fall is a great time for it, too. We've been traveling all year and playing shows, so it's nice to decompress a little bit, look back at the year and reflect a little bit. The lifestyle we have is so fast-paced, crazy and hectic, so when I have a chance to get in a treestand it helps keep me sane. The peace and quiet do a lot of good. And every time a big buck walks out I get a feeling of adrenaline, every time.

PH: What's hunting mean to you? Is it just the peace it brings that gets you out there or is there more?

JA: To me it's about the shared stories, the camaraderie you have with your friends and, obviously, everything we go out and shoot we bring back and it feeds the camp. It's just a cool vibe and something great for me to be around.

PH: So we're going to hit you with some quick ones. Short answers, whatever comes to mind.

PH: What is the most badass hunting gun (or caliber) ever made?

JA: The gun that I used to kill my first deer. It was a side-by-side 16-gauge. It was an old gun that my dad had — it had a slug in it — I was sitting at the base of some tree and I shot a doe. I actually have that gun now, it's in the safe at home.

PH: Coolest car ever made?

JA: The Ford Raptor. Had that truck for a few years and actually sold it. Two or three weeks after I got rid of it I was kicking myself. Lucky enough for me Ford's coming out with a new Raptor this fall. I'm getting ready to trade 'er in for another one of those. That truck is mean. A lot of power.

PH: Describe what the typical Jason Aldean fan looks like in 2016.

JA: You look out at our crowd and you see a lot of different people. There's high school and college kids, both sexes, little kids and older folks, I really don't try to cater to one demographic or the other.

Jason-Aldean-interview

They work hard during the week and come to out to party and have a good time.

PH: What do you love most about the music you're making today?

JA: With each record I try to keep it new and fresh, push new territories, never abandoning what got me here. I want to keep up with the times, but still make it mine.

PH: What do you hate most about the music business?

JA: I think it's the political side of it. Probably what everyone else hates about their job. As the artist, I just want to go out and cut my records. I want to entertain people. I really don't care about the political stuff that goes into it.

PH: What does it mean to be a redneck?

JA: To me that turn means blue collar people, every day people. You enjoy doing simple things in life — hunting, fishing, and hanging around with your friends drinking beer. That's how I grew up.

Recommended for You

Other Game

Today's Updated Turkey Hunting Gear

Joe Arterburn

The most modern ammo and gear increase the odds of bagging a tricky tom this spring.

How-To

How to Make Hunting Fun for Kids

Jeff Johnston

Pass on your passion and make hunting fun for children with these tips!

North America

From Bucks to Bears to Ducks, Saskatchewan Is a Hunter's Heaven

Lynn Burkhead - February 05, 2019

Whether you're looking for a whitetail, bruin or waterfowl adventure, Saskatchewan can be the...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Have a freezer full of ground elk venison from your fall hunting trips? Never fear, the folks at Camp Chef have a great SHOT Show recipe that is lean and mean, easy to prepare, and a crowd-pleasing favorite!

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Ammo

.22-250 Vs. .223: What's The Best Coyote Cartridge?

Joseph von Benedikt & David Faubion - February 14, 2014

.22-250 A rodent cartridge is invading Coyoteville. Due to the popularity of the AR-15 rifle...

Conservation

Do Coyotes Really Affect the Whitetail Herd?

Jeff Johnston

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you.

Hunting

The Ultimate Hunting Trailers

WA Staff - May 11, 2015

I have never felt that camping trailers at least the "house on wheels" variety that most...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.