In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy spends a half hour to cover the basics of applying for elk and deer in Montana, one of the most complicated application processes of all western state. Topics covered include deadlines, point systems, license types, season dates, non-resident limits, idea of how to find your general hunting areas, and other information that will get you started in applying in Montana.
In this episode (127) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus share the mic with James Cruickshank. James was their guide on the British Columbia Mountain Caribou and Moose adventure last year. While at the Wild Sheep Show, the topic covered include hunting year round, hunting as your livelihood, unique clients, when hunting gets to be a drag, no complaining, you better love your job, challenges, making the best of bad situations, finding joy in success of others and many more topics about the life of a backcountry mountain hunting guide.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a very brief (20 minutes) overview of applying for big game tags in New Mexico. With no point system, New Mexico is less complicated than other western states. Topics covered include deadlines, using all three hunt code choices, season breakdowns, options for youth and mobility impaired, and a few other tidbits that apply to New Mexico.
In this Episode (126) returning guest, Jim Heffelfinger talks about the many deer species/subspecies in America. Topics include evolution of deer, mule deer, whitetails, blacktails, Coues, isolation changes, true subspecies, adaptability, cross-breeding, competition among species, likelihood of expansion and contraction of native ranges, and many other topics that touch on the natural history of our most beloved ungulates.
In this Episode (125) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy confesses his ineptitude and failures as a wild game cook while sharing the mic with past guests Hank Shaw and Johnathan O'Dell. Topics covered include cooking insecurities, simplify game cooking, closing the wild harvest loop, kitchen confidence, good hunters can be terrible cooks, methods and techniques more important than recipes, can I trust that recipe, and a lot of other topics intended to help hunters get over the intimidation of experimenting with their wild game dishes.
In this Bonus Episode, we cover all things related to applying for tags in Utah, mostly focused on non-resident applicants. Topics covered include upfront costs, point systems, how the Utah system works, deadlines, bonus versus preference points, species available, order of the draw and how that affects your tag strategy, general buck deer compared to limited entry deer, allocating your application budget, returning tags, and other highlights to the drawing system.
In Episode 124 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Sam and Josh Soholt talk about how conservation is one of their business cornerstones at Public Land Tees. Topics covered include conservation as a business principle, Duck Stamps for all, creativity is a necessity, work as a passion, waterfowling, Public Land Van, being all in, why "it" matters, hunting for the future, donating to access, conservation business partners, advocacy is your business, and a host of other topics about business and conservation.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy gives a quick summary of Arizona draw systems, some strategy ideas, and the details of costs and deadlines. Topics covered will include the two parts of the Arizona draw system, how it works best for low point holders and higher point holders. Also the best strategy to get the most from your hunt code choices and leverage the investment you make in your non-resident hunting license.
In this Episode (123) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with recurring guest, Shane Mahoney. Shane brings a wide perspective in his role as scientist and policy maker in global conservation. Topics covered include recent studies on acceptance of hunting, species thinking and feelings, along with topics on genetics research, DNA sharing with animals, reconcile taking for food, evolving ideas on hunting, how wildlife is viewed worldwide, learning from animals, dangers of ignoring reality, why hunting will lead the future of wildlife conservation, and many more topics if huge importance to hunting and conservation.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy give a short summary of the Wyoming elk application process and the big changes in store for 2020. This is the first of many bonus episodes that will be posted to help listeners be reminded of deadlines and give quick strategies and idea for each state. Thanks to onX and goHUNT INSIDER for making these possible. Use Promo Code RANDY to save money with both of those valuable tools and maybe win a Wyoming Commissioners Tag.
In this Episode (122) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus are on their way home from a tough late season Wyoming Elk hunt. Topics covered include hunts that don't go well, weather challenges, closed public roads, risk of short hunts, difficult access, checkerboard areas, hunting small sections, know where you are, etiquette of shared hunting spots, "my spot," sharing public land, hunters helping others, and other issues that have been on our discussion list for a while.
In this episode (121) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is summarizing a recent Montana elk hunt with Marcus Hockett and Adam Foss. Topics covered include late season elk patterns, hunting pressure on public land, sanctuaries, going a bit further, weather influences, glassing, using pack animals, hunting mid-week, tools for locating elk, bugling in November, how far is too far, new areas and same habits, and a host of other topics that explain a late-season elk hunt on highly pressured public land.
In this Episode (120) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is on a long awaited Wyoming mule deer hunt and shares a mic with two conservation advocates, Chris Steffen and Jared Oakleaf, both lending their talents to mule deer conservation group, Muley Fanatic Foundation. Topics covered included mule deer, migration routes, Wyoming Migration Initiative, accommodating for wild things, world demand for resources, mothers are leaders, winter kill, quality habitat, risk-reward of migration, corridors, relearning migration routes, and other topics related to the amazing conservation story that is the migratory mule deer of western Wyoming.
In this Episode (119) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with Theodore Roosevelt IV (Ted). Topics covered include some controversial topics, such as our changing climate and the impacts to wildlife and hunting, change is constant, science or bias, shrinking wildness, value of wild places, conservation, Roosevelt Legacy, Vietnam service, operating a science-dependent investment business, favorite hunting and fishing adventures, and a host of other topics through the eyes of a former Navy Seal and current investment banker who loves wild places and wild things.
In this episode (118) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and the crew are wrapping up a trip to New Mexico to help Uncle Mike fill his elk tag. Topics covered include "sensitive" social media images, before/after food images, aging as a hunter, hunting with family, paying back the favors, a lengthy day-by-day analysis of Mike's elk hunt, misses are part of hunting, post-rut elk, bulls and burns, wind sucks, and always, some marital advice.
Randy, Marcus, and Michael get together and talk about their successes in the 2019 hunting season. The team discusses the previous two months of hunting trips, including Michael's first bull elk.
In this episode (116) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus are on their way home from Randy's lifelong dream hunt; Mountain Caribou in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia. This podcast focuses on the importance of having dreams, and even more important to work at making those dreams come true. Randy has been dreaming of this hunt since a teenager. It took 40 years to make it a reality. In addition to caribou, a moose tag in hand was a handy addition to this amazing experience. Great adventures, new landscapes, special species, more memories and new friends. If you get only one thing from this episode, I hope it is the inspiration to make your lifelong dreams the reality of today.
In this Episode (115) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy opens the mic to a trio of hunters who just happen to be women. Randy is deeply interested in the lens through which hunters who are women see the hunting world. Joining in this conversation are Nicole Qualtieri, Sarah Keller, and Lindsey Mulcare. Topics covered include how women are socialized away from hunting at younger ages, coming back to hunting, born into hunting or having to learn it, patronizing or pragmatic, crying is part of the deal, shrink it and pink it, huntress or hunter, OK to exclude men/women, and many other topics these three hunters find discussion-worthy for a male-dominated activity as is hunting.
In this episode (114) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy is joined by Keith Balfourd, Marketing and Communications Director at Boone & Crockett Club. Topics covered include the history and origin of Fair Chase, self-restraint as the foundation of species recovery, conservation founded on the Fair Chase principles, hunting image, codes, standards, behavior, why it matters, wise use of resources requires restraint, hunting in a diverse society, conservation through a single species lens, databases used for conservation, harvesting older or male species is conservation, and many other sticky hunting topics on which B&C is leading the discussion.
In this episode (113) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with two fellow public land hunters, Aaron Warbritton of The Hunting Public and Sam Soholt of the Public Land School Bus. Topics covered include the challenges of filming public land hunts, finding public hunting spots, information and inspiration, how we all got into this gig, some behind the scenes stories, public land whitetails, midwest public land hunting, western spoils, and lots of ideas on finding public hunting ground.
In this episode (112) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with frequent guest, Shane Mahoney of Conservation Visions. From the RMEF Elk Camp in Park City, topics covered include sharing the harvest, wild harvest statistics, value of information gives value to wildlife, North American Model of Wildlife Conservation update, opponents can be allies, opportunities to sway abound, sustainable use of all resources includes wildlife, world looking to North America wildlife models, food security concerns favor hunting, hunting as an example for sustainable systems, food at the core of the hunting message, health awareness benefits hunting, society admires those who share, and a host of other ideas crammed into an hour-long discussion.
In this Episode (EP 111) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and his crew debate where you find elk and why you find them. Marcus believes elk "Are where your find them." Randy insists you find elk "Where they are." That debate is not solved, but discussed in great depth, along with elk patterns, why elk are where they are, five calendar periods of an elk's year, E-scouting, fishing skills for elk hunting, elk needs, hunting scapegoats, moon phases, locked down whitetails, internet research, all forage is not the same, elk hunter botanists, and host of other topics designed to inform and inflame the listener.
In this Episode (110) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with former guest and Leupold's VP Product Development, Tim Lesser. Topics covered include where new ideas come from, dreams and realities, manufacturable, value proposition, relentless pursuit of improvement, gateways to end product development, field testing, honest feedback, migration of military technology, producing with customers in mind, test for weakest links, pulling the plug, USA manufacturing benefits and challenges, foreign competitors, real world results, over-engineer, weight and resulting forces, lighter can be more durable, surfaces aplenty, lens coatings matter, and many other topics that explain how high quality rifle scopes are made.
In this episode (EP109) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Ryan Lampers of the Sthealthy Hunter. Topics covered include spring black bears, boars' nests, green pockets, backpacking for bears, evening or morning, bear meat, velvet mule deer, archery stalks, controlling your nerves, young buck sentinels, Western Hunting Summit, high country bucks, Washington muleys, blown stalks, sloth-like, ten-day hunts, patience, and many other topics related to archery mule deer and spring black bears.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Idaho system for non-resident elk tags. Topics covered include deadlines (6/5/19), no point system, upfront costs, getting the most for your money, strategy to hunt Idaho every year, wolf opportunity, combining with a deer hunt, where populations are over objective, season dates, and the other basics you need to apply for and hunt elk in Idaho this year.