In this episode (072) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy catches up with Beau Baty, owner of Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. Earlier this season, Randy and his crew rented llamas from Beau. Being the hunter he is, Beau demanded he join the crew on the hunt, which turned out to be a great thing. Topics covered include, llamas, hunting with llamas, low maintenance backcountry pack animals, mule deer hunting in Idaho and Wyoming, 2016-17 mule deer winter kill, plans for next season, being a hunting ambassador while guiding tourists, and lots of other backcountry fun.
Our production schedule is so tight this time of year, the only time it seems we have time to record episodes of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio is when we are driving down the road between hunts. Following our road trip to our Montana deer hunt, on this episode (071), we give an update on how that Montana hunt turned out. Once that report is given, we give a recount of the Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep hunt we just wrapped up. Subjects covered are the amazing conservation story that is wild sheep conservation, feral horses, invasive plant species, road hunting for sheep, 101 days on the road, how cold does it get in Nevada, Montana deer hunting traditions and the impact on herd health, and poachers posing as hunting TV hosts.
In this episode (070) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and his camera guy, Michael Parente, are driving to eastern Montana for the annual deer hunt. As part of the trip, the guys decide to do a Road Trip Podcast while driving down the road. Topics covered are cold weather elk hunting, deer population cycles, what do we do with all the meat, rifle mule deer hunting during the rut, CWD, mule deer v. whitetails, glory tags, long-form hunting content, and lots more.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio (EP:069), we are fresh back from a Montana moose hunt. Joining Randy on the mic are camera guys, Marcus Hockett and Michael Parente, and moose tag holder, Matthew Newberg. Topics discussed are Shiras moose hunting, waders that don't fit, how many moose can you see in one day, what a boned out moose weighs, playing jokes on the old guys, packing meat through a swamp, if a grizzly claims your carcass, is there a second cycle to the moose rut, Shiras moose as a once in a lifetime tag, analysis of Randy's book shelves and recent reading material for hunters.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randh is fresh out of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness of northern Arizona, having filled his bull tag with the aid of two camera guys who share the mic with him, Marcus Hockett and Ty Stubblefield. Marcus and Ty filmed the event while joined by Randy's college buddy, Wade Zarlingo and Wade's friend Clayton Crowder.
Topics covered in this episode include hunting elk in the transition from peak rut to post rut, complications of hunting thick timber, how every elk plan changes before daylight, llamas as Randy's new hunting tool, energetic turkey hunters, hunting as a conservation tool, elk and aspens, meeting non-hunters on a trail while pack out an elk, what parts are edible, public lands as a hunter's playground, and every detail of how this amazing elk hunt unfolded.
On this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined again by Keith Balfourd, Marketing Director of the Boone & Crockett Club. Keith is in charge of all media communications at B&C, the historic organization formed in 1887 and the first conservation organization in America. Recently B&C started a new initiative titled Hunt Right/Hunt Fair Chase, in an effort to knock the dust of the ethos of American hunters and their reputation for fair chase pursuit and embracing the highest ethical standards while hunting. Hunters, since they founded the conservation movement 130 years ago, based on a fair chase ethic that was not the norm for a time of market shooting, exploitation, and belief that the resources could never be depleted. There was much resistance at that time to the notion of aspiring to a higher standard, the same as we find today when hunters have the important discussion of what is appropriate and what does society find acceptable. Whether we want it be or not, in the instant media world, we are all hunting ambassadors. Our every action, every motive, every message, is viewed by others who do not have a lifetime of hunting as context by which to view. This podcast is a discussion of revitalizing the Hunt Fair Chase standard and discussing how it applies today when technology, communications, and hunting itself are changing at a rapid pace.
This episode (066) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio is recorded with a live audience at the Headquarters of Kenetrek Boots in Bozeman, Montana. Joining Randy are Jim Winjum, Founder and President of Kenetrek Boots, and John Barklow, Big Game Product Manager at Sitka Gear. The live audience is asking questions, along with online participants, focused heavily on elk hunting. Topics are heavy with equipment suggestion for archery and rifle elk seasons with plenty more about tactics used for public land elk. Each question is answered by Randy, Jim, and John, all with a different twist and each having a different perspective.
In this Episode of Hunt Talk Radio, Randy Newberg shares the mic with Kit Fischer and Ryan Callaghan. Both these guys are neck-deep in the advocacy of public lands and conservation of native of wildlife species. Kit and Ryan have traveled to Bozeman to talk about many current topics, including hunters conserving that which they may never enjoy, bison history, brucellosis, why we owe bison for the American Conservation Ethic, public lands closed to hunting, agricultural research station stopping hunting, wild sheep struggles, how complex these wildlife topics are, sage grouse conservation, Utah politics affecting the rest of the west, all conservation groups are not the same, Idaho deer, affects of weather, why we engage in conservation, public lands that need protection, and many more.
Sam Soholt has taken an old Bluebird school bus and transformed it into the dream hunting camper and public lands advocacy vehicle. Randy, Sam, and the Hunt Talk camera crew (Marcus and Michael) sit down to discuss a variety of topics.
In this Episode (EP 63) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is at the Total Archery Challenge sharing a mic with Eric (founder) and Matt (HUNT APP manager) from onXmaps and Jason Matzinger from Into High Country.
Topics covered include how onX got started, how to draw multiple bighorn sheep tags in Montana, drawing luck or bad luck, new APP lauch by onX, hunting boundaries, most anticipated hunt, Randy as a low-tech hunter, Jason's #Project Elk, fence lines of convenience in the west, new layers from onX, how Randy did the roadless layers, water drinkers supporting wildlife, hunting squirrels in Arizona, hunters telling their own story, donating money to NV Division of Wildlife, feral horses competing with native wildlife, invasive weed species, pinon-juniper encroachment hurting wildlife, hunters as conservationists, land management, allocating time for conservation, companies that support conservation.
Recorded live at the Total Archery Challenge in Big Sky, MT, Randy sets up shop in the Sitka Gear tent to talk about elk hunting, elk talking, and the new film from Sitka; The Linguist, starring Corey and Issac Jacobsen, Will Primos, Wayne Carlton, Larry D. Jones, and Rocky Jacobsen, produced by Ben Potter of Cana Outdoors.
Topics covered are the history of elk calling, the idea behind The Linquist, how the pioneers started, passion driving innovation, challenges of telling stories with video, why you shouldn't hunt elk in New Mexico, Randy being the hunting contrarian, fat accountants can kill elk, Dilly Bars for everyone, fitness craze in hunting, traditional archers going to compounds, calling skills for elk hunting, Sonic Boom, hunting for your own pleasures, hunters who smoke, grouse hunts ruined by elk bugles, carrying too much gear, parabolic microphones, grizzlies fighting over a carcass, Issac the Great, video does no justice to an elk bugle, and a thanks to the innovators of hunting.
In one of the most fun podcasts we've ever done, Randy sets up his podcast kit at the Sitka Gear Inaugural Converge Event in Bozeman, Montana, welcoming anyone who wants to put on a headset and talk hunting. Taking the invitation are Mark Kenyon from Wired to Hunt podcast and David Brinker from Sitka Gear. Part way through we are joined by Brian Call of Gritty Bowmen, then added to the conversation are Dustin Roe, a serious sheep outfitter from Cranbrook BC, and Cole Kramer, a Brown Bear outfitter from Kodiak, Alaska. Topics covered are endless, ranging from sentimental hunts, untold conservation stories, hunting the Great Basin states, unexpected encounters, misses, worst shot you ever made, pressure or just unprepared, hunting with pack dogs, clients not listening to guides, the normal small dose of marital advice, videoing your own hunt, breaking body parts while hiking, language edits on camera, hunters seeing the world through a different lens, and more.
In this Episode (EP 60) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy travels to scorching hot Las Vegas to discuss the many options you have to hunt the west every year, regardless of your luck. Randy is sharing the mic with Lorenzo Sartini and Brady Miller of goHUNT.com to explain how many hunts are available to the person who wants to go hunting every season. Topics covered start with Nevada as the most overlooked western state, deer hunting Arizona every year, impartial gear testing, gear that works not what your paid, application strategies, swinging for the fences, lifetime licenses, what state to live for a hunter, Wyoming is the west's great hunting, foolish TV rule that you can't shoot animals in their bed, elk hunting Idaho and Colorado every year, sharing too much information, save a few secrets, figuring it out by yourself, burn your Arizona elk points, leftover tags in Nevada and Wyoming, sharing your harvest, thermals and unpredictability, retirement v. quiting, closet pronghorn hunters, buy two buck tags in Idaho, and then the conversation gets into some serious gear discussions about trekking poles or not, high altitude cooking stoves, lightweight sleeping pads, weight versus comfort, backpacks, water filtration systems, how much food, favorite Mountain House Meals, and lots of other gear issues that can be solved at the new Gear Shop created by goHUNT.com.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy continues on the topic of elk and elk hunting, expanding on his new Live Video Q&A program called "Elk Talk." In the first two episodes of Elk Talk, over 300 questions were provided and not nearly enough time to answer even a fraction of those. So, Randy sits down with Marcus and Matthew to expand the Elk Talk Q&A session to the Hunt Talk podcast. Topics covered include hunting hot weather, does moon phase matter, where to find consistent wind, setting data for shooting dials, tips for weekend warriors, hunts for those with more time and less money, gear to film your own hunt, how did this platform get started, fear of failure, the perfect point drawing system, using hunting pressure, public land etiquette, when to scout, don't hunt with Debbie Downer, when to stay and when to move, rifle weights and muzzle breaks, homemade camp meals, best advice ever learned on Hunt Talk forum, how to get info from biologists, Randy's big mistakes, only one hunt and what would it be, lots of Colorado-specific questions, meat care in the field, the standard question about ethical shooting distances, daily routines for elk fitness, shooting bigger one versus better shot opportunity, cow elk are trophies, don't send Randy Facebook messages, and a ton of other elk hunting questions. To watch Elk Talk Live Video Q&A, go to these Facebook pages; Randy Newberg, Hunter, Bowtech, and Leupold. Tune in on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm Mountain Time and you might win a new Bowtech Reign 7.
Randy and his TV crew, Marcus and Michael, take up the mics during a day when the blizzard chased them off the mountain and ruined a bear hunt. This is a Q&A session, with all questions coming from listeners and viewers. Topics include tactics for weekend warriors, scouting close to season opener, elk hunting success without being a gym rat, Randy's training regimen, replicating hiking elk country, Marcus' mountain relay team, how camera guys stay in shape, elk conditioning for urbanites, more fitness is "gooder," trekking poles are an elk hunter's tool, folly of shooting surprised game, complications of filming your hunt, gun safety above all else, elk is a glassing game, mental toughness grows with age, mind overcoming the body, diet and nutrition for an elk hunter, hunting with a bum liver, quality food input, home-cooked meals in camp, Super Size Me documentary, glassing techniques, gridding horizontally v. vertically, bino power choice, giving camera guys credit for spotting critters, camera guys who are hunters, public property posted as private, encountering other hunters on public land, meat care while on the road, Randy's passion for guttin' & gillin', satisfaction in processing game, best first hunt for an adult onset hunter, learning through success, assumptions by experienced hunters, Randy's favorite hunting books, YouTube replacing Randy's book deal, terrible high school haircuts, ideal tag drawing system, overlooked item in Randy's pack, easy public land advocacy, do we want dirtier air/water, hunters risking the claim as conservationists, corner crossing, and too many other question to list here.
From Missoula, MT Randy shares an early morning mic with Damon Bungard of Orion Coolers and Clay Hayes of Twisted Stave. Topics covered include finding Sasquatch dens, traditional archery, building your own bow, #freezer function, Twisted Stave blog, elk hunts that become grouse hunts, what is a “self bow,” Orion Chronicles TV show, Appalachian backpack whitetail hunting, Backcountry College videos, broken “give a chit filter”, snake fears for fetish, antelope meat myths, hunting public land in the East, hunting jungles of Northern Idaho, Rocky Mountain Black Bear Trifecta, hunting in grizzly country, how NOT to behave when you have a bear encounter, bad hunting luck, stupid things we do while hunting, fearless black bears, elk hunting grouse stories, small game pleasures, whitetail winter range, tag filling pressures, multiple hunting motives, hunt for your own reasons, AOH Adult Onset Hunters, camping as the gateway drug, backcountry as a relative concept, high country rattlesnakes, planners v. free spirits, carving backcountry utensils, how long to hang meat in the backcountry, and a host of other campfire topics from Sasquatch Country.
In this Episode (056) of Leupold’s Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with two of the best hunters you never met, Buzz Hettick and Jeff Muratore, both Wyoming residents and public land activists who have an amazing mix of insight to hunting strategies, public lands, and hunting advocacy. Topics covered include Wyoming as a generous place for non-resident hunters, residents helping non-residents, Wyoming as the best elk managers in the West, use resident draw odds when applying as a non-resident, be your own hunting consultant, it’s OK to disagree with fellow advocates, non-resident antelope hunting as a profit center, tragedy of dying with money that could have been spent on hunting, Wyoming non-resident wilderness bill, the rules are made by those who show up, why State Lands are different in the west, guerilla style advocacy, using social media for activism, policy makers want to hear from you, complaining on Facebook as a waste of time, state hunting access programs, backpack antelope hunting, why everyone should be a pronghorn hunter, put ‘em to bed and fill your tag the next morning, overlooked mule deer, CWD in mule deer versus elk, migration studies, conserving the most critical habitat, and topics that will have you applying in Wyoming for the rest of your hunting years.
From the 2017 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous, Randy shares the mic with Greg Blascovich, Founder of the non-profit organization KeepItPublic.org, and Board Member Randall Williams. Each having a PhD in relevant topics of history and/or politics, Greg and Randall provide perspective of how public lands came to be and how politics formed America's interest in public lands. Topics covered include the mission of KeepItPublic, skipping college graduation to go fishing, image of hunters over historical time, public lands as an issue to align unaligned groups, animated video how America got its Public Land, importance of 19th Century politicians to hunting and public lands, excerpts from "Hunting and the American Imagination," party-ism v. conservation, inform/educate/advocate, colonists' rejection of European hunting, tribalism as a natural human element, Americans as centrists v. their elected officials as partisans, did hunters really start the public land movement, voters as apologists, factors that influenced America's view of hunters, clean water as an example of political dichotomy, binary view of the world, political communications labs, abundance thinkers v. scarcity thinkers, public lands as an apolitical issue, history of how Americans form opinions on topics, challenge of keeping a non-profit with one focus and resisting engagement of other topics, the mission of KeepItPublic being to oppose the sale/transfer/degradation of America's Public Lands. Make a donation at KeepItPublic.org. #KeepItPublic
Randy travels to Kamiah, Idaho to make good on an old promise he made to Rockie Jacobsen to come and see how Rockie went from being a logger to a leader into the "hunting business" of call manufacturing. Joined by Kurt Howard, Randy and Rockie talk hunting stories, tips on calling and set up for archery, making your passion a business, how you would never start if you knew the work it entailed, why Idaho elk hunters are wired differently, the benefits of taking your grandkids to the toy store, why loggers make good elk hunters, what elk are actually saying, Rockie's stories of some fellow pioneers in the hunting call world, most fun place to hunt elk, each guest preferred place to hunt elk, finally why elk hunting cannot be replicated by video or other media and must be experienced to fully appreciate.
Randy is joined by field producer, Marcus Hockett, as they discuss elk hunting new areas, E-scouting on YouTube, Wyoming elk hunting quirks for non-residents, elk state deadlines, swing for the fences in New Mexico, skepticism that you can hunt elk every year, elk reintroduction in the east, hunting general areas in Montana, getting elk out whole, Central Idaho is for backcountry badasses, hunt burn areas, track fires today for hunting tomorrow, "pretty elk country", black bear trifecta in MT/ID/WY, trichinosis testing, ease of doing a Western Whitetail Trifecta, leftover deer tags in Wyoming, treestand boredom, hunting boundaries, the blowback of sharing hunting knowledge, hunting units with lots of private land, elk success by eliminating dumb ideas, was Al Gore (internet inventor) a closet-hunter, Wyoming elk harvest rates, CWD and Brucellosis politics, Congress members who are the greatest threats to your public lands, what you should do to protect your public lands, and lots of other things to bend your mind.
Randy sits down with three of the long-time forum members from his Hunt Talk forum who are serious conservationists and public land advocates. Terry (Oak), Joe (Dinkshooter), and JR walk the walk for conservation and public lands, as do the groups they serve for, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. This podcast was recorded in Reno while all members were at the Wild Sheep Foundation national convention. Topics covered are wild sheep conservation, raising money for conservation, "accountants in conservation," missing a ram with your bow, excuses for missing, Colorado sheep as Republicans/Democrats/Independents, bighorn sheep are born looking for a place to die, wildlife disease issues, comical trophy photos, pack goats as a disease vector, improve your tag drawing odds by putting more critters on the mountain, sheep karma, public land politics affecting wildlife and hunting, missing the biggest black bear of your life, and lots of laughs and jokes.
Randy decided it was time to lighten things up and take a break from the serious business that is public lands, politics, and policy. Randy is joined by Fred Eichler of Easton's Bowhunting TV and Kyle Lamb of Viking Chronicles at the SHOT Show in Vegas, where they takeover the Leupold booth and try to get a few smiles from the audience. Topics covered, in a manner that is not overly sensitive, include having fun no matter what you're hunting, Fred's secrets, Kyle's marital advice, some stories from Kyle's career as a Delta Force Operator, trapping as a background for hunting, what hunt you want to do again, slapping a bear in the butt, missing easy shots, toilets make good porch furniture, and more tangents than we've ever had on a episode. Thanks for listening and keep smiling.
Randy (gramps) is joined by the guys who convinced him to dive into the deep end of the YouTube pool. Casey, Brian, and Eric of HUSHIN share the mic to discuss their perspectives on hunting, how they convinced Randy to start a YouTube channel, the importance of family and hunting, how to handle social media haters, shed antler affliction, the future of outdoor TV, hunting media afraid of its shadow at times, public land politics, favorite animal to hunt, influence of fathers, and how Randy adopted his motto of "Hunt while you can, you're gonna run out of health before you run out of money."
Randy is joined by friends (and Arizona Game and Fish employees), Wade Zarlingo and Jonathan O'Dell, from his January archery Coues deer camp in southern Arizona, also known as a "Sonoran Smorgasboard." Topics discussed are plethora of hunting opportunity in Arizona, spot and stalk Coues deer as joyful insanity, javelina distraction, Arizona drawing system and deadlines, how to pronounce "Coues," Mearn's quail are not fools, delicacy of grilled quail, calling quail, eating javelina, southern AZ as a waterfowler's paradise, Thick Billed Parrots, how to spot and stalk a Coati Mundi, sandhill cranes taxonomy, Mexican ducks as a trophy species, why isn't everyone hunting southern Arizona in the winter, and all other topics relevant to the finest winter hunting of Randy's career.
In this episode of Hunt Talk Radio Randy and Field Producer, Marcus Hockett, answer the most common question we receive - How can I hunt elk, preferably every year? This episode is the nuts and bolts of a short-term strategy to hunt elk every season, in some western state. We incorporate the short-term ideas with a longer-term strategy to increase odds of a high-quality tag every few years. We imposed a license and tag budget of $1,000, more than any of these states will cost you. We also discuss the drawing process for most the western elk states and how you can get more details on each state by watching our Elk Talk videos on YouTube. If you decide to not go elk hunting each year, that's your decision. We've given you the road map. Now go elk hunting.