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.
Randy and Brady Miller get into deep discussions about everything related to hunting public land mule deer. Topics covered include, overlooked units, opportunity to hunt every year, burn your points NOW, application strategies, over-the-counter mule deer hunts, easy-to-draw mule deer hunts, adapting your plan to the conditions, the risks of glory tags, overview of mule deer in Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah; using trekking poles, using local hunting pressure to your advantage, and why you should be mule deer hunting in 2017.
Randy is again joined by field producer, Marcus Hockett. On this late season Idaho archery mule deer hunt, Randy and Marcus explain the vast amount of public land deer hunting opportunity in the west, left-over tags, second choice tags, unlimited tags, western whitetails, how bucks cannot be stockpiled, hunt now before the next brutal winter, muskrat backstraps, inaugural Muskrat Cook-off, Hank Shaw, trapline tablefare,"Charlie Daniels of the GPS," big woods whitetails in the Rockies, ethics of "ground pounding" versus flushing birds, why are some laws still in effect, the value of Marcus' Wildlife Biology degree, and shoot a doe or a young buck? Also recap and highlights of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona hunts this season.
Randy mics up his field producer, Marcus Hockett, where they discuss public land elk hunting, specifically the recent Colorado elk hunt that resulted in the most challenging extraction of any bull Randy has ever taken. Topics include, mindset of successful elk hunters, expectation gap with glory tags, public land bull elk sanctuaries, Randy's late season system for locating bulls, excitement overtaking common sense, glassing to elk success, how much gear do we carry, a day in the life of our camera guy, a call for Wilderness Production Assistants, the misery of oak brush, too much Type 2 fun, reading elk tracks, and Randy' compilation of elk hunting failures.
Randy is joined by Ty "3Arrow" Stubblefield of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to talk about hunting politics, public lands, Roosevelt Elk, Columbia Blacktails, elk hunters of the Northwestern states, hunting with mountain bikes, Born and Raised Outdoors, nicknames, the curse of power tools, don't be handy, and as always, a bit of marital advice.
Randy is in mule deer camp with Mike Spitzer and Matthew Newberg, where they turn on the mics to talk about their success on this hunt, plus many other topics, such as; hunting rutting mule deer, play-by-play of each tag filled, how to get tags in Nevada, "settling" in hunting and online dating, public land opportunities across the west, shot selection, hunting "glory tags," chasing rumors of big bucks, allocating your time on a limited hunt, sticking to your plan and making it work, and bribing your son to elope.
Following a successful elk hunt, Randy opens the mics with guest hunter, Tim Lesser from Leupold and badass cameraman Tyler Johnerson. After packing the last of a bull out of a miserable canyon, the guys talk about what when right, what went wrong, hunting in hot weather, full moon affecting elk patterns, strong winds change elk behavior, the mindset needed to be successful on public land elk hunts, producing TV complicates hunting, difficulty of hunting post-rut bulls, when its OK to hug another man, the Butt-out tool really works, leaving cows and young bulls to find mature bulls, behavior of post-rut bulls, how bad do you want to kill a mature bull elk?
Gray Thornton, President and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation joins Randy and prior guest host, Shane Mahoney, to talk about the many parallels wild sheep conservation has to the bigger picture of conservation in America.
Topics covered include - Wild Sheep conservation, Citizen-conservationists, leading by example, how hunters planted conservation in the American ethos, fallacy of circling the wagons, non-game species as the beneficiary of big game conservation, America's "Big Tent" principle helped start conservation, will hunters continue to lead, how to increase your odds of drawing a sheep tag (put more sheep on the mountain), food as the motive for hunting, and two hours of hunting-related topics from a pair of uniquely qualified guests.
Randy takes a day from elk hunting to rest up and deal with a liver flare up. Topics include; moon phases for elk hunts, how to blame hunting problems on Obamacare, the UnderArmor bear hunting fiasco, being a hunting or brand ambassador has expectations, why the elk aren't rutting as expected, Randy's bucket list, YouTube as a way to deliver additional content, why we don't film muzzleloader hunts, complications of public land film permits, hunting not ready for social media, hunters getting more involved, source of information for public land YouTube series, and some tangents that will raise the hackles of many listeners.
Randy and Jonathan O'Dell talk about small game hunting as a gateway drug to a lifetime addiction we call hunting, squirrel cook-offs, best squirrel meat, dove taxonomy, dove recipes, Hank Shaw as our small game cooking mentor, history of small game hunting, best hunting options for the urban hunter, Yuma AZ as dove Capitol of America, and why Randy is craving more dove tacos
Randy's guest, renowned wildlife photographer Tony Bynum, talk about many issues including public land threats, the importance of every hunter telling "their story," Randy's "public land story," how hunting's image is being crafted by accident, how outdoor media is funded, what each person can do to be a hunting ambassador, how hunters end up living where they do, how hunting forms some of our most important life skills, how lucky some of us are, the tragedy of losing your hunting spot, the value of public lands for hunting, Randy's focus on the "story," being judged by those disconnected from the natural world.
Randy and Matthew sit down to talk about Montana Initiative 177 and public perception of hunting. Finally, Randy shares a few stories from Big Falls.
Randy does a Q&A with the HuntTalk.com forum members on topics of pre-season planning, scouting, his low-intensity workout regimen, how to have home-cooked meals for camp food, keeping meat cool if you do fill a tag in hot weather, what a crazy travel schedule looks like, his best effort to convince you that this really is a "job," and a lot of commentary on public land politics with heavy emphasis on "What and Who" is behind the effort to sell your public lands.
Randy is joined by Janis Putelis from the MeatEater crew. Inspired by heated emails Randy received for critiquing another hunter's decision to move further away for his shot in search of a "personal best," Randy asked Janis to discuss the perspectives of animals as living creatures versus long range targets. Topics covered are physics of shooting and ballistics, Randy's use of a "lethality index", distance amplifying every shooting variable for every projectile, update on Janis' HuntToEat project, gutless method on elk, bone-in or bone-out when hauling elk quarters, what parts of the elk you keep, and upcoming schedules for the Fresh Tracks and MeatEater crews.
Randy is joined by Mark Kenyon of the Wired to Hunt podcast. Topics discussed include, western whitetail hunting, expensive nature of producing public land TV, unrealistic expectations, when does hunting critique turn to criticism, hunting politics in an election year, provincial outlook hunters have, traveling to hunt widening perspectives, media message in hunting, never quit, cornering the market on hunting mistakes, narrow vision gets you blindsided, hunters as conservation leaders, bright future for hunting if we make it so.
Randy shares the mic with Dana Gleason, Founder of Mystery Ranch backpacks and Ryan Holm, Mystery Ranch Marketing Manager. Dana explains 40 years of backpack design and business philosophy that results in the highest quality backpacks on the market. Built for no failure and no compromise to quality, Dana and Ryan explain how the Mystery Ranch business ethos pervades all the company creates. There is a reason why we use Mystery Ranch backpacks and this podcast explains why. When a company builds products for intense users, such as military and wildfire personnel, the technology and product development migrates to consumers at all levels, in our case, the hunting consumer.
Randy is joined by Mark Seacat, Founder of Seacat Creative, as they talk about public land elk hunting and how their vision of hunting is crafted in the media they produce. Topics include mental aspects of hunting success, how finding pleasure in hunting is all about your perspective, that each hunter gets to define his/her definition of success, family being important to the hunting experience, finding happiness in the success of others, aspects of mountaineering that translate well to hunting, is there such thing as a bad hunt, and as always, a bit of marital advice about how to balance family as the top priority with the heavy hunting schedules their work demands.