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.
Randy discusses big topics with Shane Mahoney and Keith Balfourd (Boone & Crockett Club). Recorded from the Professional Outdoor Media Assoc annual conference in Kalispell, Montana. Topics covered include "petri dish bacon," hunting image in the post-Cecil era, what really is trophy hunting, the "Total Hunter," is grizzly hunting the next "Cecil the Lion," is reality for hunters "reality" for the rest of the world, do hunting motives match the expressed behavior and images, wrapped up with a bit of election year advice.
While battling a serious sinus infection, Randy explains to the audience his method of "desk scouting" for an elk hunt, from home, even for a hunting area he has never seen. Detailed discussion of day-by-day strategy for executing the plan on public land bulls, reasons he selects areas he does, the value of a scouting day, how the map gets "whittled down" by desk scouting, how seasonal period influences your map spots, morning versus evening spots, using your time wisely, and when to be aggressive and when to be passive. Additional discussion about YouTube segments with more depth on elk hunting topics, public land issues, and why some hunts/locations are filmed for TV and some are not. And, the new YouTube-only elk episode coming in late June.
In this episode, Randy invites two long-time grassroots hunting on the podcast to start giving ideas of where listeners can start with their own advocacy. They helped form and lead a very effective local rod and gun club, Headwaters Sportsmen's Association, which is probably similar to organizations in your state. Past podcasts tell of issues and problems facing hunters. Listeners have made it clear they want some sound starting points to become hunting leaders. Shannon and Vito have been doing this for two decades. They have been involved in politics, policy formation, and building grassroots interest. Not all solutions are the same, but their story and their commitment will give listeners some starting points. Lesson of the day- Policy will be formed by those who show up and those who engage in the debate. Let that be you.
Randy talks performance apparel design, testing, and manufacturing with Sitka Gear's John Barklow and Eric Gilmore. Topics include; good isn't good enough, from idea to end product, planning products three years in advance, the Sitka Dungeon, apparel engineers, challenge to get Gore-tex certified, new products, Timberline Pants, Windstopper, to build it you have to live it, bean counters versus product designers, product-focused mindset, failure is not an option, warranties are worthless in the Brooks Range, Fat-tire bikes, drawing tags in Nevada, signing a non-disclosure agreements, Dairy Queen and Starbuck sponsorship.
Randy and Matthew talk about many topics related to changing demographics in society and in hunting. Topic covered include, tamed wilderness, urbanites in Yellowstone, millennial hunters, point schemes reducing hunting participation, grizzly bears and delisting, Randy's new digital media platforms, media consumption habits of younger hunters, cord cutters, weekly podcasts, who runs this operation, and how to learn more from our YouTube channel.
Part 2 of 2 in this two-episode podcast series to engaged hunters and media platforms in the process of politics and policy making. You have to be involved, and not just during an election year, for your voice to be heard. Topics covered include stream access laws, collaborative efforts on landscapes, active forest management, economic value of public access, transfer of Federal lands to States, elk management, how getting elected to office gives you a wildlife management degree (not), importance of advocacy, vigilance in protecting your access and wildlife, the future generations and why we are engaged on behalf of the next generation.
Randy visits with Damon Bungard; hunter, traveling angler, writer, and product/brand manager for Orion Coolers. Topics covered include; field testing for a "no failure" policy, the best job in the outdoors, Alaska DIY caribou with full instructions, hunting in US compared to Europe, backpack hunting in the Eastern US, Alaska as the hunters' jewel, hunting with your parents, importance of large landscape conservation, tolerant spouses, and Damon's love of snakes.
Randy, Hank Shaw, and JR Young are at the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Rendezvous talking about hunting, food gather by all means, adult onset hunters, foragers as conservationists, total animal utilization, food as the universal unifier, fungus fever, "cute-etarians," tribes and traditions, lines we draw, fish hate, cheekers, morel madness, and many other topics relevant to gathering your own food from the wilds.
In the first of two political candidate podcasts, Randy follows his own advice by using his platforms to influence public land policy. In this episode, Randy talks hunting and public lands with Montana Gubernatorial candidate, Greg Gianforte. Topics covered include elk management plans, sell of Federal lands, transfer of lands to states, guns, structure of state wildlife agencies, Public Trust doctrine, "principle over party," and a few good hunting stories.
Topic covered include wolves, social media's impact on hunting, everyone has a platform, what is "trophy hunting," why we hunt, motives versus message, the new MeatEater Blog (Hunting Matters), views of a new hunter compared to old "gray hairs," Jack O'Connor, hunting has always been story telling, and lastly, who is "Randy Newbird?"
Topics covered include Conservation versus Environmentalism, history of conservation in America, Boone & Crockett Club history, record keeping, definition of "trophy hunting," hunting as a right or privilege, Conservation as "wise use," hunting motives that have public approval. the 77% in the middle, social media and the hunting message, do we have some bad actors, Cecil the Lion, fair chase, and the message hunting media should be providing.
Topics covered in this episode are onXmaps' mad scientist employees a/k/a Team Hunt, how Randy uses onXmaps in the field, "the new era GPS," Hunt 3.0, how this hunting technology company was founded, how map services help you draw more tags and find better animals, onXmaps' commitment to conservation, "desk scouting," new onXmap hunting technology coming to a cell phone near you, and whether or not Randy should do a charity auction of his GPS with all waypoints since starting the TV show.
"Bag Dump" topics covered in this episode are equipment, mostly that gear needed for backcounty elk hunting. Equipment types covered are packs, boots, knives, game bags, GPS and map chips, tents, coolers, hydration systems, optics, and Randy's "system" for consistently finding bull elk on public land. Randy gives his opinions on elk calibers and bullets.
Topics covered in this episode are stories from Bruce and Tim when each hunted with Randy, mysterious devil plants in New Mexico, why companies support conservation, the history of Leupold & Stevens, what light is good light in optics manufacturing, trick knees, filming in -20F temps, how Randy can get you lost in the dark, Leupold4Life guarantee, why support Randy when he goes "unfiltered."
Subjects discussed include how the Endangered Species Act process works, abuse via the Equal Access to Justice Act, process for listing/delisting of species, stupidity of hunters saying "SSS", Gray Wolves, Grizzly Bears, wildlife as a cash cow, need for a new advocacy model in hunting, and how Arnie suckered Randy into three years of ESA indentured servancy.
From Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's 2015 Elk Camp in Las Vegas, Randy and Lorenzo cover topics of; how goHUNT was founded, importance of correct information in research, drawing a tag is the key to a western hunt, regional preferences in species to hunt, how hunters from urban centers are a minority, the role technology plays in hunt planning and research, quirks of Nevada tag drawings, hunting Montana ducks before your football game, New Mexico desert bighorn sheep hunt, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, hunters are intrigued by numbers, special Gerber knife offer from INSIDER, your choice if limited to one species and one weapon, Randy is a product/service snob, drawing odds,
Topics covered are; why we missed a scheduled episode; preference point versus bonus point systems; how the elk tag drawings work in Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Idaho; ELK TALK, the YouTube video series; quirks of each state, land ownership colors on your map; goHunt INSIDER research service, how you can hunt elk every year, and why Randy often talks in the third person style.
Subjects discussed include what it's like to speak at RMEF's Elk Camp, Corey's history as an elk calling champion, the differing approaches of Randy and Corey, whether or not you can over-bugle, how aggression & confidence play into elk-calling, the full
Subjects discussed include Montana's public access stance on navigable waters, why stream access matters to local economies, the necessity of private property rights, Montana's public access stance on navigable waters, Don's Outside Bozeman article addressing the issue of threatened stream access, the politically-motivated termination of his Ducks Unlimited column and the national firestorm that followed, why free press is crucial to the future of hunting and angling & what is at stake when we censor ourselves, the incredible story of George Bird Grinnell, the most common reason that people don't hunt, what it means to buy influence, the political relationship between the gun issue and the public land issue, how social media is helping sportsman, why the grassroots movement matters, and Randy's latest installment of marital advice.