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.