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.