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.