In this Episode (144) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with long-time friend, hunter, conservation volunteer, and optometrist, Dr. Tom Sather. Topics include all things vision-related to hunting and shooting, age and the eyes, eye disease, surgery or glasses or contacts, progressive lenses can be a disaster, alignment of the eye and the scope, how climate impacts the eye, dry eyes, sunglasses, shooting glasses to prevent injury, and some good old hunting stories.
In this Episode (143) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with long-time hunting friend and his foot doctor, Bill Wilshire. Topics covered include foot myths, how much abuse your feet take, feet under heavy loads, prepping your feet, boot fit, blisters, foot mechanics, ankle issues, socks matter, foot ailments, bad toenails, orthotics, born with bad feet, foot care in the field, and a host of other topics to keep your feet hunting as hard as you do.
In this Episode (142) Randy shares a mic with Arlando Chiles, founder of Campfire Evolution. Topics covered include what events bring new hunters to the fold, what can be learned from new hunter experiences, challenges for urban-based hunters, becoming a hunting leader in your circle, being a hunter in a non-hunter setting, hunting as the common denominator, mentoring young people, negative image of hunting among urbanites, and a lot of other fun topics about new hunters coming from unexpected places.
In this Episode (141) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Tyr Symank, a Green Beret Special Operations Combat Medic who specialized in triage field medicine for special forces. Topics covered include amputation in a mud hut, chronic dehydration, altitude sickness, blood carries oxygen, stop the bleeding, med kits, basic live saving tips, airways, allergic reactions, bone breaks, internal injury, disease, puncture wounds, tourniquets, one is none and two is one, and other tangents from the unique world of a medic charged with keeping people alive.
In this episode (140) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with long-time friend and Canadian trapper, Richard Mellon. In addition to be a world-class trapper, Rich has an amazing sense of humor. Rich and his wife, Sandi, produce trapping content on Canadian TV. Topics covered include trapping history, differences in Canada, owning a trap line, fur markets, walleye fishing, some marital advice, and a host of other fun topics that allow two trappers to talk about their passion for all outdoor pursuits.
In Episode 139 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy talks with Karrson Koivisto of Gerber about the three years they spent building a set of elk hunting knives, specifically designed for elk hunters. Topics covered include elk hunters need elk hunting tools, steps from concept to completion, starts with solving problems, building with intention, nothing by accident, prototype craziness, Randy is particular, will it be accepted, and a host of other topics to are encountered in three years working with an elk hunter.
In this Episode (138) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is coerced by his crew to tell the New Mexico elk hunting story where a big bowl of 5-Alarm Chili almost ends his hunting career. It has all makings of a classic hunting story; camera man quits, two flat tires, good food, gastro-itis, run out of toilet paper, unable to walk, dream hunt down the crapper, and a lot of other highlights that likely fall under the category of "Too Much Information." A dream hunt that never even made TV, thanks to Randy's Scandinavian stomach not able to handle authentic New Mexican cuisine.
In this episode (137) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with John Nosler, CEO of the famed Nosler family business that revolutionized high performance big game bullets with the 1948 version of the Nosler Partition. Topics covered include how the business got started, trial & error, hunters at heart, sweeping the shop floor, employees as family and family as employees, expansion to ammo and rifles, hunting as a passion and profession, conservation, and a lot of other great hunting stories from a family that has lived hunting and shooting for over seventy years.
In the Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy gives suggestions of over-the-counter (OTC) elk hunting options that are available after the drawings are done. Colorado, Oregon, and Utah are explained in detail. Point creep, preference point systems, and the complications that come with these systems is explained in great depth, as Randy hopes to give further understanding of what to expect when applying in states that allocate some of their tags on a preference-based system.
In this episode (136) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy discusses sustainable wild seafood harvest with Jon Wanderaas of the Wild Alaska Seafood Box. Jon's life experience is the wild seafood industry from his hometown of Petersburg Alaska. Jon has started a business to connect small fisherman and select processors directly to consumers while working to sustain wild fish stocks. Topics covered included wild populations, fish species susceptible to overharvest, connecting fisherman to customers, industry regulation, adaptive harvest management, commercial fishing, economics of small fishing businesses, and many other topics that impact wild fish harvest.
In this Episode (135) Randy shares the mic with Mark Kenyon, author of "That Wild Country" and host of the Wired to Hunt Podcast. Mark is a previous guest, known for his writing and advocacy of public lands. Topics include telling stories in writing, public advocacy, making public land issues tangible and relatable, generational interest in conservation, being a father, black water camping disaster, midwestern view of western public land issues, Alaska caribou, lessons learned, conservation mentors, and a host of other topics that touch on the stories found in Mark's new book.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick summary of applying for elk, deer, and antelope controlled hunts in Idaho. The deadline is June 5th, 2020, so don't delay. Topics covered include deadlines, fees, how the draw works, youth opportunities, non-resident allocations, how to get the most value from your investment, picking units to improve your draw odds, and other points that will get you started hunting in Idaho for 2020.
In this Episode (134) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy invites Damon Bungard to talk more about blood tracking dogs. Topics covered include an overview of blood trailing laws, what he learns from each trail, autopsies, notes on lost animals, bubbles in blood, hair color tells hit location, bleeding uphill or downhill, important information from the shot, don't bump the deer, exit wounds, entrance wounds shot angles, when to realize a non-lethal hit, importance of the first shot, let the dog lead, assess the details from the shot scene, improved game recovery, better hunting outcomes and a list of examples where a trainer learns from the dog.
In this Episode (133) Randy shares the mic with Gray Thornton & Keith Balfourd of the Wild Sheep Foundation to talk about how our conservation models will be impacted by the recent Corona Virus pandemic. Topics covered include impacts on agencies, businesses, and organizations that are core elements of conservation, what we learn going forward, unforeseen risks, new funding models, baking a bigger pie, helping where we can, and other topics that expand the discussion of how hunting and conservation will be different.
In this episode (132) of Leupold Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Thor Tingey of Alpacka Raft. Topics covered include the history of packrafts, adventure travel, ptarmigan passion, Dall sheep stories, solving problems with invention, seeking wild landscapes, floating and hunting, lands that shape us, owning a small business in COVID, local manufacturing, business support of conservation, R&D in the wild, Alaska the formative place, and a lot of stories about floating America's most wild places.
In this Episode (131) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy invites John Barlow of Sitka Gear to do a remote podcast about new Sitka Gear, the technology and science behind their innovations, testing of new products, balancing costs, weight and performance, failure is not an option, proprietary fabrics and insulation, systems versus stand alone items, designs with purpose, nothing by accident, new lightweight down products, Sitka's new optics harness, modularity of accessories, attention to what people use, with a huge apology for a slow internet connection that compromised the sound quality of this podcast.
In this episode (130) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with two statewide primary election candidates in his home state of Montana. We all have felt at some time that we voted for the lesser of two bad choices. This podcast is focused on how you can engage in the Primary Election to hopefully improve the candidates you get to choose from. Tim Fox and Jon Knokey are running on a strong public land and conservation platform. Yet, if they lose the primary, their outdoor policies will not move forward. Point being, in many states, the outcome is decided in the Primary Election. If you vote for hunting, fishing, and public access issues, get those candidates through the primaries.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick non-resident overview of Nevada. Topics covered include deadlines, draw dates, point system, costs, how the draw works for non-residents, strategies to increase your odds, species available, rules unique to Nevada, and other tidbits that will help you before the May 4, 2020 deadline.
In this Episode (129) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Dean Krebs. Dean and his fellow volunteers have started a program in his town of Alexandria, MN that has grown to be a huge one-day event to expose kids to the outdoors. Youth Outdoor Activity Day has grown to over 2,000 attendees, supported by an entire community. Dean explains how it started, how it can be replicated, and offers his insight and perspective to how similar events can be pulled off, resulting in great opportunities to get kids interested in the outdoors. Find Dean's even at YouthOutdoorActivityDay.org.
In this Episode (128) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy shares the Pre-COVID mic with Tyler Sharp of Modern Huntsman. Topics covered include media platforms, new path for hunting print media, women leading hunting, being uncomfortable, worldwide perspectives in hunting, pushing boundaries, explaining hunting to non-hunters, learning by listening, common values make allies, food is the entry point, explaining why we hunt, reconciling the contrast, avoiding hypocrisy, leading is risky, valuing the experience, and many other topics related to hunting and media.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy does a brief overview of applying for elk and deer tags in Colorado, the state with the largest elk population and the best mule deer hunting in the west. Topics covered included deadlines, how the system works, preference points, strategy of how to use your points, season dates, planning for next year, over the counter options, youth opportunities, and all the other highlights that should get you started with your Colorado elk and deer applications.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy spends a half hour to cover the basics of applying for elk and deer in Montana, one of the most complicated application processes of all western state. Topics covered include deadlines, point systems, license types, season dates, non-resident limits, idea of how to find your general hunting areas, and other information that will get you started in applying in Montana.
In this episode (127) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus share the mic with James Cruickshank. James was their guide on the British Columbia Mountain Caribou and Moose adventure last year. While at the Wild Sheep Show, the topic covered include hunting year round, hunting as your livelihood, unique clients, when hunting gets to be a drag, no complaining, you better love your job, challenges, making the best of bad situations, finding joy in success of others and many more topics about the life of a backcountry mountain hunting guide.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a very brief (20 minutes) overview of applying for big game tags in New Mexico. With no point system, New Mexico is less complicated than other western states. Topics covered include deadlines, using all three hunt code choices, season breakdowns, options for youth and mobility impaired, and a few other tidbits that apply to New Mexico.
In this Episode (126) returning guest, Jim Heffelfinger talks about the many deer species/subspecies in America. Topics include evolution of deer, mule deer, whitetails, blacktails, Coues, isolation changes, true subspecies, adaptability, cross-breeding, competition among species, likelihood of expansion and contraction of native ranges, and many other topics that touch on the natural history of our most beloved ungulates.