In this Episode (160) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy catches up with past guest, Clay Hayes. Topics covered include Clay's appearance on Season 8 of the reality TV show ALONE. Also covered are building your own bow, getting as close as possible, defining your own mountain to climb, skills needed for intimate-distance hunting, mental conditioning, teaching your skills, survival when needed, grouse priorities, and a host of other topics that will entertain you.
In this shortened episode (159) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy goes solo and gives some updates on podcast delays, makes a call for topics and guests to augment his own topic ideas, explains why policy and politics is a hunting topic, outlines content distribution plans being considered, updates on the 2021 hunt schedule, a quick overview of Arizona deer and sheep draw, and gives a Memorial Day tribute to a friend lost too soon.
In this Episode (158) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Andrew McKean. Andrew's background as with Outdoor Life and his many years as a volunteer give a unique perspective to discuss the issues of our time. Those topics include, politics hurting hunting, optimism in darkness, being uncomfortable, too much R3, it is all access, conservation matters, management of mismanagement, how much ground we have lost, crowding, the benefits of diversity, and tangents to put a smile on your face.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Dave Willms and Nephi Cole, both avid elk hunters and former policy advisors for Wyoming Governor Matt Meade. Topics covered include how the game works, an insider's perspective, what not to do, what to do, too much R3, lost access, conservation matters, managing hunters and hunting, elk hunting stories, and other great tangents from three passionate hunters who are concerned about wild places and wild things.
In this Bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives the 2021 update on applying for deer and elk in Colorado. Topics covered include deadlines, preference point system, over-the-counter tags, excellent dates for 2021 deer hunting, likely point creep, tag-teaming deer and elk hunts together, and all other things you need to know about Colorado applications.
In this episode (156) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus are ice fishing, mostly fishing for answers to how hunters can better understand the political process and increase their advocacy. Topics covered include trends in hunting topics becoming political, how the game works, why we might need new organizations to be effective, hunters must jump in the game, using your own network, solo or group, citizen legislators, paying dues is not advocacy, the detriments of being partisan, don't burn bridges, passion v. emotion, and other topics that give some insight to what likely is ahead for hunting and politics.
In this episode (155) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Steven Drake, passionate hunter and adventure photographer. Topics covered include making your passion your business, hunting for adventure, avalanche mountain goats, photography through a different lens, avoiding the dead horse roll, ski racer goes hunting, learning on the job, forcing yourself to be uncomfortable, mountain discomforts, and many other topics from a guy who has traveled the world capturing hunting images.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives the 2021 highlights of the Utah application process prior to the March 4th deadline. Topics covered include deadlines, how the system works, fees, upfront costs, and what species are available to non-residents. Utah draw odds are really tough, but if you are lucky enough to draw, it is worth the price and worth the effort. For more details, check out the INSIDER at goHUNT.com and use promo code RANDY to get a $50 gift card.
In this episode (154) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy shares the mic with Mac Minard, Executive Director of the Montana Outfitter and Guides Association. The discussion revolves around MT Senate Bill 143 that would take 60% now 39% of the non-resident deer/elk tags and give preference to those non-residents using the services of an outfitter. This is a contentious issue being debated in the Montana Legislature in 2021. Topics covered will hopefully give the listener perspectives of how our wildlife resources are being readjusted by state legislatures rather than our historic manners of state fish & game commissions and show the importance of being involved and informed of how your hunting opportunities can be impacted by the political process.
In this episode (153) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy, Marcus, and Michael talk about Michael's Idaho elk hunt in a hard-to-draw unit. In addition to that hunt, a season recap is provided, explaining how to make a story from the most difficult of hunts, working your plan, glory tags that aren't very glorious, when things don't go well, what a season looks like behind the scenes, things we do wrong more than once, taking good luck when it comes your way, planning for success and preparing for struggle, film permit intricacies, and a host of other highlights to our most challenging season 13 years of production.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Brandon Evans, Head of Research at goHUNT.com. Though this episode focuses on Arizona, with Brandon the topics diverts to explanation of how draw odds are calculated in complicated states like Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Brandon explains the Arizona system, how to use your choices, strategies to improve your odds, and how goHUNT simulates draws over hundreds of thousands of replications. Also discussed are deadlines, how the AZ draw works, maximizing your investment, short/mid/long-term elk options in AZ, and a host of other timely topics to consideration with the approaching Arizona deadline.
In this Episode (152) of Leupold's Hunt Talk radio, Randy hosts Dr. Matt Kauffman and Greg Nickerson of the Wyoming Migration Initiative. Topics covered include migrations, emerging science, landscape challenges, new technology for wildlife tracking, prioritizing wildlife corridors, making science consumable, why migrate, risks or rewards in migration, how much we don't know, and a lot of cool topics about the emerging understanding of wildlife migrations and the importance to wildlife populations.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy share the mic with Brady and Trail from goHUNT.com. The topic starts with "point creep," where point creep comes from, and what to expect in the coming years. Other topics include overview of each state, where value exists, how to hunt every year, short/mid/long-term plans, what information to consider, point buyers, systems of each state, and a host of other tidbits that will improve your odds of drawing a good tag each year.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with seasonal guests Jim Heffelfinger and Johnathan O'Dell. As scientists and biologists, they manage wildlife at the mercy of Mother Nature. Topics covered include drought impacts, disease impacts on big and small game, hunting the Pleistocene,
nutrition cycles, waterfowl diseases, too many quail, season setting, man made water sources, predation in drought years, desert adaptations, rabbit and hares, and many more topics about hunting and wildlife in the desert.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy covers all the details needed to understand the Wyoming elk tag application system for non-residents in 2021. Topics covered include deadlines, how the system works, Special versus Regular draw, how the preference point system works, random tag opportunities, Type 9 tags, getting the most for your investment, short and long-term strategies, and some other tidbits that hopefully help you draw your Wyoming elk tag this year.
In this episode (149) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy goes a bit unfiltered as he shares a COVID recovery day talking to Hal Herring about many issues of politics, conservation, easements, guns, nationalized elections, loss of local media outlets, competition for ideas, voting monopolies, crowded woods during COVID, the good 2A-conservation politician connecting single-issue 2A voting and anti-public landers, and a lot of other issues that try to explain how we end up with the policy positions we do.
In this episode (148) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus give a recap of their week in Arizona chasing Coues deer and Gamble's quail. Topics covered include warm climate hunting, opportunity hunts, being too selective, trusting your gut, mountain lions, full chokes for quail, hunting with family & friends, water and drought cycles, dime store hunts, filling freezers of filling memory bank, and many other topics that wrap up a weird season that was 2020.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a brief overview of how to hunt Alaska in 2021. Topics covered include the draw system, species available, costs, deadlines, quirks and rules to use for your advantage. Alaska is a hunter's dreamland, more possible than most think. If Alaska is one of your hunting goals, now is the time to do it.
In this Episode (147) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives his overview of the 2021 tag application season that starts with Alaska. Every year some dreams of special places or species becomes reality when a prepared and informed hunter draws a dream tag. To be one of those hunters, you first need a tag, which requires a plan and a budget. This is a discussion of how to do that; getting value for your investment, prioritizes your hunting goals, making a short-term/mid-term/long-term plan, and knowing how the systems work to accomplish your hunting dreams. Good luck in 2021.
In this Episode (146) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy and Marcus give a mid-season update. Topics covered include updates on Alaska moose and caribou, Wyoming deer, Colorado elk, Idaho elk, New Mexico elk, mistakes we've made, oversights, how to handle a mistake, transparency, read the regulations, complications of hunting multiple states, planning for 2021, southeast Alaska deer hunting, tents are overrated, Randy self-filming his elk hunt, and other ramblings half way through a long season.
In this short Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy returns to discuss "Stamp It Forward," a creative conservation idea put together by Sam and Josh Soholt. Topics covered include what Duck Stamps pay for, the history of the duck stamp, National Wildlife Refuge system, waterfowl hunting, how you can help, and other side notes that hopefully make you aware of how important the Duck Stamp program is for conservation of many species, not just waterfowl.
In this Episode (145) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Brian Yablonski, CEO of Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), the founders and leading voices in Free Market Environmentalism. Topics covered include wildlife migrations and conserving those corridors, public wildlife needing private land, conservation incentives on private land, Yellowstone elk, disease costs and liabilities, better public land management needed for wildlife, North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, conserving wild fish stocks, and many other topics where public and wildlife benefit from working with conservation-minded private land stewards.
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.