In this episode (121) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is summarizing a recent Montana elk hunt with Marcus Hockett and Adam Foss. Topics covered include late season elk patterns, hunting pressure on public land, sanctuaries, going a bit further, weather influences, glassing, using pack animals, hunting mid-week, tools for locating elk, bugling in November, how far is too far, new areas and same habits, and a host of other topics that explain a late-season elk hunt on highly pressured public land.
In this Episode (120) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is on a long awaited Wyoming mule deer hunt and shares a mic with two conservation advocates, Chris Steffen and Jared Oakleaf, both lending their talents to mule deer conservation group, Muley Fanatic Foundation. Topics covered included mule deer, migration routes, Wyoming Migration Initiative, accommodating for wild things, world demand for resources, mothers are leaders, winter kill, quality habitat, risk-reward of migration, corridors, relearning migration routes, and other topics related to the amazing conservation story that is the migratory mule deer of western Wyoming.
In this Episode (119) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with Theodore Roosevelt IV (Ted). Topics covered include some controversial topics, such as our changing climate and the impacts to wildlife and hunting, change is constant, science or bias, shrinking wildness, value of wild places, conservation, Roosevelt Legacy, Vietnam service, operating a science-dependent investment business, favorite hunting and fishing adventures, and a host of other topics through the eyes of a former Navy Seal and current investment banker who loves wild places and wild things.
In this episode (118) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and the crew are wrapping up a trip to New Mexico to help Uncle Mike fill his elk tag. Topics covered include "sensitive" social media images, before/after food images, aging as a hunter, hunting with family, paying back the favors, a lengthy day-by-day analysis of Mike's elk hunt, misses are part of hunting, post-rut elk, bulls and burns, wind sucks, and always, some marital advice.
Randy, Marcus, and Michael get together and talk about their successes in the 2019 hunting season. The team discusses the previous two months of hunting trips, including Michael's first bull elk.
In this episode (116) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus are on their way home from Randy's lifelong dream hunt; Mountain Caribou in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia. This podcast focuses on the importance of having dreams, and even more important to work at making those dreams come true. Randy has been dreaming of this hunt since a teenager. It took 40 years to make it a reality. In addition to caribou, a moose tag in hand was a handy addition to this amazing experience. Great adventures, new landscapes, special species, more memories and new friends. If you get only one thing from this episode, I hope it is the inspiration to make your lifelong dreams the reality of today.
In this Episode (115) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy opens the mic to a trio of hunters who just happen to be women. Randy is deeply interested in the lens through which hunters who are women see the hunting world. Joining in this conversation are Nicole Qualtieri, Sarah Keller, and Lindsey Mulcare. Topics covered include how women are socialized away from hunting at younger ages, coming back to hunting, born into hunting or having to learn it, patronizing or pragmatic, crying is part of the deal, shrink it and pink it, huntress or hunter, OK to exclude men/women, and many other topics these three hunters find discussion-worthy for a male-dominated activity as is hunting.
In this episode (114) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy is joined by Keith Balfourd, Marketing and Communications Director at Boone & Crockett Club. Topics covered include the history and origin of Fair Chase, self-restraint as the foundation of species recovery, conservation founded on the Fair Chase principles, hunting image, codes, standards, behavior, why it matters, wise use of resources requires restraint, hunting in a diverse society, conservation through a single species lens, databases used for conservation, harvesting older or male species is conservation, and many other sticky hunting topics on which B&C is leading the discussion.
In this episode (113) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with two fellow public land hunters, Aaron Warbritton of The Hunting Public and Sam Soholt of the Public Land School Bus. Topics covered include the challenges of filming public land hunts, finding public hunting spots, information and inspiration, how we all got into this gig, some behind the scenes stories, public land whitetails, midwest public land hunting, western spoils, and lots of ideas on finding public hunting ground.
In this episode (112) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with frequent guest, Shane Mahoney of Conservation Visions. From the RMEF Elk Camp in Park City, topics covered include sharing the harvest, wild harvest statistics, value of information gives value to wildlife, North American Model of Wildlife Conservation update, opponents can be allies, opportunities to sway abound, sustainable use of all resources includes wildlife, world looking to North America wildlife models, food security concerns favor hunting, hunting as an example for sustainable systems, food at the core of the hunting message, health awareness benefits hunting, society admires those who share, and a host of other ideas crammed into an hour-long discussion.
In this Episode (EP 111) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and his crew debate where you find elk and why you find them. Marcus believes elk "Are where your find them." Randy insists you find elk "Where they are." That debate is not solved, but discussed in great depth, along with elk patterns, why elk are where they are, five calendar periods of an elk's year, E-scouting, fishing skills for elk hunting, elk needs, hunting scapegoats, moon phases, locked down whitetails, internet research, all forage is not the same, elk hunter botanists, and host of other topics designed to inform and inflame the listener.
In this Episode (110) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with former guest and Leupold's VP Product Development, Tim Lesser. Topics covered include where new ideas come from, dreams and realities, manufacturable, value proposition, relentless pursuit of improvement, gateways to end product development, field testing, honest feedback, migration of military technology, producing with customers in mind, test for weakest links, pulling the plug, USA manufacturing benefits and challenges, foreign competitors, real world results, over-engineer, weight and resulting forces, lighter can be more durable, surfaces aplenty, lens coatings matter, and many other topics that explain how high quality rifle scopes are made.
In this episode (EP109) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Ryan Lampers of the Sthealthy Hunter. Topics covered include spring black bears, boars' nests, green pockets, backpacking for bears, evening or morning, bear meat, velvet mule deer, archery stalks, controlling your nerves, young buck sentinels, Western Hunting Summit, high country bucks, Washington muleys, blown stalks, sloth-like, ten-day hunts, patience, and many other topics related to archery mule deer and spring black bears.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Idaho system for non-resident elk tags. Topics covered include deadlines (6/5/19), no point system, upfront costs, getting the most for your money, strategy to hunt Idaho every year, wolf opportunity, combining with a deer hunt, where populations are over objective, season dates, and the other basics you need to apply for and hunt elk in Idaho this year.
In this episode (108) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Tony Peterson, outdoor writer and host of the Hunt For Real Podcast. Topics covered include hunting public land whitetails, kids teaching parents, late season pheasants, hunting dogs, print media, changes to digital media, how hunting has changed, insights to the archery industry, commercialization, Congress is pro wrasslin, portraying real hunting experiences, how Randy got into media, how hunting messages are formed by outside influences, and many other topics from two experienced media producers.
In this Episode (107) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Damon Bungard of Orion Coolers to discuss his use of blood tracking dogs to recover hit animals. Topics covered include the history of blood tracking dogs, breeding lines, growth of blood tracking in the US, what states are legal, leashed or unleashed, United Blood Trackers Organization, ethics of using dogs for recovery, volunteering for tracking other's animals, and a host of other topics to open the minds of people not familiar with using blood tracking dogs to recover hit animals.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives the overview of applying for elk tags in Nevada. Nevada has amazing hunting, with Nevada elk being highly coveted. Topics covered include application deadlines, application strategies, maximizing your license investment, season dates, how the system works, using all your choices, bonus points systems, quality elk and quality experience, and all other issues you need to know to apply for, and hopefully draw, Nevada elk tags.
In this Episode (106) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by prior guest, Johnathan O'Dell, small game biologist, chef, and historian of conservation, specifically in the southwestern states. Topics covered include small game cooking, crane bacon, javelina hams, history of ornithology in Arizona, conservation as an American identity, jackrabbits as big game, panfish for the pan, and a host of other interesting points by the world's most interesting small game hunter.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy goes over the manner to get an elk tag for Colorado. Colorado is a state you can hunt every year for elk, even as a non-resident. The deadline is April 2, 2019. Topics covered includes how the draw system works, deadlines, left-over options, over-the-counter elk hunting, public access, preference point systems, and other important issues when applying for elk hunts in Colorado.
In Episode 105 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, we have a follow up to the recent "hunting & marriage" episode. This is marital advice from married women; Hillary, Morgan, and Jen laying down the facts to Randy. Topics covered include men being clueless, hunting is a mistress, the thought does count, expectations, financial fairness, time budgets, I need a break from the kids, what women mean versus what they say, and many valuable "decodings" for the hunter who wants marital harmony.
In the episode (104) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy sits down with US Senator Steve Daines to discuss the recent public land, S. 47, bill that became law. Topics covered include an overview of S. 47, how complex bills become legislation, unifying message of public lands and conservation, Land & Water Conservation Fund, importance of public access, LWCF funding mechanism, hunters in Congress, Senator Daines' hunting and fishing background, how Senate rules work, killing bad amendments, what is next on the public land front, and many stories of hunting and fishing public lands.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Montana drawing process and how non-residents can use Montana as a predictable state for their plan to hunt elk every year. Topics covered include the Montana tag draw system, general tag, limited entry tags, long seasons, public land archery benefits, returned tags, deadlines, and enough other tips to get you well on your way to hunting elk in Montana.
In this episode (103) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy has return guest Jim Heffelfinger, Science Coordinator for Arizona Game & Fish who also leads their Department involvement recovery of the Mexican Wolf. Topics covered include Mexican wolves, Endangered Species Act, Congressional delisting, genetic purge, Colorado gray wolf proposal, litigation, can the ESA work in a litigation environment, and a lot of other difficult topics related to reintroduction and recovery of endangered species.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy gives a quick overview of the Utah elk tag drawing system as it applies to non-residents. Topics include how the system works, why UT is a long-term plan, allocating time and money budgets, realistic expectations, bonus points, limited non-resident opportunity, great season dates, big bulls, lots of public land, and other high-level topics to get you started thinking about elk hunting in Utah.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary today. As part of that big event, Randy has invited some fellow hunters, Bart May, Michael Parente, and Dan Wilde to discuss marriage advice for men. Version 2 will have marriage advice from women guests. Topics covered include "peace, not justice," men are bad negotiators, women are smarter, know what you bring to the table, don't care too much, don't be handy, setting & exceeding expectation, when to get married, elope if you can, measuring the future costs, taxidermy, and a host of other topics men usually mess up on when trying to accommodate their hunting passion with their marriage. Stay tuned for the women's perspective.