In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy's guest is Jess Johnson, Government Affairs Director for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. Jess brings her extensive policy experience to explain how to make a difference with people of all political stripes, staying in your lane, focusing on what you can improve, playing the long game, co-founding the Artemis Sportswomen, how to use communications for the good of hunting, explaining the privilege we have and the obligations that come with those blessings, and a lot of other random topics related to policy, hunting, and conservation.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus give a season wrap. It has been the most disrupted of all seasons, requiring the Fresh Tracks crew to fill in a lot of the content Randy normally films. Such is life. And such is the story of 2021. Stories of elk hunts, deer hunts, a mountain goat named "Grubby" and stories from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Montana. We are now back on track and hoping to keep rolling without disruption.
In this episode of Leupold’s Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Marcus and Dale as they give a mid-season update. Topics covered include a scheduling mayhem, leftover and returned tags, great friends like Scott Jones, camera guys as scapegoats, passing when you should shoot, Kara the elk slayer, Randy’s shortened season, hopes for a billy goat, banner grouse year, a special moose story, and highlights of the first two months of hunts for this season.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy has guest Charlie and Corey from Steelhead Outdoors. Topics covered include starting a hunting business as a dream, more work and less hunting, solving problems, building a better gun safe, what is a modular safe, custom services and products, whitetails of Minnesota, deer camps, hunting traditions, grouse or partridge, small town cultures, deciding to manufacture in the USA, and other perspectives of young business owners making their way in the hunting space.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Matthew, Marcus, and RJ as they talk about the new distribution platform they are launching in response to request from followers. Topics include paying for content with time (ads), privacy ( your personal information), or money. Randy explains his belief that viewers should know they can watch content without concern of their personal privacy and information. Fresh Tracks+ is a new membership model that provides the privacy and ad-free experience many are seeking.
In this episode (167) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy is joined by Lorenzo and Chris, co-founders of goHUNT. Topics include the goHUNT story, how it started and where they are going, focus on hunter needs, creating more value at the same price, always getting better, solving hunter's problems, using business technology for hunting, mapping as an essential tool, building a bigger pie; providing what a hunter needs, when they need it, at all times, in one location, and what might be next for goHUNT.
In this episode (166) Randy talks with Lee McDonald of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. Topics covered include all things mountain goats, how citizens can contribute to science and conservation, the value of volunteers, funding constraints for agencies, advocating for mountain goats, hunting as a management tool, how RMGA made Randy's 2021 goat tag possible, native species in non-native habitats, and the future of Rocky Mountain Goats.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy talks about long-term drought impacts and Arizona's wild sheep with Brad Remfrey of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society. Topics covered include drought, hauling water, volunteerism is key, loss of surface water, collective human impacts, changing landscapes, how to help wildlife in drought, how to win a Dall Sheep hunt in the McKenzie Mountains, what is done with you money, advocacy, and a host of other issues impacting Arizona's Desert Bighorn Sheep.
In this episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, our guest is Dr. Weston Adkins, doctor of audiology at the Mayo Clinic, who also is a hunter and shooter. Topics covered include all items related to hearing loss, prevention, exposure to damage, decibel levels of firearms, frequencies lost, loss of volume versus loss of clarity, protecting what you have, prevention methods, treatment options, health consequences of lost hearing, and idea that motivate you to NOT be like Randy; protect what you have!
In this episode (163) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with Dr. Tim Deboodt and Dylan Kruse, experts in juniper management and emerging markets for juniper as a commercial wood product. Juniper is a native tree that dominates many arid environments, benefiting from fire suppression. Junipers consumes a lot of water, reducing surface water and forage base necessary for wildlife. Tim and Dylan explain the programs in Oregon used to improve wildlife conservation by management of junipers.
In this episode (162) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares the mic with longtime friends Lanny and Tracy Barnes, US Olympians in the biathlon and competitive shooters. Topics covered include hunting as a life skill for elite competition sports, failure as our teacher, attitude matters, optimists are seldom disappointed, shooting sports and competition, hunting as a lifetime activity, sacrifice is often necessary, mental focus when shooting, and a lot of other topics from two of our greatest ambassadors.
In this Episode (161) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Hank Shaw returns to share his ideas on cooking, fish, and fishing. He talks about his new book, his fishing childhood, regional biases against great tasting fish, how all fish are edible, bad fish come from poor prep, pressure bleeding you catch, fish cooking simplicity, beer batter, traditional fish recipes, and a net full of great ideas that will change your thoughts about Hookin' and Cookin'.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy talks remaining tag options with Brady Miller of goHUNT.com. Topics covered include over-the-counter options for all species, returned tag options, left-over options, and an explanation of how these options work for each of the western states. A few of these returned tags are premium hunts. Summary being, if you are without a tag, you still have options to go hunting this season.
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.