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.
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.