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.
In this Episode (125) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy confesses his ineptitude and failures as a wild game cook while sharing the mic with past guests Hank Shaw and Johnathan O'Dell. Topics covered include cooking insecurities, simplify game cooking, closing the wild harvest loop, kitchen confidence, good hunters can be terrible cooks, methods and techniques more important than recipes, can I trust that recipe, and a lot of other topics intended to help hunters get over the intimidation of experimenting with their wild game dishes.
In this Bonus Episode, we cover all things related to applying for tags in Utah, mostly focused on non-resident applicants. Topics covered include upfront costs, point systems, how the Utah system works, deadlines, bonus versus preference points, species available, order of the draw and how that affects your tag strategy, general buck deer compared to limited entry deer, allocating your application budget, returning tags, and other highlights to the drawing system.
In Episode 124 of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Sam and Josh Soholt talk about how conservation is one of their business cornerstones at Public Land Tees. Topics covered include conservation as a business principle, Duck Stamps for all, creativity is a necessity, work as a passion, waterfowling, Public Land Van, being all in, why "it" matters, hunting for the future, donating to access, conservation business partners, advocacy is your business, and a host of other topics about business and conservation.
In this bonus episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio Randy gives a quick summary of Arizona draw systems, some strategy ideas, and the details of costs and deadlines. Topics covered will include the two parts of the Arizona draw system, how it works best for low point holders and higher point holders. Also the best strategy to get the most from your hunt code choices and leverage the investment you make in your non-resident hunting license.
In this Episode (123) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy shares a mic with recurring guest, Shane Mahoney. Shane brings a wide perspective in his role as scientist and policy maker in global conservation. Topics covered include recent studies on acceptance of hunting, species thinking and feelings, along with topics on genetics research, DNA sharing with animals, reconcile taking for food, evolving ideas on hunting, how wildlife is viewed worldwide, learning from animals, dangers of ignoring reality, why hunting will lead the future of wildlife conservation, and many more topics if huge importance to hunting and conservation.
In this Bonus Episode of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy give a short summary of the Wyoming elk application process and the big changes in store for 2020. This is the first of many bonus episodes that will be posted to help listeners be reminded of deadlines and give quick strategies and idea for each state. Thanks to onX and goHUNT INSIDER for making these possible. Use Promo Code RANDY to save money with both of those valuable tools and maybe win a Wyoming Commissioners Tag.
In this Episode (122) of Leupold's Hunt Talk Radio, Randy and Marcus are on their way home from a tough late season Wyoming Elk hunt. Topics covered include hunts that don't go well, weather challenges, closed public roads, risk of short hunts, difficult access, checkerboard areas, hunting small sections, know where you are, etiquette of shared hunting spots, "my spot," sharing public land, hunters helping others, and other issues that have been on our discussion list for a while.
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.