The Rich Outdoors
The Rich Outdoors
Cody Rich
Hunting Tips, Tactics, Strategies, and Preparation
EP 489: Backcountry Horseback Elk Hunt and Growing a Youtube Channel with Switchback Outdoors
Welcome to episode 489 of the podcast. Today I’m joined by Ross Sevy of Switchback Outdoors. Ross is an avid hunter and family man. I really enjoyed this podcast as we dove into the struggles and challenges of  building a YouTube Channel. Ross has been producing hunts on YouTube for 10 years as a side hobby and more recently getting more serious about making it a business. His recent series Icon Tour – “The Species” is mid way through with some really great hunts up so far. Be sure to go check it out here. His most recent release features an extremely tough backcountry horseback elk hunt. We talk a lot about this hunt and some of the struggles that come with taking horses in the backcountry. Show Notes:  Intro – Icon Tour & Youtube Content – 03:48 Beginning & Current Goals – 15:26 Youtube Monetization Pros & Cons – 24:18 Mistakes & Challenges – 32:47 Horse backing Unknowns, Pros & Cons – 38:55 Early Seasons & Backcountry Elk Hunts – 49:39 The Influence & Effects of Confidence – 58:53 Switchback Outdoors Give Aways – 1:08:06 Before we get started I want to tell you about my good buddy Mark Livesay and his e-scouting course.  Spending your hunting season going into an area where there are no elk is just wasting your hunting season. We all been there so excited to go on your big hunt only to find no sign of the animals. or worse your favorite spot has people everywhere. The Treeline Academy e-scouting course will teach you to find hunting spots that actually have elk right from the comfort of your home. On top of that Mark’s e-scouting course will teach you to be a more successful hunter by showing you how to organize hunts, with hunt plans, backup plans, and really how to be for more prepared for that trip of the year or trip of your life. With 30 hours of modules this is by far and away the most valuable asset you can give yourself. The ability to read maps, terrains, and areas like a seasoned pro. I promise you this is an invest in elk hunting abilities. Head over to TreelineAcademy.com sign up for the e-scouting course and prepare to be completely blown away at the amount of knowledge Mark is going to bring you. Use the TRO code to save $20 of your course. This podcast is also brought to you by On X maps. On X maps is my go-to for both in the field navigation but also this time of year as I am e-scouting. I spend hours and hours pouring over maps to figure out how locate that potential giant or maybe just how to get away from people. On x elite members now have an even more benefits with the new elite members benefits program. Now with your elite On X membership get a free Top Rut membership as well. Upgrade to elite and start planning more out of state hunts.
Jan 21
1 hr 24 min
EP 488: Is the Backcountry Dead? with Ryan Lampers
Whats up podcast listeners today my good friend and backcountry hunting master Ryan Lampers dive into a couple topics that came up post 2020 hunting season. Before we dive into the podcast I want to tell you about a huge Giveaway I am doing. Made with MEAT is a really cool new company that is making Direct to consumer meat processing equipment. You have probably seen me post about it and even todays guest Ryan Lampers. Right now we are doing a giveaway over on our Patreon. If you are not familiar with Patreon, Patreon is our premium content. Designed to so that diehard fans could support their favorite creators and also get exclusive content. With Patreon we have been able to have less corporate intrest in mind and focus on making the best elk and mule deer content we can provide. I know a lot of people scoff at paying for a podcast but I promise you its far more than just a podcast its like continuous education for your elk and mule deer hunting career and we have a lot of really cool things happening over on our Patreon this year. One of which is giving away a $700 Chamber Vaccum Sealer that is probably the greatest processing thing I have ever owned. If you have ever had to deal with cheap crappy vaccum sealers you will thank the heavens above when you use one of the chamber vaccums. Head over to our www.patreon.com/therichoutdoors check out the hundreds of bonus episodes and get read to win the best Chamber Vaccum you have ever seen. This podcast made possible by goHUNT.com. GoHUNT’s Insider membership gives you access to all the tools you need to put the best tags in your pocket and get you going on better hunts. If you want to be a better hunter having the right tag is a big piece of the puzzle. I use goHUNT.com constantly this time of year to help me have the best tags I can get or even to just plan out my fall. Stop wasting time and effort on crappy hunts, spend money on the tools that are going to make you successful and not gear that makes you look cool. Use the Code TRO when you join to get 50 points toward the goHUNT gear shop. Show Notes:  Intro – Passing the Torch – 03:45 Balancing Self Interest & Family – 19:05 Is the Backcountry Dead? – 23:43 Goals & Transitions – 37:51 Ryan’s Advice Planning for 2021 – 46:40 Hunting Summit 2021 Sign-Ups – 55:55
Jan 14
1 hr 4 min
EP 487: Be All In! with Gastro Gnome Founder Shannon Waters
Here in Bozeman you get to meet so many cool people. Over the last year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Shannon Waters as she launched her new brand Gastro Gnome meals, a backpacking meal company making some of the best meals I’ve ever had. When I was first introduced to Shannon I probably had some preconceived notions, San Fransisco chef moves to Bozeman and starts a backpacking food company. It wasn’t long before Shannon threw those stereotypes right out the window. Shannon has this ability to be all in, something my over analyzing brain lacks seriously. Thats not to say makes rash decisions, or even impulse. Shannon has an ability to deeply analyze something and then act without doubt. Recently Shannon picked up hunting and actually had a great first year. Coming from the high end restaurant world of farm to table it was a natural progression into hunting your own food even though she has experienced kick back from within her circles. Show Notes:  Intro – About Shannon & Careers – 03:22 When to Jump & Considerations – 12:34 Field to Table & Shannon’s 1st Hunt – 22:01 About Gastro Gnome Meals – 34:32 Future Hunting Plans – 39:35 How to Help Gastro Gnome & Advice – 43:01 Backpacking Follies – 48:28 Giveaway…? – 52:09 This podcast is brought to your by ON x Maps. The number one mapping system for hunters. I use On X maps both in the field and at my laptop constantly. Whether I am scouting new locations or in the field On X is my go-to. I just got off a hunt that was filled with audibles, we changed plans constantly as we tried to find elk. I was with my good buddy and e-scouting legend Mark Livesay and over that week of hunting we continuously went back to the maps looking at options trying to dig up more elk. You have probably heard mention his e-scouting course Treeline Academy which I highly highly recommend. Marks system put us on literally hundreds of elk. Needless to say, we were in elk all week and were able to even find new elk because of On X and the tools available to hunters right on our phone. In fact I played with the new 3D feature right on my phone and that is way cool. ON X now has a 3D feature in the app that allows you to see your way points in a google earth type 3D view. Really cool feature. When it comes to e-scouting Marks course Treeline Academy is the gold standard and for me goHUNT, On X maps,  and Google earth are my go to tools. If you want to up your hunting game these tools are a must have in my opinion. goHUNT is a big supporter of the podcast and over the next 6 months I will be on goHUNT religiously, planning and scheming all of my next years hunts. Don’t waste money and more importantly years of struggling to figure out big game hunting. Go sign up for marks course. Then get yourself an On X membership and a goHUNT membership and take years off the learning curve. Use the TRO code for all three to save yourself some money.
Jan 7
1 hr 6 min
EP 486: Kurt Racicot and Lyle Hebel Talk Big Mountain Hunting
Today I am joined by Kurt Raciot the founder of Stone Glacier and Lyle Hebel head of marketing. Kurt has been solo hunting big mountains and particularly sheep for most of his hunting carrier. I love the way Kurt approaches the mountains and hunting in general. Kurt is what you might call a minimalist. In fact Stone Glacier was truly founded on redefining ultralight hunting mainly because Kurt was a solo hunter who needed the ability to come out in one load with a sheep and all of his gear. in my opinion Kurt is just one of those people who looks at the world differently. He has the ability to look at a problem and ask how would I solve this in my own way. From hunting to gear design this has served him well over the years. In this podcast we talk about hunting big mountains, extended trips, relying on yourself and even dive into some design flows. Lyle just got back from an epic trip to Alaska where he was able to take a Dall Ram as well as great Mountain Goat on the same trip. Show Notes:  Intro – About Kurt – 04:19 Lyle’s AK Sheep Hunt – 10:19 Minimalism & Pushing It Solo – 23:43 Logistics & Execution of Mountain Hunts – 35:26 Stone Glacier: Design & Innovation – 40:50 Closing Advice & Gear Go-To’s – 55:21 This podcast brought to you by the awesome folks at Maven Built Optics. Maven is such a cool company and a great group of people. I also love that they are a small Wyoming company making big waves. Maven is a Direct to consumer optics company which means they don’t have huge mark ups. One of the most common questions you guys the listeners ask me is to compare mavens to something at an equal price point. I can’t say it enough Maven blows everything in a similar price point out of the water. Stop comparing products based on price. This is why I say Maven is the best bang for your buck by far and away, it’s not even close. Good glass is a must have. From their rifle scopes to binoculars, and spotters I highly recommend their optics. I haven’t gotten my hands on the new range finder but Maven recently just released a rangefinder that looks pretty sweet as well. Use the Code TRO-GIFT to get a free gift with purchase. Today’s podcast brought to you by the great folks over at On X Maps. The #1 GPS hunting app with onX Hunt and onX Offroad. They have you covered for all the activities. On X recently launched 3D maps which is an amazing feature that basically brings google earth into the app allowing you to not only see the terrain in 3D but also be able to easily see all of your way points as well. I love this new feature and saves quite a bit of time when escouting or when in the field. Use Code TRO to save 20% off your membership at www.onXmaps.com
Dec 31, 2020
1 hr 14 min
EP 485: Bearded Butchers Go On a Montana Adventure
Almost a year ago I ended up sitting with Seth and Scott Perkins at an event we were both at. Honestly I had know idea who they were but we hit it off like we were old friends from years back. Seth, Scott and I stayed in touch and actually talked often. On a whim I told them they should think about coming is Montana for an elk hunt some day. Ironically at our first meeting I spent most of the time convincing them that going on an elk was not a huge deal and anyone can do it. Boy would I grow to eat my words on that one. As fate would have it they drew tags their first year and the adventure planning would begin. Seth and Scott brought their nephew and camera man Spencer out to document the whole adventure and as of today the first half of that adventure is out on their YouTube Channel. with the second half coming out this weekend. Hunting has been such a huge piece of my life and I can honestly say I have had some amazing experiences and met some truly amazing people along the way. I would consider these guys as close of friends as anyone and am thankful for such a great experience with them. If you have never heard of the Bearded Butchers you have to check out their YouTube Channel. Never in a million years would I think I could get sucked into a video of someone cutting up a beef but something about the whole thing sucks you in and you wont regret it. Awesome dudes and truly consider them good friends. Today’s podcast sponsored by Maven Optics. I love my Maven’s they are awesome glass. In fact I have been running maven for going on 5 years now. If you want to check out more about what optics I run check out a recent article I did for the Maven Journal where I talk about my collection of optics and which ones I like for different situations. Holidays are just around the corner and a set of Maven bino’s or rifle scope should definitely be on your list. In fact go give the custom optics builder on their website a spin. There you can customize your optics with hundreds of options and I believe through the end of the month you can get free custom upgrades. Again go check out the article and feel free to shoot many any questions you have about certain optics. I am more than happy to help you choose the right option. Today’s podcast brought to you by the great folks over at On X Maps. The #1 GPS hunting app with onX Hunt and onX Offroad. They have you covered for all the activities. On X recently launched 3D maps which is an amazing feature that basically brings google earth into the app allowing you to not only see the terrain in 3D but also be able to easily see all of your way points as well. I love this new feature and saves quite a bit of time when e-scouting or when in the field. An On X membership makes a great gift or a stocking stuffer so head over to OnXmaps.com and get your loved one the number 1 GPS app. Or if you are really nice just share your best way points with them to help get them started. If anybody is wondering what to get me ill take way points to 400 inch bulls and 200 inches bucks. Use Code TRO to save 20% off  
Dec 24, 2020
1 hr 46 min
EP 484: Marketing Your Idea with Travis Chambers
Another entrepreneur podcast for you guys today. Full disclosure this one may go a bit deep for some still thinking about starting a company however it may give you a peep into the struggles and hurdles I deal with in my own company. Travis Chambers is a rockstar in the marketing world. Travis was a part of the most viral video of all time and then took his skills out on his own to create a media company that has helped brands do $300+ million in trackable sales. Chamber Media, Travis’ company has mastered scalable video marketing through paid advertising. In this podcast we cover the understanding of video marketing, we also dive into why comedy works and how to scale your marketing. We talk about Facebook ads and how small business should think about using that medium. Many small business know that they need to use Facebook ads but do not fully understand what that means or how to implement an actionable plan. In this podcast we also cover something really close to home for me, understanding your avatar. At Backcountry Fuel we have struggled to market well to both hunters while not alienating the more outdoor rec community or vise versa. Travis gives me some really solid advice on this front and we talk about how to reframe this problem a different way. Show Notes:  Intro – Travis Talks Virility – 04:57 Basics of Your Ad Campaign – 11:16 Personal Branding – 21:18 Videos & FB Ads – 27:59 Marketing Dilemas & BFB – 38:24 What’s Next & Partnerships – 47:28 Closing Advice for Entrepreneurs – 1:04:02 Travis Chambers Contact & Online – 1:12:22 Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box, my subscription company that provides you with a constant supply of new outdoor snacks, bars, and meals. Right now we are running the biggest deal of the year but you only have a couple more days to take advantage of this deal. Now through the 20th our Holiday Sale will save you $100 dollars off a 12 month subscription. Normally you would pay 399 for a years worth of boxes, but right now only its $299. This is a crazy deal because really you are getting $500 in snacks, bars, Dehydrated meals and all kinds of goodies. On top of that when you take advantage of the Holiday Sale we are throwing in a custom food storage dry bag as well. Again this is your last chance at the best deal of the year. Hit pause on this podcast and go get it today. www.backcountryfuelbox.com Also While you are grabbing last minute gifts Argali knives and game bags are a kick ass gift. Brad Brooks the founder of Argali has been on the podcast and in fact if you like this show you will probably enjoy or conversation about entrepreneurship in episode 478. Argali makes lightweight gear for true backcountry hunters. Imagine a knife that only ways 2 ounces and actually feels like a full size knife. Aragali’s new Serac knife is my new favorite blade. It is just comfortable to me and I love the shape for working up animals. Argali game bags also make a really great gift as well. Stop packing around giant game bags, Argali bags are specifically designed for backpack hunters and the High Country set is only 9 ounces. Both make great gifts so go check them out at www.argalioutdoors.com. Use the TRO code for 10% off your entire order.
Dec 15, 2020
1 hr 3 min
Ep 483: Logan Summers, Hunting Permission, Big Whitetail, and The Debit Card
Today’s Podcast is with Logan Summers, photographer, hunter, friend. This podcast on the surface is about getting permission to hunt. Logan has gotten access and or still has access to about 60,000 acres in Montana,  but that is not the real story. Getting permission is a lot like getting success in life. In this podcast Logan shares his philosophy of  life and relationships being a like debit card. “You can’t withdraw anything before you deposit something into it. Logan also gets after it hunting something not many talk about, big Montana Whitetails. Last year Logan smacked a giant 171″ buck, only to top it this year with another 174” typical. I had a great time chatting with Logan and he has a knowledge that I can pull from. Logan also lives in a camper in the back of his truck spending most of the year hunting or fishing. Show Notes:  Intro – Hunt Life Balance – 3m 34s Fear & Success – 13m 52s Getting Permission to Hunt – 20m 40s Montana Whitetails – 44m 34s Traveling & Accommodations – 58m 48s Closing Thoughts & Logans Content – 1h 7m 7s Today’s podcast sponsored by Maven Optics. I love my Maven’s they are awesome glass. In fact I have been running maven for going on 5 years now. If you want to check out more about what optics I run check out a recent article I did for the Maven Journal where I talk about my collection of optics and which ones I like for different situations. Holidays are just around the corner and a set of Maven bino’s or rifle scope should definitely be on your list. In fact go give the custom optics builder on their website a spin. There you can customize your optics with hundreds of options and I believe through the end of the month you can get free custom upgrades. Again go check out the article and feel free to shoot many any questions you have about certain optics. I am more than happy to help you choose the right option. Today’s podcast brought to you by the great folks over at On X Maps. The #1 GPS hunting app with onX Hunt and onX Offroad. They have you covered for all the activities. On X recently launched 3D maps which is an amazing feature that basically brings google earth into the app allowing you to not only see the terrain in 3D but also be able to easily see all of your way points as well. I love this new feature and saves quite a bit of time when e-scouting or when in the field. An On X membership makes a great gift or a stocking stuffer so head over to OnXmaps.com and get your loved one the number 1 GPS app. Or if you are really nice just share your best way points with them to help get them started. If anybody is wondering what to get me ill take way points to 400 inch bulls and 200 inches bucks. Use Code TRO to save 20% off
Dec 10, 2020
1 hr 28 min
EP 482: How to Validate a Business Idea with Jaden Bales
Since starting these entrepreneur podcast I have had a pretty good amount of questions stream in. Most of you probably didn’t know this but since long before I had a podcast about hunting, these were the conversations I was having. I love talking entrepreneurship. Like hunting I don’t consider myself an expert of any kind merely one guy who has screwed a few things up over the years. Jaden and I sat down to discuss one of the common questions I get about business, How to know if it is a good idea. If you have thought at all about being your own boss, then you have probably also thought about what company you would start. Maybe while glassing for a big buck with your hunting partner you talk about some great idea. In this podcast we discuss a few things to consider as well as some ways to actually test your idea in the market without spending a fortune. I hope this at least gets the wheels turning and gets you thinking about ways to prove or disprove your next business venture. Show Notes:  Intro – Branding & Audience – 03:47 Should Your Business Reflect Your Avatar – 20:50 Online Courses Vs Products & Services – 29:32 The Importance of End-Goals – 38:48 Using Jason Phelps as an Example – 47:08 A Tangible Approach to an Idea – 58:07 This podcast brought to you by Maven Optics. I keep getting ton of questions from folk asking how much I like my Maven Binoculars, and let just tell you I love my Mavens. I am not just saying this on the podcast I freaking love these optics and the company. The Holidays are just around the corner and a pair of Maven’s is a perfect gift. Maven Optics is direct to consumer optics company based out of Wyoming. Maven has taken out the middle man and are shipping you an amazing product right to your door. A lot of people are temped to compare Maven to similar price point optics but let me just say stop doing that. Maven will blow the price point away. They don’t have the middle man mark up and therefore have a surperier product at a great price. The other incredible thing about maven is that you can custom design your optics with thousands of different options. Just log onto Mavenbuilt.com and start playing with custom builder to design a pair of bino’s that are uniquely yours. Use the Code TRO-GIFT to claim your free bonus gift at purchase. Hunting Season is here and you don’t have On X downloaded on your phone you are living under a rock. On X Maps is the number one hunt mapping system out there. One of the cool features I use constantly throughout season is sharing waypoints and areas with hunting buddies. From glassing locations to camp pins this feature gets used often. I will even use the area shape tool to highlight areas then send that to say hey this hillside should have a good buck or bull on it. On X recently launched their new 3D mapping which is still in beta and only on the desktop but this allows you to really see glassing points hillsides and overall terrain features in an area. Good luck out there this year and remember to download any maps you may need before hitting the hills and you will have access to all of your saved e-scouting plans.
Dec 3, 2020
1 hr 9 min
EP 481: Laura Zerra, Survivalist, Hunter, and Badass
This week I am joined by Laura Zerra who atop being a complete badass, is more at home lost in the mountains than most any of the guest that have been on my show. Since childhood Laura has longed to be in the woods exploring the mountains and far before it was cool or popular, living off the land. I really enjoyed this conversation with Laura and find anyone who can travel to the beat of their own drum fascinating and inspiring. Laura shares some stories of her wilderness adventures and insights into living your best life. Laura is also obsessed with shed hunting and we talk about her upcoming plans to go off the grid for the entire month of April in search antlers and how antlers have almost become just an excuse to be in the wilderness. Enjoy! Show Notes:  Intro – About Laura Zerra – 3m 49s Career Advice Looking Back – 13m 11s Learning to Handle Survival Situations – 18m 45s Perspective on Careers & Income – 30m 52s Becoming Self Reliant – 35m 33s Laura’s Podcast & Effects of Isolation – 44m 45s Laura Talks Shed Hunting – 57m 28s Laura’s Content & Social Media – 1h 3m 20s This podcast brought to you by Maven Optics. I keep getting ton of questions from folk asking how much I like my Maven Binoculars, and let just tell you I love my Mavens. I am not just saying this on the podcast I freaking love these optics and the company. The Holidays are just around the corner and a pair of Maven’s is a perfect gift. Maven Optics is direct to consumer optics company based out of Wyoming. Maven has taken out the middle man and are shipping you an amazing product right to your door. A lot of people are temped to compare Maven to similar price point optics but let me just say stop doing that. Maven will blow the price point away. They don’t have the middle man mark up and therefore have a superior product at a great price. The other incredible thing about maven is that you can custom design your optics with thousands of different options. Just log onto Mavenbuilt.com and start playing with custom builder to design a pair of bino’s that are uniquely yours. Use the Code TRO-GIFT to claim your free bonus gift at purchase. This podcast is brought to you by ON X Maps. ON X maps is not only the number one mapping system for public private boundaries, but for me is my go to Navigation, E-Scouting, and all purpose GPS. With the ability to save maps on my phone before I head out On X has become  my go-to system for every hunt. On X is constantly pushing the limits of what a mobile app can do and has launched a ton of great features that make me a  more successful hunter. A couple of my favorite features right now are the ability to share waypoints and routes. Whether with my wife before I head out or with hunting buddies sharing waypoints for various pins, I use this constantly. With the ability to now uses tons of different icons and colors my mapping system is more organized and easier to read than ever. These are just a fraction of the new features and why I choose On X maps over anyone else. Be sure to use the code TRO when you sign up or renew and you will save 20% off.
Nov 26, 2020
1 hr 12 min
EP 480: How to hunt 100 days a year, Bitcoin, and Big Bucks with Craig Van Arsdale
Welcome to the show! Today I am joined by a good buddy Craig Van Arsdale. Craigs been on the podcast before and in fact we did an audio experience together last fall in Colorado. Craig and I have had some deep conversations over beers or just out hunting but I never knew how to bring them into the podcast for you guys. Today we managed to cover some interesting topics, to include how to hunt 100 days a year, how we would choose carriers if we were starting over, investments and much more. Craig is very much into the Bitcoin world and we go pretty deep down the rabbit-whole of bitcoin and what it could mean for the next 20 years. There is also no shortage of hunting talk as Craig just got out of the woods after killing a stud Montana buck. I also just got an inReach message saying he shot a bull so as you hear this we will be packing out meat and I will be looking to fill the freezer with my own elk tag. Tune into the Patreon feed next week for a Wapiti Wednesday elk season update from the field. Show Notes:  Intro – Overview – 06:03 Looking Back on Career Choices – 11:43 100 Days Hunting the Last 2 Years – 23:17 Common Mistakes & Pre-Rut – 27:47 Craigs Recent Buck – 31:49 Upcoming Hunts – 39:12 Bitcoin & Block Chain Currency – 42:36 How to Get Started in Cryptocurrency – 57:51 Are Big Hunts Worth It – 1:08:01 This podcast is brought to your by On X Maps. The number one mapping system for hunters. I use On X maps both in the field and at my laptop constantly. Whether I am scouting new locations or in the field On X is my go-to. I just got off a hunt that was filled with audibles, we changed plans constantly as we tried to find elk. I was with my good buddy and e-scouting legend Mark Livesay and over that week of hunting we continuously went back to the maps looking at options trying to dig up more elk. You have probably heard mention his e-scouting course Treeline Academy which I highly highly recommend. Marks system put us on literally hundreds of elk. Needless to say, we were in elk all week and were able to even find new elk because of On X and the tools available to hunters right on our phone. In fact I played with the new 3D feature right on my phone and that is way cool. ON X now has a 3D feature in the app that allows you to see your way points in a google earth type 3D view. Really cool feature. When it comes to e-scouting Marks course Treeline Academy is the gold standard and for me goHUNT, On X maps,  and Google earth are my go to tools. If you want to up your hunting game these tools are a must have in my opinion. goHUNT is a big supporter of the podcast and over the next 6 months I will be on goHUNT religiously, planning and scheming all of my next years hunts. Don’t waste money and more importantly years of struggling to figure out big game hunting. Go sign up for marks course. Then get yourself an On X membership and a goHUNT membership and take years off the learning curve. Use the TRO code for all three to save yourself some money.  
Nov 12, 2020
1 hr 19 min
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