The East Meets West Hunt Podcast is your resource for all things adventure hunting. This podcast is geared towards the hunter that wants more out of the hunt than just the kill. It’s for the hunter that loves planning and preparing for the hunt, just as much as the hunt. We will talk to hunters from all over the United States and Canada to provide the EMW community with useful knowledge and motivation to continue to live their life through a series of adventures that help you in all aspects of your life.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Trail Kreitzer of GoHunt. Trail is an accomplished western hunter and talks with me about the basics of hunting elk, mule deer and other big game. We talk about the most important gear items, dealing with altitude, putting together a plan for an OTC elk hunt, executing the plan when the plan fails, getting over target panic and Trail’s first experience hunting whitetails.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by 11-time world elk calling champion, Corey Jacobsen of Elk 101. Corey and I discuss a variety of elk hunting related topics including preparation for the 2020 season, Idaho selling out of tags, e-scouting basics, hunting new areas, hissing bulls and more. This is done through hearing some of Corey's stories and breaking them down play by play.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined again by Bill Vanderheyden, founder of Iron Will Outfitters. We are talking all about getting ready for our first DIY Alaskan Caribou hunt in which we will be getting dropped off in the middle of nowhere Alaska. We discuss a lot of the gear we are taking, travel logistics, expectations and more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Bill Vanderheyden, founder of Iron Will Outfitters. Bill is an engineer that loves bowhunting and has engineered arguably the toughest broadheads in the market. We talk all about bow tuning to get your fixed blades flying true, new Iron Will wide series broadheads for whitetails, fixed blades vs. mechanicals and a little elk hunting.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Clint Casper who is back again to talk about backcountry bowhunting! This is a story session about all of the struggles and experiences we’ve had learning to hunt in the backcountry on backpack hunts. We discuss having backup plans, sleep setups, dealing with predators, riding out storms, finding water and all of the other struggles that we love so much on these hunts.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Dr. Karl Miller of the University of Georgia to talk all about a whitetail deer’s senses. Through years of research, he has learned a lot about whitetail deer. We discuss deer vision, sense of hearing and sense of smell. Other topics include if camouflage is really important, understanding what each of the glands do, rubber boots vs. leather boots, scent control and how you can use this information to become a better hunter.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Chris Derrick of Sitka Gear. This episode is part 2 of the discussion with Chris and we are diving into the new hunting packs as well as other new gear from Sitka for 2020. I've been testing and helping with the new Cargo box mobile hunting pack for the last 3 years, and it's finally available! Listen for details on how to enter the giveaway, too!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Chris Derrick of Sitka Gear. This episode is all about learning the fundamentals of building an effective layering system for whitetail hunting. It gets talked about a lot in the western hunting world, but it’s just as important for hunting out of a treestand if you want to be able to pull those all day sits during the rut comfortably. In addition, we talk about the new 2020 Stratus system and announce a big giveaway!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Steve Sherk in the 2nd episode of the two part series on hunting public land mountain bucks in the big woods of Pennsylvania. We dive into everything about hunting timber cuts on public land and why you shouldn’t be upset when your area is getting logged. Topics include why you should hunt timber cuts, where bucks bed, hunting from the ground, using onX to locate timber cuts and understanding the different ages of cuts.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Steve Sherk of Sherk’s Guide Service in the first episode of this two part series on hunting public land mountain bucks in the big woods of Pennsylvania. We discuss scouting buck beds, a proven trail camera strategy, setting up for the kill, and being confident in your plan to succeed year after year. We will dive into hunting timber cuts on part 2 in episode 134.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Heather Kelly of Heather’s Choice. We talk about her Grand Canyon rafting trip, the birth of Heather’s Choice and entrepreneurship. Then, we shift gears to discuss the emotional connection we all have with food, target panic related to diet, balance of macronutrients, what you need to fuel your body for the backcountry and backcountry food options.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Clint Casper. This Ohio whitetail hunter is not new to the western mountains or this podcast. We discuss everything about hunting high country mule deer with a bow. Clint dives into his 4 year journey, finding a unit to hunt early season mule deer, what to look for while e-scouting on onX, and then we break down his 2019 hunt to see what went wrong and what went right that ended up with him killing an absolute giant buck.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Josh Profitt. Josh is from the Bluegrass state of Kentucky and is well known for chasing and killing big public land whitetails. We discuss finding a public land spot, scouting 365, using trail cameras, adapting (EHD outbreak) and finding the right spot to set up and hunt. With summer scouting season in full swing, this is a great podcast to listen to!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Aaron Hitchins of Rockhouse Motion. Aaron is a film director, photographer, hunter and a list of other descriptions. We discuss his journey into western hunting, how turkey hunting is comparative to elk hunting, getting into sheep hunts and much more. Aaron is a great guy and always entertaining to talk to.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Jason Redd of Timber Ninja Outdoors. Jason lives and hunts in the mountains of western North Carolina and has designed some really lightweight carbon fiber climbing sticks for hunting mountain bucks. We discuss the sticks, his new company Timber Ninja Outdoors, saddle hunting and other mobile hunting gear for the mountains.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Sam Soholt. Sam is a freelance photographer, public land advocate, and owner of Public Land Tees. I brought Sam on to talk about how he is setting up his hunting vehicles for traveling all over the country. We discuss organization, sleeping arrangements, cooking setup, camp necessities, electronics, emergency, recovery and everything in between!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by John Barklow of Sitka Gear to talk about the new 2020 Sitka Gear Big Game line. In addition, we discuss our elk hunting layering systems for September and the field testing process that goes into every piece of Sitka Gear.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by John Barklow of Sitka Gear to talk about preparing for unforeseen weather conditions in the mountains. We discuss moisture management, utilizing your body as your primary heat source, shelters, testing your gear and more. This is part 1 of 2.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Tony Peterson who is an outdoor writer, podcaster, and public land whitetail fanatic. I’ve looked up to Tony for years through his writing and success in the whitetail woods. We discuss hunting new places, hunting turkeys to scout bucks, western whitetails, DIY whitetail hunting camps and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Kurt Martonik and Chris Toomey to discuss hunting Merriam’s turkeys in Colorado. They have found their way out west in the last few years becoming residents in Colorado. We talk about their experiences learning to hunt merriam’s turkeys, how to find areas to hunt them, their habitat, differences from eastern turkeys and end off by talking about their recent hunt in which ended with Kurt killing a once-in-a-lifetime gobbler.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Kaitlyn Maus and Brittany Barnhart at the ATA show. These two women have a passion for going outside of their comfort zone and striving to accomplish their goals. Coming from different backgrounds in the east and south, they’ve ventured west to hunt whitetails and other big game in unfamiliar territory. This episode is full of stories from these adventures, funny moments and lessons learned.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Brian Call of the Gritty podcast. Brian has been in the podcast game from the beginning and provides valuable insights in hunting, fitness and life. We discuss the current COVID-19 scenario, how to move forward in uncertain times, changing your perspective and then shift gears to talk about Brian’s solo elk hunt in 2019 including lessons learned in the process.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Justin Mueller after a recent scouting/filming trip in the PA Wilds. Justin is a freelance photographer/filmmaker that was the talent behind the lens in the Synergy film as well as many other TV shows in the hunting industry. We discuss the upcoming mountain buck film project, scouting videos, PA Elk shed hunting, chasing your dreams and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Brad Luttrell to talk about some different topics than I normally cover. This episode, Brad goes into a study they did over at GoWild where they broke down common stereotypes in the hunting industry, and discussed marketing impact on hunting. In addition, we cover some other misconceptions and debunked myths that were uncovered in this study.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Nathan Killen coming out of the mountains of southern Virginia. Nathan had an amazing 2019 deer season, but his consistency in killing mature deer every year is even more impressive. We talk about buck bedding, precision stand placement, hunting the same stand more than once, egress/regress and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Justin Long of Crispi boots. Justin grew up in the east, but currently resides in the west where he had to learn a completely foreign style of hunting. We discuss what makes a “quality” boot, choosing the right boot for your hunt, non-rubber boots for whitetail hunting and Crispi’s new products and innovations for 2020.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Johnny Stewart and Greg Litzinger to talk about scouting and shed hunting the big woods in Pennsylvania. We discuss winter food sources, what we’re looking for when scouting, and why we scout more than we hunt. John and Greg tell the story of their November rut hunt on public land where they killed 3 bucks in less than 24 hours out of the same tree and what made for the perfect storm.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Troy Pottenger to talk about one of my favorite topics - shed hunting and spring scouting for mountain bucks. Troy is extremely successful in hunting giant mountain bucks in northern Idaho, and we’ve found that a lot of his tactics in the west apply to the big woods whitetails of the east. We discuss locating big deer, hunting clearcuts, shed hunting strategies, utilizing licking branches, being efficient scouting and more.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Ryan Carter of DC Outfitters. Ryan and I talk about some timely topics including the lottery system to obtaining tags in the west and how to make your dream hunts happen. In addition, we cover boots on the ground scouting, early season elk hunting tactics, targeting specific bulls, mentors/hunting partners and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Jessie Allen of Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch. Jessie has an incredible story and has found a way of combining her love for hunting, wellness, and adventure with helping others experience the wilderness. From being Miss Wyoming to guiding hunters on successful wilderness hunts to learning how to be a yoga instructor in Thailand, Jessie has found a way to find adventure in every aspect of her life.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Andy May at the ATA show to do a recap of some of the topics we discussed prior to hunting season. Andy is an extremely accomplished DIY whitetail hunter who had another dream season in 2019. We discuss the new Tethrd Phantom saddle, my first season in a tree saddle, saddle hunting setup tips, overcoming target panic and some hunting stories sprinkled in the mix.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Dustin Diefenderfer of MTNTOUGH Fitness. They discuss what separates the consistently successful hunters from the rest, mental toughness, specific physical training for the backcountry and the details on why MTNTOUGH was born. In addition, Dustin talks about his crazy late season mountain goat hunt in Montana in which he had to push past some serious barriers to be successful.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Chris Derrick of Sitka Gear and Owen Murphy of Latitude's Ohio Whitetail Company on a late season whitetail hunt in Ohio. We discuss hunting the diverse terrain on Owen's property in Ohio and his whitetail outfitting business, what goes into product testing for Sitka Gear, the new Sitka whitetail mobile hunting pack, and the full story of Chris's PA buck from our trip in November.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, Beau Martonik is joined by Brady Miller of goHunt. Brady is no stranger to unlocking the west with being successful in multiple states consistently. We break down everything you need to know about getting tags, whether that be over-the-counter or draw tags, utilizing goHunt Insider to find hidden gem places to hunt, and end with an epic story of Brady's Wyoming mule deer hunt.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I am joined by Kyle Hanson, hunting consultant for Outdoors International. Traveling to hunt can seem like a daunting task, but Kyle breaks down all of the details to flying to your destination whether that be Alaska or somewhere in the lower 48. He discusses the logistics to flying with weapons, packing techniques, bring meat and antlers home and other tips to make your trip flawless.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Duane Diefenbach of the U.S. Geological Survey. Duane leads the Penn State Deer-Forest Study which takes place in the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania on public land. We discuss radio collaring deer, the correlation between vegetation/deer, antler point restrictions, lessons learned from deer movement, timing of the rut, deer home ranges and much more.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by Andrew Maxwell of the Southern Outdoorsman Podcast to talk all about hunting the deep south in places like Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. There are many opportunities to find public land, as well as be able to chase the rut from November until February in some spots! The Appalachian range runs from Georgia to Maine and is filled with opportunities, if you're willing to chase them.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Chad Sylvester, Co-founder of Exodus Outdoor Gear. Chad is here to talk all about trail camera strategies for hunting these old, smart mountain bucks. We discuss short and long term strategies, paying attention to less distinct terrain features, running cameras on scrapes, and a little about late season tactics.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m going solo to talk about my whitetail season to date as well as breakdown my entire gear list for hunting mountain bucks in the Appalachian Mountains. In addition, I’m self analyzing the mistakes and lessons learned to be able to learn from them and hopefully help you learn from them, as well. Topics include my archery season, PA Wilds backpack hunt, rifle season, hunting too many areas, hunting on a limited schedule, taking notes and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Kip Fulks - co-founder of Under Armour, owner of Big Truck Farms, and avid hunter. Kip and I start off by talking about hunting the Pennsylvania Wilds and opportunities throughout the Appalachian range. From there, Kip talks about his story with being a huge part in building Under Armour, surrounding yourself with good people, getting through the tough times, and how there is a correlation between business and hunting.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Mark Kenyon, host of the Wired to Hunt podcast and part of the Meat Eater team. Mark and I talk about his whitetail season to date and deer camp traditions before transitioning into his love for reading and traveling. For the majority of the episode, we dive into his new book “That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present and Future of America’s Public Lands”.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by David Miller, founder of Appalachian Range and a bowhunter from the mountains of West Virginia. David has a well known track record for taking some giant mountain bucks in some unforgiving country. We talk about David's 2019 season chasing a 9.5 year old buck, lessons learned, adapting to the circumstances and figuring out these big mountain bucks. In addition, the giveaway winners are announced!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Chris Derrick, Whitetail Product Manager for Sitka Gear and Dan Hruska of HP Outdoors and freelance photographer/videographer. We discuss the beginning of our recent public land whitetail hunt in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania and everything surrounding that experience. In addition, there is some information in the introduction on some giveaways celebrating episode 100!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by Clint Casper to talk all about the whitetail rut! Although we dive into some of the typical discussions around hunting the rut, this one is different. We talk about breaking down the phases of the rut, travel routes, a rut hunting mindset, tips for sitting all day and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by my father, Joe Martonik to talk about hunting the rut in the big woods for mountain bucks. I've been wanting to get my Dad on for a long time, as he is arguably one of the most consistent successful hunters in the big woods. We talk all about hunting the pre-rut and rut phases of the season and some of his non-traditional strategies to being successful.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Troy Pottenger to talk all about mountain bucks! Troy is from the mountains of Idaho and has consistently killed some of the biggest public land mountain whitetails that I’ve ever seen. Troy and I talk about his strategies for hunting these old monarchs and how they can be applied to hunting the Appalachian Mountains, as well.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by my buddy Clint Campbell of the Truth from the Stand Deer Hunting podcast. We dive into what our whitetail seasons are looking like, goals, strategies and much more! This is a great start as to what will be many podcasts geared towards hunting whitetails and especially the elusive mountain buck!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, this is the fifth and final episode of the semi-live Idaho Elk Hunt series of podcasts recorded on my recent DIY elk hunt. I sit down with Justin Mueller and Michael Paladino to reflect on the entire hunt and break it down to discuss what we thought we did good and bad, and what gear worked the best and what we want to upgrade for the next trip.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, this is the fourth episode of the semi-live Idaho Elk Hunt series of podcasts recorded on my recent DIY elk hunt. I sit down with Justin Mueller, Michael Paladino and Mason Martonik to talk about the absolute rut fest that Michael was in, Mason going to full draw, introduction to Don Bullio and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, this is the third episode of the semi-live Idaho Elk Hunt series of podcasts recorded on my recent DIY elk hunt. I sit down with southern Ohio boy, John Hallam to talk about his journey into western hunting which ultimately led to him killing a great bull solo this year just days before we arrived. I met John through this podcast and after this hunt, I look forward to getting to hunt with him again soon.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, this is the second episode of the semi-live Idaho Elk Hunt series of podcasts recorded on my recent DIY elk hunt. Michael Paladino, Mason Martonik, Justin Mueller and John Hallam join me on this episode to talk about a day I will never forget. An action packed filled day that ended with a lot of laughs and some heavy packs. I apologize for the audio in a few parts that isn't great - we had an issue with one of the mics.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, this is the beginning of the semi-live Idaho Elk Hunt series of podcasts recorded on my recent DIY elk hunt. Michael Paladino, Mason Martonik and Justin Mueller join me on this episode to talk about the first day of hunting, expectations of the hunt and plans for the next day of hunting. Subscribe and listen to the entire series!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by Land Tawney - CEO/Founder of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and my friend Clint Campbell from the Truth from the Stand Deer Hunting podcast at Muster in the Mountains in Pennsylvania. We were able to sit down with Land for a little while and talk about the hunting community and BHA as a whole.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I am joined by Greg McHale, the host of the television series, Greg McHale's Wild Yukon on Sportsman's Channel. Greg breaks down the seven components to becoming a successful mountain hunter and most of it pertains to life in general. Take notes on this one!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Johnny Mack of Washington Backcountry. Rather than talking about tips and tactics, we talk about mentorship, adventure and the deeper meaning to hunting. Johnny ends by talking about his first successful elk hunt after 4 years of trying.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I am joined by Bryan Burhans, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and co-hosting this podcast with my good friend, Clint Campbell from the Truth from the Stand podcast. We are discussing the highly important topic of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania along with many other topics related to public lands, conservation and hunting culture.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by avid whitetail bowhunter and Michigan resident, Andy May. Andy reached out to me to help me with my target panic issues this summer and has a great approach to "curing" the problem and how that correlates to capitalizing on encounters and reducing "buck fever". In addition, we talk about DIY whitetail hunting, and how he consistently gets it done on short weekend trips in different states.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by Josh Boyd. Josh was on the show back in February talking about hunting mountain whitetails in the west, but we will be focusing on the mighty wapiti for this one. Being a very accomplished elk hunter, Josh shares his knowledge on hunting wet years vs. dry years, camp selection, meat care and packing, as well as some gear information!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Jeff Ellis, founder of Jakt Gear. Jeff grew up in the midwest and found a way to become consistently successful elk hunting year after year. In addition, he started Jakt Gear which offers the most user friendly magnetic bow slings available. I’m running one on my bow this year allowing me to have my bow ready, while reducing fatigue from lugging it around in the mountains or on your way to the tree stand.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by my good friend, Clint Casper and we dive into all things glassing, and spot and stalking. Clint has fallen in love with the high country over the years and shares his strategies for finding glassing points, using a spotting scope vs. binoculars, how to glass depending on the time of day and when/how to put on a stalk.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by Corey Jacobsen of Elk 101 who is back again to talk about elk hunting. This time we dive into Roosevelt elk hunting in Oregon, open country tactics in the Rocky Mountains, being mobile, closing the deal and much more!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by Bill Vanderheyden of Iron Will Outfitters. We start off with discussing the transition from whitetail to elk hunting and elk hunting lessons. The second half of the episode was recorded to educate those of us who value the highest quality gear and products for that one moment of truth.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I'm joined by a friend of mine, John Mulligan. John is the owner of Johnny Utah Creative and the host of Arrow Wild web show. We talk about a variety of hunting related topics in this one, including his journey to the hunting industry, social media etiquette, getting kids into hunting, hunting Iowa public land whitetails, spot and stalk antelope hunting and balancing family/work.
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Ben Dettamanti, creator of Shed Crazy. Ben and I start off by talking about his leap into going full-time in the hunting industry with Shed Crazy and setting yourself up for success financially in life and hunting. Then, we dive into Utah Over-the-counter hunts, spike bull elk hunting and what exactly landowner tags are and how they can be of value to you. Ben is a great guy and a funny dude. Enjoy!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Shaun Durkee of Alpen Fuel. Shaun and I talk all about backcountry nutrition and meal planning for your hunting adventures. We discuss different food options, counting calories, breakdown of foods and much more! In addition, I discuss the results of the Kinzua Country Tango Adventure Race that I competed in this past weekend!
On this episode of the East Meets West Hunt podcast, I’m joined by Les Welch to talk about getting aggressive with elk and whitetail hunting tactics. Les has been really successful on DIY out-of-state elk and deer hunts on a consistent basis going solo and with others. We dive into his tactics and reasons behind his aggressive hunting style.
On this episode, I'm joined by Zack Boughton of the Hunting Photographer. Recently, I enrolled in Zack's course with Steven Drake, called the Hunting Photographer to increase my photography skills, gain mentorship and learn more about the business side of the hunting industry. If you've ever wanted to be a photographer in the hunting industry or just learn more about the industry itself - this is a must listen!
On this episode I’m joined by Sarah Laughter - Easton Archery employee, Sitka Gear ambassador and ranked cornhole athlete. Sarah and I sat down at the Total Archery Challenge in Seven Springs to talk about mule deer hunting in Utah, talking about different arrow setups and finding gear that’s fit for use. In the intro, I run through some new gear items I’m using from Maven and Sitka Gear as well as my recent trip to Colorado.
On this episode I’m joined by Abe Henderson of Alaska DIY to talk about breaking down the barriers of planning and going on DIY Alaskan hunts. This podcast is different from most as I’m actually planning an Alaskan hunt, so Abe helped me go through the process and used it as a working discussion to plan with a focus. There is a lot of valuable information on making it happen for the everyday guy or girl that wants the ultimate adventure hunt in one of the most iconic places in the world.
On this episode, I'm joined by Alex Comstock of Whitetail DNA to talk about hunting whitetails in Minnesota, North Dakota and Nebraska. Alex is a freelance outdoor writer, content creator and photographer that loves adventure whitetail hunting in different places. We discuss these three states and some stories within them that might peak your interest in planning your next DIY whitetail hunt.
On this episode, I’m talking with Greg Godrey of Tethrd to talk about tree saddles. Tree saddles can be really beneficial for those of us that are mobile in hunting the big woods and Appalachian mountains. Greg talks about the advantages (and disadvantages) of saddle hunting and the different ways to set them up to become efficient and effective with mobile hunting.
On this episode, I'm joined by the original mustache podcaster and elk hunter, Cody Rich. Cody has been sharpening his elk hunting skills for many years and has learned a thing or two. We talk about his new mini course aimed to help those go from entry level elk hunters wandering around the mountains aimlessly to those who kill elk consistently every year.
On this episode, I'm joined by freelance photographer, hunter and amateur bus driver, Sam Soholt. Sam and I have been talking about podcasting since before I even released the first episode. We talk about his journey in becoming a freelance photographer, the public land bus project, and some general BS-ing about traveling across the country while hanging out at my booth at the Total Archery Challenge.
On this episode, I'm joined by Brady Miller of GoHunt to talk about target panic. Brady shares with us his struggles with target panic and his entire process that he went through to beat it. I'm personally going through this process now and I know others are struggling with target panic, as well. Oh and I made Brady promise that he will come back on to talk mule deer before hunting season!
On this episode, I’m joined by top 10 UFC fighter and hunter, Corey Anderson. Corey is one of those guys who will outwork just about anyone and doesn’t quit until he meets his goals. Already successful in the fighting world, Corey is pursuing an additional adventure in the hunting space by learning how to film his hunts and share his progress. He talks about the mindset necessary to be a champion in whatever you set your mind to.
On this episode, I'm joined again by Corey Jacobsen of Elk 101 to get into a couple more sections of his University of Elk Hunting online course. He talks to me about physical conditioning, its importance and different ways to get in shape for elk hunting. Then, we talk about gear and Corey's way of breaking down the items he carries in his day pack.
On this episode, I’m joined by Mark Huelsing of Exo Mountain Gear. Mark is a midwestern guy that has learned how to make it happen in the backcountry and has a way of sharing his knowledge through his podcast, The Hunt Backcountry and a variety of avenues. We talk all about his gear list for a backcountry elk hunt in September.
On this episode, I'm joined by JP Vicente of Big Chino Outfitters to talk about hunting opportunities in Arizona. I've always been told that Arizona was a state that would take forever to draw and kind of looked past it for immediate opportunities. Little did I know that are actually a few different hunts that you can do over-the-counter or with just a few points! The most appealing of these hunts happens to be the OTC mule deer option to hunt the rut with a bow in late December/early January.
On this episode, I'm joined by Brad Luttrell, the CEO and Co-Founder of GoWild. I was a guest on Brad's own Restless Native podcast a few months ago. Brad and I talk about the GoWild app, using social media as hunters, the future of hunting, activity data tracking and much more! GoWild is not just Instagram or Facebook for hunters; there's much more to it that I think all hunters could benefit from.
I'm joined by Christian Williams of Archery Strong. I've known Christian for quite awhile now, and he is one of the most determined, hard-working person that I know. This past year, Christian decided that he wanted to go on his first elk hunt, in which he hit some major road blocks along the way. We talk about his love for hunting ground hogs (grizzlies) and how that helps him hone his skills. Lastly, we talk about his business venture with Archery Strong.
On this episode, I'm joined by Rick Maxson and Alec Nebel to talk farm country turkeys and Rick's recent Texas Rio Grande Turkey hunt. We dive into the hot topic of high fence/low fence hunting, Texas hunting, gaining permission on properties, scouting turkeys, bowhunting gear and much more! In the intro, I go through my complete Sitka Gear turkey season set up and why I use it, as well.
On this episode, I'm joined by Mike Lilygren and Cade Maestas of Maven Optics at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We discuss what it means to be a Maven, a little about optics, some hunting stories, Maven's company culture and the different types of fun that can be had while having adventures. I had a lot of fun recording this episode with these guys, and I think you'll enjoy listening!
On this episode, I'm joined by Jake Stanisch from the Elevate Your Game Radio podcast. Jake is a turkey hunting addict and is consistently getting it done in arguably one of the hardest areas to hunt turkeys in the country. We dive into scouting and hunting these public land mountain gobblers to hopefully give you some knowledge and encouragement to give it a try this Spring!
On this episode, I'm joined by a repeat guest who works for G5 Outdoors/Prime Archery, Ryan Silver. Ryan is one of those guys that is always fun to be around, and isn't afraid to show his passion towards things he believes in. We talk about what's new at G5 and Prime, as well as diving into a topic that I think is really important for all hunters to listen to and think about.
On this episode, I'm joined by Travis Greenwood and Scott Daniels of Washingston state and Team Bad Decision. I met these two guys in the backcountry of Colorado in 2017 and have stayed in touch since. They cut their teeth hunting bears in Washington and have ventured to other places since then. These guys keep it as real as it gets and share their successes, as well as their failures that everyone can relate to.
On this BONUS episode, I'm a guest on Brad Luttrell's Restless Native podcast to talk about my journey in starting this podcast, getting into outdoor writing, starting a brand and more business/entrepreneurship related topics. It was different being the guest on a podcast rather than the one asking all of the questions, but I had a ton of fun on this one! Brad is the founder of the growing outdoors app, GO WILD.
On this episode, I'm joined by a Midwestern whitetail genius, adventure bowhunter, and Outdoor Writer Clint Casper as he made the trip to Pennsylvania to spend the weekend hiking the mountains with me. Bringing Clint's farm country whitetail knowledge and his experience hunting the west brought a unique perspective to looking at how these mountain bucks are potentially using the terrain. We covered some of the listener questions, scouting tactics, chasing dreams and much more!
On this episode, I'm joined by Alex Templeton, a farmer, rancher and you guessed it, a hunter from small town Missouri. Alex is a great ambassador for female hunters by working hard and living her best life. I start off by discussing my New Mexico application strategy followed by talking with Alex about her bowhunting elk success, special moments with her father, chasing big Missouri whitetails, women's Sitka Gear and much more - all while enjoying a few Busch lattes.
On this episode, I'm joined by Corey Jacobsen of Elk 101 to discuss planning a Do-It-Yourself elk hunt from ground zero for new elk hunter and experienced elk hunters alike. Corey created the University of Elk Hunting, an online course that is the ultimate resource for all levels of elk hunters which has helped me reduce my own learning curve. We break down the first couple modules of this course to get you elk hunting this year!
On this episode, I'm joined by accomplished public land whitetail hunters, Johnny Stewart and Greg Litzinger. These guys joined me for an overnight scouting trip in the Pennsylvania mountains this past weekend. I picked a spot on the map that none of us have been to and we collaborated on going in and speed scouting it for a day and a half. All three of us have different tactics when it comes to scouting and hunting, which was great to learn from these unique perspectives.
On this episode, I'm joined by Josh Boyd who is an accomplished mountain hunter from whitetails, elk and beyond, and a regular contributor to Rokslide. I brought Josh on the podcast to talk about hunting the big, old mountain whitetails that inhabit Montana, Idaho and Washington. If talking about adventure hunting whitetails doesn't get your adrenaline going, I'm sure the discussion about hunting them in grizzly country will!
On this episode, I'm joined by Robbie Kroger who is a native South African who is now rooted in Mississippi. Robbie started Blood Origins when he didn't think that outdoor television was portraying the whole story of who we are as hunters and people. Robbie just returned from Denmark on what sounded like a truly remarkable hunt. I really enjoy listening to Robbie talk about his vision on telling the entire story of inspirational people in the hunting industry and beyond.
On this episode, I'm joined by Damon Bungard, the Product/Brand Manager for Orion Coolers/Jackson Kayak/Orion Kennels. Damon brings a diverse background to the table while doing some unique adventure hunting in the mountains of Tennessee. In addition to this, we discuss his most recent Arizone Coues Deer hunt, blood tracking dogs, Orion Coolers, other gear and much more!
On this episode, I'm joined by award winning film and television producer, Jason Matzinger. Jason is the host of the television show on the Sportsman Channel, Into High Country and has produced some of the most comprehensive conservation films including #PROJECTELK, #PROJECTMULEDEER and the Circle of Life. We discuss the importance of all hunters being "influencers", elk hunting (of course), north woods whitetail hunting and much more!
On this episode, I'm joined by Stefan Caporaletti, a Pennsylvania resident who works for Kanati Taxidermy and is a Sitka Gear Whitetail Ambassador. Stefan tells me about how a recent trip to Africa changed his thoughts on what he perceived to be hunting there. We talk about eating the wide variety of wild game, spot and stalking the animals, and some bad luck during the long flight!
On this episode, I'm joined by Trent Fisher and Kody Kellom of Born and Raised Outdoors. We talked all things elk hunting and Born and Raised Outdoors. These guys have inspired me personally with my elk hunting journey and with taking risks to make dreams a reality. Born and Raised Outdoors has become a household name in the outdoor media space over the last few years and I am extremely excited to get to talk to them on the podcast.
On this episode, I’m joined by friend and proven public land whitetail hunter, Johnny Stewart. Out of all of the whitetail hunters I've met over the years, Johnny is arguably one of the most consistent at killing big whitetails all over the country on public land. He takes some outside the box tactics that you won't read about in any magazine, and applies them to hunting big whitetails. Make sure that you get your notebook out for this one!
On this episode, I’m joined by John Barklow, Big Game Product Manager for Sitka Gear, once again to talk about the new 2019 Sitka Gear Big Game system, as well as a good dose of elk hunting! Sitka has some big surprises that are being released this year that I know I'm excited about. John and I always geek out on gear and exercising your system, and this episode is no different!
On this episode, I’m joined by John Whipple, of 60th Parallel Adventures while sitting next to a glacier in the backcountry of Alaska during the Heather's Choice company retreat. This podcast is dedicated to all things DIY hunting in Alaska and the opportunities available to out of state hunters seeking adventure.
On this episode, I’m joined by Sean DeGrey, Owner and Founder of the Total Archery Challenge. We recorded this episode back in June at the Total Archery Challenge in Seven Springs, PA. I've been going to this event from the beginning, and make sure to put it on my calendar every year! Registration is now open for 2019!