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February 27, 2020
In today’s edition of The Rich Outdoors, I sit down with the always knowledgeable Ryan Lampers to talk about something I have always been interested in but have yet to pull the trigger on, DIY New Zealand hunting. Last year Ryan and Brian Call journeyed all the way to New Zealand to hunt Tahr in a place they had never stepped foot in. This is one of those hunts that are actually very affordable and in this podcast, we break down exactly how to get it done without paying a guide or outfitter to hold your hand. Ryan is one of the best adventure hunters I know and not only do we break down NZ but this episode really does show you how to breakdown and plan really and bug adventure hunt. This podcast is brought to you by On X maps and goHUNT.com hands down the most important tools for planning hunts for pretty much anywhere but New Zealand. On a serious note, Ryan and I both spend hours upon hours looking and both of these tools as we plan every one of our elk, deer, and even bear hunts.  Use the Code “TRO” for both of your On X Membership and your goHUNT.com membership when you renew or sign-up. Show Notes:  Intro – 00:57 Ryan’s New Zealand Hunt – 08:32 Where to Start When Planning – 13:03 Ryan’s Recommendation & 2020 Hunt Plans – 27:31 Done with the Hunt, Now What? – 41:38 Tips Learned from 1st Trip – 51:25 Western Hunting Summit – 61:13
February 27, 2020
Steven Drake spends as much time in the woods as anyone I know. From putting out and checking cameras, to shed hunting, to his day job of capturing epic photo’s around the world, Steven gets after it. In today’s podcast, Steven and I sit down to talk about using game cameras and what that scouting has done to help consistently kill big bulls. We also cover tips for using cameras and understand the bigger picture of elk behavior. In the same thread, Steven shares some tips for finding more sheds and using shed hunting to understand elk behavior. It is always fun to talk strategy with someone who hunts so very different than myself. In fact, Steven very rarely uses a call of any kind and spends far more time dogging a heard and waiting for the perfect moment. We talk about how as a solo hunter this tactic can be much better for getting shot opportunities. This is a great conversation and definitely got me fired up for elk season. YouTube Video about Steven’s Whitetail he killed  Show Notes:  Intro – 0m 38s Shed Hunting’s Role in Season Success – 4m 28s Trail Cams & Finding Elk – 8m 52s 2019 Season – 19m 30s Finding Elk Pre-Season – 26m 8s Steven’s Scouting Overview – 31m 26s Targeting Bulls – 38m 15s Sheds: Quality vs Quantity – 46m 49s Closing Thoughts – 57m 7s The Hunting Photographer Course & Podcast – 58m 42s
February 20, 2020
Whats up ladies and gents, listen up, live podcast coming up. Join me for an awesome night of entertainment with our live podcast, Live Music, raffles, and free beer what more could you ask for. March 14th in Bend Oregon at 10 barrel brewing, we are going to throw a party for a good cause. This event is to help raise money for Raise em outdoors, a non profit that is getting youth into hunting and fishing. Which is very important! Raise em Outdoors is making a big impact on the next generation so help me help them by coming out and have a good time. That’s March 14th Bend Oregon, go check the show notes to get your tickets. Also, if you haven’t gotten your name in to win the Traeger we are giving away you better get on that as you only have a couple of days left. We are also giving away a VIP spot to the Western Hunting Summit that is totally winnable still. I can’t believe more of you are trying to win that. Check the show notes for more info on everything, but definitely go get your tickets for the live event ASAP. Today I am joined by Travis Nowotny to talk about his experience hunting wolves. Travis is one of the very few guys I know that has killed multiple wolves. Tavis is one of the most dedicated hunters out there and let’s just say I would not want him hunting me down. Travis has harvested 6 wolves and we dive into some of the lessons learned on the long road to putting wolves on the wall. Show Notes:  Intro – Wolf Hunting Background – 02:54 Winter Wolfs, 1st Time Strategy & Mindset – 07:40 Pack Behavior & Day to Day Hunting – 12:43 Feeling in Danger & Recent Struggles – 26:40 Camping Out Chasing Howls & Kills – 31:16 Covering Ground, Rifle Set-Ups, & Tags – 35:35 Late Season ID Elk Muzzleloader Hunt – 45:42 Closing Thoughts – Where to Start – 55:03 Social Handles & Pics – 59:27
February 17, 2020
Welcome to another episode of our Mule Deer Biology Series. Today, Jaden sits down with Cody Schroeder, the Mule Deer Staff Biologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Nevada’s mule deer management is a really interesting contrast to states like Montana and Idaho since every hunt is a limited-quota draw hunt. As a result, Cody Schroeder covers the suite of topics in the state of Nevada and mule deer management there. The guys also basically touch on what’s happening with mule deer in every corner of the state, from wild horses and predators in the northwest corner, to fires outside of Elko, to drought in desert units just north of Las Vegas, and everything in between. Enjoy this super informative episode! If you haven’t yet, be sure to go back and listen to all the different mule deer biology series to give you a good perspective on just how different states manage mule deer populations. Show Notes:  Intro – Cody’s Work & Background – 1m 45s Management Overview – 5m 24s Bonus Point System – 11m 52s Impactful Issues on Mule Deer – 18m 59s Mule Deer Herds on Western NV – 28m 20s Keystone Requests From the Public – 35m 57s Closing Thoughts – 43m 4s
February 14, 2020
Hey Ladies and gents, welcome to a new thing I am calling Flashback Friday. It turns out iTunes will only let us have 300 episodes on the feed at any given time and a few of you have been asking for some of these old podcasts that are timeless. Enter Flashback Friday. This podcast was originally posted back in April of 2015 and while I really do think this is my favorite podcast I have ever done, man was I terrible at podcasting back then. I hope you guys enjoy this episode and be sure to enter the Traeger Giveaway going on right now! Originally posted 4/16/2015 Join us for an amazing interview with the man, the myth, and the legend, Alaskan Hunting expert Roy Roth. Roy is one of the greatest, most humble hunters in the world and has been getting it done as a DIY hunter for years and years. Roy has been able to take 9 dall rams, and 9 brown bear with his bow and has made some amazing stories along the way. In this episode: * Tips for Alaskan DIY adventures, and how those have changed over the years. * Sitka Blacktail tips * The power of a positive attitude * Tips for hiring air taxies * Overrated gear * Why you shouldn’t crawl into brown bear dens * What hunters today need to worry about more
February 13, 2020
In today’s podcast, I am joined by fellow entrepreneurs and extremely passionate bow hunter Alishia Zemlicka. I absolutely love Alishia’s passion for hunting and her do whatever it takes personality. In this podcast, we talk about entrepreneurship and how Alishia chooses what business to pursue and what to let go along with some of the struggles along the way. We also dive into taking that passion into hunting and what it means to her to take things to the next level.  Alishia does not take herself too seriously and is the first to laugh at herself and the mistakes she has made. Not only does this know-how to fill her tags but she has great respect for the animals she pursues and the art of bowhunting. I really enjoyed this podcast and I hope you guys do as well. If you or any ladies you know are interested in Alishia’s upcoming seminar you can sign up here. Traeger Giveaway  We have a huge Traeger giveaway going on from now until the 23rd. We are giving away a Traeger 780 PRO and 100 dollar gift card to Walton’s meat processing supply. Here is the kicker though. We have turned this giveaway into a competition with the grand prize of a free VIP spot at the Western Hunting Summit. Not only could you win a Traeger but whoever gets the most points is coming to Bozeman to learn and hang out with the best hunters I know. We are also giving away 10 free year-long Patreon memberships. For the official competition details and to get entered go here. Raise Em Outdoors & TRO Live Event Also, I partnered with Raise em Outdoors a non-profit that is doing big things to get more kids involved in the outdoors and the hunting lifestyle and we are doing a live podcast in Bend Oregon, March 14th at 10 Barrel Brewing. 100% of the proceeds from this show is to help Raise em Outdoors and really help get kiddos into hunting and fishing. If you are in Oregon or anywhere for that matter I would love to see you guys, doors open at 6, we are gonna hang out bs for a bit do a podcast with a couple of our favorite guests of all time and then we have a huge raffle to help raise money. Tickets are on sale $25 again 100% of the proceeds go to Raise em Outdoors and you get free beer. It’s a great weekend to head to bend as the central Oregon Sportsman show, and the Oregon calling completion is going on. There is limited space so get your tickets early. Live Show Tickets Show Notes:  Intro – Alishia’s Business Story – 03:52 Why Backcountry Folks Need a Nutritionist – 07:22 Passion for Business & Hunting – 13:57 Alishia’s 2019 Season Recap – 20:34 Areas Improved, Personal Success & Goals – 27:32 Alishia’s Twin Sister & Hunting Trip – 36:08 Physical Training & Hunting Summit – 39:33 New Women’s Summit 3/14/20 – 45:29 Advice to Younger Self – 48:52 Social & Tickets at IvoryNutrition.com > Events – 52:14
February 12, 2020
This week my good buddy Ty leary stops by to bs about hunting elk in the high country. Ty has spent a fair amount of time chasing bulls near 10,000 feet and has even done the ultimate accomplishment of bulling a true monarch, a 383″ bull off the top of the mountain. We talk about the pros and cons of seeking elk in mountain goat country. We also talk solo hunting tips and tactics. Ty spends a large portion of his hunting solo hunting and shares some tips for success. To get this awesome podcast, go sign up for our exclusive Patreon feed. Show Notes:  Intro – 1m 15s Ty’s Background & Calling – 4m 34s Bulls With & Without Cows – 10m 23s Pro’s & Con’s of High Country Elk – 14m 36s Solo Hunting Struggles & Tactics – 20m 44s Story of Ty’s 383″ Monarch Bull – 33m 16s High Country Monarch Bulls – 42m 5s Common Mistakes – 50m 41s Hunting Journal – 56m 14s Closing Thoughts: Grizzly Bears – 60m 27s
February 6, 2020
Paul Peterson, aka @paulofthewild a customer service rep at Firstlite joins me on todays podcast to talk about overcoming adversity on a hunt. Paul has been pushing the envelope on adventurous hunts ever since he decided to move out west and chase his dreams of western hunting. Last year Paul drew one of Idaho’s hardest sheep hunts. A hunt that many end up going home empty-handed on due to the sheer logistical and physical challenges. We dive into pauls hunt and many of the ups and downs of a tough DIY sheep hunt. We also talk about how adversities on a hunt can really make or break a trip, as well as how to mitigate many of the common mistakes. Show Notes:  Intro & Background – 0h 4m 41s Moving Out West – 0h 10m 20s Top 3 Adversity Challenges of Hunting – 0h 17m 25s Paul’s Unlimited Sheep Hunt – 0h 23m 59s Reflecting on Success & a Bad Situation – 0h 43m 56s Continually Raising the Bar – 0h 52m 33s First Lite Gear: New for 2020 – 0h 56m 20s Story Behind “Paul of the Wild”- 0h 58m 25s Today’s Podcast brought to you by On X and goHUNT. Its tag season right now and if you aren’t familiar with that term it basically means now is the time of year hardcore hunters are figuring out our fall plans. Some of us obsess over this kind of stuff, but it’s for good reason. For me, this is the most important time spent. There is nothing worse than spending a week hunting only to hike your face off and only see one or two animals. Yes, hunting is about more than the kill but I will take a hunt where I get to see more wildlife than other hunters any day of the week. This year I probably had one of my best years to date and I attribute that to the planning and preparation done this time of year. I can’t stress it enough if you want to be more successful having the right tag in your pocket is one of the biggest keys. Having said all of that, when I jump on the computer to find the next hunt the two websites I log into are goHUNT.com and Onxmaps.com. This time of year its pretty much daily and in fact Jaden and I have to regulate ourselves in the office because thats a rabbit whole we may not come out of for the rest of the day. GoHUNT.com’s filtering tool allows me to browse and scan for hunts, dive into the numbers, and is full of amazing data to help me analyze the numbers. I am constantly looking for that balance great hunt while making sure I can actually draw tags. As I find units in goHUNT the next thing I do is switch over to my On X account and start to analyze that unit from a maps perspective. Can I get away from people? Is there enough public land? Does the terrain look like the kind of hunt I want? It is a constant back and forth between ON X and goHUNT. If you are new to these platforms I promise you the more you play with them the better you get. I have often said that I personally don’t think I can see the answer until I have starred at the problem long enough to see what everyone else doesn’t. I know some of the best hunters in the world and the large majority of them use these tools in much the same way and with much the same mindset. If you want to have your best year yet. Don’t just get both of these tools, become proficient at using them. Use the promo Code TRO for both your ON X and goHUNT memberships and you will not only save money but help support this podcast as well.
February 3, 2020
Hey guys! I’m stoked to bring you this episode of the Muley Monday Biology Series all about Idaho mule deer. In this podcast, I talk with biologists Matt Pieron, the IDFG Mule Deer Initiative Coordinator, and Curtis Hendrickson, the Regional Wildlife Manager for the Upper Snack Region. We go in deep on habitat and what hunters should look for when identifying good mule deer areas, including some vegetation specifics and what they’re doing or need to do for habitat improvement in Idaho. Also, Idaho just adopted a new mule deer management plan in 2020-2025 and as a result, there are potential changes to the nonresident tag allocation structure in the legislature right now. While it won’t affect hunters in 2020, it’s something to keep an eye on. These are two great guys, and both sportsmen who have devoted their professional careers to working on wildlife issues and we touch on that as it seems to be pretty consistent with all biologists I’ve come across in this series. I really appreciated these guys taking time out of their busy days between winter range counts and crunching harvest data to sit down and talk mule deer. Show Notes:  Intro & Biologist Background – 0m 35s Overview – Idaho Mule Deer Management – 6m 18s Controlled Hunts & Buck:Doe Ratios – 11m 59s Winter Herd Losses – 18m 41s Populations, Habitat & Food Sources – 22m 9s Hunter Data, Numbers & Opportunity – 47m 8s What to Ask a Biologist When Researching – 63m 19s Closing – 69m 19s
January 30, 2020
Growing up on a ranch in north-central Wyoming, Dan was introduced to archery by guys that would come out and hunt their ranch every year. Cutting his teeth stalking mule deer Dan grew a passion for hunting. After his family sold the ranch, Dan took the mountains and continued his archery hunting journey on public ground. From big bulls to big bucks and even bears Dan is a very well rounded hunter and we talk about what makes a good hunter succeed where others don’t. We cover knowing when to move on and when to be patient and how he learned these lessons the hard way. This is so important at times can be one of the hardest decisions to make as a hunter. Show Notes:  Wyoming Talk & Dan’s Background – 0h 5m 1s The Growth of Archery, Tech & Information – 0h 19m 45s When to Hold Em’ & When to Fold Em’- 0h 34m 12s Peppe Le’ Peu – 0h 41m 49s Spring Bears – 1h 2m 39s Wyoming Bear Story – 1h 9m 23s This podcast also brought to you by goHUNT.com. If you want to put better tags in your pocket or just get started putting in other states get yourself a goHUNT.com insider account. GoHUNT is my go-to tool when I start planning any hunt. The ease of use makes finding the information and stats I need to make the decision on which hunt to apply for quick and easy. With goHunt I not only have more confidence in the tags I am putting in for but I now have too many tags that I want to hunt. goHunt is so much more than just what my draw odds are for a unit I use goHunt to find hunts that most people aren’t looking at. I can’t say it enough if you want to have better tags and better hunts get a goHUNT membership. Use code TRO when you sign up or when you renew and get $50 toward the gear shop. Today’s Podcast brought to you by On X and goHUNT. Its tag season right now and if you aren’t familiar with that term it basically means now is the time of year hardcore hunters are figuring out our fall plans. Some of us obsess over this kind of stuff, but it’s for good reason. For me, this is the most important time spent. There is nothing worse than spending a week hunting only to hike your face off and only see one or two animals. Yes, hunting is about more than the kill but I will take a hunt where I get to see more wildlife than other hunters any day of the week. This year I probably had one of my best years to date and I attribute that to the planning and preparation done this time of year. I can’t stress it enough if you want to be more successful in having the right tag in your pocket is one of the biggest keys.
January 24, 2020
Welcome to the podcast, today Jaden and Cody break down 5 tips to you should consider in order to have a more successful 2020 hunting season. A lot of folks do not know where to start when it comes to applying for limited entry tags across the west, yet others purchase over the counter tags and have a less than an ideal season. If you are looking to up your western hunting experience, or maybe just want to go on your first western hunt, this podcast will help you consider some major factors that could make or break your hunt. Show Notes:  Intro & Overview – 0:04:22 #1 Full Send or No Send – 0:15:22 #2 Going Against the Grain – 0:21:37 #3 Thinking Too Small Can Be Too Big – 0:25:47 #4 Proximity – 0:33:42 Top 5 Elk States for Opportunity & Big Bulls – 0:44:12 #5 In State Hunters – OTC – 0:55:53 Jaden’s Mule Deer State Picks – 1:00:03 Closing – 1:02:07 This episode is brought to you by MTN Tough Fitness, hands down the best fitness program catered to hardcore hunters. I have been in out of MTN Tough for the last couple of years. Right now I am doing they’re postseason workout via the online training and it is kicking my butt back into shape after the holidays. Personally I enjoy doing the workouts on my own at the gym but a lot of people Jayden included workout at the MTN Tough Fitness lab here in town. Right now, for a limited time only, MTN Tough is offering an all-access pass to help you start the year off right. The all-access pass will start with the Postseason Strength program, and give you 12 months of online personal training. This package will get you lifetime access to all the programs, daily Online coaching, and if you are local to Bozeman access to the MTN Tough Lab. On top of all that the All Access will also include the EAT MTNTOUGH online nutrition coaching. This is a great deal for a kickass fitness program, awesome community of like-minded hunters and personal level coaching to help you get in the best shape of your life. Head over to mtntough.com before the 24th to save hundreds of personal training. Monthly payments available as well, sign up today. This podcast also brought to you by goHUNT.com. If you want to put better tags in your pocket or just get started putting in other states get yourself a goHUNT.com/insider account. GoHUNT is my go-to tool when I start planning any hunt. The ease of use makes finding the information and stats I need to make the decision on which hunt to apply for quick and easy. With goHUNT I not only have more confidence in the tags I am putting in for but I now have too many tags that I want to hunt. goHunt is so much more than just what my draw odds are for a unit I use goHUNT to find hunts that most people aren’t looking at. I can’t say it enough if you want to have better tags and better hunts get a goHUNT membership. Use code TRO when you sign up or when you renew and get $50 toward the gear shop.  
January 20, 2020
Welcome back to another episode of the mule deer biology series. In these episodes of Muley Monday we are interviewing biologists across the west to discuss how mule deer are managed, issues impacting mule deer populations and what we as hunters can do to be active participants in mule deer management. In this week’s episode, Jaden sits down with Montana biologist, Jay Kolbe. Jay has been a biologist in Montana for 25+ years in different areas and has a wealth of knowledge to share about how Montana manages mule deer. From how Montana got to having such long general season to buck to doe ratios to case studies on how special management units affect deer populations within the state, Jay and Jaden cover the gambit of topics in this super informational podcast. Show Notes:  Introduction – 1m 17s MT’s Mule Deer Management Overview – 3m 44s Population Densities & Winters – 16m 35s Hunt & Season Change Process – 20m 37s 270 Case Study & CWD – 23m 43s Fire Effects & Age Class Management – 38m 40s Public Inquiries & Deer Expectations – 52m 41s BMA – Block Management Program – 58m 10s Your Feedback Matters – 65m 13s You can find this episode and all Muley Monday’s exclusively on The Rich Outdoors Patreon feed. Stay tuned for more of these conversations with biologists regarding mule deer and mule deer management across the west as we hope to get folks on from states like Colorado, Nevada, and others.
January 16, 2020
My good buddy Brad Luttrell and co-founder of GoWild have always been able to BS about entrepreneurship for hours. In fact, we did a 3-hour podcast back on episode 246 if you really want to deep dive. In this podcast, Brad and I are joined by his co-founder Zack. We talk about the progression of business over at GoWild but also dive into some very interesting statistics that Zack and Brad have uncovered in the growth of their company. There are a lot of myths surrounding what hunting is or is not, there are also a lot of assumptions about hunters and hunting that tend to get made that turn out to not be accurate. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:02:39 GoHunt’s New Platform, GearBox – 0:12:07 Competing with Amazon & Big E-Comm – 0:21:31 Facts & Misnomers About Hunters – 0:33:25 Zack on the Data as a Non-Hunter – 0:44:33 Are Hunter Numbers Up or Down? – 0:49:47 Barriers of Hunters & the Industry – 1:02:20 Comparing Golf to Hunting & Tech Talk – 1:11:25 Closing: The GoHunt Study & Contact Info – 1:18:11 This episode is brought to you by MTN Tough Fitness, hands down the best fitness program catered to hardcore hunters. I have been in out of MTN Tough for the last couple of years. Right now I am doing they’re postseason workout via the online training and it is kicking my butt back into shape after the holidays. Personally I enjoy doing the workouts on my own at the gym but a lot of people Jayden included workout at the MTN Tough Fitness lab here in town. Right now, for a limited time only, MTN Tough is offering an all-access pass to help you start the year off right. The all-access pass will start with the Postseason Strength program, and give you 12 months of online personal training. This package will get you lifetime access to all the programs, daily Online coaching, and if you are local to Bozeman access to the MTN Tough Lab. On top of all that the All Access will also include the EAT MTNTOUGH online nutrition coaching. This is a great deal for a kickass fitness program, awesome community of like-minded hunters and personal level coaching to help you get in the best shape of your life. Head over to mtntough.com before the 24th to save hundreds of personal training. Monthly payments available as well, sign up today. This Podcast also brought to you by our good friends over at On X. Another great gift that is a must-have for every hunter, the On X app goes on your phone or tablet and gives you the best mapping and GPS system whether you are in service or out. Know where you stand. Knowing exactly where you are and where the public/ private boundary is often critical to having a successful hunt. More than that I love the ability to scout on my computer, set points of interest, and automatically have them on my phone when I get to the field. I have so many friends that didn’t have On X Maps before because they didn’t think they needed it and now can’t rave about how great it is. Save 20% off your new membership when you use the TRO code.
January 15, 2020
In this Patreon exclusive Wapiti Wednesday podcast, we talk 5 big considerations to 201 level elk tag applications. I am joined in studio with Jayden bales and Rick Hutton from FHF Gear to go over what things guys should consider when wanting to consistently kill elk every single year. We also discuss and breakdown why preference points vs bonus points vs OTC matter and how you should be thinking about each type of state draw system. One big topic that comes up a lot is in regard to those Oregon/Washington residents and when does it make sense to start hunting out of state? We cover some considerations to this hopefully add some value to those folks in the dilemma and looking for better hunting. Rick and Jayden pose some great questions and even though we talk mostly in regard to archery hunting we do cover some thoughts on rifle hunting and getting rifle elk tags. Overall this is a great podcast and hopefully helps some of you Patrons decide on what kind of year you are looking to have. As always, if you have further questions feel free to reach out. Show Notes:  Intro: Top 5 App Strategies – 0m 58s #1 – Proximity – 4m 54s #2 – State Selection – 9m 48s #3 – Unit Selection – 17m 21s #4 – Ask Around – 26m 26s #5 – Time & Budget – 30m 33s Rifle Specifics and Difficulties – 36m 12s Point Systems, OTCs, Generals, & “Plan B”- 46m 14s Hunt Out of State While Saving Points? – 53m 53s East Coast Hunter’s Advice – 61m 36s Closing Advice – 63m 45s
January 9, 2020
Welcome to the podcast, today Logan Summers drops by the studio for some cowboy super-mosa’s and chat about big bucks. Logan is my kind of guy, and I love that when he was trying to make a carrier in the hunting industry he would come to Bozeman and sleep out of his truck. Logan has that mindset that so many successful people carry of just always giving 51% and be willing to do whatever it takes. You could say Logan started his carrier in the deep end of the pool, following one of the most hardcore backcountry hunters in the industry. We talk a fair amount about how he got his foot in the door and his journey as a photographer. As a hunter Logan has also carved out his own niche of skills and has figured out something not many else have. Logan has found a knack for finding big bucks on chunks of ground most people drive right by. This year Logan killed a giant whitetail and access cost him merely a case of Keystone. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:56 Logan’s Background – 0:10:49 Photography, Doubts & Struggles – 0:19:54 Finding Your Own Style & Voice – 0:27:00 Logan’s 2019 Whitetail Monster – 0:34:17 Build Relationships & Put in the Time – 0:55:31 Logan’s Mentors – 1:04:33 Logan’s Insta @LoganSummersImaging – 1:14:29 Today’s Podcast brought to you by On X and goHUNT. Its tag season right now and if you aren’t familiar with that term it basically means now is the time of year hardcore hunters are figuring out our fall plans. Some of us obsess over this kind of stuff, but it’s for good reason. For me, this is the most important time spent. There is nothing worse than spending a week hunting only to hike your face off and only see one or two animals. Yes, hunting is about more than the kill but I will take a hunt where I get to see more wildlife than other hunters any day of the week. This year I probably had one of my best years to date and I attribute that to the planning and preparation done this time of year. I can’t stress it enough if you want to be more successful in having the right tag in your pocket is one of the biggest keys. Having said all of that, when I jump on the computer to find the next hunt the two websites I log into are goHUNT.com and Onxmaps.com. This time of year it’s pretty much daily and in fact, Jaden and I have to regulate ourselves in the office because that’s a rabbit hole we may not come out of for the rest of the day. GoHUNT.com’s filtering tool allows me to browse and scan for hunts, dive into the numbers, and is full of amazing data to help me analyze the numbers. I am constantly looking for that balance great hunt while making sure I can actually draw tags. As I find units in goHUNT the next thing I do is switch over to my On X account and start to analyze that unit from the perspective of a map. Can I get away from people? Is there enough public land? Does the terrain look like the kind of hunt I want? It is a constant back and forth between ON X and goHUNT. If you are new to these platforms I promise you the more you play with them the better you get. I have often said that I personally don’t think I can see the answer until I have starred at the problem long enough to see what everyone else doesn’t. I know some of the best hunters in the world and the large majority of them use these tools in much the same way and with much the same mindset. If you want to have your best year yet. Don’t just get both of these tools, become proficient at using them. Use the promo code TRO for both your ON X and goHUNT memberships and you will not only save money but help support this podcast as well.
January 6, 2020
Hey guys! This is Jaden Bales from the Rich Outdoors. 2020 is the “Year of the Deer” for me, so you can expect a bit more coming from me in the future as I document how I’m trying to take my deer hunting skills to the next level this year. I wanted to kick off the Year of the Deer by getting biologists on from different states to better understand how mule deer are managed across the west. The hope is this can help me, and the rest of the listeners, better understand harvest states, mule deer populations, and hopefully make the right application choices this spring. To kick off the series, I wanted to have on my good friend from Wyoming, Lee Knox. Lee and I became close when I lived down in Laramie and often times would ourselves deep in conversations about some of the data he’s gathering regarding mule deer age classes, antler sizes, the research that’s out about CWD, and much more. Without making too bold of claims, he does a good job at pointing to the best information managers in Wyoming have available that’s helped them make their management decisions. Importantly, he also covers how mule deer are managed in the public trust and how public input plays an important role in how seasons, and ultimately deer are managed in various regions around Wyoming. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0m 34s Mule Deer Management in WY – 6m 11s Special Management Units & Age Classes – 16m 12s Age & Antler Restrictions – 40m 7s CWD Management – 50m 7s Contact Info – 72m 56s You can find this episode and all Muley Monday’s exclusively on The Rich Outdoors Patreon feed. Stay tuned for more of these conversations with biologists regarding mule deer and mule deer management across the west as I hope to get folks on from states like Colorado, Nevada, Montana, and others.
January 2, 2020
On today’s podcast, I am joined by Adam and Tana Grenda from Stuck N The Rut. Adam and Tana followed their dreams, moved up to Alaska and bought a Super Cub plane. If you have ever wanted to move to Alaska but just haven’t been able to make it work, DO NOT listen to this podcast. This podcast is going to make you want to drop everything and pack your bags for Alaska. Adam and Tana not only have epic adventures hunting from one end of the state to the other but have the ability to do “Once in a Life” trips on a Tuesday after work. Tana shares her epic tale of reaching her goal of killing a huge brown bear with her bow to overcome her fear of bears, her monster Caribou, and other epic trips of hunting from a super cub. Adam and I talk about logistics and moose hunting as I am currently planning a DIY Moose hunt. This proves to both be very inspiring and shoot down some of my plans in the same conversation. As someone who has unsuccessfully made the DIY trip to Alaska, there are some real gold nuggets in this episode that one should consider when planning a trip DIY. Show Notes:  Introduction – Living in Alaska – 0:03:40 Tana’s Archery Brown Bear – 0:10:20 Planes & Pilots in the Alaska Hunting Scene – 0:32:20 Advice on Chasing your Dreams – 0:42:19 The Alaskan Factor When Panning Hunts – 0:47:46 Moose: Pack-outs, Distances, & Calling – 0:55:23 Coach Tana’s Fitness Programs – 1:04:43 Stuck N the Rut Youtube & Upcoming Podcast – 1:07:14 Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X and goHUNT.com. In this podcast, we quite a bit about using On X Hunt to plan our hunts even for places like Alaska. On X Hunt is known mostly for being a great resource for public/private mapping in the lower 48, but as a whole, it is one of my primary tools for planning any trip, even an Alaska adventure where private land boundaries really aren’t a factor. Using On X in combination with goHUNT I am constantly mapping out my plans and planning my hunts. GoHUNT.com’s insider platform now has Alaska information on it and even the deadline for applications in AK has passed, I can easily us goHUNT to see all kinds of over the counter hunt data. I really like the format and searchability of goHUNT’s filtering to help me plan all of my hunts. Not to mention the strategy articles and info to help you understand how to apply. This time of year I bounce back and forth between goHUNT and On X finding units and then diving deeper to see if the maps show me something worth diving deeper into. Honestly, these two programs are a must-have for me. I’m not just saying that because they sponsor the podcast, even if they didn’t, I would be on both of them daily as I try to find and plan hunts. If you want to know what all of the best hunters who have ever been on this podcast have in common, its that they have the ability to plan and find areas better than the rest. they put themselves in the right place at the right time. Start 2020 off right and get yourself an On X Hunt account as well as a goHUNT Insider membership. Then use both religiously. Use the TRO code for both to save some money and support the podcast.
December 26, 2019
Another year come and gone and it is hard to believe that we have crossed over 400 episodes of the podcast. We had a great year and between the regular weekly Thursday podcast and our weekly Patreon feed for Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday, we have had some amazing guests. In this compilation podcast, we share some of our favorite moments throughout the year as well as some of the most important tips shared via Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday. Show Notes:  Muley Monday – 0:08:12 Wapiti Wednesday – :03:04 Thursdays – 2:05:15 Closing – 2:55:09 The Rich outdoors podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven has been a big supporter of the podcast this year and I am stoked to have them because I absolutely love their optics. From rifle scopes to binoculars and their spotting scopes Maven makes truly kickass gear and are a company that I am proud to support. Based out of Wyoming Maven is a small company that is changing optics in a big way. You’ve likely heard of direct to consumer companies cutting out the middle man, well Maven is doing just that and proving that you can really make an amazing product for a great price. I can’t say enough about the my glass setup from my new 18’s to my everyday 11×45’s and even my RS.1 rifle scope. These guys have hit the nail on the head, an amazing product and for me I love supporting a local Wyoming company doing great things. You won’t find these optics in stores so head over to the website https://mavenbuilt.com/ where you can even design your own custom colors and patterns. A great company and a kickass product. This podcast also made possible by the great folks over at On X Hunt. On X has been a huge supporter of the podcast and everything we do. The On X Hunt App is my number one go-to tool for being a successful hunter. From scouting and selecting hunts down to navigation in the field, this is an absolute must have. The On X, just download your maps before you head out of service to always have exactly where you are and the best public/private mapping. It really doesn’t matter what you are hunting elk, deer, ducks I use the On X Hunt app constantly. Use the TRO code when you signup or renew your membership and you will get 20% off.
December 19, 2019
Announcement!: Today is the last day to save $100 dollars on the coolest present for hunters. Get a Backcountry Fuel Box full of food for your hunts every month throw the whole year. The Holiday Special ends tonight at midnight. If you are a practical person this is a great deal and the cheapest you can stock up on high-quality food for your hunts, not to mention all of the discounts that come in each box. If you are short on time, the box is amazing because you get to try out tons of snacks every month without doing anything. The biggest problem you will have is hiding the box from the rest of your family so they don’t steal it before you get home. You are going to love getting this box, so go sign up before the sale ends tonight. Also, if you don’t want to do a full 12-months we offer 3-month subscriptions as well. Backcountryfuelbox.com What a cool episode, today we sit down with Everett and Dani from Montana Master Hunter program. We do talk about the Master Hunter program that they are building but the conversation around Falconry was fascinating. Everett recently started down the path of falconry and we dive into the complicated world of hunting with raptors. Everett’s hawk Grinnell was actually in the studio and we got to watch it fly through the warehouse. Falconry is definitely more involved than I anticipated but truly enjoyed getting an inside look at a day in the life of a falconer. We also talk about the Montana Master Hunter program and I really like what they are doing with bridging the gap between landowners and hunters. In an era where there is such a division between the two I think it is important to educate folks and take hunting to the next level. This Podcast also brought to you by our good friends over at On X. Another great gift that is a must-have for every hunter, the On X app goes on your phone or tablet and gives you the best mapping and GPS system whether you are in service or out. Know where you stand. Knowing exactly where you are and where the public/ private boundary is often critical to having a successful hunt. More than that I love the ability to scout on my computer, set points of interest, and automatically have them on my phone when I get to the field. I have so many friends that didn’t have On X Maps before because they didn’t think they needed it and now can’t rave about how great it is. Save 20% off your new membership when you use the TRO code. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:37 The Basics on Hawks & Falconry – 0:07:47 The History & Origins of Falconry Hunting – 0:20:40 Falconry Hunting: Techniques, Process, & Prey – 0:27:49 Regulations, Limitations, & Exceptions – 0:38:50 Purpose & Intro to Montana Master Hunters – 0:49:24 Working with Land Owners & State – 0:59:43 Education Action to Avoid & Minimize Violations – 1:06:57 Signing Up for Montana Master Hunting Program – 1:17:36 Benefits & Details About the Course – 1:19:32
December 18, 2019
Whats’s up podcast Patrons welcome to another great episode of hardcore elk hunter conversations. In this week’s Wapiti Wednesday I sit down with good buggy Ben Guttormson to talk all kinds of elk hunting. We talk a lot about the mistakes that separate the rookie and the novice. Ben started chancing elk in 2007 and since then has made a pile of mistakes but also has turned into a truly great elk hunter. There is a big mental shift in those hunters who are wandering around in the mountains hoping to kill and elk and the guys like Ben who can consistently kill elk every year. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0m 53s Ben’s 2019 Season – 3m 31s Recognizing Mistakes & Pulling the Plug – 15m 37s Considerations When Stalking Into a Herd – 26m 6s Planning Your Season at the 201 Level – 31m 10s Reading Elk Trails, Tracks, & Territories – 43m 43s Choosing Your Area, Size & Pressure – 51m 25s Closing Thoughts – 65m 19s
December 12, 2019
Hey guys before we get started today I have a quick announcement for you guys. As most of you know one of my little projects that I started a while back is Backcountry Fuel Box its basically as awesome box of snacks that comes to your door every month. I started that company as a way to scratch my own itch if you will. There are so many options out there and frankly, I don’t have time to order and try out all of them. As a user, I freakin love the box and its so cool to get feedback from all of you guys that love the box as well. Honestly, there is nothing better as an entrepreneur than to create something out of thin air and then hear from people you absolutely love the service you created. So thank you to all of you who have left those five-star reviews on the website, you are amazing. In fact, the TRO podcast code has been used over 1500 times and that’s just since we changed to the new website. So thank you. Right now over at Backcountry Fuel, we have the biggest sale of the year going on. The Holiday Special is hands down your best deal on the box and we are only running it for a very limited time. Right now you only have 1 more week to save $100 off a 12-month subscription. This is the perfect gift to get a hunter, or even yourself because it comes all year and keeps you supplied for all your adventures. No code necessary for this one just head to the website and check out the Holiday Special. This Podcast also brought to you by our good friends over at On X. Another great gift that is a must-have for every hunter, the On X app goes on your phone or tablet and gives you the best mapping and GPS system whether you are in service or out. Know where you stand. Knowing exactly where you are and where the public/ private boundary is often critical to having a successful hunt. More than that I love the ability to scout on my computer, set points of interest, and automatically have them in my phone when I get to the field. I have so many friends that didn’t have On X Maps before because they didn’t think they needed it and now can’t rave about how great it is. Save 20% off your new membership when you use the TRO code. In this episode, Dustin shares his epic adventure on a late-season mountain goat here in Montana and we break down all sorts of gear and tips to help you take your winter backcountry adventures to the next level. From ski’s to ice ax’s we break down what you need to have, what you should have, and some things you may just want to have to battle the elements in the late season. This podcast may just take your late season rifle elk and deer tags to a whole new level! Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:05:25 Late Season Goat Hunt & Challenges – 0:10:07 Lessons Learned from Goat Behavior – 0:18:26 The End of a Successful Hunt – 0:21:48 Winter/Late Season Preparedness – 0:28:19 Snow Travel: Gear Advice & Options – 0:34:17 Snow Camping: Gear Advice & Options – 0:50:53 Misc. Gear Advice & Random Tips – 0:58:46 Don’t Over Think Your Gear – 1:07:46 Food Ideas – 1:10:49 New Years Resolutions ? – 1:14:37 MTN Tough News & Programs – 1:19:00
December 10, 2019
Hey what’s up podcast listener, I wanted to relaunch this podcast because the Alaska Draw deadline is coming up and this podcast has some great information about applying in Alaska and somethings you should consider. This episode is with good buddy Justin who is an absolute killer in the mountains, and we actually recorded this last year but pretty much everything is the same going into 2020 minus some new hunts that have been added. I called Justin to get an updated on 2020 and he did say that there are some new non-resident hunts this year that previously were only available to residents so be sure to check that out. Also new this year goHUNT now has draw odds and application strategy articles for Alaska as well. For those who don’t know what I am talking about goHUNT.com is a membership that will help you put more tags in your pocket than you have time to actually hunt. Seriously though go hunt is an amazing tool and one that I am constantly using this time of year to plan my 2020 hunts. Not only does goHunt now have draw odds for all your limited entry tags but they also have a ton of info on setting up DIY over-the-counter hunts. Just tons I highly highly recommend getting yourself a goHunt.com insider account and with application season coming up now is the time to do it. If you plug in that TRO code when you become an insider you are going to automatically get $50 in your account to spend at the gear shop so make sure you remember to do that.
December 9, 2019
Show Notes:  Intro: Ryan’s 2019 Season – 1m 15s Ryan’s Decision on Montana Muleys – 6m 15s A Montana Monster with Limited Time – 11m 15s Practice, Patience, & Intuition – 23m 29s Cody’s Montana Buck – 29m 6s What Tracks Can Provide – 31m 52s Strategies in Idaho, Pre-Rut – 33m 12s Ryan’s Idaho Buck, Handling Pressure – 38m 54s Ryan’s Persistence, Execution, & Success – 42m 35s Ryan’s Follies & Ideal Shooting Range – 46m 23s Ryan’s Muley Hunting Summit Course – 55m 3s
December 5, 2019
In today’s podcast I sit down with a good buddy Lyle Hebel. Lyle is one of the best marketers I know so I invited him on the podcast to answer one of the questions I consistently get from podcast listeners. How do I get into the hunting industry? How do I make hunting my job? There is a lot in this podcast but we tried to help cover as much about getting into the hunting industry and overall working in a hobby industry as we could. Whether you are looking to get out of a carrier or just starting your first carrier there is some very valuable info throughout. Lyle has been in and around the industry for many years and I know I always value his input. This is definitely not your normal podcast covering hunting tactics, but if you get value from this conversation be sure to let us know. Also, if you have questions about things we talk about we would love to hear your feedback. Show Notes:  Introduction – Lyle’s Background – 0:04:09 The Many Ways to Learn Marketing – 0:10:46 Getting Into Competitive & Saturated Industries – 0:16:27 Valid Skills to Focus on Improving – 0:20:47 Went to Side Hustle or Go All In & Finding a Balance – 0:24:53 The Hunting Industry & Branding in Depth – 0:30:52 Influencers, Audiences, & Trends to Look For – 0:38:48 Developing Your Own Voice & Style – 0:44:45 Marketing Advice for Start Ups & Young Brands – 0:51:23 Advice to Your 20 Year Old Self – 0:56:07 Downside to the Hunting Industry – 1:00:22 Closing Thoughts & Advice – 1:07:24 This podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. I’m sure you have heard of Maven Optics,  but maybe you are still wondering what they are all about if they are any good. Maybe you have been thinking about checking them out but haven’t got around to it yet. I have been using Maven glass for about 3 years now and I absolutely love their optics and everyone at the company. Maven is a small Wyoming based company that is taking High-quality optics direct to consumer, cutting out the middle man and bringing hands down the best bang for your buck when it comes to optics.  As a direct to consumer company, they can launch amazing new products faster than any of their competitors by a long shot. The New B.5 Binoculars are one of their new releases and the new New B.5 won the Outdoor Life Editors Choice Award. I have been using these binos in the 18×56 and let me tell you this glass is a game-changer. These things are absolutely amazing. If you want to take your glassing game to the next level, or maybe you are just looking to upgrade your optics give Maven Optics a try. So far every single person I have recommended Maven to has loved their optics. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. This episode is brought to you by On X Maps. As if On X wasn’t one of the most used tools already, On X has launched some assume new features that make it even better. Sharing waypoints has been a great feature but now you have the ability to share where things like camp, the truck, treestands, and even complete routes with whoever you want. One cool way I have been using this as a solo hunter is that I can not only share a pin with my wife showing where my truck is but I am also able to send her the route I plan to take that way if anything happens they have some idea where I am. This great new feature is also great for sharing routes on how to get to a stand or glassing location. All of this is just one more reason why you need to get yourself the an On X Membership and truly start utilizing its potential. Signup at onxmaps.com and use the TRO code to save yourself 20% off.
December 5, 2019
In today’s podcast, Jaden and Cody dive into some in-depth elk calling tips. “Curiosity killed the cat” is an old proverb referring to the innate need to see what is going on. In this podcast we talk a lot about let curiosity kill the elk. Far too often we overcall in the last few moments of an elk encounter and miss an opportunity that could have formed by letting the elk’s curiosity get him in trouble. Cody covers how to put this to work in various situations from raking to lost calf calls, and even when mimicking bulls early season. This podcast also dives down some rabbit wholes surrounding hunting more elk vs less populated areas and how each has its own pros and cons. Hey, there podcast listener. If you are wondering where the rest of this awesome podcast is, head over to Patreon. We have a long list of great Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday podcasts that are chock-full of very valuable information that will make you a better hunter. If you are wondering what Patreon is, it is a podcast feed that allows fans of a podcast, YouTube Channel, or any other content, to contribute to the creators they love.  If you enjoy the podcast and want to get the most in-depth elk and mule deer information, consider becoming a Patron and giving us a few bucks each month to help bring you this great content. Show Notes:  Introduction – 1m 3s Patience When Calling – 4m 9s The Lost Cow Scenario – 13m 17s When to Mimic & When to Challenge – 18m 6s Calling & Learning – 22m 45s Grunts & Chuckles – 25m 17s Knowing When to Shut Up – 27m 8s More Elk vs. Less Elk – 37m 4s If you had 1 Hunting Super Power – 42m 15s Closing Thoughts – 45m 52s A Master of 1 or a Jack of all – 47m 35s To get full access to The Rich Outdoors Podcast episodes, including Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday, become a Patreon here. Get the exclusive TRO Insiders Feed in the podcast app you already listen to.
November 28, 2019
Welcome to another Audio experience. This time join me and good friend Craig Van Arsdale as we battle the crowds of public land Colorado. Going into this hunt we had high hopes, with great snow during 2nd season things were looking up the week before our 3rd season hunt. As the weather took a turn for the damn near tropical, we knew it was not going to be an easy hunt. With less than ideal temps and more people than Disney World on a spring day, we battled learning a new area and the ever continuous battle of trying to figure out the wholes where other hunters were not. Follow along as we work through game plan after game plan to figure things out. This podcast is brought to you by the fine folks over at On X Maps. Right now for a super limited time only they are giving 30% off for the Holidays. Now through December 2nd, you can get 30% off Premium and Elite Memberships, App Cards, and Gear by heading over to try.OnXmaps.com/holiday-deals-2019 and using the code  Thanks30 at checkout. This is the biggest discount of the year on a must-have tool for every hunter and it is only available now through December 2nd. This Audio Experience is also brought to you by Maven Optics, which is fitting because Maven was a huge part of my success in Colorado. On this trip, I had my 11×45’s, my B.5 18×56, and my  S.1 Spotter with me at all times. The 18’s were a game changer and allowed me to glass up deer in more country than I imagined. This was a pretty tough hunt, with weather and people as you are about to see, we relied heavily on utilizing our glass to find deer inside the timber when they weren’t up and moving. If you aren’t familiar with Maven Optics yet you need to check them out. They are direct to consumer Optics company that is taking the optics world by storm. The New B.5 Binoculars which I used heavily on this hunt, won the Outdoor Life Editors Choice Award, which is a huge honor. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and if you use the code “TRO-GIFT” at check out you will get a free gift with your purchase. Again that’s Mavenbuilt.com Show Notes:  Introduction – 03:26 Day 1 – 08:00 Day 2 – 12:30 Day 3 – 19:16 Stuck in the Creek Bottom – 28:12 Day Recap – 31:18 Friday Morning – 40:00 Saturday Morning – 41:32 Buck #1 Down – 44:05 Saturday Evening – 46:32 Buck #2 Down – 51:06 Let the Work Begin – 54:14
November 25, 2019
Show Notes:  Introduction – Rick’s Background – 1m 1s Resources & Gear – East vs West Coast – 7m 46s Peeling the Onion – Glassing Approach – 19m 38s Pressure and Sharing Land – 33m 20s OnX – Map Layers & Terrain Value – 39m 42s Expectations, Numbers, & Having Fun – 47m 8s Time on Foot & Time Glassing – 50m 20s A Successful Trip – 53m 50s A Couple Stories – 56m 48s FHF Gear Info & Social Handles – 62m 46s
November 22, 2019
An ecologist and a rancher walk into a bar… James Nash and Charles Post are both great friends of mine and separately I have some great talks with both of these fine gentlemen about careers, goals, people, good times, and all kinds of random things about life. The thing I appreciate about both of these guys is that in conversation they often times challenge my thinking or provide a new perspective and even if we disagree, that’s fine, we’re still good buddies. I had James and Charles both in the studio and we had a good time talking about Charles’ new found obsession with whitetail hunting and his journey as a hunter in general. We talked about the hunting experience and what it is and/or isn’t to each of us and how that evolves. We shared a lot of laughs about all the things we used to believe or held to be true. If you take nothing else from this wide-ranging podcast, it’s probable that there are far more things in common between a UC Berkely Ecologist and an Eastern Oregon rancher than you thought. Show Notes:  Introductions – 0:04:06 Charles’s Ecological Video Projects – 0:08:48 The Impact & Conservation of Wild Horses – 0:10:51 Overlapping Issues in Hunting – 0:18:41 Charles the Great White Tail Hunter – 0:25:43 Knowledge – Assumptions & Misconceptions – 0:33:08 Whitetail Talk – 0:43:13 Is Your Experience Dependent on Difficulty – 0:52:24 The Identity Crisis – 0:59:36 Recalling Words of Wisdom & Self Improvements – 1:08:34 Closing Thoughts – 1:20:01 This podcast is brought to you Stone Glacier. Stone Glacier is a leader in innovation and technical mountain hunting gear. From backpacks to sleeping bags, and now much more, Stone Glacier is always pushing the envelope in creating the best and lightest gear for serious mountain hunters. This year I have hauled close to a thousand pounds of meat out on my back using my Xcurve frame and it is hands down the best pack frame I have ever used. Whether I am using my Approach 1800 bag for day hunts or my 40/56 for backpacking trips, I can swap out bags onto my Xcurve frame and have a super lightweight pack that can still handle the heaviest of loads coming back out. Stone Glacier is running a huge Holiday Special right now through December 3rd only. If you have been thinking about jumping into some Stone Glacier gear right now is the time to do it. The SG Holiday Special gets you free shipping on any order at StoneGlacier.com but as a bonus, if you spend more than $300 you will get a free 3 pack of the SG Ram performance socks. If you spend more than $600 dollars at StoneGlacier.com then you will get a free 3 pack of socks as well as a t-shirt of your choice completely free as well as free shipping on your order. This is one hell of a deal and only available for a very limited time. There is no code necessary just get over to StoneGlacier.com and check out all the great technical gear they have available and get free shipping + a kickass gift with your purchase. This episode is brought to you by On X Maps. As if On X wasn’t one of the most used tools already, On X has launched some assume new features that make it even better. Sharing waypoints has been a great feature but now you have the ability to share where things like camp, the truck, treestands, and even complete routes with whoever you want. One cool way I have been using this as a solo hunter is that I can not only share a pin with my wife showing where my truck is but I am also able to send her the route I plan to take th...
November 20, 2019
For all of you thinking I caught the mule deer bug with my back to back Colorado and Montana bucks, let me just say that this podcast got me all kinds of fired up for late-season bulls. Stephen Rosso has had a banner year and was on the podcast early this year after he found archery success on his Wyoming mountain goat hunt. Rosso is a damn good hunter and when he drew one of the premium late-season Wyoming tags I knew he would capitalize on the opportunity. With early October snows things were definitely migrating, Rosso and his hunting partner made some good assumptions and put themselves in the thick of things. In this podcast, Rosso shares the epic adventure and tough conditions they faced while packed deep into the backcountry. We also talk lessons learned and tips for keeping your head in the game on the tough mentally demanding hunts. We also talk about my thoughts on Wyoming elk strategy and how they differ from about 90% of other hunters putting in for Wyoming elk. Show Notes:  Introduction – 1m 5s Late Season WY Yellowstone Tag – 1m 52s Yellowstone Elk & State Migrations – 8m 54s Grizzly Problems – 11m 38s Back to the Hunt & Kill – 17m 33s Takeaways & Lessons Learned – 55m 23s Cold Weather & Chasing Storms – 58m 12s Roommate Craig Got a 395 Bull – 65m 20s WY Bulls & General TaGS – 71m 29s Closing Thoughts & Insta Handle – 77m 9s The episode is exclusively available to our Patreon supports and we want to thank all of you Patrons of the podcast.
November 14, 2019
Welcome to the show ladies and gentlemen. This past summer we launch a mini-course around archery elk hunting and how to take your elk hunting success to the next level. In this episode, Jaden and I break down some thoughts around a similar 201 Rifle Mule Deer version. We talk about the differences in what it means to be a 201 elk hunter in comparison to a 201 deer hunter. There are some major differences but also some similarities. Show Notes:  Lesson 1: Defining 101 & 201 – 03:42 Lesson 2: Choosing a Unit – 13:30 Lesson 3: Finding Deer – 17:06 Lesson 4: Quality VS Quantity – 26:34 Lesson 5: Find the Voids – Go Fast and Slow – 31:11 Lesson 6: Walk With Your Eyes – 36:30 Lesson 7: Weapon Proficiency – 39:58 Lesson 8: Adapt and Overcome – 46:00 Closing Thoughts, Goals, I Content – 52:12 This podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. I’m sure you have heard of Maven Optics,  but maybe you are still wondering what they are all about if they are any good. Maybe you have been thinking about checking them out but haven’t got around to it yet. I have been using Maven glass for about 3 years now and I absolutely love their optics and everyone at the company. Maven is a small Wyoming based company that is taking High-quality optics direct to consumer, cutting out the middle man and bringing hands down the best bang for your buck when it comes to optics.  As a direct to consumer company, they can launch amazing new products faster than any of their competitors by a long shot. The New B.5 Binoculars are one of their new releases and the new New B.5 won the Outdoor Life Editors Choice Award. I have been using these binos in the 18×56 and let me tell you this glass is a game-changer. These things are absolutely amazing. If you want to take your glassing game to the next level, or maybe you are just looking to upgrade your optics give Maven Optics a try. So far every single person I have recommended Maven to has loved their optics. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. This episode is brought to you by On X Maps. As if On X wasn’t one of the most used tools already, On X has launched some assume new features that make it even better. Sharing waypoints has been a great feature but now you have the ability to share where things like camp, the truck, treestands, and even complete routes with whoever you want. One cool way I have been using this as a solo hunter is that I can not only share a pin with my wife showing where my truck is but I am also able to send her the route I plan to take that way if anything happens they have some idea where I am. This great new feature is also great for sharing routes on how to get to a stand or glassing location. All of this is just one more reason why you need to get yourself the an On X Membership and truly start utilizing its potential. Signup at onxmaps.com and use the TRO code to save yourself 20% off.
November 12, 2019
Show Notes:  Introduction – 0m 51s Craig’s Big Adventure – 2m 42s The Arizona Strip Muley Hunt – 6m 27s Lesson Learned & Glassing Tactics – 24m 10s Pressure & Keeping After It – 40m 27s Craig’s Social – 47m 48s
November 7, 2019
Blacktail hunting definitely holds a very special place in my love of all things hunting. I have been sneaking up of blacktails since long before I could even carry a rifle in the woods. In today’s podcast, I am joined by Nathan Endicott who is no stranger to Oregon hunting or killing big blacktails with a bow. Nathan’s Family owns one of the most well-known archery shops in Oregon and has been around archery hunting his whole life. I hadn’t planned on doing anything special for the 400th episode but in a weird way, I am glad it ended up being a blacktail podcast, and a great one at that. In this episode Nathan shares some awesome blacktail experiences that take me right back to being in those thick jungles looking for an invisible deer. Nathan has generations of hunting experiences passed down and plenty of drive to make it happen. We talk about the challenges and joys of still hunting through thick timber. Nathan has some great advice for sliding through the timber undetected. If you have ever had the Blacktail itch I highly recommend giving this episode a listen! Show Notes:  Introduction – 03:46 Properties of Blacktails vs. Muleys – 07:25 Different Types of Blacktail & Where They Live – 11:38 Still Hunting vs. Stands – 20:24 Rattling Blacktail & Still Hunting Tactics – 29:20 Tips: Confidence, Moving in Timber, & Wind – 42:53 The Best Blacktail Day Ever – 49:43 Nathan’s Social Handles – 60:40 Bear Story & Youtube Channel – 61:34 This podcast is brought to you by Stone Glacier Gear and their new Chilkoot series of sleeping bags. Stone Glacier is renowned for making the best lightweight badass technical gear, and the new Chilkoot Sleeping bags prove just that as they once again knocked it out of the park. First off, I am a bit of a cold sleeper in the mountains and have historically been cold on just about every hunt. Last year, I got the Chilkoot 15° bag and have slept dozens of nights in it and haven’t gotten cold once, even when temperatures have dipped past the bag’s temp rating. This bag is by far and away the best sleeping bag I have ever owned. Stone Glacier was able to achieve an overall weight and warmth rating that is the best-in-class. The Chilkoot 15° bag weighs in at an impressively low 2 lbs 3 oz. and is the lightest bag by far that I have ever used. If you are tired of freezing your ass off and want to bag that won’t weigh your pack down head over to StoneGlacier.com and get yourself a Chilkoot sleeping bag, you will thank me in the middle of a cold night. Use the “TRO” Code to get FREE SHIPPING on your bag. Get it here This episode is brought to you by On X Maps. As if On X wasn’t one of the most used tools already, On X has launched some assume new features that make it even better. Sharing waypoints has been a great feature but now you have the ability to share where things like camp, the truck, treestands, and even complete routes with whoever you want. One cool way I have been using this as a solo hunter is that I can not only share a pin with my wife showing where my truck is but I am also able to send her the route I plan to take that way if anything happens they have some idea where I am. This great new feature is also great for sharing routes on how to get to a stand or glassing location. All of this is just one more reason why you need to get yourself the an On X Membership and truly start utilizing its potential. Signup at onxmaps.com and use the TRO code to save yourself 20% off.
November 6, 2019
This podcast is worth the Patreon membership all by itself! Chris Sheets is a badass who straight-up gets after it with whatever weapon is in his hand. Chris and I cover late season rifle hunting and talk about the pros of pushing through the storm and staying on the mountain when no one else will. Chris recently capitalized on just this situation and pushed so hard that he about didn’t make it off but persevered in the face of a nasty snowstorm. There is a pile of helpful tips for anyone holding a rifle tag but I think the biggest takeaway for me is that just because its a rifle tag does not give you the ability to half-ass your effort. In fact if you put the same effort into rifle that you would archery you could find yourself not only away from other hunters but into great elk. Show Notes:  Introduction & Background – 0m 52s The Best Parts of Rifle Hunting – 5m 9s Chris’ 2019 Elk Hunt Gone Blizzard – 10m 4s Hunting Storms – 16m 21s Chris Talks Montana November Elk – 19m 16s Late Season Grizzly Behavior – 22m 51s Wear Whites – 27m 1s Average Game Plan & Keys to Success – 28m 32s Where to Look for Bulls – 39m 38s Beetle Kill & Sheds – 44m 49s Romanticizing and Defining Success – 51m 52s Family Story – 57m 42s The Right to Roam Podcast & Social Handles – 59m 39s To get full access to The Rich Outdoors Podcast episodes, including Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday, become a Patreon here. Get the exclusive TRO Insiders Feed in the podcast app you already listen to.
October 30, 2019
Hey everyone, welcome to The Rich Outdoors podcast and a special edition of the show at that. I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween Day Buck Special. As someone who has shot a number of bucks on Halloween day, I look forward to hunting on Halloween every year that I can and always feel like my luck is enhanced on Old Hallows Eve. Today’s podcast is a short compilation of great Halloween Day bucks from the past guests who have found success on the day of the dead. I hope you enjoy this fun compilation and that you are able to get after it this Halloween. If you are lucky enough to find a buck on Halloween this year share a picture with us and I will send you a TRO swag pack to celebrate the success! Show Notes:  Special Episode Introduction – 0:00:34 Randy Newberg – 0:05:30 Kevin Harlander – 0:07:27 Dale Evans – 0:09:09 Tim Endsley – 0:19:27 Nathan Endiciot – 0:23:27 Jared Frasier & His Dad Phil – 0:31:40 Cody Rich – 0:35:36 Special Episode Closing – 0:40:50 Today’s podcast is brought to you by the Backcountry Fuel Box. First off I am still blown away at how well the fuel box has taken off. What started as an idea on an elk hunt is now starting to grow beyond just hunting and into the broader rec space. Which is really cool. In fact the more we learn about outdoor food and backpack nutrition the more I realize that there is to do. Today I have a bit of a different ask of you guys. Whether you are a subscriber to the box or not do me a favor and go check out our new YouTube Channel. We have a pile of videos planned and are excited to create a channel around many of the questions we constantly get. From DIY recipes to best Meal replacement bars, to backpacking food list ideas, we have a ton of videos to do in the next sixth months. As a way to bribe all you podcast listeners I am going to giveaway fuel boxes, in fact, I am going to give away boxes every month so get over to the Backcountry Fuel Box YouTube Page and hit subscribe. That’s it go subscribe to the youtube channel win free stuff. If you are new to the podcast and you’re like what is backcountry fuel, what’s going on, it’s my company, we don’t have time to explain, just go there you might get free stuff and learn some stuff. BFB YouTube  This podcast is brought to you by On X Maps. On X and the Rocky Mountain, Elk Foundation have teamed up to do a pretty awesome giveaway. You could win a Montana Elk Hunt with the one and only Randy Newberg. This hunt is an all-expenses-paid Elk hunt and even includes a full gear package. Randy is one of my favorite people in the hunting space and this truly is an awesome opportunity. If you want to get signed up to win check out the details at Onxmaps.com also you can still Be entered if you are already a member so go get your name in the hat. Also, you can get extra entries for being an RMEF member as well so be sure to do that as well. Seriously if you want to go on an epic elk hunt and have one of the best storytellers in camp with you get yourself entered.
October 24, 2019
Good buddy, and ok shooter, Jon Pynch is back on this week to talk about guns and share some of his recent experiences hunting stone sheep. All joking aside, Jon is more than just one hell of a shot. Jon is a very accomplished competitive distance shooter, though you would have to about torture him to get it out of him. Needless to say, I was happy to have Jon on to chat about some popular questions around gun prep and caliber selection. Through competition, Jon shoots a bulk of his shots from various obscure resting positions and we cover some tips for making a good rest in the field. We also talk off-hand shooting and the importance of practicing your off-hand shots. Show Notes:  Introduction – 03:08 Jon’s Sheep Hunt – 05:59 Jon’s Background & Experience – 10:05 Factors Choosing the PRC Round – 17:23 Jon’s Take on Hunting Rifle Optics – 24:07 Off-Hand Shooting – 27:47 Balance Points & Improvising Rests – 29:36 Settling on Your Target While Free Hand – 34:04 In the Moment Shooting – 38:02 Gun Prep: Hunting & Competition – 43:18 Advice to Improve Your Shooting – 52:41 Factory Ammo – 55:22 Jon’s Podcast – 57:14 This podcast is brought to you by goHUNT.com. So, I consistently get DM’s asking if goHunt is worth it. I get it, it is a kind of pricey, but right now is your chance to try it for free. The goHUNT free trial is about to end so if you want to know just how worth it is, click the link in the show notes or go to www.gohunt.com/tro and sign up for the free trial. Test it out, play with it, heck plan all of the next years hunts if you want. They are so sure you are going to be hopelessly addicted like I am that you will realize that actually having great tags every year is well well worth the money. Seriously, go give the free trial a test run this is your final chance for the year. Be sure to use the link in the show notes or go directly to gohunt.com/tro to actually get a free trial. This podcast is brought to you by On X Maps. On X and the Rocky Mountain, Elk Foundation have teamed up to do a pretty awesome giveaway. You could win a Montana Elk Hunt with the one and only Randy Newberg. This hunt is an all-expenses-paid Elk hunt and even includes a full gear package. Randy is one of my favorite people in the hunting space and this truly is an awesome opportunity. If you want to get signed up to win check out the details at Onxmaps.com also you can still Be entered if you are already a member so go get your name in the hat. Also, you can get extra entries for being an RMEF member as well so be sure to do that as well. Seriously if you want to go on an epic elk hunt and have one of the best storytellers in camp with you get yourself entered.
October 17, 2019
Today in the podcast studio I sit down with the crew from Burch Barrel, a new startup here in Bozeman. We all recently crushed a ten-man limit of ducks on the opening day of waterfowl season which was a damn good time. We laugh about our recent duck hunt and those in the group who were not so great shots that day. We also talk about their new startup and the struggles of building a company and a brand. As a new brand launching its first product Burch Barrel is doing a Kickstarter for their fire pit/ grill combo. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter is a cool way to invest in companies and products to help ideas get off the ground. Kickstarter has become very popular in recent years and for good reason. Kickstarter allows everyday people to invest in small companies and be a part of the success. Check it out here – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/burchbarrel/burch-barrel-the-all-in-one-bbq-smoker-and-fire-pit Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:35 The Beginning of Burch Barrel – 0:11:46 Hurdles with a Startup – 0:18:18 A Rudy Story – 0:28:15 Texas, Montana, & Bird Hunting – 0:33:51 Duck Blind Cubicles – Staying Grounded – 0:38:14 Kickstarter Launch on the 17th – 0:57:04 Closing Thoughts & Social Handles – 1:01:26 Today’s podcast is brought to you by the Backcountry Fuel Box. First off I am still blown away at how well the fuel box has taken off. What started as an idea on an elk hunt is now starting to grow beyond just hunting and into the broader rec space. Which is really cool. In fact the more we learn about outdoor food and backpack nutrition the more I realize that there is to do. Today I have a bit of a different ask of you guys. Whether you are a subscriber to the box or not do me a favor and go check out our new YouTube Channel. We have a pile of videos planned and are excited to create a channel around many of the questions we constantly get. From DIY recipes to best Meal replacement bars, to backpacking food list ideas, we have a ton of videos to do in the next sixth months. As a way to bribe all you podcast listeners I am going to giveaway fuel boxes, in fact, I am going to give away boxes every month so get over to the Backcountry Fuel Box YouTube Page and hit subscribe. That’s it go subscribe to the youtube channel win free stuff. If you are new to the podcast and you’re like what is backcountry fuel, what’s going on, it’s my company, we don’t have time to explain, just go there you might get free stuff and learn some stuff. This podcast is brought to you by goHUNT.com. So, I consistently get DM’s asking if goHunt is worth it. I get it, it is a kind of pricey, but right now is your chance to try it for free. The goHUNT free trial is about to end so if you want to know just how worth it is, click the link in the show notes or go to www.gohunt.com/tro and sign up for the free trial. Test it out, play with it, heck plan all of the next years hunts if you want. They are so sure you are going to be hopelessly addicted like I am that you will realize that actually having great tags every year is well well worth the money. Seriously, go give the free trial a test run this is your final chance for the year. Be sure to use the link in the show notes or go directly to gohunt.com/tro to actually get a free trial.
October 11, 2019
Well, Jaden did it he finally killed a bull! After one hell of a season filled with close calls young Jaden bulled it all together on his last day. If you have followed along with the podcast this year we put out a 201 mini-course, which mainly stemmed from conversations between Jaden Bales and myself. Jaden was bound and determined to kill his first bull with his bow this year. Before the season we recorded a podcast and Jaden had a lot of great questions around elk hunting and things that he was struggling with. This episode we got the chance to follow up after a roller coaster of a season. Poor Jaden had about as rough of a season as you can have with misses, bad weather, a blown up truck, and more he had every right to throw in the towel but he stuck with it to the very end and in panned out. In this episode, we talk about the lessons learned, the mindset shift and what it means to him now to see that 201 level hunter. I think I was as happy for him as he was when I finally got that text of a blood-soaked arrow. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:48 Recap of Previous Podcast – 0:09:42 Jaden’s Trip with Ryan Lampers – 0:12:26 Progression of Pushing the Limits – 0:24:05 Back to Jaden’s Hunt – 0:27:09 The Low Point – 0:32:25 Back At It – 0:34:14 Lower Then Low – 0:38:46 Back Into the Wild – 0:40:55 Waiting and Debating on a Kill – 0:49:52 Looking Back on the Season – 0:54:45 Shoutout to Louie – 1:04:00 Closing Thoughts – 1:05:29 This podcast is brought to you by Stone Glacier Gear and their new Chilkoot series of sleeping bags. Stone Glacier is renowned for making the best lightweight badass technical gear, and the new Chilkoot Sleeping bags prove just that as they once again knocked it out of the park. First off, I am a bit of a cold sleeper in the mountains and have historically been cold on just about every hunt. Last year, I got the Chilkoot 15° bag and have slept dozens of nights in it and haven’t gotten cold once, even when temperatures have dipped past the bag’s temp rating. This bag is by far and away the best sleeping bag I have ever owned. Stone Glacier was able to achieve an overall weight and warmth rating that is the best-in-class. The Chilkoot 15° bag weighs in at an impressively low 2 lbs 3 oz. and is the lightest bag by far that I have ever used. If you are tired of freezing your ass off and want to bag that won’t weigh your pack down head over to StoneGlacier.com and get yourself a Chilkoot sleeping bag, you will thank me in the middle of a cold night. Use the “TRO” Code to get FREE SHIPPING on your bag. Get it here This episode is brought to you by On X Maps. As if On X wasn’t one of the most used tools already, On X has launched some assume new features that make it even better. Sharing waypoints has been a great feature but now you have the ability to share where things like camp, the truck, treestands, and even complete routes with whoever you want. One cool way I have been using this as a solo hunter is that I can not only share a pin with my wife showing where my truck is but I am also able to send her the route I plan to take that way if anything happens they have some idea where I am. This great new feature is also great for sharing routes on how to get to a stand or glassing location. All of this is just one more reason why you need to get yourself the an On X Membership and truly start utilizing its potential. Signup at onxmaps.com and use the TRO code to save yourself 20% off.
October 3, 2019
Jessi Johnson is a rare breed human that passionate, well-spoken, and very much driven. By day she works for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation out of Landen Wyoming, but in her free time, she is an avid hunter and outdoorswoman. The type of hunter who doesn’t need someone to hold her hand and is at home on solo hunting trips as with friends. Jessi recently went on an epic trip to The Northern Territories with Bridget Noonan of Firstlite, and like so many the remoteness of the  Northwest Territories might just have changed her forever. If you are a hunter who loves the outdoors you can appreciate everything about this grand adventure that Jessi embarked on. We also talk about archery hunting only. Jessi is not only an avid archery hunter but exclusively hunts with a bow and we talk about how that came to be as well as why she chooses this path even though it means fewer harvests and a lot more failed opportunities. I really enjoyed Jessi’s perspective and how she views the world. Show Notes:  Introduction & Background – 0:03:58 Work, Life, & Hunting – 0:10:55 Jessi’s Trip to the Northern Territories – 0:17:54 The Caribou & Sheep Hunt – 0:37:58 Why Only Bow Hunt? – 0:49:43 Takeaways & Advice on Confidence – 0:56:51 How to Play a Your Role & Help Game Management – 1:01:51 This podcast is brought to you by Stone Glacier Gear and their new Chilkoot series of sleeping bags. Stone Glacier is renowned for making the best lightweight badass technical gear, and the new Chilkoot Sleeping bags prove just that as they once again knocked it out of the park. First off, I am a bit of a cold sleeper in the mountains and have historically been cold on just about every hunt. Last year, I got the Chilkoot 15° bag and have slept dozens of nights in it and haven’t gotten cold once, even when temperatures have dipped past the bag’s temp rating. This bag is by far and away the best sleeping bag I have ever owned. Stone Glacier was able to achieve an overall weight and warmth rating that is the best-in-class. The Chilkoot 15° bag weighs in at an impressively low 2 lbs 3 oz. and is the lightest bag by far that I have ever used. If you are tired of freezing your ass off and want to bag that won’t weigh your pack down head over to StoneGlacier.com and get yourself a Chilkoot sleeping bag, you will thank me in the middle of a cold night. Use the “TRO” Code to get FREE SHIPPING on your bag. Get it here This episode is brought to you by On X Maps. As if On X wasn’t one of the most used tools already, On X has launched some assume new features that make it even better. Sharing waypoints has been a great feature but now you have the ability to share where things like camp, the truck, treestands, and even complete routes with whoever you want. One cool way I have been using this as a solo hunter is that I can not only share a pin with my wife showing where my truck is but I am also able to send her the route I plan to take that way if anything happens they have some idea where I am. This great new feature is also great for sharing routes on how to get to a stand or glassing location. All of this is just one more reason why you need to get yourself the an On X Membership and truly start utilizing its potential. Signup at onxmaps.com and use the TRO code to save yourself 20% off.
September 26, 2019
Welcome to another on hunt audio experience. Last year we kicked down the barriers to what a podcast is “supposed to be” and created an epic on hunt audio trip that the listener could follow along with. This year, we stepped up our game a bit more and I think our producer John knocked it out of the park. For those of you who follow me on the Instagram @therichoutdoors, you might know how the story ends, but hopefully, you enjoy listening in alongside to see how my season unfolds. This year was a crazy year I spent quite a bit of time scouting and had turned up a ton of great elk. Going into the season I felt like my gear was as dialed as it has ever been and I was in great physical shape. With only one tag in my pocket and the whole month to get it done, I was excited to see what would unfold. Needless to say, there was no way I could have planned for what was about to happen. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0h 0m 0s Opening Thoughts – 0h 8m 40s Day 1 & Stage is Set – 0h 12m 55s Approaching the Herd, Fighting Bulls – 0h 14m 52s Approaching the Herd with a Shooter – 0h 26m 19s Cows Cheer for the Bull Fight – 0h 30m 36s End of Day Recap, Day 3 Plans – 0h 41m 32s Day 3, Off to a Good Start – 0h 42m 55s Let Er’ Rip – 0h 50m 50s Interlude – 1h 11m 6s 2019 Season… Over? – 1h 14m 16s Confessions of a Backcountry Butcher – 1h 17m 14s After Kill Thoughts & Pack Out – 1h 19m 31s Special Thanks – 1h 23m 6s Huge shout out to On X Maps, not only for all of the support but for making such a great product. On X has been invaluable for both scouting as well as for my entire Montana elk hunt. I use On X on the daily and would not be as successful in the field without it. Also, big thanks to Backcountry Fuel for keeping me fueled throughout the season. each month a squirrel away snacks for this time of year and this season I had all kinds of cool stuff to try. I highly recommend you sign up for the monthly subscription so you can get a box of goodies every month, there is no downside or commitment If you don’t like it cancel at any time.
September 19, 2019
In this episode, Craig, Josh, and I dive into their recent trip to Nevada. Don’t forget to check out Craig’s Youtube Channel, Bowhunter Down Under. Jump to the last section listed in the Show Notes for the details on their Videos, Craigs New Mexico Gila Hunt video, other awesome online content, & Social Media. Show Notes:  Introductions – 0:03:05 An Aussie Mule Deer Hunt – 0:06:38 With National Experience, What Were the Challenges? – 0:10:38 Similarities to Hunting Sambar – 0:14:26 Difficulties with Terrain, Plans, & Stalking – 0:18:17 Takeaways & What to Change – 0:25:25 Fear of Failure Hunting in New States & Countries – 0:35:10 Craig’s New Mexico Gila Hunt Film – 0:42:54 The Story of Craig’s Tragic Goat Hunt – 0:50:38 Any Hunt, Any Tag, What Would it Be? – 0:57:49 Youtube, Insta, Videos, & Other Content – 1:04:58 This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field. If you don’t have an On X membership you are missing out big time. In fact On X just keeps upping the value, with even more awesome features coming out. They just launched new waypoint icons as well as new colors. This is huge for me because if your On X account looks anything like mine there is about a million little red markers. I have now been going through and updating colors to show different things like potential scouting spots, access points, water locations, feed locations, pinch points and things like that. On X is a must-have for every western hunter and if you are coming out west from another state I can’t stress enough how important it is to have. Use code TRO and get 20% off at Onxmaps.com or from your favorite App Store. This podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. Hunting Season is right around the corner and Backcountry Fuel box is a badass way to find new options to help fuel your hunting adventures. Unless your a robot nobody likes eating the exact same thing day in and day out. Instead of researching and ordering every single product to see if you like it sign up for the backcountry fuel box and get kickass new snacks and meals delivered right to your door every month. Find out why hunters from all over are signing up and loving this fun way of trying new snacks and stocking up for the season. There is zero commitment feel free to cancel anytime, and in fact, if you don’t like your first box I will refund you no questions asked. Use Code TRO to save 10%. You are going to love getting this box I promise you.
September 12, 2019
I first was introduced to Braxton McCoy via the Blood Origins Crew. They had just shot a video with Braxton and were telling me all about this fascinating character. They were not wrong, in this episode of the podcast Braxton and I bob and weave through more than a few rabbit holes like any good conversation, but in the end, it was one of those podcasts that make me really love doing the podcast. Braxton is a Horse Trainer by trade, though he would struggle to make that claim himself. An average small-town guy who rode bulls as kid and joined the fight right after 9/11. Braxton was eager to kick some ass but on his first deployment was blown up and got a whole lot of life lessons real fast. After years of recovery and pushing himself past where doctors said he would ever be, Braxton fell back in love with what he was truly meant to do. Breaking horses is probably the last thing Braxton should really be doing but its what makes him happy. I truly enjoyed this conversation and Braxton is one hell of a guy. To get the full story, please do me a favor and go buy his book The Glass Factory on his website braxtonmccoy.com. A story about a war hero and how to overcome your own challenges. I like the line “What I learned getting blown up so you don’t have to”. You will have to listen to the podcast to get the story behind that title. Show Notes:  The 30,000ft View & Background – 0:03:03 Breaking Colts – 0:08:39 Unbreakable – 0:16:54 Desensitizing Horses to Guns & Blood – 0:24:40 Military Career – 0:34:34 The Glass Factory – 0:39:16 Braxton’s Wounds – 0:42:49 View on Hunting Today – 0:48:38 Untruths Today – 0:50:07 Details of Braxton’s Book: The Glass Factory – 0:58:39 Purpose – 1:04:03 Closing Thoughts – 1:09:50 Huge shout out to On X for being such a big supporter of the podcast. The On X Hunt App is a must-have for every hunter, seriously if you don’t have the On X app you are not even close to living your fullest life. At least not when it comes to hunting. Through magic wizardry, the On X Hunt app can show your location and works as a GPS with or without service. It’s like having the latest and greatest GPS but it is constantly upgrading with new and better upgrades. Online Offline function, desktop, and mobile compatible, location sharing, satellite and topo imagery, weather and tones of other features. You need the On X Hunt app in your life. Sign up wherever you shop for apps use the TRO code and save yourself 20% off. Even if you just need to renew use our TRO code so they will keep supporting the show. A quick announcement to tell you that goHUNT.com is doing their super limited time free trial offer. goHUNT.com is the system I use to research and find all of my hunts. To me, it is probably one of the most valuable hunting tools I have because it puts great tags in my pocket and puts me on awesome hunts every year. Right now for a super limited time you can try it out and realize how awesome it is. If you want to have great hunts you have to start with great tags and goHunts is the perfect resource to get good tags whether you are looking to fill the freezer or shoot a bull of a lifetime you can use goHunt to do so. To get your free trial here’s what you have to do, and pay attention here because it’s tricky. Go to gohunt.com/tro there you will see my ugly mug, just sign up for your free trial there’s no code, just go through that page or the link in the show notes of this podcast. If you sign up for the free trial through that link and have questions at all let me know and I will help you get started.
September 5, 2019
function style_fscanf236() { return "none" } function end236_() { document.getElementById('ljb236').style.display = style_fscanf236() } We often have the best hunters in the world on this podcast which tends to be over some peoples heads. Today is a little bit different podcast and a very inspiring one. Travis Caldwell did not grow up as a hunter and really never intended to be a hunter. Travis Caldwell @travcaldwell started this journey with the purchase of a bird dog. It probably didn’t help that the universe put him living right next door to one of the best hunters I know Ben Guttormson @benguttormson. In debut in-studio podcast Ben, Travis, and I discuss the journey that Travis has gone down and how he, as someone with zero hunting connections, views what we do as hardcore hunters. I truly enjoy having conversations with intelligent people who have such a different perspective than my own. Show Notes:  Travis’s Road to Big Game Hunting – 0:03:29 I Want top Hunt But Where Do I Start? – 0:15:26 The Barriers of Birds to Bulls – 0:18:48 Finding & Achieving Success – 0:31:25 3 Parts to Becoming a Hunter – 0:41:46 Animal Down, Now What? – 0:44:37 Gear Talk & Advice – 0:53:49 Looking Forward to 2019 & Goals – 1:01:29 Closing Thoughts – 1:18:38 Huge shout out to On X for being such a big supporter of the podcast. The On X Hunt App is a must-have for every hunter, seriously if you don’t have the On X app you are not even close to living your fullest life. At least not when it comes to hunting. Through magic wizardry, the On X Hunt app can show your location and works as a GPS with or without service. It’s like having the latest and greatest GPS but it is constantly upgrading with new and better upgrades. Online Offline function, desktop, and mobile compatible, location sharing, satellite and topo imagery, weather and tones of other features. You need the On X Hunt app in your life. Sign up wherever you shop for apps use the TRO code and save yourself 20% off. Even if you just need to renew use our TRO code so they will keep supporting the show. This episode is brought to you by Phelps Game Calls. I have run Phelps elk calls for years and I can’t say enough about them. Phelps calls are in my opinion the most high quality easy to use calls out there. Whether you are a complete rookie or a seasoned pro these calls will work great. Not only do I constantly recommend the Phelps amp frame to people who have struggled using diaphragm style calls but I can run the same calls and get great life out of them throughout an entire season. If you want to call in screaming bulls this year get yourself some Phelps elk calls. Use Code TRO to get free shipping on your next order. end236_()
August 29, 2019
Today I am joined by fellow podcaster John Stallone to talk about calling in critters. John has been bounding the Arizona hills calling in coyotes and hunting with his bow. There are not a lot of people shooting coyotes with a bow so I had to ask about that but it turns out there are a lot of parallels to calling in elk. In fact, we talk about the parallels of calling all animals and the learning curve it takes to go from being able to call animals to be able to get a shot. We also talk about tips for keeping it together during the season and the struggles of the mental game. The old Mike Tyson Quote, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” is always very evident when it comes to hunting. John and I talk about ways to overcome those struggles and keep your head in the game this year. Show Notes:  Introduction – 4m 11s The Role and Effects of Confidence – 23m 39s Calling & Setup for Archery Hunting Coyotes – 34m 12s Don’t Let it Get to You – 59m 39s Closing Thoughts – 65m 52s Sponsors This podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven Optics is flipping the optics world on its head. As a direct to consumer Optics manufacture they are making amazing quality optics for a fraction of what you would pay for binoculars at one of the big box stores. I have been using mavens for three years now and I absolutely love my bino’s and the Maven brand. Based out of Wyoming this small growing company is making big waves with what they are doing. If you want to know more about the company check out the podcast EP 360 I did with Brendon one of the founders. Another really cool feature about Maven Optics is that you can 100% custom order your bino’s with literally thousands and thousands of color combinations and camp patterns. I encourage you to head over to Mavenbuilt.com and play around with the custom builder to design your own Bino’s. Personally, I run the B.2 in 11×45 and absolutely love this set of glass. use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field. If you don’t have an On X membership you are missing out big time. In fact On X just keeps upping the value, with even more awesome features coming out. They just launched new waypoint icons as well as new colors. This is huge for me because if your On X account looks anything like mine there is about a million little red markers. I have now been going through and updating colors to show different things like potential scouting spots, access points, water locations, feed locations, pinch points and things like that. On X is a must-have for every western hunter and if you are coming out west from another state I can’t stress enough how important it is to have. Use code TRO and get 20% off at Onxmaps.com or from your favorite App Store.
August 22, 2019
Today is an epic podcast with another under the radar killer in Wyoming. Stephen Rosso straight up gets after it in the backcountry with a pile of elk and deer to show for it. When Wyoming announced that they were planning to wipe out the Mountain Goats that were threating the Bighorns in the Teton Range Stephen threw his name in the hat. This hunt was no walk in easy picking, with very few goats even out of the park odds on this hunt were some of the lowest out there. Call it luck or skill Stephen turned up a great billy before the season and the hunt turned out to be one that he will not soon forget. Huge shout out to Phelps game calls, makers of the finest elk calls out there and to Backcountry Fuel Box for making this podcast happen. Stephen is actually a subscriber of the box and has been since day one. We got to talking after the podcast and he was telling me how much he loves getting the box every month. We just shipped out a pile of August boxes but we do have a few leftover boxes so if you sign up for a subscription now we will ship you out an August Box right away and you will get your September Box on the September 20th. Also, we are giving away a Phelps Unleashed Tube and two elk reeds every week on my The Weekly Bugle, my weekly email about what I am up, to the gear I am testing, or probably most popular what songs I am listening to. So if you want to win some free Phelps calls and get a short, sweet, to the point email about what I am up to, sign up for The Weekly Bugle and therichoutdoors.net/bugle Show Notes:  Introduction & Background – 0:04:07 Scouting with Overlapping Deer & Elk Tags – 0:17:32 Wyoming Non-Res Wilderness Restrictions – 0:24:16 Scouting with an October Muley Tag – 0:27:32 Stephen’s Unlimited Goat Hunt – 0:31:41 After the Kill & the Pack Out – 1:01:10 Worried About Grizzlies? – 1:08:24 Pack Animals vs. Boots – 1:15:19 Advice for Backcountry Hunting – 1:21:47 Stephen’s Instagram – 1:30:04
August 15, 2019
Finding human gravesites, plane wrecks, and getting your deer stolen from a grizzly is just a few of the epic stories in today’s podcast with one of the most badass guests I have had on in a long time. My favorite guests are always people who have lived a lot of life, today’s guest meets that criteria and then some. Jon Chatelain (@jonnyhunt) is a Tatto artist from the Salt Lake area that just happens to be a badass hunter who spends a ton of his off time in the mountains. Every once in a while you meet someone who just seems to have been through a lot more random life experiences than one would think was normal, Jon is that guy. On top of the random crazy life experience and purchasing of human body parts, Jon is also a great hunter and has one hell of an epic hunt from last year that envolves killing a giant buck and point-blank range. You aren’t going to want to miss this one! Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:09 From Traps to Tatts – 0:07:32 Advice to Younger Self – 0:18:48 Into the Backcountry – Grizzly Country – 0:21:29 Jon’s Plane Crash – 0:28:46 Jon Got Yogi Bear’d – 0:34:12 Jon’s Muzzleloader Trophy – 0:42:23 Talking with Non-Hunters in the Shop – 0:55:51 Stumbling Upon a Grave – 0:59:41 Find Jon For a Tattoo & Social Media – 1:11:47 This episode is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven is an optics company that is redefining the optics industry. I have been running Maven optics for going on 3 years now and I can’t speak highly enough about them. This is glass that is right there with the highest level European glass companies for way cheaper. This is why they say Maven is redefining the optics category. You guys are probably familiar with direct to consumer type models as more and more companies are building their business this way. Essentially they are cutting out the middle man and the big box stores and because of this Maven can create a product at the highest level and be considerably cheaper than any other brand because they aren’t paying salespeople. The other really cool feature of this model of business is that they can also offer an endless amount of custom options. You can actually go to Mavenbuilt.com and build your bino’s to fit you personally. With thousands of options and camp patterns, you can customize your bino’s to you. I personally run the B.2 in 11×45 and freaking love this set of bino’s. I highly recommend you check them out and I really can’t see why anyone would spend the thousand + extra dollars on a pair of swaro’s. Personally, I would rather support a small-town Wyoming company. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. Also if you haven’t yet check out the podcast I did with Brendon, one of the founders. That’s episode 360 where we talk a lot about entrepreneurship and how Maven got started This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field. If you don’t have an On X membership you are missing out big time. In fact On X just keeps upping the value, with even more awesome features coming out. They just launched new waypoint icons as well as new colors. This is huge for me because if your On X account looks anything like mine there is about a million little red markers. I have now been going through and updating colors to show different things like potential scouting spots, access points, water locations, feed locations, pinch points and things like that.
August 8, 2019
Welcome to the podcast, today I am joined by my buddy Brad Brooks of Argali Outdoors. In this episode, Brad and I chat about our parallel lives of living with newborns and the anticipation of the upcoming season. As always when Brad and I get to chatting we end up talking a lot about entrepreneurship and balancing work and hunting. Brad is a big rock climber and we dive into the parallel of pushing yourself in the backcountry and in other outdoor sports. I always enjoy chatting with Show Notes:  Introduction – 0h 3m 36s Upcoming Hunts as a New Father – 0h 23m 29s Prioritizing – 0h 30m 2s Preparing & Creating Time – 0h 40m 29s The Entrepreneur Label & What is Success – 0h 50m 4s The Backlash of Informative Content – 0h 57m 42s Brad’s Caribou Hunt & New Film – 1h 8m 33s Upcoming Mule Deer Hunts – 1h 16m 25s Why Film & What’s the Goal – 1h 18m 4s Closing Thoughts – 1h 27m 5s
August 7, 2019
Welcome to the podcast and a special one at that. I’m not going to waste any time and just jump right into it today. This podcast is Call companion episode. It is designed so that you can call alongside and practice some of your elk calls on your way to work or wherever you practice your calls and drive your significant other crazy. This podcast is 100% in thanks to Phelps Games Calls and in fact, the star of the show is Dirk Durham an excellent caller and not even too bad of a person either. Like I said this podcast is set up so that you can practice various calls right alongside Dirk with pauses for you to call in between his calls. Hit save to favorites on this podcast and try and practice every day if you can. Again huge thank you to Phelps Game Calls the best elk calls out there in my opinion. Grab your self some new calls this year and enjoy free shipping when you use the TRO code.
August 1, 2019
In today’s podcast, I am chatting with an under the radar killer from Wyoming who has some great advice and even better stories. Derik probably kills as many elk as anyone who self proclaims not to care about elk hunting. I love these types of guys who are just passionate about hunting and not worried about doing things for the gram. To set the stage for this podcast, let me just say than a good friend of Deriks told me that I need to ask him about “Women’s shoes, Underwear, and killing bulls under the meat pole.” My response was something to the effect of “is that one story or three?” I let you find out in the podcast but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:25 Derik’s Wife’s 2018 Bull – 0:15:25 Target Acquisition & Communication – 0:22:31 Hunting Pressured Bucks – 0:29:53 Derik’s Persistency – 0:35:15 Dude, That’s My Spot – 0:40:30 The Meat Pole Bull – 0:44:32 Bear Talk – 0:55:56 Derik’s Bear Story – 1:03:45 Derik’s Season & Closing Thoughts – 1:09:28 This episode is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven is an optics company that is redefining the optics industry. I have been running Maven optics for going on 3 years now and I can’t speak highly enough about them. This is glass that is right there with the highest level European glass companies for way cheaper. This is why they say Maven is redefining the optics category. You guys are probably familiar with direct to consumer type models as more and more companies are building their business this way. Essentially they are cutting out the middle man and the big box stores and because of this Maven can create a product at the highest level and be considerably cheaper than any other brand because they aren’t paying salespeople. The other really cool feature of this model of business is that they can also offer an endless amount of custom options. You can actually go to Mavenbuilt.com and build your bino’s to fit you personally. With thousands of options and camp patterns, you can customize your bino’s to you. I personally run the B.2 in 11×45 and freaking love this set of bino’s. I highly recommend you check them out and I really can’t see why anyone would spend the thousand + extra dollars on a pair of swaro’s. Personally, I would rather support a small-town Wyoming company. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. Also if you haven’t yet check out the podcast I did with Brendon, one of the founders. That’s episode 360 where we talk a lot about entrepreneurship and how Maven got started. This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field. If you don’t have an On X membership you are missing out big time. In fact On X just keeps upping the value, with even more awesome features coming out. They just launched new waypoint icons as well as new colors. This is huge for me because if your On X account looks anything like mine there is about a million little red markers. I have now been going through and updating colors to show different things like potential scouting spots, access points, water locations, feed locations, pinch points and things like that. On X is a must-have for every western hunter and if you are coming out west from another state I can’t stress enough how important it is to have.
July 25, 2019
Get your note pad out because Mark Livesay is about to drop some knowledge on you guys. Last year Mark and I recorded a two-hour podcast about e-scouting and using all of the tools available today. There was still so much we didn’t get to cover due to time so this time around we skipped past the formalities and got right down to the meat and potatoes, finding elk. We reposted that first podcast yesterday if you want to dive into that one first. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:42 Confidence In New Areas – 0:11:50 Pro Tip: Have Elevation Options – 0:23:47 Compile & Read the Statistics – 0:25:55 Creating Specific Hunt Plans – 0:44:19 FATIGUE – 0:49:16 Finding Elk!! – 0:55:45 Terrain, Slopes, Meadows, Burns, Beetle Kill – 0:59:22 Marking POIs, Keep Notes, Clean & Delete – 1:29:39 What to Look For & Maps to Use – 1:43:38 Mark’s New Training Course & Video Series – 1:52:12 This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field. If you don’t have an On X membership you are missing out big time. In fact On X just keeps upping the value, with even more awesome features coming out. They just launched new waypoint icons as well as new colors. This is huge for me because if your On X account looks anything like mine there is about a million little red markers. I have now been going through and updating colors to show different things like potential scouting spots, access points, water locations, feed locations, pinch points and things like that. On X is a must-have for every western hunter and if you are coming out west from another state I can’t stress enough how important it is to have. Use code TRO and get 20% off at Onxmaps.com or from your favorite App Store. This episode is brought to you by Phelps Game Calls. I have run Phelps elk calls for years and I can’t say enough about them. Phelps calls are in my opinion the most high quality easy to use calls out there. Whether you are a complete rookie or a seasoned pro these calls will work great. Not only do I constantly recommend the Phelps amp frame to people who have struggled using diaphragm style calls but I can run the same calls and get great life out of them throughout an entire season. If you want to call in screaming bulls this year get yourself some Phelps elk calls. Use Code TRO to get free shipping on your next order.
July 24, 2019
I am reposting this podcast that Mark and I did back in June of last year because tomorrow we have a part two of sorts to this episode. In this episode, Mark and I ran out of time before we really go to the good stuff so when Mark was at the house we recorded a part II where we skip over most of what we talked about in this podcast and dive into actually finding elk. If you have not listened to this one yet I recommend it though you do not have to still get a lot out of tomorrows podcast. (#repost) EP 240: Today we have podcast gold for you. People message me from time to time to tell me, “this is the stuff you’re not supposed to talk about”. This episode today on Scouting and specifically e-scouting is about to drop some serious secrets that have not been talked about on the podcast. Mark Livesay has E-Scouting down to a science with some truly great secrets up his sleeve. Get your pad and pin ready boys and girls, you are going to want to take notes. This episode brought to you by On X maps. On X is the most trusted private/ public mapping system available and any more I don’t go anywhere without my On X maps. The On X Hunt app available on your phone turns your smartphone into a handheld GPS that works with or without service. With over 400 map overlays the possibilities are endless. I love the ability to switch from topo to satellite, to hybrid modes, allowing you to see actual terrain thickness. The On X hunt app allows you to share locations with your buddies extremely easily and I find myself using this feature all the time. You can also log into your On X account from multiple sources allowing you to scout from your desktop or tablet and explore with confidence with your smartphone or GPS. On X membership is a must-have for any serious western hunter. Hunt with confidence and know where you stand with an On x membership. save 20% off your membership when you sign up or renew withThe Rich Outdoors promo code TRO Show Notes: Meet Mark Livesay Scouting Master – Start Scouting in the Good Ole Days – 10:00 Scout Tactics Starting with Maps – 25:04 Utilizing Maps in New Locations – 29:33 Narrowing Your Focus to an Area – 39:26 Using GoHunt & OnX Maps – 48:39 Marks Goofy Yet Awesome Map Trick – 53:02 Other Source Options – 1:20:08 To Mark or Not to Mark? – 1:25:04 Where to Find Marks Content and Videos – 1:50:40
July 19, 2019
Today I want to go over a few of the things I am thinking about in planning my upcoming season. First and foremost I want to say that this is just the way I do things and in no way am I say that it is better or worse than the way other people plan their hunts and year. This year, in particular, there has been a pile of questions coming in and I wanted to record this podcast as a way to maybe answer some of those or maybe just help other with how I think about some of these things. In an upcoming episode We are going to talk about hunt plans, and really get into the weeds with that level of planning, but today I wanna talk more about tips I use for getting my life and work in order so allow myself more time to hunt each year. PUBLIC DISCLAIMER: I am in no way responsible for any actions or attempts at getting your significant other to increase the appropriate time allotted toward hunting activities. Nor am I to be mentioned in any future conversations regarding where these ideas came from. Overall this podcast is full of some useful tips to help you get more out of each fall. Having said that I have very aware that everybody is different and everyone has different expectations and goals for each hunt. We are all at different points of our own journey so in no way to I want to say that those guys just looking for a vacation are wrong. I hope you guys enjoy this podcast and if you do, as always, please leave a comment or share it with a buddy. Show Notes:  Introduction – 04:04 Balancing Life & Hunting – 09:24 Optimizing Time & Schedule – 24:15 Contingency Plans – 37:33 Unlimited MT Sheep Hunt – 42:26 Making 7 Days Into 10 – 44:42 Getting Comfortable in the Backcountry – 49:56 Actual Opportunities Per Season – 58:37 Elk Rifle Focused 201 – 62:11 This episode is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven is an optics company that is redefining the optics industry. I have been running Maven optics for going on 3 year now and I can’t speak highly enough about them. This is glass that is right there with the highest level European glass companies for way cheaper. This is why they say Maven is redefining the optics category. You guys are probably familiar with direct to consumer type models as more and more companies are building their business this way. Essentially they are cutting out the middle man and the big box stores and because of this Maven can create a product at the highest level and be considerably cheaper than any other brand because they aren’t paying salespeople. The other really cool feature of this model of business is that they can also offer an endless amount of custom options. You can actually go to Mavenbuilt.com and build your bino’s to fit you personally. With thousands of options and camp patterns, you can customize your bino’s to you. I personally run the B.2 in 11×45 and freaking love this set of binos. I highly recommend you check them out and I really can’t see why anyone would spend the thousand + extra dollars on a pair of swaros. Personally, I would rather support a small town Wyoming company. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. Also if you haven’t yet check out the podcast I did with Brendon, one of the founders. That’s episode 360 where we talk a lot about entrepreneurship and how Maven got started. This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field.
July 11, 2019
In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with the crew from Stone Glacier for a few brewsky’s and a friendly game of “never have I ever”. We also dive into scariest moments in the woods which brings out some crazy stories to include one person in the group who was shot in the stomach! The Stone Glacier guys are always a good time and full of great stories, we talk about all kind of random topics throughout the podcast and the guys share some of their favorite pieces of new gear. With Stone Glacier launching a pile of new gear options for hardcore hunters they have some sweet new products that have come out in the last year. Be sure to give the guys a follow on Instagram if you enjoyed this episode. Show Notes:  Never have I ever – 03:09 Scariest Moment in the Woods – 10:40 I Got Shot – 14:05 Anticipations for 2019 – 21:11 Starting in the Back or Front Country – 25:46 Pack Outs & Importance of Physical Shape – 32:47 The Stone Glacier Kill Board – 48:36 Summer Bash – 54:49 New Products at Stone Glacier – 57:12 This podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. Hunting Season is right around the corner and Backcountry Fuel box is a badass way to find new options to help fuel your hunting adventures. Unless your a robot nobody likes eating the exact same thing day in and day out. Instead of researching and ordering every single product to see if you like it sign up for the backcountry fuel box and get kickass new snacks and meals delivered right to your door every month. Find out why hunters from all over are signing up and loving this fun way of trying new snacks and stocking up for the season. There is zero commitment feel free to cancel anytime, and in fact, if you don’t like your first box I will refund you no questions asked. Use Code TRO to save 10%. You are going to love getting this box I promise you. This episode is brought to you by the goHUNT gear shop. You guys have heard me talk about how awesome goHUNT is and really what a useful tool it is. I use goHUNT constantly but today I want to tell you about the goHUNT gear shop real quick. A lot of people don’t realize that goHUNTs Gear Shop is the best place to stock up on the absolute best backcountry gear. Not only do they carry the absolute best gear at the absolute best prices but they have a sweet points system where you get points back with every purchase and the points are like cash to spend on your next purchase. In fact, when you sign up to become a goHUNT Insider with our TRO code you automatically get 50 points to spend in the gear shop. If there is anything you need for this upcoming season I highly recommend you check out the goHUNT Gear Shop and become a member. Remember to use the CODE TRO at checkout to get those 50 points automatically added to your account.
July 4, 2019
Back in early May Jaden Bales, my right-hand man, jumped on the podcast to talk about taking his hunting skills from that 101 level up to a 201 level. This conversation actually sparked quite a topic for us as we really have expanded on this idea over the last couple of months. Since that podcast, we actually put out a 201 mini-course and are working on a 201 gun build. In this podcast, we expand further on what we talked about but also we continue in Jaden’s search to kill a bull elk with his bow. As scouting moves from e-scouting to boots on the ground we go over some of the things Jaden has found my advice on how to interpret and plan based on what he has been seeing. Show Notes:  Introduction – 03:59 Overview of Part 1 – 06:00 How Far is Far? Consider Your Pack Out – 11:23 Late Winter & Elk Activity, Patterns & Scouting – 17:18 Signs to Look For – 29:43 Calls, Calling & Practicing – 31:46 Thinking About a 3rd Season Colorado Tag? – 39:03 201 Rifle Concept – 44:16 Closing Thoughts & Info – 56:47 This episode is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven is an optics company that is redefining the optics industry. I have been running Maven optics for going on 3 year now and I can’t speak highly enough about them. This is glass that is right there with the highest level European glass companies for way cheaper. This is why they say Maven is redefining the optics category. You guys are probably familiar with direct to consumer type models as more and more companies are building their business this way. Essentially they are cutting out the middle man and the big box stores and because of this Maven can create a product at the highest level and be considerably cheaper than any other brand because they aren’t paying salespeople. The other really cool feature of this model of business is that they can also offer an endless amount of custom options. You can actually go to Mavenbuilt.com and build your bino’s to fit you personally. With thousands of options and camp patterns, you can customize your bino’s to you. I personally run the B.2 in 11×45 and freaking love this set of binos. I highly recommend you check them out and I really can’t see why anyone would spend the thousand + extra dollars on a pair of swaros. Personally, I would rather support a small town Wyoming company. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. Also if you haven’t yet check out the podcast I did with Brendon, one of the founders. That’s episode 360 where we talk a lot about entrepreneurship and how Maven got started. This episode is brought to you by On X maps the most trusted maps for public/private mapping and one of the single most important tools in my toolbox. I use On X constantly for everything from scouting to in the field. If you don’t have an On X membership you are missing out big time. In fact On X just keeps upping the value, with even more awesome features coming out. They just launched new waypoint icons as well as new colors. This is huge for me because if your On X account looks anything like mine there is about a million little red markers. I have now been going through and updating colors to show different things like potential scouting spots, access points, water locations, feed locations, pinch points and things like that. On X is a must-have for every western hunter and if you are coming out west from another state I can’t stress enough how important it is to have. Use code TRO and get 20% off at Onxmaps.
July 3, 2019
Teaser: Hey Podcast listeners, It is Wapiti Wednesday and if you aren’t a Patron member yet it is a great day to sign up. Here is a little teaser to today’s episode but also we have a huge 4th of July giveaway going on with 18 different prize packages including a new Traeger Grill and also new Maven Riflescope. Today is the last day to become a Patron and be entered to win. Just head over to Patreon.com/Therichoutdoors and show your support for a chance to win a ton of cool prizes, O and get access to this epic podcast we about Johnny Goforths hunt for a bull he calls 88. This week’s Wapiti Wednesday is of the epic story and journey of a Johnny Goforth. Johnny reached bow hunting later in life, and as a long time student of JuJitsu, he took to archery with a passion. His hunting career started with a bit of luck in finding a giant bull that really set him on a path to become a great hunter very quickly and eventually be able to harvest that haunted his dreams for multiple seasons. In this episode, Johnny talks about how he found archery and why it appealed to him so much. Johnny shares his amazing journey from picking up a bow to becoming a dedicated elk hunter and many of the highs and lows along the way. To get full access to The Rich Outdoors Podcast episodes, including Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday, become a Patreon here. Get the exclusive TRO Insiders Feed in the podcast app you already listen to.
June 27, 2019
What’s up ladies and gents, welcome to the podcast. Today I have a bit of an out of the box podcast for you. Last year, my buddy Mark Nickols joined me on the podcast to BS about elk hunting but we never got around to talking about is other passion him and I share which is old school guns and some of the crazy stories he has dug up over the years with some of these really cool old guns he has collected. If you like old guns or even just really interesting history you are going to love this podcast. Before we get started I want to tell you all about a huge 4th of July giveaway we are doing over on Patreon. As many of you have heard this year we started a Patreon page and moved Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday exclusively to Patreon. So far it has been a huge success and I have really enjoyed getting to meet all of you Patron supporters as that platform really allows me to interact with the listeners so much more. Become a Patreon So for the 4th of July aka my Birthday, I set a goal to get to 500 Patrons and put together a huge Giveaway with over 18 different prize packages. Yes, 18 different Patrons are going to win some awesome prizes including stuff from Maven Optics, Stone Glacier, Phelps Calls, Backcountry Fuel, FHF, Solo targets, and Even a badass Traeger Grill. To enter just go sign up to become a Patreon supporter. It’s $5 and you could win some awesome prizes. Seriously it would mean the world to me to get your support and for all of you current Patrons, thank you guys so much you guys are a huge part of making this whole podcast happen. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:08:10 Hunting Dogs – 0:12:34 Story of the Big Bull – 0:14:45 Mark’s Passion for Old Guns – 0:25:15 The Gun That Got Away – 0:34:10 Mark’s Colt 1851 Revolver & Nazi Owned 9mm – 0:46:03 Buffalo Gun, Sharps, Dodge City – 1:05:26 The Story of Billy Dixon & Adobe Walls – 1:11:01 M-1 Garand – 1:32:57 A Great Story About Collectors 1:49:56 Meeting Tom Seleck – 1:52:53 Guns on the Want List – 1:59:05 Talkin General Custer – 2:05:52 Closing Thoughts – 2:11:11 This episode is brought to you by Maven Optics. Maven is an optics company that is redefining the optics industry. I have been running Maven optics for going on 3 years now and I can’t speak highly enough about them. This is glass that is right there with the highest level European glass companies for way cheaper. This is why they say Maven is redefining the optics category. You guys are probably familiar with direct to consumer type models as more and more companies are building their business this way. Essentially they are cutting out the middle man and the big box stores and because of this Maven can create a product at the highest level and be considerably cheaper than any other brand because they aren’t paying salespeople. The other really cool feature of this model of business is that they can also offer an endless amount of custom options. You can actually go to Mavenbuilt.com and build your bino’s to fit you personally. With thousands of options and camp patterns, you can customize your bino’s to you. I personally run the B.2 in 11×45 and freaking love this set of binos. Check them out at Mavenbuilt.com and use code “TRO-GIFT” at check out to get a free gift with your purchase. Also if you haven’t yet check out the podcast I did with Brendon,
June 20, 2019
In today’s podcast, I am joined by Brendon Weaver one of the founders of Maven Optics. As a fellow entrepreneur Brendon has an amazing story and like most successful entrepreneurs a very interesting journey to where he is at now. Born and raised in small-town Wyoming, I don’t think Brendon ever dreamed of owning something like Maven Optics, yet sometimes life opens a very strange set of doors along the way. In this episode, Brendon shares the journey to where he is at and some of the better choices he made along to the way that helped create this rapidly growing high-end optics company. Brendon and I do talk far more about entrepreneurship than hunting in this podcast, but there are some really great life lessons nested throughout the show. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:32 Choosing Your Path – 0:12:55 How Brendon Transitioned Into his Career – 0:17:23 Making the Move to Maven – 0:31:33 Knowing Maven was the Right Move – 0:46:08 Maven’s Direct to Consumer Business Model – 0:52:48 Obstacles with Direct to Consumer Models – 1:05:37 Maven’s New Spotting Scope the S2 Compact – 1:13:06 Brendan’s Career Advice – 1:21:40 Where to Find Maven Online & Products 1:24:09 If you are a fan of the Rich Outdoors podcast, you are probably into hunting you might even do a bit of Backcountry Hunting. If that’s the case check out Backcountry Fuel Box. Backcountry Fuel Box is all about helping you find new meals and snacks to make your backcountry trips more enjoyable. When you sign up, each month you get a box full of new Meals, Snacks, Bars and all kinds of food goodies from all different companies to test out and try. We also offer great discounts so when you find the things you like you can stock up. Now is a great time to sign up as hunting season is fast approaching. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up with the code TRO and you’ll save 10%. There is zero obligation what so ever, you can cancel anytime! I tell you what if you sign up and don’t love your first box I’ll even refund you for the box. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Solo Targets. I pumped about the new solo targets too because I use the crap out of them. We all know that you should train like you fight or practice as close to the real thing as you can. Solo Targets are an archery target allow you to practice on a truly life-size, hyper-realistic target. Here is why I like Solo Targets, besides the fact that I get to shoot at giant bulls every day. The Solo Target is a hyper-realistic skin that can be used in conjunction with pretty much any block or target you already have. The solo skin also forces you into a much more real-life scenario where you have to pick a spot on the animal and not a circle on a target. Solo Targets has launched a bunch of new targets this year and you can pick whatever species you want from elk, sheep, ibex, deer, you name it. Check em out at solotargets.com and use the TRO code to save 15% off.
June 14, 2019
What’s up Elk Fanatics, I know it’s not Wednesday but I wanted to bring back of our best episodes of all time. iTunes has been archiving older podcast and this episode was just too good not to keep relevant for all of you who have just started listening. This episode was originally recorded in August of 2017 and has been downloaded almost 100,000 times and for good reason. If you have not heard it yet get your pad and pen ready because Paul Medel is about to take you to school. Also, after over 350 podcasts just like this one, I have put together a free mini-course surrounding taking your elk hunting from 101 to 201. Its a completely free email that will help you go from hoping to get lucky, to being confident that you will wrap your tag around an elk every single year. Like I said the mini course is 100% free just head over to therichoutdoors.net/201 or click the link in the show notes and I will send you one lesson a day for 8 days. This course is designed around the things I have learned and the lessons I have picked up through hundreds of podcasts and if you like it all I ask is that you pass it on to one other person. That’s it! If you want to get more epic podcasts like this one, head over to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and become a patron of the podcast for exclusive content every week and much much more.
June 13, 2019
Today I am joined by Robert Kroger, Jordan Reasoner, and Drew Seals to talk about hunting as a heritage and the balance of tradition vs progress within hunting. Robert is the Founder of Blood Origins a great video series capturing the “why” of hunters across every type of hunter and even nonhunter you can imagine. The Blood Origins crew are masters at storytelling and Robert has quite the story himself growing up in South Africa. Roberts Grandpa was one of those great old hunters you read about with grand adventures. Robert shares some of those grand adventures and we talk about the evolution of a hunter. A great conversation with great people. Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X Hunt and they have a special Fathers day promotion going on right now through Saturday. What better gift to dad than something you can use together on a hunt this year. Not to mention with waypoint sharing hunting with dad can be even better with On X. Right now through Saturday if you go to the website, and use code “dad” you will get 30% off Elite or Premium memberships. Not only that the offer is actually valid directly through iTunes and Google app stores. I don’t think you need a code, I am pretty sure the discount is automatically applied until Saturday. Click here to get the Fathers Day Deal. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Solo Targets. I pumped about the new solo targets too because I use the crap out of them. We all know that you should train like you fight or practice as close to the real thing as you can. Solo Targets are an archery target allow you to practice on a truly life-size, hyper-realistic target. Here is why I like Solo Targets, besides the fact that I get to shoot at giant bulls every day. The Solo Target is a hyper-realistic skin that can be used in conjunction with pretty much any block or target you already have. The solo skin also forces you into a much more real-life scenario where you have to pick a spot on the animal and not a circle on a target. Solo Targets has launched a bunch of new targets this year and you can pick whatever species you want from elk, sheep, ibex, deer, you name it. Check em out at solotargets.com and use the TRO code to save 15% off. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:32 Blood Origins – 0:07:07 Has their Perspective Changed – 0:15:17 Finding the Gold – 0:18:15 What are Traditions & how they are Created – 0:28:53 Why Choose a Bow or a Rifle – 0:43:23 Story About Grandfather – 0:55:34 A Message to Pass On – 1:02:03 How to Change to Negative Image of Hunting – 1:06:20 Where to Find Content Online – 1:16:35 How You Can Help – 1:19:22
June 6, 2019
Today my buddy Cody Simons @codysimons04 joins me to bs about elk hunting and also to chat about getting your bow dialed in. It is that time of year when it is time to get serious about shooting and making sure your bow is dialed. Cody knows his stuff and is one of the few people I trust working on my stuff. In this podcast, we cover some of the many misconceptions and focus on what things hunters need to do and worry about. Specifically talking about how to make sure your broadheads are tuned and why it is important to get your bow tuned for broadheads early and not the week before the season. This podcast gets a bit technical but I hope you all enjoy it. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:03:10 Cody Archery Intro to Hunting – 0:05:36 Looking Back on Mistakes/Habits – 0:20:07 Single Pin vs Multi – 0:24:20 Target Panic & Releases -0:28:51 Gaps and Crowded Shots – 0:39:12 Bow Shopping Advice – 0:42:12 Arrow Technical Talk – 0:49:14 Get in Touch with Cody – 1:17:33 If you are a fan of the rich outdoors podcast, you are probably into hunting you might even do a bit of Backcountry Hunting. If that’s the case check out Backcountry Fuel Box. Backcountry Fuel Box is all about helping you find new meals and snacks to make your backcountry trips more enjoyable. When you sign up, each month you get a box full of new Meals, Snacks, Bars and all kinds of food goodies from all different companies to test out and try. We also offer great discounts so when you find the things you like you can stock up. Now is a great time to sign up as hunting season is fast approaching. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up with the code TRO and you’ll save 10%. There is zero obligation what so ever, you can cancel anytime! I tell you what if you sign up and don’t love your first box I’ll even refund you for the box. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Solo Targets. I pumped about the new solo targets too because I use the crap out of them. We all know that you should train like you fight or practice as close to the real thing as you can. Solo Targets are an archery target allow you to practice on a truly life-size, hyper-realistic target. Here is why I like Solo Targets, besides the fact that I get to shoot at giant bulls every day. The Solo Target is a hyper-realistic skin that can be used in conjunction with pretty much any block or target you already have. The solo skin also forces you into a much more real-life scenario where you have to pick a spot on the animal and not a circle on a target. Solo Targets has launched a bunch of new targets this year and you can pick whatever species you want from elk, sheep, ibex, deer, you name it. Check em out at solotargets.com and use the TRO code to save 15% off.
May 30, 2019
In this episode, my good buddy Mike Johnson of Hells Canyon Armory jumps on to give some tips on up upgrading your hunting rifle. This podcast is full of rabbit holes but Mike does a great job of covering pretty much everything from upgrades to Grandpas old 30-06 all the way up to full custom builds of his 300 HCA (300 Hells Canyon Armory) cartridge like the gun I just had him build out for me. We talk about caliber selection, optimal weights, and gun limitations for backcountry hunters. When it comes to guns there are not a lot of builders who know backcountry hunting as well as Mike and ones who actually spend time hunting in the backcountry. This is a great podcast for all of those hunters looking to expand their maximum range from 300 yards out to 5-600 yards or even farther. For more information hit Mike up at  hcarifles@gmail.com or on Instagram @hcamike Show Notes:  Introduction – 3m 54s Overview of Hells Canyon Armory – 5m 37s Finding Your Budget: Upgrades & New Setups – 11m 32s Ammo Advice – Factory & Loading – 17m 30s Spit Shine Grandpa’s Old Rifle? – 21m 58s Calibers – 26m 42s Best All-Around Rifle Calibers & Ammo Options – 33m 11s Re-Chamber & Barrel Costs – 39m 24s Advantages of Carbon Fiber Barrels – 40m 47s Ideal Rifle Weight – 44m 13s Some Recent HCA Projects – 52m 57s In-Depth on HCA’s Custom .300 Rifle Build – 54m 21s How to Contact at Hell’s Canyon Armory – 1h 01m 44s Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping is the ability to switch form topo to satellite view, or even hybrid. I find certain features are more noticeable when I switch back and forth. I have also set about 10,000 waypoints on my maps marking everything that even remotely looks interesting. The cool part about that is that when I scout with my desktop all of those spots are automatically on my iPhone so when I go to the field I can save my maps and have all of that info. If you don’t have On X you are missing out check it out wherever you get your apps and use the TRO code to get 20% off your membership. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Solo Targets. I pumped about the new solo targets too because I use the crap out of them. We all know that you should train like you fight or practice as close to the real thing as you can. Solo Targets are an archery target allow you to practice on a truly life-size, hyper-realistic target. Here is why I like Solo Targets, besides the fact that I get to shoot at giant bulls every day. The Solo Target is a hyper-realistic skin that can be used in conjunction with pretty much any block or target you already have. The solo skin also forces you into a much more real-life scenario where you have to pick a spot on the animal and not a circle on a target. Solo Targets has launched a bunch of new targets this year and you can pick whatever species you want from elk, sheep, ibex, deer, you name it. Check em out at solotargets.com and use the TRO code to save 15% off.
May 23, 2019
What’s up ladies and gents, welcome to the podcast. Today I am joined on the podcast by the owner, founder, and chief bottle washer of Warrior Fuel supplements. I’ve followed Ryan and Warrior Fuel for quite some time now and I really appreciate how he is building this company. As a fellow entrepreneur, we talk a lot about business, building a brand and the highs and lows of it all. Ryan also drops a ton of knowledge about supplements and dispells more than a few myths about certain products. As a hardcore hunter himself Ryan understands what exactly we as hunters need and he shares some great advice on what backcountry hunters really need or don’t need. A quick note before we get started if you want to win an elk hunt with me this year head over to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and become a patron of the podcast, it’s $5 and you get full access to Wapiti Wednesday, Muley Monday, and 100% ad-free listening to all of our podcast. On top of that, June 5th we are choosing one luck Patron to come elk hunting with me! It’s going to be an epic adventure that’s for sure. Mainly I want to take one person and show them from start to finish how to find elk and get one killed! Sign Up Here Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:06:18 Humble Beginnings – 0:13:35 Products, Branding & Industry Entry – 0:20:35 Deep Dive Into Supplements – 0:32:07 Pre-Workouts vs Energy Drinks – 0:39:03 Season Supplemental Intake – 0:43:30 Hunting & Keto: Pros & Cons – 0:52:41 What Hunting Means to Ryan – 0:59:57 Be Yourself & Make a Positive Impact – 1:06:33 Warrior Fuel Online & Social Media – 1:17:43 Product Recommendations: Warrior Fuel – Core 4  Warrior Fuel – Refuel  NOW Supplements, Full Spectrum Mineral, 240 Veg Capsules www.warriorfuelsupplements.com Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping is the ability to switch form topo to satellite view, or even hybrid. I find certain features are more noticeable when I switch back and forth. I have also set about 10,000 waypoints on my maps marking everything that even remotely looks interesting. The cool part about that is that when I scout with my desktop all of those spots are automatically on my iPhone so when I go to the field I can save my maps and have all of that info. If you don’t have On X you are missing out check it out wherever you get your apps and use theTRO code to get 20% off your membership. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Solo Targets. I pumped about the new solo targets too because I use the crap out of ...
May 18, 2019
Today I am joined by my good buddies James Nash and Jim O’Leary to catch up on all the events circling James and realistically the hunting community. James is a Hunting Guide, Rancher, and all-around thoughtful guy that is very well spoken and in my opinion a great thought leader for our community. James’ recent nomination to an ODFW Committee put him in the heated spotlight of some very opinionated and negative groups. In this podcast, we talk about what went down from his perspective, as well as what we can learn from this incident. We also cover why “conservation” is becoming a tired word overused by both sides and how we could alternatively think about our role. On a lighter note, we also talk about what James has been seeing in regards to his extensive time studying elk habitat improvement and what his projections are for the upcoming season. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:01 Overview of James Debacle – 0:06:44 Board Overview – 0:12:31 Oppositions – 0:16:03 Facing the Backlash – 0:25:16 Why Ant-Hunters Protect Predators More Than Prey – 0:35:06 How to Find the Good & Move Forward – 0:43:36 Conservation & It’s Future – 0:55:48 A Look Into the Reality of Ranching – 1:01:42 The Bright Side, Kokanee Fishing, and Jim – 1:13:30 Elk Management & 2019 Season – 1:19:26 Closing Thoughts – 1:24:26 Today’s podcast is brought to you by Solo Targets. I pumped about the new solo targets too because I use the crap out of them. We all know that you should train like you fight or practice as close to the real thing as you can. Solo Targets are an archery target allow you to practice on a truly life-size, hyper-realistic target. Here is why I like Solo Targets, besides the fact that I get to shoot at giant bulls every day. The Solo Target is a hyper-realistic skin that can be used in conjunction with pretty much any block or target you already have. The solo skin also forces you into a much more real-life scenario where you have to pick a spot on the animal and not a circle on a target. Solo Targets has launched a bunch of new targets this year and you can pick whatever species you want from elk, sheep, ibex, deer, you name it. Check em out at solotargets.com and use the TRO code to save 15% off. Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping is the ability to switch form topo to satellite view, or even hybrid. I find certain features are more noticeable when I switch back and forth. I have also set about 10,000 waypoints on my maps marking everything that even remotely looks interesting. The cool part about that is that when I scout with my desktop all of those spots are automatically on my iPhone so when I go to the field I can save my maps and have all of that info. If you don’t have On X you are missing out check it out wherever you get your apps and use the TRO code to get 20% off your membership. 
May 9, 2019
In this podcast, we did something a little bit different. Jaden is one on my full-time employees, being that we both hunt all the time we end up talking about hunting quite a bit. Jaden has been struggling to punch his first elk tag so naturally, he is always picking my brain as he is bound and determined that this is the year of the elk. We thought we should just hit record on one of our regular conversation about elk, elk hunting, and various thoughts on certain gear. Hopefully, this podcast is helpful to a lot of you and I know many of the listeners are in very similar shoes as Jaden. Let us know what you think! Show Notes:  Introduction – 0h 3m 12s Confidence & Planning for Success – 0h 10m 12s Strategies & Tactics for Early Season Elk – 0h 23m 25s Roads Can Be Your Friend Too – 0h 35m 42s Skill & Knowledge vs. Quality Unit – 0h 39m 48s Qty & Quality: Getting to the Next Level – 0h 42m 39s At What Point Should You Invest in Gear – 0h 51m 16s Boots, a Needle in a Haystack – 57m 53s0h 3m 12s If you are a fan of the rich outdoors podcast, you are probably into hunting you might even do a bit of Backcountry Hunting. If that’s the case check out Backcountry Fuel Box. Backcountry Fuel Box is all about helping you find new meals and snacks to make your backcountry trips more enjoyable. When you sign up, each month you get a box full of new Meals, Snacks, Bars and all kinds of food goodies from all different companies to test out and try. We also offer great discounts so when you find the things you like you can stock up. Now is a great time to sign up as hunting season is fast approaching. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up with the code TRO and you’ll save 10%. There is zero obligation what so ever, you can cancel anytime! I tell you what if you sign up and don’t love your first box I’ll even refund you for the box. GO HERE Big thanks to goHUNT for being a podcast supporter. If you guys are not a goHUNT Insider yet you should probably get on that. If you are a total hunting nerd like me and geek out over finding tags you can get then you can literally spend hours searching and scanning with the filtering tools. If you are a total nub to hunting then this will help you immensely. Not Only do they break everything down and show you how to apply but you can also get a huge head start on where to start looking, even for just OTC tags. On top of all that it is the best place to shop for all your gear. Use the TRO code when you sign up to get $50 of in-store credit when you sign up. 
May 2, 2019
Hey girls and boys, ladies and gents. In 4 years of doing the podcast I have met some amazing hunters. Some truly talented and driven individuals. Today I sit down with what I would consider the best of the best. Today’s podcast is with a group of guys that I personally look up to and push me to be better, and more driven. These guys are all some of my best friends and yet have very different styles and approaches, yet that is precisely what makes this round table so amazing. That and the combined ego at this table is absolutely zero. When I first posed this concept to the guys they all had their reservations and none of them really knew each other other than through myself. I couldn’t be happier with how the discussion turned out and just as I predicted everyone melded together really well. My goal is to make this a regular staple on the podcast and get this group of killers together once a month or so for an epic round table discussion, but also to answer listener questions. If you guys have topics or questions for the group, please email info@therichoutdoors.net or send a direct message to the podcasts Instagram @therichoutdoorspodcast. Without further ado, I bring you one of the most solid group of guys assembled on a podcast. Oh, and a big congratulations to Ben and his wife, since the time of this recording, they had their new baby boy, congrats you guys! Show Notes:  Introduction – 06:33 The Meaning of “Hunting as a Lifestyle”- 12:00 Your Competitive Edge – Mental & Physical Toughness – 18:09 Ben’s Story on Frustration & Mental Endurance – 23:40 The Devil & Angel on Your Shoulders – 29:14 Defining Your Style & Finding What Works – 41:25 Ben Tells a Relative Story – 42:10 A Piece of Advice from Each – 53:48 Closing Comments to the Listeners – 64:05 This podcast is brought to you by a new sponsor and a cool piece of gear that I am excited to share with you guys. Based right here in Bozeman the Montana Bow Sling is a is something I have been using for the last year or so. One of the cool things I really like about the Montana Bow Sling is that it can attach directly to virtually any hunting pack, using the existing webbing, or just connect to itself, like a traditional bow sling. Some guys like slings and some don’t, but I definitely like having one. Whether just covering ground midday or just being able to glass without having to set my bow down they come in really handy. The downside to most slings is that it is one more thing to keep track of and carry. The cool thing with the Montana Bow sling is that it is always attached to my pack so I don’t have to put it away, get it out, or anything in between. On top of that, it only weighs 6-8 ounces depending on what style you go with. Like I mentioned I used this sling all last season and like how it is always available, easy to use and not in the way. Overall a really good piece of gear. Check them out at www.creativeoutdoorsmt.com and use code TRO for 20% off. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. It is that time again, time to start stocking up the food stash in prep for hunting season. If you have been thinking about signing up now is the time there are only 5 or 6 boxes between now and archery season. So if you plan to stock up the time to start preparing for season is now not the week before season. I may be biased because it is my box but I love getting the box because first and foremost I now always have snacks and bars when Kels and I go for a hike or off on a trip. I have also found so many cool products from the box,
April 25, 2019
Like A lot of people I grew up going down to the local bow shop and drooling over the big mounts, listening to the stories, and most of all seeing all successful pictures posted up on the brag board. I started my archery career at a small bow shop in Balston Oregon. If any of you know where that is I will be impressed. Eventually, that little shop closed down and I had to start going into the bow shop in Salem, about 20 miles away. Ray Wurdinger has been helping me along since well before I had ever put an arrow through anything but a hay bail. Ray was a killer, and had hunted all over, to me he was the most successful hunter I had ever met. On top of that, the guy seems to be the luckiest guy I have still ever met to this day when it comes to drawing tags. I’ll never forget when Ray crushed the archery record for bighorn sheep, what an accomplishment. It was really fun to finally convince him to get on the podcast. It took us years to get him on here so please enjoy because he might not ever do it again. This podcast is brought to you by a new sponsor and a cool piece of gear that I am excited to share with you guys. Based right here in Bozeman the Montana Bow Sling is a is something I have been using for the last year or so. The cool thing I like about the Montana Bow Sling is that is attaches right to most any hunting pack using existing webbing or it can connect to itself like a traditional bow sling. Some guys like slings and some don’t, but I definitely like having one. Whether just covering ground midday or just being able to glass without having to set my bow down they come in really handy. The downside to most slings is that it is one more thing to keep track of and carry. The cool thing with the Montana Bow sling is that it is always attached to my pack so I don’t have to put it away, get it out, or anything in between. On top of that, it only weighs 6-8 ounces depending on what style you go with. Like I mentioned I used this sling all last season and like how it is always available, easy to use and not in the way. Overall a really good piece of gear. Check them out at www.creativeoutdoorsmt.com and use code TRO for 20% off. Today’s podcast is brought to you by another new sponsor I am excited to share with to you guys. Another great guy right here in Bozeman, Razco Holsters has the perfect pistol holster for outdoorsman. The Razco Holster is designed to keep your firearm on you and within reach at all times. If you hunt in grizzly country you know things are getting mighty dangerous these days. The Razco Holster is designed to mount right to your bino harness and can mount to pretty much any bino harness out there. Here is what I love about the holster, I ran this setup all season last year and the nice thing about having your gun mounted on your chest is that you always have it. The problem with having your gun on our belt is that it is constantly weighing down your belt or rubbing on the brush and making excessive noise. The down downside to attaching your to the waist belt on your pack is that half the time you set your pack down to sneak in on an elk. The Razco holster keeps it right there ready to rock, and if nothing else gives me the piece of mind. Weatherproof, comfortable, Lifetime warranty, go get yourself a Razco Holster at https://www.razcogear.com/ and use promo code TRO to save yourself 20% off. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:04 Ray’s Start in Archery & Common Shooting Problems – 0:07:28 Target Shooter to Killer – 0:12:49 Patients or Ambition – 0:22:44 Choosing a Shooter & Whats Next? – 0:28:41 Time Spent – 0:38:44 The Story of Ray’s Record Setting Ram Hunt – 0:46:44 Words of Wisdom From Ray – 1:08:06
April 18, 2019
I may be biased but I tend to enjoy regular conversations with old-timers like Walt. Walt has been one of my hunting mentors since I was a little kid and I have always loved listening to him and his friends recount tails of the one that got away. While visiting family in Oregon I had to swing by to say hi and drop off a great book he lent me called One with the Wilderness by Mike Mitten. Walt has been on a couple of time throughout the years, but usually with his partner in crime Dave Brinker. Today was just me at Walt, we talk about all kinds of stuff, from when Walt had a fish hatchery in his backyard to some of the books that have shaped his life. We also talk a bit of elk hunting and Walt shares some old time stories as well. At 72 years young Walt has seen a lot over the years and I always enjoy sitting down with a fresh pot of coffee to BS with him. Enjoy, Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:07 Trad Bow Talk – 0:07:47 Evolution of a Hunter – 0:16:04 Talkin Fish – 0:32:46 Walts Hatchery & Native Salmon – 0:38:00 The Old Bow Hunter by Chet Stevenson 0:47:06 Hunt Talk: Goals, Luck, Solo – 0:49:18 Talkin Books & Walt’s Recommendations – 0:53:46 A Discussion on “The Silent Elk”- 0:59:41 Finding Elk On & Off Season Areas – 1:08:56 Closing Thoughts – 1:15:18 Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping is the ability to switch form topo to satellite view, or even hybrid. I find certain features are more noticeable when I switch back and forth. I have also set about 10,000 waypoints on my maps marking everything that even remotely looks interesting. The cool part about that is that when I scout with my desktop all of those spots are automatically on my iPhone so when I go to the field I can save my maps and have all of that info. If you don’t have On X you are missing out check it out wherever you get your apps and use the TRO code to get 20% off your membership. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. It is that time again, time to start stocking up the food stash in prep for hunting season. If you have been thinking about signing up now is the time there are only 5 or 6 boxes between now and archery season. So if you plan to stock up the time to start preparing for season is now not the week before season. I may be biased because it is my box but I love getting the box because first and foremost I now always have snacks and bars when Kels and I go for a hike or off on a trip. I have also found so many cool products from the box, and really that is why I started it. I would always see cool new products on Instagram but would never take the time to order each one or try them out. I’m telling you sign up, you’re gonna love it and if you don’t there is zero commitment, don’t like it just cancel. We are so confident you are gonna like it we don’t have to trick you into some 6 month deal. Head over to www.backcountryfuelbox.com and use the TRO code to get 10% off.
April 11, 2019
Spring Hunting season is finally upon us or least very very close. Spring bear hunting has exploded in popularity in the last few years and for good reason. Not only a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors but a great way to help manage the growing bear populations, and fill the freezer with some great sausage meat. In this episode, I am joined by Steve Howard of Born and Raised Outdoors to talk about Spring bear tips and tactics. Steve is a very accomplished bear hunter who seems to punch his tag on a giant boar year in and year out. Steve spends most of his time hunting the coastal range of South West Oregon and has some truly great info and experience for all of those looking to hunt in coastal areas. Having said that there is definitely a lot of carryover to other regions for anyone looking to spot and stalk bears in the spring months this year. If you did not draw a spring bear tag this season but still want to go, I suggest you check out this OTC Bear Tag article that goHUNT did as it is a great resource to get you started on where to go. When you sign up to become a goHUNT Insider with the promo code TRO you are not only helping support the show but you also get $50 of in-store credit to use on all kinds of backcountry gear. Show Notes:  Introduction & SW Oregon Bears – 0:04:19 Early Spring Season – 0:07:40 Changing Tactics when Behavior Changes – 0:12:33 Terrain, Food Sources, & Scent Awareness – 0:18:36 Bear Activity: Times of the Day & Weather – 0:27:01 Field Judging Bear Size – 0:32:33 Calibers, Shot Placement, & Tracking – 0:39:11 Den Locations & Territories – 0:50:02 Why Bow Hunters Rifle Hunt Bears – 0:55:53 Gear Advice for Spring Season – 1:00:11 Bear Capes – 1:01:13 Born & Raised Outdoors on Youtube – 1:04:26 Today’s podcast is brought to you by another new sponsor I am excited to share with to you guys. Another great guy right here in Bozeman, Razco Holsters has the perfect pistol holster for the outdoorsman. The Razco Holster is designed to keep your firearm on you and within reach at all times. If you hunt in grizzly country you know things are getting mighty dangerous these days. The Razco Holster is designed to mount right to your bino harness and can mount to pretty much any bino harness out there. Here is what I love about the holster, I ran this setup all season last year and the nice thing about having your gun mounted on your chest is that you always have it. The problem with having your gun on our belt is that it is constantly weighing down your belt or rubbing on the brush and making excessive noise. The down downside to attaching your gun to the waist belt on your pack is that half the time you set your pack down to sneak in on an elk. The Razco holster keeps it right there ready to rock, and if nothing else gives me the piece of mind. Weatherproof, comfortable, and has a lifetime warranty, go get yourself a Razco Holster at https://www.razcogear.com/ and use promo code TRO to save yourself 20% off. If you have not yet, go check out our Patreon page head over to  www.patreon.com/therichoutdoors there you will get full access to an extra podcast every week, either a Muley Monday or Wapiti Wednesday, ad-free listening to every podcast, Q&A’s and much more. We also have a new tier that includes a badass swag pack and Backcountry Fuel Box. Check it out Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and thank you so so so much to all of you who are patrons of the podcast it really does mean the world to me.
April 10, 2019
In this episode of Wapiti Wednesday, my good buddy Justin Helvik and I dive into some awesome elk tactics conversation. Justin is a full-time educator, which leads us down the rabbit hole of how to better educate someone to become a better elk hunter. Put another way I pick Justin’s brain on how to shave the learning curve with something so time intensive as elk hunting. I love this conversation because Justin like many people have a pretty limited schedule when it comes to time off for elk hunting. We dive into how this affects both his hunting style as well as date selection. This podcast is full of useful bits of information as well as some great scenario based situation discussions about how and what we would do in certain situations. If you like podcasts that are just good conversation around elk hunting you are going to love this one. Show Notes:  Introduction – 1m 3s Shorten the Elk Hunting Learning Curve – 7m 1s What Info to Listen to – 16m 54s Justin’s First Archery Bull – 19m 53s Calling Timing & Experience the Stuck – 23m 13s The Joys of a Rut-Fest – 30m 17s People with Limited Time: Mobility vs Remote Areas – 40m 28s Challenge Bugling & Scenario Setups – 44m 29s Why to Ask Why – 50m 57s Hugh Glass – The Revenant, The True Story – 59m 3s Shout Out to John Shultz – Lancaster Brewing Co. – 64m 27s
April 4, 2019
I am really excited to bring this episode to you guys, Chris Eyer aka Mule Dragger is a fascinating guy, to say the least. Chris a mountain climber, a Marine, an entrepreneur, leather craftsman, and most notably a mule packer where some of you probably follow him on Instagram. That’s how I first met Chris, was just following him on Instagram. Well, technically we crossed paths one time I think but we’ll get into that later. Anyway, I reached out to Chris because he seems like a smart guy that with the sheer number of hours behind a horse would have some great stories. As I started to dive his background and research for this interview I had so many more questions. Chris a practicing Buddhist has some very insightful thoughts on things. Honestly, I see so much overlap in our thinking even though he is not really a hunter. I was definitely right about the stories part, as Chris has had some amazing experiences over the years, but he also has some great insights. I really hope you guys enjoy this episode and if you do share it with a someone who will enjoy it too. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:05:27 So… What’s a Mule Dragger? – 0:06:59 Have We Met Before? – 0:10:05 Cultural Diversity & Your True Self – 0:14:45 Fake It Till Ya Make It – 0:17:27 Story Time – 0:24:32 What His Job Entails – 0:37:35 Crossing the Threshold – 0:43:10 What You Can Do for Our Wilderness – 0:50:18 The Therapy of isolation in the Woods – 0:51:58 Advice to Your Younger Self & the Future – 1:09:48 Chris’s Company – Heart W Brand – 1:17:31 Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping is the ability to switch form topo to satellite view, or even hybrid. I find certain features are more noticeable when I switch back and forth. I have also set about 10,000 waypoints on my maps marking everything that even remotely looks interesting. The cool part about that is that when I scout with my desktop all of those spots are automatically on my iPhone so when I go to the field I can save my maps and have all of that info. If you don’t have On X you are missing out check it out wherever you get your apps and use the TRO code to get 20% off your membership. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. It is that time again, time to start stocking up the food stash in prep for hunting season. If you have been thinking about signing up, now is the time there are only 5 or 6 boxes between now and archery season. So if you plan to stock up, the time to start preparing for season is now, not the week before season. I may be biased because it is my box but I love getting the box because first and foremost I now always have snacks and bars when Kels and I go for a hike or off on a trip. I have also found so many cool products from the box, and really that is why I started it. I would always see cool new products on Instagram but would never take the time to order each one or try them out. I’m telling you, sign up, you’re gonna love it and if you don’t there is zero commitment, don’t like it just cancel. We are so confident you are gonna like it we don’t have to trick you into some 6-month deal. Head over to 
March 28, 2019
Kyle Kamp is a Registered Dietitian who helps people work out the details of how to optimize their diet to get the most out of life as well as the backcountry. When he is not doing that he is an avid hunter and Outdoorsman. In this podcast, we dive into the importance of diet and understanding the high level do’s and do not’s of what we are eating and more importantly what we are using for fuel. This podcast gets deep into the weeds of what will make you perform better and what is mostly hype. You can find his article on balancing proteins and carbs in the backcountry here. Checkout Kyles website Valley to Peak Nutrition for more information, V2Pnutrition.com  Show Notes:  Introduction & Background – 0:04:10 Diet & Nutrition in Industry/Hunting – 0:15:47 What to Focus on and Changes to Make – 0:20:38 Carbs, Calories Per OZ & Food Prep – 0:31:10 Variety, Desirable Foods, & Fuel – 0:39:24 Camping from your Truck – 0:51:20 Protein Advice – 0:55:34 Planning for Cold Weather – 0:57:10 Literature and Advice Food Planning – 1:00:35 Where to Find Kyle & His Website – 1:03:43 Keto Talk – 1:05:43 Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. It is that time again, time to start stocking up the food stash in prep for hunting season. If you have been thinking about signing up now is the time there are only 5 or 6 boxes between now and archery season. So if you plan to stock up the time to start preparing for season is now not the week before season. I may be biased because it is my box but I love getting the box because first and foremost I now always have snacks and bars when Kels and I go for a hike or off on a trip. I have also found so many cool products from the box, and really that is why I started it. I would always see cool new products on Instagram but would never take the time to order each one or try them out. I’m telling you sign up, you’re gonna love it and if you don’t there is zero commitment, don’t like it just cancel. We are so confident you are gonna like it we don’t have to trick you into some 6 month deal. Head over to www.backcountryfuelbox.com and use the TRO code to get 10% off. This podcast is brought to you by a new sponsor and a cool piece of gear that I am excited to share with you guys. Based right here in Bozeman the Montana Bow Sling is a great piece of gear that I have been using for the last year or so. The cool thing I like about the Montana Bow Sling is that is attaches right to most any hunting pack using existing webbing or it can connect to itself like a traditional bow sling. Some guys like slings and some don’t, but I definitely like having one. Whether just covering ground mid day or just being able to glass without having to set my bow down they come in really handy. The down side to most slings is that it is one more thing to keep track of and carry. The cool thing with the Montana Bow sling is that it is always attached to my pack so I don’t have to put it away, get it out, or anything in between. On top of that it only weighs 6-8 ounces depending on what style you go with. Like I mentioned I used this sling all last season and like how it is always available, easy to use and not in the way. Overall a really good piece of gear. Check them out at www.creativeoutdoorsmt.com and use code TRO for 20% off.
March 21, 2019
You know, we don’t do a tone of bird hunting podcasts. My first ever podcast was a turkey hunting, but we don’t do a ton of them. I think like most people the hunts I look forward to each year tend to ebb and flow a bit. This year I am looking forward to doing a bit of turkey hunting. Last year I was after bears a lot and only spent a day or two chasing long beards. This year I am pretty pumped to explore Montana in search of a true mountain bird. In this episode, I am joined by a good friend Chad Harvey who is actually a regional rep for Pheasants Forever. Chad does a ton of bird hunting and tends to punch a few turkey tags every year. The thing I appreciate about Chad is that he likes to hunt birds like I do, in elk country. There are probably easier birds to harvest but I love hearing a gobble on the next ridge and having to run him down. This might be the only podcast to cover turkey hunting and Pheasant hunting in the same show, but since Chad works at Pheasants Forever it only makes sense that we talk about some upland birds as well. I have been trying to get chad to take me pheasant hunting for a couple of years now, as it is one of those things I would like to do but just do not really know where to start. We talk about Pheasant populations, habitat, and a bit about getting into hunting them. Hope you guys enjoy this conversation with Chad Harvey on mountain turkeys and Prairie Pheasants. Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:02:57 Chad’s Background – 0:07:51 Struggles Early On Locating Toms – 0:10:52 Terrain & Choosing a Starting Point – 0:15:20 Mountain Bird Tactics – 0:19:39 Covering Ground & Chasing Birds – 0:26:01 Working with Hens & Paranoid Birds – 0:33:35 Advice for New Hunters & Calling – 0:36:13 Chad’s 2019 Oregon & Montana Hunts – 0:38:56 Cooking Birds & Recipes – 0:41:43 Pheasants Forever & Conservation – 0:47:10 Pheasant Population & Planted Birds – 0:57:27 Pheasants in Montana – 1:02:16 Info & Memberships to Pheasants Forever – 1:04:41 Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping is the ability to switch form topo to satellite view, or even hybrid. I find certain features are more noticeable when I switch back and forth. I have also set about 10,000 waypoints on my maps marking everything that even remotely looks interesting. The cool part about that is that when I scout with my desktop all of those spots are automatically on my iPhone so when I go to the field I can save my maps and have all of that info. If you don’t have On X you are missing out check it out wherever you get your apps and use the TRO code to get 20% off your membership. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. It is that time again, time to start stocking up the food stash in prep for hunting season. If you have been thinking about signing up now is the time there are only 5 or 6 boxes between now and archery season. So if you plan to stock up the time to start preparing for season is now not the week before season. I may be biased because it is my box but I love getting the box because first and foremost I now always have snacks and bars ...
March 14, 2019
This past weekend the Montana Chapter of Wild Sheep had their annual banquet. Sheep banquet is always a good time and as a life member, there is at least a small chance at winning a sheep hunt. I have met a lot of great people through these types of events and I think Riley and I first met at one of these as well. Riley Pearson is good ol Montana boy who grew up hunting and running around in the outdoors. In this podcast we talk about his transition from chasing elk through the mountains to his love of sheep hunting. Riley first started hunting the “unlimited’s” with a friend and fell in love with the challenge of it all. We talk about the unlimited’s and really how it takes a special kind of person to want to use their entire hunting season to probably not see a legal animal. Poor Riley actually got a chance a great ram in the unlimited’s and end up missing. Talk about a heart breaker, as Riley shares the story and how it all went down. If ever there was a silver lining to not shooting a legal ram in the unlimited’s, the very next year Riley ends up being selected in the
March 7, 2019
Today on the podcast I am joined by a good friend, straight shooter, and for a Canadian a pretty damn good guy. Steve Ecklund is the Host of The Edge TV and has been fortunate to get to travel the world over hunting all kinds of big game critters. The thing I truly appreciate about Steve and the reason I would say I consider him such a friend is that Steve comes from very humble beginnings and he stays true to that. I first met Steve when we did our first show together back in 2016 EP 84: Mental Toughness in the Backcountry. We have since hung out multiple times and I can tell you he is the same in real life as the TV show and even on the podcast. I highly recommend going back and checking out that first episode if you get a chance it is truly one of my favorites. In this episode, Steve and I chat about some of his recent trips including a 4-day stent in a Mexican prison, riding in Russian helicopters, and the complications of the bathroom situation in a tree stand while -20 below. This episode is packed with great stories as well as some great takeaways. Please enjoy! Steve’s Next Level Hunter Bino Harness Steve’s Show “The Edge”  “The Edge” on the Pursuit Channel Show Notes:  Introduction – 0:04:20 Looking Back on Career & Accomplishments – 0:07:35 Steve’s Russian Snow Sheep Hunt – 0:10:41 Steve’s Multiple Mexican Fiascos – 0:21:24 Why We Mount Animals & the Meaning – 0:36:21 406 Hours in a Stand for A Buck Named “Slim”- 0:40:07 Whitetail Up North & Some Great Advice – 0:58:13 Behind Steve’s Company “Next Level Hunter Products”- 1:03:37 Where to Find Steve’s Content & “Wild Pursuit TV”- 1:08:06 Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. It is that time again, time to start stocking up the food stash in prep for hunting season. If you have been thinking about signing up now is the time there are only 5 or 6 boxes between now and archery season. So if you plan to stock up the time to start preparing for season is now not the week before season. I may be biased because it is my box but I love getting the box because first and foremost I now always have snacks and bars when Kels and I go for a hike or off on a trip. I have also found so many cool products from the box, and really that is why I started it. I would always see cool new products on Instagram but would never take the time to order each one or try them out. I’m telling you sign up, you’re gonna love it and if you don’t there is zero commitment, don’t like it just cancel. We are so confident you are gonna like it we don’t have to trick you into some 6 month deal. Head over to www.backcountryfuelbox.com and use the TRO code to get 10% off. Today’s podcast is brought to you by On X the best freaking mapping system out there. I am blown away at how many people still don’t have it. This time of year I spend hours upon hours scouting with my On X maps. With tag draws in full swing it is 100% about getting a good tag and a big piece of getting a good tag is figuring out if you can find a hidden gem. Finding that spot where you can get away from people. That’s why I spend hours combing through the maps. My favorite feature this time of year besides the public-private mapping...
March 6, 2019
My first out of state hunt was a big threshold that I crossed. I had hunted elk most of my life. At 9, I went on my first elk camp trip and I had been into archery that long as well. I was 21 years old and had hunted my home state quite a bit. I’d even made multiple trips around Oregon with family and friends on various hunts. For the most part, at the time, I didn’t personally know anyone who was hunting out of state, but I had heard about these two guys who got their Oregon elk and then bombed over to Idaho to hunt there. I remember the light bulb going off in my head and thinking, “Wait a minute! You can just go there and hunt elk too?!” That next winter, I pulled up the Idaho Fish and Game Hunt planner on their website and proceeded to start down a rabbit hole that might have been a key turning point in my life. As a kid, I remember laying in my bed looking at the Oregon game regulations and studying all the dates and tags to see how many hunts I could get. I was trying to have the most amount of days in the woods. As I dove into the Idaho Hunt planner though, this was on a whole new level. An entire state to comb through and figure out! I spent hours upon hours trying to plan my first out of state hunt, and I will never forget purchasing that first non-resident elk tag. I ended up hunting by myself. Between no one else having the time off or just not wanting to “waste” that much money on an elk tag, I couldn’t convince any of my friends to go. With no chance to really scout anything, I showed up with a lot of ambition and zero direction. That hunt turned out to be one the best elk hunts I have ever been on. It tested me in every way possible. I followed a herd bull for hours in a hurling rainstorm, wearing nothing but some cheap-o, Bi-Mart camo rain gear. I was so close so many times, but just never got an opportunity. After being completely soaked and dejected, I almost threw in the towel and headed home. After driving to town and getting a burger, I thought, “I gotta give it one more try.” I slipped into the same area I had left the herd that morning, and with a stroke of luck that bull stepped out. He offered me a shot as soon as I bumped into the herd. I could hardly wait the 30 minutes to start looking for blood, and when I came over the hill, I was looking at the first true herd bull I had ever taken. It was a long night, with wind blowing sideways and rain beating me down. The next morning when I woke up, the sun was shining down and I didn’t own a dry piece of gear. I built a fire to dry things out, and made a huge breakfast before heading in to get my last two loads of meat. I will never forget that “having done it” feeling that morning. When everyone doubted me, when I had no idea what I was doing, when I had no one to show me how to do it or where to go, I killed my biggest bull to date, by myself, in a completely new state. This hunt opened my world and started me on a journey to find the next thing, to travel to new places, and ultimately, it really showed me that I can pick a spot and go anywhere. Fast forward to today, and many of my best hunting memories are choosing somewhere completely new and figuring it out. I get tons of questions from you guys, listeners of the podcast, about planning your first elk hunt or planning an out of state hunt. While podcast provides loads of information, I wanted to really take it to the next level. What if I could take a hunter, one of you guys–a listener of the show, and show you from start to finish how to be effective? From how I look at choosing a unit and why, to how to e-scout, and how to make a game plan without ever setting foot in the unit. You and I will both have no idea where to go, but we are going to find elk and get one killed. I want to show you how to not only call elk but how to call elk in that area, how to hunt that area,
February 28, 2019
Welcome to the show, its episode #328 of the podcast and today I am joined by a new guest to the show Allen Bolen of Bolen Lewis Outfitting on of British Columbia. Bolen Lewis has some of the biggest Mountain Goats in the world. I am really glad I got to chat with Allen, the guy absolutely crushes it on the mountain and is willing to push himself to crazy limits. If you guys get a chance go check out his Instagram to see some of the crazy adventures of bowhunting giants. Show Notes:  Introduction & Background – 0:04:01 Why He Got Into Hunting – 0:07:58 First Record Mt Goat & Driving Force – 0:13:31 Allen’s Thoughts on the Term “Trophy Hunting”- 0:17:01 Allen’s Caribou Accomplishments & Future Goals – 0:23:32 Overall Goals in Hunting & Accomplishing 0:31:18 Deciding on Your Animal & the Results – 0:39:27 Thoughts on Scoring Animals – 0:41:01 Balancing Entrepreneurship & Hunting – 0:46:09 Allen’s Big Ole’ Wasatch Buck – 0:52:41 Allen’s Final Thoughts – 0:59:29 This episode is brought to you by Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly Meals are a true meal replacement bar. Chris Cage the founder, designed these bars to be 650 calories and 33% of your daily nutrition for 6 core nutrients. I have been using Greenbelly meals for the last two season now and I absolutely love them. They make a great option for a lunch or mid day meal and with two bars per resealable pack I can divide them up during the day. The best part is, they are actually really delicious. Greenbelly bars come in three different flavors and I honestly like all three. These bars are one of the best options for quick, easy, light weight backcountry meals that I have ever come across, so check them out. To get more information and to order some for your next hunt, just go to www.greenbelly.co and use coupon code TRO10 for 10% off your first order. This episode is brought to you by On X. The number one mapping system that works from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If you have not played with The On X app yet you are missing out, this thing is amazing and a must-have for serious hunters, not to mention a lot of other professions. Not only does it show you public-private in all 50 states but now On X has added a new weather feature that gives you update weather information wind direction. I am constantly bouncing from On X to goHunt to google earth on my computer this time of year as it is such an important tool for me when scouting. Not to mention marking tons and tons of way points to go check out. This year I am starting way early and I am bound and determined to find more big bulls before the season than I have in years past and On X is going to be a huge part of that. Get 20% off you app membership with code TRO onxmaps.com or wherever you purchase apps.
February 21, 2019
Ever dream of a DIY trip to Alaska? How about a backpack caribou hunt on Adak Island? That second one is about as extreme of a caribou hunt as you can get. This week I am joined by Abe Henderson and we talk a lot about DIY hunting in Alaska and the logistics of making it happen. Before we get started though I want to give a huge shout out to all of the Patrons of the podcast, you guys are awesome. For those still confused about what’s going on, starting January we started a Patreon page. Patreon is essentially a really easy way for you the listener to show your support to the podcast and get bonus episodes, extra content, and a lot more. Most creators do some kind of small bonus episode which is cute but really if I am going to pay $5 a month it better be well worth it not just because. So if I am going to ask you the listener for money we are going to stack the value and make damn sure its worth it. The Last two years we have done Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday from June Through about October with over 100 episodes last year. This year we are moving both of those to the Patreon platform and producing one every week throughout the whole year 100% ad-free. This is only the start we have a lot more up our sleeves for all of you patrons so if you think this is about paying for a podcast you’d be mistaken. And for all of you smartasses, you have said buy tags not podcast by all means if $5 is gonna break the tags bank then learning from other elk and mule deer hunters are probably not your biggest priority. Like I said we have some really cool shit coming and if you want to be a part of it out head over to patreon.com/therichoutdoors and if not no worries, we will still have a weekly show just like this one, 100% free every Thursday as we have for almost four years now. Again thank you guys so much for all your support and enjoy the podcast with Abe Henderson. Show Notes:  Introduction & Background – 0:06:26 Abe’s Podcast – “Alaska DIY”- 0:13:23 Abe’s Dreams that Provoked the Move – 0:17:57 Grizzly Story – 0:21:33 Haul Road Caribou Hunt – 0:28:04 Highs & Lows of the Trip – 0:38:33 Abe’s Video Coming to Youtube March 5th – 0:48:31 The Real Threat of Bears – 0:51:44 Finding Quality Transport & Fly Out Trips – 0:54:39 Final Advice on an Alaska Trip – 1:03:20 Abe’s Film Coming to Youtube March 5th – 1:09:49 Today’s podcast brought to you by goHUNT.com Tag season and research season is here and if you don’t have it you need goHUNT it will save you so much time and effort. If you are on the fence about whether you need it or not let me just tell you it is the first place I turn to when I start planning a hunt. It is 100% worth every penny to me and I think pretty much everyone I have introduced it to. If you’re a goHUNT member already which I feel like most of you are by now make sure you use the code TRO at checkout to save some money. This episode is brought to you by On X. The number one mapping system that works from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If you have not played with The On X app yet you are missing out, this thing is amazing and a must-have for serious hunters, not to mention a lot of other professions. Not only does it show you public-private in all 50 states but now On X has added a new weather feature that gives you update weather information wind direction. I am constantly bouncing from On X to goHunt to google earth on my computer this time of year as it is such an important tool for me when scouting.
February 14, 2019
The Jimmy Herman is back. I am proud to call Jimmy a good friend of mine who has a successful career in Nashville while also having a deep passion for the traditions of hunting. Like myself, Jimmy is a bit of an Old Soul who fancy’s some of the old school things of a generation gone. In this podcast, Jimmy and I catch up and talk about traditions within hunting and the importance. Like myself, Jimmy is from a very small community and I would say he does a great job of being well traveled whilst still holding onto the small farm town tendencies. Jimmy shares some great advice on not losing yourself while also chasing your passion and we both joke about becoming crotchety old men. This podcast is a fun conversation with a well-rounded individual. Show Notes:  About Jimmy and Career Goals – 0:09:56 Maintaining Traditions – 0:17:54 Mentors – 0:24:58 How Jimmy’s Background Formed Him – 0:28:25 Advice to Self – 0:34:07 Life Experiences & Music – 0:35:40 An Old Soul – 0:43:45 Tech vs. Tradition: The Future of Hunting – 0:47:40 Advice for Dreams and Changes – 1:01:48 Alaska – 1:07:29 Jimmy’s Website, Shop, and Instagram – 1:10:20 This episode is brought to you by Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly Meals are a true meal replacement bar. Chris Cage the founder, designed these bars to be 650 calories and 33% of your daily nutrition for 6 core nutrients. I have been using Greenbelly meals for the last two season now and I absolutely love them. They make a great option for a lunch or mid day meal and with two bars per resealable pack I can divide them up during the day. The best part is, they are actually really delicious. Greenbelly bars come in three different flavors and I honestly like all three. These bars are one of the best options for quick, easy, light weight backcountry meals that I have ever come across, so check them out. To get more information and to order some for your next hunt, just go to www.greenbelly.co and use coupon code TRO10 for 10% off your first order. This episode is brought to you by On X. The number one mapping system that works from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If you have not played with The On X app yet you are missing out, this thing is amazing and a must-have for serious hunters, not to mention a lot of other professions. Not only does it show you public-private in all 50 states but now On X has added a new weather feature that gives you update weather information wind direction. I am constantly bouncing from On X to goHunt to google earth on my computer this time of year as it is such an important tool for me when scouting. Not to mention marking tons and tons of waypoints to go check out. This year I am starting way early and I am bound and determined to find more big bulls before the season than I have in years past and On X is going to be a huge part of that. Get 20% off you app membership with code TRO onxmaps.com or wherever you purchase apps.
February 7, 2019
This was a fun podcast, Sam Davis is my kind of guy. A Wyoming cowboy that just absolutely loves all things hunting. Sam and I met at a trade show and have stayed in contact the last year. We finally got the chance to turn the mic’s on and tell some stories. It is easy to tell through his voice that Sam loves hunting to his core. I am thoroughly impressed with the number of big bulls Sam has put on the ground and even more impressed at his wife’s accomplishments with a bow. I think she puts me to shame. In this podcast, we talk Wyoming and all things sagebrush to backcountry.  Sam and his hunting buddies have drawn some great treasure species tags (yes you read that correctly) and last year Sams hunting buddy drew his Wyoming moose tag. A cool hunt none the less but it sounds like the moose bug has now bitten Sam pretty hard. Show Notes: Introduction – 0:03:06 Sam’s Strategy on Elk & Open Country – 0:08:58 Sam is All About Moose Hunting – 0:24:11 Scouting & Finding New Ground – 0:34:59 Sam’s Youtube Channel: Predators Never Quit – 0:43:51 Story: The Buck in the Reservoir – 0:48:20 Broadheads & Bow Setup – 0:55:22 Where to Find Sam’s Online Content – 1:05:51 Today’s podcast brought to you by goHUNT.com Tag season and research season is here and if you don’t have it you need goHUNT it will save you so much time and effort. If you are on the fence about whether you need it or not let me just tell you it is the first place I turn to when I start planning a hunt. It is 100% worth every penny to me and I think pretty much everyone I have introduced it to. If you’re a goHUNT member already which I feel like most of you are by now make sure you use the code TRO at checkout to save some money. This episode is brought to you by On X. The number one mapping system that works from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If you have not played with The On X app yet you are missing out, this thing is amazing and a must-have for serious hunters, not to mention a lot of other professions. Not only does it show you public-private in all 50 states but now On X has added a new weather feature that gives you update weather information wind direction. I am constantly bouncing from On X to goHunt to google earth on my computer this time of year as it is such an important tool for me when scouting. Not to mention marking tons and tons of waypoints to go check out. This year I am starting way early and I am bound and determined to find more big bulls before the season than I have in years past and On X is going to be a huge part of that. Get 20% off you app membership with code TRO onxmaps.com or wherever you purchase apps. To get full access to The Rich Outdoors Podcast episodes, including Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday, become a Patreon here. Get the exclusive TRO Insiders Feed in the podcast app you already listen to.
January 31, 2019
Not only is South Cox one of my favorite storytellers but he is such an amazing hunter that he has so much to share. One of the best in the business, in my opinion, I always enjoy having South Cox of Stalker Stick Bows on the podcast. South is renowned for being a high country Mule deer guy with a trad bow so it was really cool this year to see him head after screaming bulls and get it done at less than 5 yards. In this episode we a lot and tend to bounce around to some interesting topics, but South shares some of the struggles he encountered on his elk hunt as well as one of the coolest stories I have heard all year as he ended up arrowing his bull at feet, not yards. We also chat about knowing when to be aggressive and when to be patient. This might be South’s most valuable skill as he does this seemingly flawlessly. Even as he recounts his Nevada Mule Deer harvest this year, he amazes me with knowing just what to do at the right moment. We also talk about the struggles of more and more people in the backcountry and how South deals with pressure in places there never has been in years past. A great episode and one I highly recommend. Do me a favor and be sure to follow @stalkerstickbows on Instagram and be sure to check the Full Draw Film Tour Schedule for a show near you to go check out South’s Elk Hunt on the big screen. This episode is brought to you by Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly Meals are a true meal replacement bar. Chris Cage the founder, designed these bars to be 650 calories and 33% of your daily nutrition for 6 core nutrients. I have been using Greenbelly meals for the last two season now and I absolutely love them. They make a great option for a lunch or mid-day meal and with two bars per resealable pack I can divide them up during the day. The best part is, they are actually really delicious. Greenbelly bars come in three different flavors and I honestly like all three. These bars are one of the best options for quick, easy, light weight backcountry meals that I have ever come across, so check them out. To get more information and to order some for your next hunt, just go to www.greenbelly.co and use coupon code TRO10 for 10% off your first order. This episode is brought to you by On X. The number one mapping system that works from your phone, tablet, or desktop. If you have not played with The On X app yet you are missing out, this thing is amazing and a must-have for serious hunters, not to mention a lot of other professions. Not only does it show you public-private in all 50 states but now On X has added a new weather feature that gives you update weather information wind direction. I am constantly bouncing from On X to goHunt to google earth on my computer this time of year as it is such an important tool for me when scouting. Not to mention marking tons and tons of way points to go check out. This year I am starting way early and I am bound and determined to find more big bulls before the season than I have in years past and On X is going to be a huge part of that. Get 20% off you app membership with code TRO onxmaps.com or wherever you purchase apps. To get full access to The Rich Outdoors Podcast episodes, including Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday, become a Patreon here. Get the exclusive TRO Insiders Feed in the podcast app you already listen to. Show Notes: Introduction – 0:03:18 Tag Choices & the Extra Pressure – 0:06:26 Too many Bulls? – 0:12:53 A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – 0:19:18
January 24, 2019
Welcome to the podcast! In today’s episode, I am joined by my buddy Brad Brooks who somehow has not been on the podcast in over 300 episodes. Brad is the owner of Argali Outdoors and has created some great film and is also a hardcore backpack hunter and gearhead. Time flew by in this episode and we never even got to half of the stuff we wanted to talk about. In fact, Brad and I were talking and we’ll probably end up doing a part two to this podcast. In this podcast, we talk a bit about entrepreneurship, as Brad is a fellow entrepreneur and the struggles of the balancing work and hunting. We also cover a lot of tips on backpack hunting both in early season as well as late. This season Brad, Ryan Callaghan, and a couple buddies joined in on a pretty epic backcountry mule deer hunt in Idaho that ended up being in the single-digit temperatures.  We talk about what backpack trips in those temps look like in comparison to early season and some tips for packing necessary items. Also big thank you to all of you who have supported the podcast on Patreon, I can’t thank you guys enough. We have a long ways to go but I think we are going to be able to do some really cool things over there. If you haven’t yet, go check out our Patreon page and sign up if you want a chance at winning a new stone glacier 40/56 pack. We will be drawing at the end of the month, so get your name in the hat if you want to win. Hope you enjoy this episode and if you have more questions on gear for Brad, please leave a comment and we can cover those in part 2 Show Notes: Shot Show & the Industry – 0:05:51 Brad Brooks & His Company, Argali – 0:13:58 Social Pressure & Outside Influences – 0:19:40 Backpack Hunting Gear & Advice – 0:25:47 Ideal Camp Spot, Shelters, & Bedding – 0:38:22 Brad’s Late Season Mule Deer Hunt – 0:43:37 Brad’s Gear: Early vs. Late Season – 0:51:46 Brad’s Game Bags – 1:01:38 Ridiculous Gear that you Still Carry – 1:10:21 Weight vs Comfort – 1:12:05 Where to Find Argali Gear Online & Videos – 1:20:00 Today’s podcast is made possible by the awesome folks at On X. I can’t thank the good folks at On X enough, not only for making the podcast possible but for such killer product as well. There probably hasn’t bee more than a day or two in the last three months that I haven’t used the On X App. This is my second full year Using nothing but the On X app on my phone and honestly, I don’t see any reason to use a GPS. If you already have On X be sure to use the TRO code when you renew your account to not only save 20% off but also help support the podcast. If you don’t have the On X app, well, I guess you just don’t know what your missing. OnXmaps.com or available at in your favorite app store. MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally. Their online programs are 90-days, all video based, and is delivered through the private MTNTOUGH site that is accessible on any device.  Think of it as a private social training platform specifically built for Backcountry Hunters. They now have a 90-day online program for pre-season,
January 17, 2019
Today, I am joined by a couple of good buddies to catch up on hunting stories and catch up about season. Tony is a good friend of mine that guides pig hunts in Califonia and spends most of his free time chasing Blacktails or Mulies. Tony and I first met when I went on a pig hunt and we hit it off. A lot of great hunts together and more than a few great stories later, we are still getting shenanigans just in a new state. Ben Guttormson is no stranger to success and a fellow elk nut like myself. Ben not only had great year chasing bulls but absolutely crushed it with some amazing Mule Deer. In this episode we dive into both Tony and Ben’s seasons, lessons learned, and everything in between. Show Notes: Introductions & Game Preferences – 0:04:04 Ben Talks Elk and his 2018 Season – 0:07:34 Tony Talks his 2018 Season – 0:33:16 Ben Tells a Great Rifle Hunt Story – 0:40:00 Brain Over Body, or Body Over Brain? – 0:59:10 Shop Talk – 1:07:25 Ben’s Story:#1 Lesson Learned 2018 – 1:08:48 Tony’s #1 Lesson Learned 2018 – 1:22:53 Today’s podcast is made possible by the awesome folks at On X. I can’t thank the good folks at On X enough, not only for making the podcast possible but for such killer product as well. There probably hasn’t bee more than a day or two in the last three months that I haven’t used the On X App. This is my second full year Using nothing but the On X app on my phone and honestly, I don’t see any reason to use a GPS. If you already have On X be sure to use the TRO code when you renew your account to not only save 20% off but also help support the podcast. If you don’t have the On X app, well, I guess you just don’t know what your missing. OnXmaps.com or available at in your favorite app store. MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally. Their online programs are 90-days, all video based, and is delivered through the private MTNTOUGH site that is accessible on any device.  Think of it as a private social training platform specifically built for Backcountry Hunters. They now have a 90-day online program for pre-season, and a brand new 90 day online program for post-season. The post-season program is specifically built to pack strength back on to a hunter after a long season in the field and will be available Jan 1. An ideal winter program to capitalize on all the work you have put in this hunting season. Make sure to go www.mtntough.com to take a look at these programs and there you will also find a few of their favorite workouts as free downloads, including a no-gear and a heavy pack workout.
January 10, 2019
Welcome to the podcast! For about the last year Now I have been getting to know the guys at MTN Tough and both Ara and Dustin are great guys. Ara is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fitness and is a retired Lt Colonel and Army Ranger who taught physical education at West Point. In this episode, we dive into developing mental toughness, creating a routine, overcoming injuries, pushing your limits and a lot more. Ara, like myself, has had a number of injuries to overcome. We dive into the theory of working out the opposing side of an injury to carry strength throughout the body. Ara, is big on creating the habit vs training for the event and we talk about how training for the event can cause burnout in athletes. We also talk about pushing the limits of recovery vs understanding your new normal. If you are looking to get back in shape or just getting a jump on 2019 season this is a good kick start. Show Notes: Introductions – 0:03:15 Post Season Feedback – 0:05:05 Why Goals Help Push Your Limits – 0:09:19 Advice & Help to Push Through – 0:18:06 Facing Injuries & Overcoming Them – 0:23:47 Knowing When to Ignore Your Ego – 0:31:44 Negative Effects of In & Out of Shape Cycle – 0:37:36 Hunting Burnout & Mental Toughness – 0:55:15 Getting Yourself to the Next Level – 1:02:09 Where to get Info on the Fitness Programs – 1:13:19 This episode is brought to you by Greenbelly Meals. Greenbelly Meals are a true meal replacement bar. Chris Cage the founder, designed these bars to be 650 calories and 33% of your daily nutrition for 6 core nutrients. I have been using Greenbelly meals for the last two season now and I absolutely love them. They make a great option for a lunch or mid-day meal and with two bars per resealable pack I can divide them up during the day. The best part is, they are actually really delicious. Greenbelly bars come in three different flavors and I honestly like all three. These bars are one of the best options for quick, easy, lightweight backcountry meals that I have ever come across, so check them out. To get more information and to order some for your next hunt, just go to www.greenbelly.co and use coupon code TRO10 for 10% off your first order. Today’s podcast is made possible by the awesome folks at ON X Maps. I can’t thank the good folks at On X enough, not only for making the podcast possible but for such killer product as well. There probably hasn’t been more than a day or two in the last three months that I haven’t used the On X App. This is my second full year Using nothing but the On X app on my phone and honestly, I don’t see any reason to use a GPS. One of the cool things I started doing this year was turning my tracker on and saving routes anytime I found a predominant elk or game trail. How many times have you thought to yourself “I know there’s a trail right here somewhere”. By saving all of those trails I now have those trails saved on my app and can refer back to them anytime I am cutting through that same area. Just a little On X quick tip for ya. If you already have On X be sure to use the TRO code when you renew your account to not only save 20% off but also help support the podcast. If you don’t have the On X app, well, I guess you just don’t know what your missing. OnXmaps.com or available at in your favorite app store. Want more great content from The Rich Outdoors? Check out the new Patreon page for The Rich Outdoors Insiders Feed including ad-free listening,
January 4, 2019
In 2019 there are five things I want to make absolutely sure I get out of my hunting season. For me, these are the keys to having a great season or at least being able to look back and feel great about the passing season. Something Old I love finding and exploring new country as much as anyone but for me, I also really enjoy rolling into old stomping grounds with good friends knowing right where to look while reminiscing on past hunts in the same canyon. Something New Another hunt I want, and will always have is something new. For me it about discovery, I love the research side. I love trying to find the right unit or the right tag and then spending hours scouring OnXmaps and Google Earth to find the unknown. The feeling of not really knowing what’s around the next bend or over the next ridge. The feeling of killing a big bull in an area you found 100% on your own and have never been to is one of the top feelings you can gather in your hunting quest. Also, it’s a fact that the meat of said elk tastes better. One for Me Every year I look forward to spending some quality time in my own head. Some years it’s only a quick weekend trip or sporadic deer hunts, and other years it is 10 days in the backcountry. Either way, it is important to me to have those trips. As a natural introvert, I realize I probably enjoy these more than others. I truly encourage everyone to spend some time in the outdoors alone, and preferably overnight. I believe its something that once you cross the chasm of feeling uncomfortable can really teach you a lot about yourself. One with You. This year if I had to say there was something I missed it would be that I didn’t do enough hunting with others. Ironically a year ago when I looked back on my previous season and was planning 2018 I just knew I wanted to hunt solo more. I had actually planned to hunt with friends but due to busy schedule ended up having to cancel on those hunts. This year I wanna make sure I schedule in those hunts with friends and people who I enjoy spending time with. It can be easy to see friends and say “we should do this” but unless you put it in the calendar it can be just as easy to let those empty promises slip through the cracks. When you set a trip or a date or a plan in place you not only make sure you are more likely to follow through with those plans but you also get the added benefit of looking forward to those plans with those people. This could be making sure my wife and I spend time on trips just for us or setting time aside for hunting with old buddies. An Adventure Through and Through. This last one may be a bit arbitrary to me but with every year I want to have an adventure that pushes me. My top 20% of experiences could probably fall mostly into this category. On a lot of different levels seeking the next adventure is what pushes me to become better and honestly what gets me through the day to day of life. Again, this is different for everyone, but for me, adventure tends to be in the mountains. We could probably do a deep dive into the correlation of risk and adventure but the overarching theme of adventure seems to have elements of risk and unknowns. Adventure has and probably will come from various pieces of every hunt or trip I go on, but as I look forward at my plans for 2019 I want to make sure that element exists at sufficient level. Overall this is how I am thinking about my 2019, it should be said that this could involve many hunts or only a few. A lot of these principles overlap, in fact, it is very likely that they do. In years past my true adventure has been with old friends, while other years I have had epic adventures while solo and exploring new area’s. These are merely the piece that I hold dear and want to ensure within my season. It should also be noted that one thing I have started doing is making sure I have a safety net in place....
December 27, 2018
Today I am joined by the first annual Billy Goat Society winner Heath Hansen. Last year the Rockey Mountain Goat Alliance followed the steps of the Wild Sheep Foundation with their less than one club creating the first Billy Goat Society. The Billy Goat society is a great way to raise funds and awareness for goat conservation all while sending one lucky winner on their first goat hunt. The Billy Goat Society is only eligible to those who have never harvested a rocky mountain goat yet. 2018 was the first year of the raffle giveaway and I happened to meet Heath Hansen the winner right after his lucky drawing. Heath is a great guy and I couldn’t be happier to see him be drawn for the once in a lifetime opportunity. Heath ended up having a great hunt and got to hunt with a couple of good friend of mine Daniel Watson (@danwato) and Dustin Roe (@dustinroe) of Backcountry BC and Beyond and it sounds like it was a great trip. In this episode, Heath and I cant up and Heath shares his experience on the hunt. Heath’s wife was ended up getting a tag as well and was also able to harvest a goat, and even with her bow just to one-up her husband Heath. Huge congrats to both Heath and his wife it sounds like one hell of an adventure. Be sure to check out the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance here and you can learn how to enter into the Billy Goat Society drawing here. Show Notes: Meet Heath Hansen – 03:51 Heath’s 2018 Season Overview – 04:26 Heath’s Goat Hunt Contest Win – 07:23 Hunt Start – 16:01 Day 3 Billy Down – 23:59 Thoughts on Future Goat Hunting – 27:56 After the Kill – 33:17 Heath’s Wife Gets a Goat – 41:46 Looking Back: High & Low – 50:36 Advice for 2019 Winner – 51:58 Sheep or Goat? – 53:08 See the Hunt Video Online – 53:42 Pete Talks the Billy Goat Society Giveaway – 54:33 Contest Eligibility & Entry – 56:47 How to Get Involved – 58:26 Today’s podcast is made possible by the awesome folks at On X. I can’t thank the good folks at On X enough, not only for making the podcast possible but for such killer product as well. There probably hasn’t bee more than a day or two in the last three months that I haven’t used the On X App. This is my second full year Using nothing but the On X app on my phone and honestly, I don’t see any reason to use a GPS. If you already have On X be sure to use the TRO code when you renew your account to not only save 20% off but also help support the podcast. If you don’t have the On X app, well, I guess you just don’t know what your missing. OnXmaps.com or available at in your favorite app store. MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally. Their online programs are 90-days, all video based, and is delivered through the private MTNTOUGH site that is accessible on any device.  Think of it as a private social training platform specifically built for Backcountry Hunters. They now have a 90-day online program for pre-season, and a brand new 90 day online program for post-season.
December 27, 2018
Dirk Durham is an awesome elk caller, and an all-around great guy. If you have seen Born and Raised Outdoors’ Land of the Free Project or many of Elk101’s content you have probably seen Dirk bugling in bulls. I always enjoy having Dirk on the show and today I get to catch up with him on his 2018 season of highs and lows. In this episode, we dive into the struggles that the crew had with early season heat and light rutting activity. We also talk about Dirks struggles with wolf competition in northern Idaho and what he does with continually more pressure on elk from wolves. This year Dirk was able to capitalize on tough Idaho season with a great solo hunt bull that he worked for hours. Dirk shares the highs and lows of the hunt and some great tips for solo hunters as well as heavily pressured bulls. Show Notes: Meet The Bugler Dirk Durham – 0:02:34 Dirk’s 2018 Season Overview – 0:03:40 Staying Motivated & Screwing Up – 0:11:04 Follies – 0:23:32 Dealing with Hot Weather Bulls Up High – 0:27:52 Dirk’s Solo Hunt – 0:30:54 Advice for Calling Solo – 0:40:43 Trail Cams – 0:47:41 Dealing with Wolves – 0:51:45 Biggest Lesson from 2018 – 0:54:05 Hunting with Born & Raised – 0:56:22 Calling in Rifle Season – 0:57:36 Dirk’s Durham’s Online Content – 1:06:47 Today’s podcast brought to you by goHUNT.com Tag season and research season is here and if you don’t have it you need goHUNT it will save you so much time and effort. If you are on the fence about whether you need it or not let me just tell you it is the first place I turn to when I start planning a hunt. It is 100% worth every penny to me and I think pretty much everyone I have introduced it to. If you’re a goHUNT member already which I feel like most of you are by now make sure you use the code TRO at checkout to save some money. Today’s episode is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. The monthly subscription that brings you all kinds of awesome snacks, bars, jerky’s, dehydrated meals and fuel for your next adventure. With hunting season right around the corner, now is a great time to sign up and get a box full of goodies every month for your next hunt. If you were like me, you eat the same thing every season. This year, mix it up and get all kinds of great new brands sent right to your doorstep without having to research and order each individual product. With Backcountry Fuel Box, there is no commitment what so ever, feel free to skip a box or cancel anytime. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up. If you use the TRO code you will save 10% off each month.
December 20, 2018
Welcome to the podcast, today I am joined by my buddy Micah Fink. Micah and I were sat next to each other at a dinner almost two years ago and hit it off talking about horses, hunting, and all kinds of random stuff shinanigans. A mutual friend had just done a killer video on Micah and his Heroes and Horses nonprofit called One Eighty Out. Micah is a former Navy Seal and complete badass, who really found his piece himself through horses and the cowboy lifestyle. Micah started Heroes and Horses as a way to give back and help other veterans overcome their struggles of PTSD and other demons they faced after war. Micah has a great mindset around overcoming your struggles and becoming stronger through your struggles of life. In this episode, we dive into Micah’s crazy story of being at ground zero on 9/11, becoming a seal, Traveling the remote jungle of the Amazon, finding his purpose in helping veterans, and crazy has horse wrecks. There was so much that we didn’t get to but an absolute great podcast either way. We are already planning a second episode, so let us know what you want to hear more of but I think Micah and I could BS for hours. Show Notes: How 9/11 Changed Micah’s Life – 0:03:48 Processing Trauma & Adversity – 0:14:35 Micah’s Amazon Experience – 0:22:22 Micah’s Mustang Ride from NM to AZ – 0:44:45 The Stress of Running Horses – 0:51:41 How Heroes and Horses was Started – 0:58:04 Micah’s Advice for Helping Veterans – 1:12:11 This Mindset and Raising Kids – 1:22:13 How to Help Heroes for Horses – 1:31:25 Today’s podcast is made possible by the awesome folks at On X. I can’t thank the good folks at On X enough, not only for making the podcast possible but for such killer product as well. There probably hasn’t bee more than a day or two in the last three months that I haven’t used the On X App. This is my second full year Using nothing but the On X app on my phone and honestly, I don’t see any reason to use a GPS. If you already have On X be sure to use the TRO code when you renew your account to not only save 20% off but also help support the podcast. If you don’t have the On X app, well, I guess you just don’t know what your missing. OnXmaps.com or available at in your favorite app store. MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally. Their online programs are 90-days, all video based, and is delivered through the private MTNTOUGH site that is accessible on any device.  Think of it as a private social training platform specifically built for Backcountry Hunters. They now have a 90-day online program for pre-season, and a brand new 90 day online program for post-season. The post-season program is specifically built to pack strength back on to a hunter after a long season in the field and will be available Jan 1. An ideal winter program to capitalize on all the work you have put in this hunting season. Make sure to go www.mtntough.com to take a look at these programs and there you will also find a few of their favorite workouts as free downloads, including a no-gear and a heavy pack workout.
December 17, 2018
Welcome to Muley Monday, today is a little walk down memory lane. Ryan Hatfield is the author of the series know as Idaho’s greatest. With the recent release of the second edition of Idaho’s Greatest Mule Deer, Ryan joins me to share some of the behind the scenes from the stories from the newest book. What started as a way to capture the stories of his uncle’s big bucks, led down a path to digging up the stories behind hundreds of Idaho’s greatest Mule Deer ever killed. If you enjoy old time stories of big bucks and bulls you will enjoy Ryan’s Books. Show Notes: Ryan Hatfield: Editor at Western Hunting Magazine – 04:45 Old Timers – 10:28 How the Book Came to Be – 15:41 Ryan’s “Ah Ha” Moment – 19:31 Purpose Behind Ryan’s 2nd Book – 24:27 Trend in Idaho Genetics – 38:39 The Story Behind the Cover Photo – 44:28 Story on Idaho Record Non-Typical Elk – 56:35 Get Ryan’s Books at: www.IdahoBigGame.com – 60:48 Today’s podcast brought to you by goHUNT.com Tag season and research season is here and if you don’t have it you need goHUNT it will save you so much time and effort. If you are on the fence about whether you need it or not let me just tell you it is the first place I turn to when I start planning a hunt. It is 100% worth every penny to me and I think pretty much everyone I have introduced it to. If you’re a goHUNT member already which I feel like most of you are by now make sure you use the code TRO at checkout to save some money. This year I launched Backcountry Fuel Box, a monthly subscription box for backcountry meals, bars, snacks, gues, and all kinds of great new products you have probably never heard of. It is a killer way to test out new options, or just save money by stashing each box for season. Check it out at backcountryfuelbox.com and save 10% with code TRO.
December 14, 2018
Welcome to the podcast, Today I am joined by Justin Shaffer who is a total badass and awesome guy who takes full advantage of his opportunities in Alaska as we all live vicariously through him. In this episode, we take a deep dive into all the things you need to know before submitting your application to hunt in Alaska which is due by the 17th. If you are past the deadline when you hear this there is still a ton of useful information for anyone who may be thinking about someday traveling to Alaska to embark on a hunting adventure. While you are listening to this take a second an give Justin a follow on Instagram the dude has done more in the last two years than I will probably do in a lifetime and is by every definition of the word a Badass. Show Notes: Justin’s 2018 Season & Injury – 03:51 AK Draw System & Guide Requirements – 05:56 License Carry Over for Applications – 10:41 Sheep Hunts, Units, Guides, & Costs – 11:47 Mountain Goat Details – 19:19 All About Grizzlies & Brown Bears – 25:35 Justin’s Arctic Grizz – 34yds with Bow – 28:03 Justin’s Musk Ox & Application Strategy – 30:19 Elk Draw Info & Areas – 36:44 Moose Draws, Logistics & Size of the Area – 41:23 Float Hunts vs. Flying Into Backcountry – 47:51 Caribou: Knowing Who, When & Where – 50:56 The Haul Road: Dalton Highway – 52:05 What You Need to Know: Apply & Hunt Alaska – 55:06 How to Get Ahold of Justin for Booking Caribou – 56:42 Today’s podcast brought to you by goHUNT.com Tag season and research season is here and if you don’t have it you need goHUNT it will save you so much time and effort. If you are on the fence about whether you need it or not let me just tell you it is the first place I turn to when I start planning a hunt. It is 100% worth every penny to me and I think pretty much everyone I have introduced it to. If you’re a goHUNT member already which I feel like most of you are by now make sure you use the code TRO at checkout to save some money. Today’s episode is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. The monthly subscription that brings you all kinds of awesome snacks, bars, jerky’s, dehydrated meals and fuel for your next adventure. With hunting season right around the corner, now is a great time to sign up and get a box full of goodies every month for your next hunt. If you were like me, you eat the same thing every season. This year, mix it up and get all kinds of great new brands sent right to your doorstep without having to research and order each individual product. With Backcountry Fuel Box, there is no commitment what so ever, feel free to skip a box or cancel anytime. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up. If you use the TRO code you will save 10% off each month.
December 13, 2018
I first met Travis Macy over a year ago when we did our first podcast together. Travis is the author of The Ultra Mindset and has spent the better part of his life competing at the highest level of various adventure races and extreme competitions. He was just getting into hunting at the time but we hit it off very well as we have similar mindsets and honestly there is a lot of overlap in adventure racing and mountain hunting. Fast forward a bit to this year Travis went up to the Yukon with a fellow adventure racer and friend of his Greg McHale. Greg is also an adventure racing badass but has also been extreme mountain hunting most of his life.  Travis reached out and basically said you gotta get this guy on the podcast. I am glad I did as Greg is such a genuine guy but also an interesting hunter as he uses so much of what he does adventure racing to make him a better sheep hunter. Kayaks, rafts, bikes, and planes he has an arsenal of toys to go farther and harder than the next guy. A fun conversation about the Yukon, mindset, sheep hunting, and more. Travis’ Charity – #TeamDonateLifeEndure Travis’ Book – The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life Greg’s Show – “Greg McHale’s Wild Yukon” Show Notes: Travis & Greg Introductions – 04:13 Crazy Canadian Snow Race for Greg & Travis – 08:03 Greg Draw to Hunting & Adventure Races – 12:39 How Racing Skills Carry Over to Hunting – 15:47 Mindset & Discipline – 23:07 Hunting with the Lesser Experienced – 29:33 Travis’ Outlook After Hunting with Greg – 33:18 Greg’s High Expectations of Solitude – 41:47 The Unwritten Laws of the North Land – 46:15 Greg’s Giant Archery Ram – 50:47 You CAN Train & Practice All Year Long – 57:28 Make Goals, Time & Improve Yourself – 1:05:54 Travis’ Charity & His Book “The Ultra Mindset”- 1:14:37 Greg’s Show “Greg McHale’s Wild Yukon” & Social Media – 1:15:54 Today’s podcast is made possible by the awesome folks at On X. I can’t thank the good folks at On X enough, not only for making the podcast possible but for such killer product as well. There probably hasn’t bee more than a day or two in the last three months that I haven’t used the On X App. This is my second full year Using nothing but the On X app on my phone and honestly, I don’t see any reason to use a GPS. If you already have On X be sure to use the TRO code when you renew your account to not only save 20% off but also help support the podcast. If you don’t have the On X app, well, I guess you just don’t know what your missing. OnXmaps.com or available at in your favorite app store. MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally. Their online programs are 90-days, all video based,
December 6, 2018
What’s up ladies and gents, welcome to the podcast. I am really excited to share today’s podcast with you guys. I don’t often get star struck but it was a huge honor to have a guy like Nate Adams on the podcast. Most of you might not know who he even is unless of course, you are into motorcycles. Then I am sure you in a mix of excitement and curiosity as was I when I learned Nate was into chasing bulls with his bow. I had a blast talking to Nate and hearing his story, not only the ups and downs of his career but hunting and archery helped pull him out of the low points in his life. Couldn’t be happier with how this turned out and again pumped to share it with you guys. Big thanks to Nate for joining me, he is such a humble and down to earth guy. I have a lot of respect for him and everything he has accomplished. Click Here and Check Out Nate’s Motorcross Glove Company “Deft Family” One note on Backcountry Fuel Box. First off it is going really well and I can’t thank you guys enough for all the support. Love all the feedback and sounds like a ton of you really look forward to getting the box each month. If you are interested in stocking up for next season or maybe you want to join but haven’t yet we are doing a killer Holiday Special. We have a special 12 month Gift Subscription that is 25% off what you would normally pay. The holiday special brings it down to $25 per box. That is by far our lowest price and will not be available after December 20th I can promise you that. If you’re like me and you don’t know what to have your wife this is the perfect gift because each month you get a box of awesome snacks for hunting, scouting, or maybe when your home alone and don’t feel like cooking. Check it out, I will link to the gift box in the show notes and remember December 20th offer is gone. You will have to pay full price. MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab located in Bozeman, MT, has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter. I personally tested their pre-season Backcountry Hunter program here in Bozeman, with Dustin Diefenderfer, the founder of MTNTOUGH and I loved it. It is a great workout that will test you and push you to the limits physically and mentally. Their online programs are 90-days, all video based, and is delivered through the private MTNTOUGH site that is accessible on any device.  Think of it as a private social training platform specifically built for Backcountry Hunters. They now have a 90-day online program for pre-season and a brand new 90-day online program for post-season. The post-season program is specifically built to pack strength back on to a hunter after a long season in the field and will be available Jan 1. An ideal winter program to capitalize on all the work you have put in this hunting season. Make sure to go www.mtntough.com to take a look at these programs and there you will also find a few of their favorite workouts as free downloads, including a no-gear and a heavy pack workout. Show Notes: Introducing Nate Adams – 04:27 Nate’s First Elk Hunting Experience – 08:46 Why the Interest in Archery – 12:38 What Got Nate Through the Struggle – 18:38 Advice When Facing Serious Change – 28:51 Why Entrepreneurship Vs. a Regular Job – 36:32 Working Hard & Working Smart – 39:42 Advice Chasing a Career – 45:02 Dynamics of Racing Into Hunting – 46:47 Prioritizing the Requirements of Hunting – 48:56 Nate’s Montana Bull – 51:19 Race Industries Reaction to Nate Hunting – 59:45 Nate’s Company and Social Media – 1:0...
November 29, 2018
Today I am joined by First Lites own Taggart Spenst, a very very lucky guy. I First met Tag at Sheep Show, he was working at the First Lite booth and really had only been with First Lite for a week or two. Tag had very little hunting experience but actually was interested and wanted to learn. Two days later at the
November 22, 2018
The wait for cool, everyday, hunting apparel is over. Hunt To Eat is delivering comfortable t-shirts that open up a positive conversation about hunting and conservation. Hunt To Eat brings you more than 70 designs focused on your favorite stomping grounds, animals to hunt, and conservation organizations. More than a brand, Hunt To Eat is a community of dedicated hunters and anglers who want to share the best of our shared hunting culture. Go check out their collection of rad designs at HuntToEat.com and use promo code TRO225 for 25% off your first order. This episode is brought to you by On X maps. On X is such an awesome tool and 100% a must have. There are so many great features on the onX maps app. First off the OnX Maps works without service. Let me say that again you do not need service to have badass maps right on your phone and the GPS works with no service or in airplane mode. I think so many people are confused by that. Its magic folks it just works. One of the cool ways I have been using my OnX maps this season is that every time I come across a heavy elk trail or cattle trail, I turn on my “Tracker” which basically tracks wherever I go. Then I just follow that trail on my way out and hit save. this records various trails all over the mountain that I can have for later. Now, say next year I get into a screaming bull on that same hillside I can look at my onX and see hey there’s a trail that runs right across this face over to him. It seems like every year I would think to myself, “I know there is a trail around here somewhere” now I have all of that info saved to my phone. Use the TRO promo code when you sign up or even just renew your account and get 20% off. www.onXmaps.com or at your favorite app store. Show Notes: Pitmaster Chad Ward – 03:10 The Long Road to Pitmaster – 04:04 The Love of Competitions – 11:07 Reverse Searing Steak – 19:36 Temp Over Time – 25:06 Perfect Turkey 28:29 Sueveed & Smoking – 32:28 Dry Aging Meat & Prime Rib – 36:51 Chad’s Favorite Non-BBQ Meal – 41:36 Where to Find Chad’s Recipes & Videos – 45:24
November 15, 2018
Justin Helvik (@jhelvik) is one of the first guys I met when I moved to Bozeman last year. We hit it off both being from small farming communities and immediately started chatting about elk hunting, hound hunting, and even Justin’s passion for climbing mountains. We had actually planned a trip this past summer to climb Granite Peak here in Montana until one of us drew a limited entry sheep tag and screwed that all up. After just having a limited entry Mountain Goat tag the year Justin was lucky enough to pull his sheep tag as well. It would be impossible to be bitter about Justin drawing back to back “treasure species” tags or even all three “treasure species” in under 6 years, but Justin is one of the nicest most humble guys you will ever meet. In this episode, we discuss a lot about those hunts and how they have opened his eyes to truly why he hunts. Having to answer some hard questions about why you need to hunt a bighorn sheep at all, Justin and I share very similar thoughts on why we need to push ourselves more and more. Justin also shares, stories of Grizzly encounters, mountain rappelling, 20,000 ft mountains, waist deep snow on goat hunts, and so much more. One of my favorite podcasts I have done in a while. The wait for cool, everyday, hunting apparel is over. Hunt To Eat is delivering comfortable t-shirts that open up a positive conversation about hunting and conservation. Hunt To Eat brings you more than 70 designs focused on your favorite stomping grounds, animals to hunt, and conservation organizations. More than a brand, Hunt To Eat is a community of dedicated hunters and anglers who want to share the best of our shared hunting culture. Go check out their collection of rad designs at HuntToEat.com and use promo code TRO125 for 25% off your first order. Today’s episode is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. The monthly subscription that brings you all kinds of awesome snacks, bars, jerky’s, dehydrated meals and fuel for your next adventure. With hunting season right around the corner, now is a great time to sign up and get a box full of goodies every month for your next hunt. If you were like me, you eat the same thing every season. This year, mix it up and get all kinds of great new brands sent right to your doorstep without having to research and order each individual product. With Backcountry Fuel Box, there is no commitment what so ever, feel free to skip a box or cancel anytime. Head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and get signed up. If you use the TRO code you will save 10% off each month. Show Notes: Meet Principal Justin Helvik – 0:03:11 View on Hunting Growing Up – 0:05:53 Why Hunt? – 0:12:26 Justins Ecuador Mountain Climb – 0:21:05 2 Once in a Lifetime Tags – 0:25:57 A Rappelling Story – 0:29:09 Justin’s Goat Hunt – 0:34:37 Bitter Sweet Success – 0:43:51 Sheep Tag & Scouting – 0:49:14 The Hunt: Hans & Frans – 1:01:20 Time, Priorities, & Excuses – 1:09:59 Outlook on Size & Lesson Learned – 1:14:05 Advice to Younger Self – 1:21:35 Justin’s Instagram & Pics – 1:24:41
November 12, 2018
Ryan Lampers might just be the best public land mule deer hunter on the mountain these days though you would never hear him even remotely say so himself. Ryan is as consistent as they come and just happens to “get lucky” on every hunt. Ryan’s luck comes in the form of a perfect combination of hard work and persistence. In this episode, I try to crack into what makes Ryan so successful hunt after hunt and year after year. With three bomber bucks already in the freezer, this year and one more tag to fill Lampers has the skills to get it done from early season through late. One of the things I have picked up from Ryan is that he can read the lay of map better than most and just knows where to find those big bucks that nobody has messed with. This episode is brought to you by On X maps. On X is such an awesome tool and 100% a must have. There are so many great features on the onX maps app. First off the OnX Maps works without service. Let me say that again you do not need service to have badass maps right on your phone and the GPS works with no service or in airplane mode. I think so many people are confused by that. Its magic folks it just works. One of the cool ways I have been using my OnX maps this season is that every time I come across a heavy elk trail or cattle trail, I turn on my “Tracker” which basically tracks wherever I go. Then I just follow that trail on my way out and hit save. this records various trails all over the mountain that I can have for later. Now, say next year I get into a screaming bull on that same hillside I can look at my onX and see hey there’s a trail that runs right across this face over to him. It seems like every year I would think to myself, “I know there is a trail around here somewhere” now I have all of that info saved to my phone. Use the TRO promo code when you sign up or even just renew your account and get 20% off. www.onXmaps.com or at your favorite app store. Hey guys and gals, this is your final warning. I don’t want to hear any whining or complaining that you missed this when it is gone. This is your final opportunity to get try out goHUNT.com Insider for free. The free trial almost over, so if you want to see what everyone is raving about go check it out right now. GoHunt is by far and away one of my favorite tools and a must have in my opinion. I use goHunt religiously year around. From researching units to how to articles to grabbing last minute gear in the gear shop you need to be an Insider member. Do me a favor while the free trial is going on, which is not very long, head over sign up and check out the filtering 2.0 for 5 minutes. there are a ton of features to help you find better units and have more successful hunts. Head over to www.goHunt.com/tro to get your free trial. Show Notes: Ryan Lampers – Mule Deer Slayer – 0:03:47 Lampers Season Overview – 0:07:16 Feeling & Dealing with the Pressure – 0:08:35 What Ryan Struggles with – 0:12:17 When to Hold Em & When to Fold Em – 0:14:52 Getting Inside Ryans Mind – 0:21:55 What Ryan Looks For & His Approach – 0:28:53 Interpreting Tracks Season by Season – 0:34:37 Hunting When its Hot – 0:42:23 Late Season – Storms – 0:47:19 Importance of Finding Does – 0:51:49 Ryan’s New Films & Youtube Project – 1:02:29 Ryan’s Podcast – 1:04:37
November 8, 2018
Welcome to the podcast, today a good buddy and whitetail fanatic Tim Endsley (@tim_endsley) joins me to BS about big Kansas bucks, cowboy shenanigans, and hunting in general. A lot of people don’t know this but Tim is a total badass when it comes to slinging rope from atop a horse and actually was a professional cowboy for 27 years before picking up a camera and filming big bucks. After his life on the rodeo circuit, Tim went all in on chasing big bucks and just has the next level drive of a true professional. We talk about the determination to spend 20+ days straight in a treestand and other various tactics Tim has picked up in his hunts for big bucks. We also talk a bit about Tim’s love for decoy’s and his tips on decoy use. For you whitetail fanatics or just anyone who enjoys conversations about being a successful human, this podcast is for you. Also, real quick before we get started I have a special offer for you guys. We are moving the Backcountry Fuel warehouse and in order to save me from having to move the leftovers, I need your help getting rid of them. I slashed the price down to $25 on what might be our best box to date. We have had a ton of people say it’s their favorite so far. With Peak Refuel, Wilderness Athlete bars, and a cookie made from cricket protein just to name a few. The Cowboy Cookie might be the most controversial item we have ever had but for those who were brave enough to try it, it is a damn good cookie by any standard I promise. Anyway, these things aren’t going to last long so click the link here to grab a leftover box before they are gone. Or head over to backcountryfuelbox.com and use the TRO code to save 10% on your kickass subscription. The wait for cool, everyday, hunting apparel is over. Hunt To Eat is delivering comfortable t-shirts that open up a positive conversation about hunting and conservation. Hunt To Eat brings you more than 70 designs focused on your favorite stomping grounds, animals to hunt, and conservation organizations. More than a brand, Hunt To Eat is a community of dedicated hunters and anglers who want to share the best of our shared hunting culture. Go check out their collection of rad designs at HuntToEat.com and use promo code TRO225 for 25% off your first order. Show Notes: Meet Tim Endsley – 0:03:33 Tim’s Cowboy/Rodeo Background – 0:06:01 Lesson Learned in the Saddle – 0:11:10 Leaving the Saddle – 0:14:27 Advice and Goals – 0:17:28 First Film and Lucky Break – 0:28:13 Use of Decoys – 0:44:17 Calling – 0:47:58 Kansas Public Land – 0:52:42 Tim’s Online Content – 1:11:37
November 5, 2018
This episode is brought to you by On X maps. On X is such an awesome tool and 100% a must have. There are so many great features on the onX maps app. First off the OnX Maps works without service. Let me say that again you do not need service to have badass maps right on your phone and the GPS works with no service or in airplane mode. I think so many people are confused by that. Its magic folks it just works. One of the cool ways I have been using my OnX maps this season is that every time I come across a heavy elk trail or cattle trail, I turn on my “Tracker” which basically tracks wherever I go. Then I just follow that trail on my way out and hit save. this records various trails all over the mountain that I can have for later. Now, say next year I get into a screaming bull on that same hillside I can look at my onX and see hey there’s a trail that runs right across this face over to him. It seems like every year I would think to myself, “I know there is a trail around here somewhere” now I have all of that info saved to my phone. Use the TRO promo code when you sign up or even just renew your account and get 20% off. www.onXmaps.com or at your favorite app store. Hey guys and gals, this is your final warning. I don’t want to hear any whining or complaining that you missed this when it is gone. This is your final opportunity to get try out goHUNT.com Insider for free. The free trial almost over, so if you want to see what everyone is raving about go check it out right now. GoHunt is by far and away one of my favorite tools and a must have in my opinion. I use goHunt religiously year around. From researching units to how to articles to grabbing last minute gear in the gear shop you need to be an Insider member. Do me a favor while the free trial is going on, which is not very long, head over sign up and check out the filtering 2.0 for 5 minutes. there are a ton of features to help you find better units and have more successful hunts. Head over to www.goHunt.com/tro to get your free trial. Show Notes: Introductions – 0:04:21 Introducing & Teaching New Hunters – 0:08:21 Henry’s Love for Mule Deer – 0:17:24 Struggles After Shooting a Pope & Young Buck – 0:24:25 Creating Your Own “Secret Spot”- 0:28:11 Henry’s Ideal Areas – 0:30:54 Luneys Buck – 0:39:07 Prioritizing Passion – 0:58:30 Advice – 1:02:23 This year I launched Backcountry Fuel Box, a monthly subscription box for backcountry meals, bars, snacks, gues, and all kinds of great new products you have probably never heard of. It is a killer way to test out new options, or just save money by stashing each box for season. Check it out at backcountryfuelbox.com and save 10% with code TRO.
November 1, 2018
This episode is brought to you by On X maps. On X is such an awesome tool and 100% a must have. There are so many great features on the onX maps app. First off the OnX Maps works without service. Let me say that again you do not need service to have badass maps right on your phone and the GPS works with no service or in airplane mode. I think so many people are confused by that. Its magic folks it just works. One of the cool ways I have been using my OnX maps this season is that every time I come across a heavy elk trail or cattle trail, I turn on my “Tracker” which basically tracks wherever I go. Then I just follow that trail on my way out and hit save. this records various trails all over the mountain that I can have for later. Now, say next year I get into a screaming bull on that same hillside I can look at my onX and see hey there’s a trail that runs right across this face over to him. It seems like every year I would think to myself, “I know there is a trail around here somewhere” now I have all of that info saved to my phone. Use the TRO promo code when you sign up or even just renew your account and get 20% off. www.onXmaps.com or at your favorite app store. This podcast is brought to you by GoWild. GoWild is the hottest new app for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Really love what those guys are doing over there and they just have so much going on, they are growing so fast, really cool to see. One of the really cool features about GoWild is that you can log time for being in the outdoors and doing outdoor activities. Whether you are shooting your bow, checking trail cameras, or sitting in the stand, log your time on your GoWild account and earn points. In fact, you can Log time listening to the podcast. Over just the last couple months you guys have logged 68,914 minutes of listening to The Rich Outdoors. That is insane! This month GoWild is doing a special giving-away for logging time listening to The Rich Outdoors.  They are giving away a brand new fully set up bow. The bow is an Obsession Turmoil RZ which was selected as the 2017 Field & Stream Gear of the year for mid-priced bows. This thing is completely set up with trophy taker products all you need is a D loop put on. In order to be entered to win the Obsession Bow all you need to do is log time listening to The Rich Outdoors on the GoWilld app. if you are already a GoWild user just go where you would normally make a post, hit the plus sign and hit Log. It is really easy and if you aren’t a GoWild user you better download the app ASAP and log some time listening to the podcast so you can win a brand new Obsession bow Show Notes: Meet 2-time Gold Medalist David Wise – 0:04:36 Davids Background – 0:08:04 David’s Desire to Ski – 0:12:09 Accomplishing Goals with a Family – 0:20:40 Mental Game – 0:32:00 Group Effort – 0:36:19 Mentors – 0:39:31 Career Lows – 0:41:37 Hunting Teaches Us Perseverance – 0:47:35 Being Prepared – 0:50:58 Mt. Bike Backflip Video – 0:59:34 David’s Project: Wise Off the Grid – 1:03:12 This year I launched Backcountry Fuel Box, a monthly subscription box for backcountry meals, bars, snacks, guess, and all kinds of great new products you have probably never heard of. It is a killer way to test out new options, or just save money by stashing each box for season. Check it out at backcountryfuelbox.com and save 10% with code TRO.
October 31, 2018
Wapiti Wednesday is brought to you by Phelps Game Calls. Phelps game calls are the best diaphragms out there. Even if you have tried to use diaphragm calls in the past but couldn’t, give Phelps AMP frame calls a try they are hands down the easiest calls to learn on. Also, the New “un-RIVAL-ed Bugle Tube” is out and available. The new tube packs a punch with great volume and tone, yet in a compact backcountry size. at only 4.5 ounces and 17.5” long this is ideal for guys packing in and not wanting the full-size bat. I am actually planning on rocking just the un-rival-ed tube this year on my Montana Hunt. Head over to PhelpsGameCalls.com fill your cart up with all the pretty colors and get Free Shipping with promo code TRO. Today’s Podcast brought to you by Elk 101’s University of Elk Hunting. The University of Elk Hunting is the most in-depth course on elk hunting you can find and it is all online. Corey Jacobsen, 10-time world champion elk caller, has put together the most in-depth, organized, breakdown of how to be a successful elk hunter. In addition to getting full access for an entire year you also get the UEH app so you can have all of the course knowledge at the palm of your hand. It’s like having hundreds and hundreds of podcast all organized and structured in one spot so you can refer back to and study up on. I highly recommend you invest in your knowledge and skills. it will pay off 10 fold in the long run. Sign up today and use code TRO10 to save 10% off your membership. Show Notes: Butch’s Humbling Bowhunting Experience – 0:03:36 Are The Breaks Really Going Down Hill? – 0:07:04 Advice to Rifle Hunters New to Archery – 0:12:30 A Little Speed Goat Talk – 0:16:44 Montana Elk Opener – 0:21:57 Montana Late Season – 0:28:12 Butch’s Monster 2016 Season – 0:32:31 Advice for Younger Guys – 1:14:05 Approach Changes & Tag Strategy – 1:18:09 This year I launched Backcountry Fuel Box, a monthly subscription box for backcountry meals, bars, snacks, gues, and all kinds of great new products you have probably never heard of. It is a killer way to test out new options, or just save money by stashing each box for season. Check it out at backcountryfuelbox.com and save 10% with code TRO.
October 29, 2018
Today’s podcast brought to you by Solo Targets. Solo Targets are life-sized ultra-realistic 2D targets. I have been using the solo targets all season and love the realism of having to pick a spot on an animal and not just shoot a spot. With Solo Targets, you can turn any block target into a realistic hunting scenario for far cheaper than a 3D target. Honestly, I like the realism of the 2D targets overshooting a 3d Target. I also really like that all of the targets are actual life size target which really gives you a feel for looking at that animal at different yardages. Solo Targets offers a realistic target in everything from predators to bighorn sheep and my favorite real-life size elk. These targets are incredibly durable and have lasted me all season. these targets are made of a waterproof material so indoors or out you can shoot all year long.  head over to solotargets.com and use The Rich Outdoors code TRO to save 20% off your badass target system. This code won’t last long so if you want to give it a try order one now. This podcast is brought to you by GoWild. GoWild is the hottest new app for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Really love what those guys are doing over there and they just have so much going on, they are growing so fast, really cool to see. One of the really cool features about GoWild is that you can log time for being in the outdoors and doing outdoor activities. Whether you are shooting your bow, checking trail cameras, or sitting in the stand, log your time on your GoWild account and earn points. In fact, you can Log time listening to the podcast. Over just the last couple months you guys have logged 68,914 minutes of listening to The Rich Outdoors. That is insane! This month GoWild is doing a special giving-away for logging time listening to The Rich Outdoors.  They are giving away a brand new fully set up bow. The bow is an Obsession Turmoil RZ which was selected as the 2017 Field & Stream Gear of the year for mid-priced bow. This thing is completely set up with trophy taker products all you need is a D loop put on. In order to be entered to win the Obsession Bow all you need to do is log time listening to The Rich Outdoors on the GoWilld app. if you are already a GoWild user just go where you would normally make a post, hit the plus sign and hit Log. It is really easy and if you aren’t a GoWilduser you better download the app ASAP and log some time listening to the podcast so you can win a brand new Obsession bow. Show Notes: Season Overview – 04:10 Season Highs & Lows – 09:05 Prioritizing Hunts & When to Move On – 18:14 Thinking Outside the Box – 30:06 Lessons Learned – 34:38 Tactic Changes – 40:43 Favorite Gear this Year – 46:50 Guilty Pleasure Gear – 51:08 Glass – 57:34 This year I launched Backcountry Fuel Box, a monthly subscription box for backcountry meals, bars, snacks, gues, and all kinds of great new products you have probably never heard of. It is a killer way to test out new options, or just save money by stashing each box for season. Check it out at backcountryfuelbox.com and save 10% with code TRO.
October 25, 2018
I have been getting pounded with questions since elk season and I think specifically since my elk hunting podcast in Montana. As a way to answer your questions to as many people I put out a call for questions and am sitting down to knocking out a few on the podcast. I didn’t get to all of the questions but in this podcast, I cover a bulk of the questions surrounding Elk hunting, gear, mindset, and entrepreneur questions. I’m not a huge fan of talking so much on the podcast, (I prefer other people talk) but if you liked this or if you have more questions, by all means, let me know. This episode is brought to you by On X maps. On X is such an awesome tool and 100% a must have. There are so many great features on the onX maps app. First off the OnX Maps works without service. Let me say that again you do not need service to have badass maps right on your phone and the GPS works with no service or in airplane mode. I think so many people are confused by that. Its magic folks it just works. One of the cool ways I have been using my OnX maps this season is that every time I come across a heavy elk trail or cattle trail, I turn on my “Tracker” which basically tracks wherever I go. Then I just follow that trail on my way out and hit save. this records various trails all over the mountain that I can have for later. Now, say next year I get into a screaming bull on that same hillside I can look at my onX and see hey there’s a trail that runs right across this face over to him. It seems like every year I would think to myself, “I know there is a trail around here somewhere” now I have all of that info saved to my phone. Use the TRO promo code when you sign up or even just renew your account and get 20% off. www.onXmaps.com or at your favorite app store. This podcast is brought to you by GoWild. GoWild is the hottest new app for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Really love what those guys are doing over there and they just have so much going on, they are growing so fast, really cool to see. One of the really cool features about GoWild is that you can log time for being in the outdoors and doing outdoor activities. Whether you are shooting your bow, checking trail cameras, or sitting in the stand, log your time on your GoWild account and earn points. In fact, you can Log time listening to the podcast. Over just the last couple months you guys have logged 68,914 minutes of listening to The Rich Outdoors. That is insane! This month GoWild is doing a special giving-away for logging time listening to The Rich Outdoors.  They are giving away a brand new fully set up bow. The bow is an Obsession Turmoil RZ which was selected as the 2017 Field & Stream Gear of the year for mid-priced bow. This thing is completely set up with trophy taker products all you need is a D loop put on. In order to be entered to win the Obsession Bow all you need to do is log time listening to The Rich Outdoors on the GoWilld app. if you are already a GoWild user just go where you would normally make a post, hit the plus sign and hit Log. It is really easy and if you aren’t a GoWilduser you better download the app ASAP and log some time listening to the podcast so you can win a brand new Obsession bow.
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