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August 13, 2020
Welcome to another Rich Outdoors podcast. Today I am joined by Jonathan Roundy aka @bonejunkie on Insta. The Roundy family is well known for being big buck killers and have a lifetime of experience when it comes to finding and killing absolute giant bucks. Last year Jonathan drew the tag you might wait a lifetime for, and there are very few people who know that unit better than the Roundy’s. It was really cool to hear how Jonathan went about that hunt when it was his own tag in his pocket and not a clients. Let’s just say if your significant other ever complains that you hunt too much point them toward this podcast. Jonathan put in the time and the bucks he was hunting are beyond what I can even comprehend. I always enjoy chatting with humble folks who are at the top of their game with as much experience as this. There are so many great little tidbits of information in here that only years of experience would teach you. I hope you guys enjoy this podcast and good luck to all the Utah hunters this weekend. Show Notes:  Intro – About Jonathan – 0:03:53 The Good Ole Days & Line Drives – 0:08:14 Learn from your Attempts & Youth Hunting – 0:19:45 Scouting: Learn the Country & Animal Behavior – 0:25:29 Strategies in New Areas & Rut Hunt Tactics – 0:32:07 Balancing Mobility & Remote Areas – 0:38:59 He Said She Said & Common Mistakes – 0:43:13 Glassing Gear & Routine – 0:48:18 Motivation to Grind & Adapting to Behavior – 0:57:26 Dealing with Pressure & Closing Advice – 1:13:22 Jonathan’s SM & Online Content – 1:20:01 This Podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. If you haven’t heard of Maven Optics yet you might be living under a rock. Maven is a direct to consumer company that is flipping the optics world upside-down. As a direct to consumer brand they can offer top tier glass at extremely affordable rates. Maven has really upgraded their line of optics in the last year and thats one cool thing about a direct to consumer brand is that they can launch new products in half the time that a traditional brand can. Maven now has a full line of rifle scopes. From your entry level hunting rifle all the way up to the newest RS.4 ready for the highest level of competition shooting. The Maven Rifle Scopes are amazing, I have multiple rifle scopes from the RS.1 to the RS.3 and can’t speak highly enough about them, they are rock solid scopes. One cool new thing Maven just kicked off is that now you can fully customize your RS.3 and RS.4 scopes. Outside of being an insane bang for your buck, the great thing about Maven is that you can custom order your Maven optics in a million variations of color options. Now you can trick out your rifle scope to match. Check out the New RS.3 and RS.4 rifles scopes and use custom builder to design a scope that is uniquely yours. Use the code “TRO-GIFT” when you place your order and you will get a free gift with your order. This podcast is brought to you by ON X Maps. ON X maps is not only the number one mapping system for public private boundaries, but for be is my go to Navigation, E-Scouting, and all purpose GPS. With the ability to save maps on my phone before I head out On X has been my go-to system for every hunt. On X is constantly pushing the limits of what a mobile app can do and has launched a ton of great features that make me a more successful hunter. A couple of my favorite features right now are the ability to share waypoints and routes. Whether with my wife before I head out or with hunting buddies sharing waypoints for various pins, I use this constantly.
August 6, 2020
One of the most knowledgable people I know when it comes to mountain survival is by far and away John Barklow @jbarklow. He’s so humble it can be tough to get it out of him but this week I finally get Barklow to open and share some of his wisdom on the podcast. This conversation is full of great insights into how someone who has devoted their entire life to understanding how to survive in the mountains thinks about situations. Barklow likes to give you the tools for how to think about things and not just tell you what to pack or what you might need. This is smart and often times we get caught up in taking shortcuts to the best tools and forget that knowledge from experience is far more useful than gear tips. Braklow likes to say “exercise your gear” and this is such good advise. One of the best tips I took from this podcast is to practice for less than ideal situations. The take aways from that will teach you far more than finding out good gear works good. Enjoy this conversation with the very knowledgable John Barklow. Show Notes:  Intro – Today – 0h 4m 29s About John Barklow – 0h 18m 15s The Hard & Stupid Side of the Line – 0h 29m 28s Knowing Your Limits & When to Stop – 0h 49m 16s Preparing Your Gear for the Unknowns – 0h 59m 34s Choosing Stoves & Hydration Gear – 1h 6m 37s Advice on Mental Toughness – 1h 21m 11s John’s Videos & Social Media – 1h 28m 58s Today’s podcast is brought to you Backcountry Fuel Box, a box of amazing backcountry snacks and meal that shows up to your door every month like its Christmas morning. Each month Backcountry Fuel fills a box with snacks, jerk’s, trail mixes, energy bars, and all sorts of goodies for you test out or stock up on. It’s the subscription box you will actually love getting. If fact if you sign up and don’t like your first box I will refund you 100%. There is no risk no scam just a great deal on snacks for your next adventure. Feel free to cancel anytime or skip whenever. You only pay for what ships. Use Code TRO at checkout and save 10% off. This podcast is also brought to you by Peak Refuel Meals. Peak Refuel has changed the game of dehydrated meals is always one of the top rated meals from the Backcountry Fuel Box. Peak refuel has teamed up with UFC fighter Chad Mendes to bring you two of chad’s favorite wild game recipes. Bison Ranch Mashers and Elk Ragu Pasta. These meals are loaded with protein to help you refuel on the toughest of hunts. These meals are amazing and once you try them, it will change the way you think about dehydrated food forever. Not only is Peak Refuel changing the game in outdoor meals but they are giving back along the way. With every purchase of a  Chad Mendes Limited edition meal, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to wildlife conservation. These meals are limited addition for a reason, when they are gone they are gone, so go grab some before they disappear. Also, remember that every order over $49 ships for free. Head over to www.peakrefuel.com to get yours.
July 30, 2020
Welcome to The Rich Outdoors where we dive into everything from hardcore backcountry hunting to being an entrepreneurship, and life in general.  It is back! A while back we put together a massive compilation of the best moments of throughout Wapiti Wednesday over the last couple years. What started as a concept for a 1 hour podcast turned into a gigantic project. This compilation is packed full of amazing content and whether you are going on your first elk hunt or have doing this for 20 years there is something in here for you. If you are new to this podcast or just haven’t listened to us in a while you should know that we have an entire elk and mule deer show called Wapiti Wednesday and Mule Monday with new podcasts every week that is only available on our Patreon feed. Its a 100% ad free feed that will cost you $5 a month but there are literally hundreds of additional podcasts that you can’t get anywhere else. If you have ever struggled to kill and elk $5 is a pretty low prices for years of experience and knowledge dropped on our patreon feed. check it out patreon.com/therichoutdoors. sign up and you will get a custom podcast feed just like this one. This podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. In my opinion Maven is the absolute best bang for your buck when it comes to buying quality glass for hunting. I have been running Maven’s for year and have been nothing but impressed with them. I love that Maven is small Wyoming based company, and love supporting what those guys are building. Maven is a direct to consumer optics company and because they take the middleman out of optics they can offer an absolutely amazing product at an insane value. If you are in the market for some new bino’s or a spotting scope I highly recommend considering Maven  Built.  I run the B.2 11×45 and on any hunt that I am glassing a lot I will have my b.5 18×56’s as well. Let me tell you 18’s are a game changer. If you are considering getting a set of 15’s, I would highly highly recommend looking at the 18’s, its one of my favorite pieces of gear these days. The B.5’s are just amazing, and actually really soon they are supposed to launching a 10x and 12x in the B.5 as well which is cool. Go check them out at MavenBuilt.com. Use the Code TRO-GIFT at check to get a free gift with your purchase of any Maven Optics product This podcast is brought to you by ON X Maps. ON X maps is not only the number one mapping system for public private boundaries, but for be is my go to Navigation, E-Scouting, and all purpose GPS. With the ability to save maps on my phone before I head out On X has been my go-to system for every hunt. On X is constantly pushing the limits of what a mobile app can do and has launched a ton of great features that make me a more successful hunter. A couple of my favorite features right now are the ability to share waypoints and routes. Whether with my wife before I head out or with hunting buddies sharing waypoints for various pins, I use this constantly. With the ability to now uses tons of different icons and colors my mapping system is more organized and easier to read than ever. These are just a fraction of the new features and why I choose On X maps over anyone else. Be sure to use the code TRO when you sign up or renew and you will save 20% off.
July 23, 2020
This week, I wanted to share an episode where I was the guest on another podcast. Ty Leary, who I consider a good friend and has been on the show multiple times, is launching his own podcast later this week, called Life In Full. He invited me as a guest for one of the first interviews and we ended up having a killer conversation lasting over 3 hours! Ty’s podcast, Life In Full, focuses on the unique aspects of life through organic conversations with good people, over a glass of good whiskey. Ty really dove deep on this one and knocked it out of the park as an interviewer. In 460 + interviews thus far, I don’t talk much about myself but it was fun to have an open conversation with a good friend who knows me pretty well. Hope you guys enjoy this conversation and do me a favor, go subscribe to Ty Leary’s podcast, Life In Full. Show Notes:  Intro – 0:05:11 The Early Days – 0:06:32 Expectations, Podcasting, & Work Ethic – 0:31:55 Small Town Shenanigans, Struggles, & Dynamics – 1:04:33 Business, Careers, & Entrepreneurship – 1:32:11 Generational Differences & Upbringing – 1:55:04 Impactful Life Events, Decisions, & People – 2:16:44 Self Identity, Value, & Criticism – 2:48:59 Trucks, Gear, Toys & Stories – 3:14:30 This Podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. If you haven’t heard of Maven Optics yet you might be living under a rock. Maven is a direct to consumer company that is flipping the optics world upside-down. As a direct to consumer brand they can offer top tier glass at extremely affordable rates. Maven has really upgraded their line of optics in the last year and thats one cool thing about a direct to consumer brand is that they can launch new products in half the time that a traditional brand can. Maven now has a full line of rifle scopes. From your entry level hunting rifle all the way up to the newest RS.4 ready for the highest level of competition shooting. The Maven Rifle Scopes are amazing, I have multiple rifle scopes from the RS.1 to the RS.3 and can’t speak highly enough about them, they are rock solid scopes. One cool new thing Maven just kicked off is that now you can fully customize your RS.3 and RS.4 scopes. Outside of being an insane bang for your buck, the great thing about Maven is that you can custom order your Maven optics in a million variations of color options. Now you can trick out your rifle scope to match. Check out the New RS.3 and RS.4 rifles scopes and use custom builder to design a scope that is uniquely yours. Use the code “TRO-GIFT” when you place your order and you will get a free gift with your order. This episode is brought to you by Peak Refuel? Peak Refuel has taken hunting meals to the next level. No more surviving off crappy dehydrated meals, in fact with peak refuel you’ll find yourself eating them at home when the family is gone and you don’t want to cook. Maybe thats just me. Peak refuel has teamed up with Chad Mendes and Kuiu to bring you two of chad’s favorite wild game recipes. Bison Ranch Mashers and Elk Ragu Pasta. These meals are loaded with protein to help you refuel on the toughest of hunts. These meals are amazing, once you try them, it will change the way you think about dehydrated food forever. Not only is Peak Refuel changing the game in outdoor meals but they are giving back along the way. With every purchase of a  Chad Mendes Limited edition meal, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to wildlife conservation. These meals are limited addition for a reason, when they are gone they are gone, so go grab some before they disappear. Also, remember that every order over $49 ships for free. Head over to
July 16, 2020
A lot of you probably know that I like talking business and learning business. Some of you probably know that I am also a big fan of new music and underground artists. Recently I got introduced to a gentleman by the name of Bo DePeña. Bo and I hit off talking about the music industry and hunting. We had a fascinating conversation just shooting bows in my back yard and decided we should hit the record button and let all of you join in. Bo is a very interesting guy who has made a pretty good name for himself in the music industry which might be one of the hardest things to do. An avid hunter, Bo has recently also picked up a archery and it was fun to talk about his journey into western big game hunting as well as his journey to build a music career that pays the bills. Bo DePeña on Spotify Bo DePeña show Schedule  This podcast is brought to you by Maven Optics. In my opinion Maven is the absolute best bang for your buck when it comes to buying quality glass for hunting. I have been running Maven’s for year and have been nothing but impressed with them. I love that Maven is small Wyoming based company, and love supporting what those guys are building. Maven is a direct to consumer optics company and because they take the middleman out of optics they can offer an absolutely amazing product at an insane value. If you are in the market for some new bino’s or a spotting scope I highly recommend considering Maven  Built.  I run the B.2 11×45 and on any hunt that I am glassing a lot I will have my b.5 18×56’s as well. Let me tell you 18’s are a game changer. If you are considering getting a set of 15’s, I would highly highly recommend looking at the 18’s, its one of my favorite pieces of gear these days. The B.5’s are just amazing, and actually really soon they are supposed to launching a 10x and 12x in the B.5 as well which is cool. Go check them out at MavenBuilt.com. Use the Code TRO-GIFT at check to get a free gift with your purchase of any Maven Optics product. This episode is brought to you by Peak Refuel? Peak Refuel has taken hunting meals to the next level. No more surviving off crappy dehydrated meals, in fact with peak refuel you’ll find yourself eating them at home when the family is gone and you don’t want to cook. Maybe thats just me. Peak refuel has teamed up with Chad Mendes and Kuiu to bring you two of chad’s favorite wild game recipes. Bison Ranch Mashers and Elk Ragu Pasta. These meals are loaded with protein to help you refuel on the toughest of hunts. These meals are amazing, once you try them, it will change the way you think about dehydrated food forever. Not only is Peak Refuel changing the game in outdoor meals but they are giving back along the way. With every purchase of a  Chad Mendes Limited edition meal, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to wildlife conservation. These meals are limited addition for a reason, when they are gone they are gone, so go grab some before they disappear. Also, remember that every order over $49 ships for free. Head over to www.peakrefuel.com to get yours. Show Notes: Intro – About Bo DePena – 0:05:19 Career & Self Progression – 0:15:33 The Music Industry Today – 0:29:26 Time Spent in Texas & NY – 0:38:54 Hunting – 0:44:50 Adapting & Live Events – 0:57:21 Struggles Today – 1:07:40 Obligations, Relationships & Life Balance – 1:13:23 On Stage, Image, & Trends – 1:21:53 Bo’s Music, Where & What to Listen – 1:28:57
July 9, 2020
In today’s podcast we sit down with a solid group of mountain hunters to talk about what makes them more successful than 90% of other hunters. Dioni Amuchastegui, Travis Nowotny, and Zach Kenner have all been on the podcast before but it is pretty special to have them all on together in a round table format. Dioni, is one the best mule deer hunters I know and puts so much dedication toward finding and killing big bucks. Travis, is one the only hunters I know that is massively successful at harvesting great animals of every species. In this podcast travis how he is able to be so efficient with his hunting season and we talk about the importance of time efficiency.  As a busy person myself, this is so huge for me and something I preach to others constantly. I have interviewed hundreds of great hunters over the years and I can promise you this is a very common denominator between great hunters. We also talk about Alaska hunting. Zach Kenner a Washington native, moved up to Alaska and has taken full advantage of all that it has to offer. Like most of us dream of doing Zach has been on some pretty epic sheep and brown bear hunts and we talk about those experiences and really what it takes to just go up and hunt DIY for both. Show Notes:  Intro – Background & Skill Level – 0:04:55 Misery, Confidence, & Acceptance – 0:13:00 Time Management & Effective Hunts – 0:21:33 Sheep Talk & Multiple Game Tags – 0:30:14 Alaska Gizz Hunting – 0:35:03 Caribou are reindeer? – 0:42:57 The Call to the Unknown – 0:46:35 When Shit Goes Sideways – 0:52:21 DIY Dall Sheep Hunting – 0:55:28 How Far is Too Far – 0:59:29 Closing Advice – 1:12:40
July 2, 2020
Today I’m joined by a good friend and excellent elk hunter Dirk Durham from the Elk Collective and Phelps Game Calls. In this podcast Dirk shares is journey last year to turn a ruined season into a success. After receiving a major shoulder injury just days into season, Dirk thought it was all but over for the year. After switching to a mouth tab release and teaching himself to shoot it, Dirk pushed through and was able to kill a bull which is amazing. We dive into that story and more in this episode. We also cover how you can get a tag if you were not able to get lucky and get a limited entry tag somewhere. We cover how Dirk would go about choosing an area within those general season tags that offer multiple units. We also cover an in depth discussion about utilizing racking to kill bulls that may be over called to. * The Elk Collective Course Show Notes:  Intro – Dirk Durham – 0:03:23 How Dirk Tore His Rotator Cuff – 0:06:48 Choosing a General Tag & Unit – 0:17:04 What to Look For & How Far In – 0:27:45 Cow Calls vs Bugles – 0:37:34 Raking Tactics – 0:47:16 Dirk’s Plans for the Upcoming Season – 0:58:28 The Elk Collective – 1:01:27 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 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%. Your are going to love getting this box I promise you. Sign up for Backcountry Fuel Box! This podcast also brought to you by goHUNT.com and their insider membership. Not only have goHUNT’s Insider helped me get more tags than I have time to hunt, but when you become a goHUNT Insider you get access to the gear shop which is thee best place to buy backcountry hunting gear. The goHUNT gear shop has put together the best of the best when it comes to western big game hunting equipment. On top of having the best gear and the best prices when you shop at the goHUNT Gear Shop you receive points back with every purchase. Lets say you need a new pair of boots. If you buy them from the Gear Shop you not only get them at the same price but you also get anywhere from 25-50 points, aka dollars credited toward your account for more stuff. Its a sweet deal and all in all I think goHUNT’s insider program is well worth the $150 membership. Not to mention when you sign up with the TRO code you get 50 points automatically credited to your account to use at the gear shop.
June 25, 2020
This week I wanted to answer one of the questions I have been getting a lot. This question also popped up at The Western Hunting Summit and I knew we should tackle it in a podcast. It is easy to get into the weeds with every guest and focus so much effort on a specific topic. This week I asked Jaden Bales to co-host a show with me and get back to at 30,000 foot view on planning both  a backcountry mule deer hunt, as well as a backcountry elk hunt. I would definitely say my take on this has developed a bit in the last couple years as I constantly learn more and pick up so many things from the guests I get to interview. In this podcast we tackle everything from when to scout and when not to scout, to picking camp locations and trail heads. There are so many details that go into a hunt and realistically the small things can be as much of a deal breaker as the big things. This podcast is a great resource for newbies and experienced hunters alike. If you have any recommendations or questions please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email. Show Notes:  Intro – Cody & Jaden Talk 2020 Tags – 0:03:07 The 101 Planning a Backcountry Deer Hunt – 0:13:05 Considerations Choosing Camp & Gear – 0:25:59 Camping High or Low – Glassing Deer vs. Elk – 0:39:30 Meal Planning & Nutrition – 0:49:08 Preparation & Logistics for a Pack Out – 0:53:41 Elk Specifics Advice – 1:01:24 Closing & Upcoming Episode Topics – 1:07:14 This podcast is brought to you by ON X Maps. ON X maps is not only the number one mapping system for public private boundaries, but for be is my go to Navigation, E-Scouting, and all purpose GPS. With the ability to save maps on my phone before I head out On X has been my go-to system for every hunt. On X is constantly pushing the limits of what a mobile app can do and has launched a ton of great features that make me a more successful hunter. A couple of my favorite features right now are the ability to share waypoints and routes. Whether with my wife before I head out or with hunting buddies sharing waypoints for various pins, I use this constantly. With the ability to now uses tons of different icons and colors my mapping system is more organized and easier to read than ever. These are just a fraction of the new features and why I choose On X maps over anyone else. Be sure to use the code TRO when you sign up or renew and you will save 20% off. Todays podcast is brought to you by FHF Gear the most versatile and modular bino harness system out there. I have been running FHF for 3 years now and I love how simple and compact it is. Right now FHF is offering you the podcast listener 10% off your order but you got to act quick because that offer is expiring soon. Head over to www.fhfgear.com and check out the wide selection of options and build out your bino harness for whatever your needs are. FHF gear is made in America and one of the companies I can speak highly enough about. Again use the code TRO at checkout and get 10% off your order, that’s FHFgear.com
June 18, 2020
I am pumped to bring you guys this episode. Paul Thacker is an all around badass! Thacker has set many world record distance jumps on a snowmobile and has competed in X-Games freestyle. In this podcast Paul shares his crazy story of going from a successful banker to world class snowmobile rider, and even being a stunt double in a major film. Paul’s story took a major turn when he ended becoming paralyzed in a freak accident. To me this is where Paul’s true character shines through. Since his accident, Paul accomplished so much. Not only does he continue to fish even more than ever but Paul went on to found his own non profit and help others find purpose in the outdoors. I really enjoyed chatting with Paul, and I hope you all enjoy this podcast as well. Please give this podcast a share with anyone else who needs to hear it. www.PT11.com Show Notes:  Intro – Paul’s Career & Background – 04:17 Paul’s Snowmobile Accident & Recovery – 16:53 Getting Back on the Horse – 24:20 Becoming a Promoter with Sledneck’s – 28:01 Fear – 32:21 Career or Athlete in the Industry – 39:19 The “Paul Thacker Recovery Foundation”- 43:56 Would You Change the Past – 51:47 This episode brought to you by FHF Gear, more than just a bino-harness FHF makes a modular system that brings tactical efficiency to your hunting setup. I have been running FHF harness for about three years now and this is by far my favorite harness that I have used. Its a very minimalist style with the right amount of functionality. The harness design allows me to swap out various accesories depending on what I am doing. I love my FHF bino harness The FHF bino harness is a solid piece of gear and really everyone at that company is just really good people who I am more than happy to support. Check them out and if you have an FHF harness already check out all of the new accessories Paul has been designing. Use Code TRO and get 10% off your order. This episode of the podcast is made possible by Backcountry Fuel. Backcountry Fuel box is the one subscription box you are actually going to love getting. Whether you are a hard-core backcountry hunter or a mom who doesn’t like to go to the store. Having snacks delivered to your door is great for hunting, or just taking the kids on a bike ride. It simple, always have great snacks, you get to try out new things, and you never have to leave the house, its a win win win really. If you want the box, and you want access to our exclusive Patreon Content, you can get the a monthly box with essentially free Patreon by going directly to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and signing up for the Fuel Box tier. It is literally the cheapest option for the box and you get access to ad free listening, plus the extensive elk and mule deer podcasts only available through Patreon. Feel free to change tiers and cancel at anytime no questions asked.  Check it out at patron.com/therichoutdoors, or sing up for the box directly at Backcountryfuelbox.com
June 11, 2020
We have been getting great feedback from the entrepreneur podcasts that we have been putting out, and honestly I could talk about this all the time. On that note, I wanted to get an outside perspective on building a side hustle, and who better than Nick Loper of The Side Hustle Show. Nick has been helping people build a side business for longer than I have been doing a podcast. In this episode Nick joins me to discuss his recommendations for side business or even main business as it pertains to the outdoor industry. We discuss trends that are working and ones that are starting to drift off. We talk about the pro’s and con’s of building an audience and if you really have to in this day and age. This podcast dives pretty deep into entrepreneurship and I am really curious what you guys think? Please let me know if you enjoyed this podcast by leaving a comment on social. Show Notes:  Intro – Nick’s Start – 03:50 Side Hustle or All In – 08:20 The Big 3 Business Models – 15:37 Differentiation – 20:49 Business in a Hobby/Passion Market – 27:13 Choosing Your Pursuit – 31:37 Successful Trends – 40:58 The Side Hustle Podcast, Content, & Advice – 53:20 The Rich Outdoors podcast is brought to you by On X Map. The On X Hunt app is a must have for serious hunters in my opinion. Not only does the app work as a GPS giving you access to the best public private mapping with or without service. On X is a really an entire system. I spend hours and hours e-scouting on my laptop, setting points of interest, access points, routes, you name it. Then when I head out to scout, hunt, or just explore I have all of that data right there on my phone. On X is the top of the game when it comes to mapping and is constantly launching new features. With weather data, waypoint sharing, and much more On X just keeps getting better and better. You can Download the On X Hunt app wherever you get apps, however if you go to www.onxmaps.com use code TRO you will save 20% on your membership. This podcast also brought to you by goHUNT.com and their insider membership. Not only have goHUNT’s Insider helped me get more tags than I have time to hunt, but when you become a goHUNT Insider you get access to the gear shop which is thee best place to buy backcountry hunting gear. The goHUNT gear shop has put together the best of the best when it comes to western big game hunting equipment. On top of having the best gear and the best prices when you shop at the goHUNT Gear Shop you receive points back with every purchase. Lets say you need a new pair of boots. If you buy them from the Gear Shop you not only get them at the same price but you also get anywhere from 25-50 points, aka dollars credited toward your account for more stuff. Its a sweet deal and all in all I think goHUNT’s insider program is well worth the $150 membership. Not to mention when you sign up with the TRO code you get 50 points automatically credited to your account to use at the gear shop.
June 4, 2020
In this episode I wanted to answer some of the questions I get surrounding backcountry food, cooking systems and recommend some products many of you have probably never heard of. My guest for this show is Josh Kirchner (@dialedinhunter) Josh recently just finished writing a book called Becoming A Backcountry Hunter which is now out on Amazon. Josh has also been a long time Backcountry Fuel Box subscriber and seemed like the perfect guys to have on and talk about dialing in your hunting food system. Check out Josh’s website here, to see his gear lists, articles, book, and more.  Show Notes:  Intro – Spring Bear Hunting – 0:02:16 Josh’s Book Inspiration & Old Food Staples – 0:05:27 Pro Tips For Backcountry Planning & Habits – 0:19:46 Water Purification & DIY Simple Meals – 0:30:56 Stove Options – 0:41:01 Hydration/Energy & Containers/Bladders Tips – 0:51:08 Josh’s Favorite Products – 0:55:24 Josh’s Book “Becoming a Backpack Hunter”- 1:08:53 This episode of the podcast is made possible by Backcountry Fuel. Backcountry Fuel box is the one subscription box you are actually going to love getting. Whether you are a hard-core backcountry hunter or a mom who doesn’t like to go to the store. Having snacks delivered to your door is great for hunting, or just taking the kids on a bike ride. It simple, always have great snacks, you get to try out new things, and you never have to leave the house, its a win win win really. If you want the box, and you want access to our exclusive Patreon Content, you can get the a monthly box with essentially free Patreon by going directly to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and signing up for the Fuel Box tier. It is literally the cheapest option for the box and you get access to ad free listening, plus the extensive elk and mule deer podcasts only available through Patreon. Feel free to change tiers and cancel at anytime no questions asked.  Check it out at patron.com/therichoutdoors, or sing up for the box directly at Backcountryfuelbox.com
May 28, 2020
Welcome to the Rich Outdoors, where I sit down with guests of all kinds to discuss adventure, hunting and entrepreneurship. I am constantly looking to grow and expand and hopefully along the way add value to you the listener as well. In todays podcast I am joined by Rocky Crandell, an Instructor at the University of Montana Western in Dillon. Rocky joins me to chat about the outdoor industry, the business of guides and outfitters and the pot holes of entrepreneurship. Rocky shares some of his own struggles along the way and we discuss some of the trends we see within the guide and outfitter space. I hope you guys enjoy this conversation and if you have an questions be sure to follow up with Rocky rocky.crandell@umwestern.edu Show Notes:  Intro – 0:04:13 About Rocky Crandell – 0:06:46 Career Start, Ventures, & Transitions – 0:13:42 Speed Bumps of Your Own Business – 0:22:03 University Montana Western’s New Guide & Outfitter Degree – 0:33:57 The “Outdoor Industry” & How It’s Changing – 0:44:00 The Current Value of a College Education – 0:54:18 Content Creation & the Future – 0:59:51 If You Could Go Back In Time – 1:09:41 Where to Learn More & Contact Rocky – 1:13:48 I’ve said this before, but now you get to hear it first hand. FHF Gear is an awesome company and I really enjoy everyone who is a part of it. FHF makes the best chest harness I have ever used and I love its modular design. Go support a great company and a great team, and get yourself a new FHF harness. Use Code TRO to save 10% off your order. Thats WWW.FHFGEAR.COM This podcast is also brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. The Subscription box that you will are going actually use every month. Funny story, Paul and told me he thought it was funny that I say on the podcast ads, “stock up and save for hunting season” because his boxes go straight into his truck and never make it more than a week. Whether you just want a secret truck stash of tasty snacks or you actually want to stock up your food supply for hunting season, go sign up for Backcountry Fuel Box. If you aren’t satisfied with your first box I will give you a 100% refund.
May 25, 2020
Want to know to field judge mule deer? This Muley Monday is for you. Tony Lombardi is a guide for mule deer hunters on an awesome private ranch in Montana. As a result, he’s become dedicated to the art of field judging and understanding how to make a good call on muley bucks for his clients. In this podcast, the guys talk about expectations, making the shot, and most importantly, they look at 5 different bucks and Tony field judges them all to give us a rough score so you know what you’re looking at in the field. This is an excellent 201-level podcast for those wanting to take their field judging up a notch. Show Notes:  Intro – Tony Lombardi – 0m 33s Managing Clients & Buck Fever – 4m 47s Expectations & Buck Management – 13m 51s Intro to Field Judging Bucks – 24m 25s Eye Guards – 34m 45s Buck #1 – 42m 27s Buck #2 – 53m 21s Buck #3 & #4 – 58m 36s Buck #5 – 68m 8s Reliving a Hunt – 72m 50s Tony’s Info – Rolling Oak Outfitters – 80m 35s If you want to learn how to field judge mule deer while following along with these examples, go to the @therichoutdoorspodcast on Instagram or Facebook or have these photos pulled up from the website while Jaden and Tony field judge them.
May 21, 2020
This week my man Ryan Lampers joins me to talk backcountry bear hunting. Ryan doesn’t do anything not as hardcore as he can and bear hunting is definitely no exception. We dive into Ryans recent trip to Idaho and discuss a lot of the things they learned throughout their 12 day trip. Ryan has spent time hunting bears as early as April all of the way into June. We talk about the different behaviors of the bears he has seen across those dates and what he prefers. We also talk terrain and how rugged remote bear hunting differs from the bear hunting advise you generally hear. If you want some motivation for spring bear I highly recommend you check out Ryan’s recent hunt with Brian Call on Brian’s YouTube Channel. Show Notes:  Intro – Weekend Game Plan – 0:03:27 Bear Terrain, Variations, & State Differences – 0:09:08 When To Go & Ideal Weather – 0:18:12 Where to Focus – Basins, Slopes, & Drainages – 0:27:03 Season Primes & Behavior Changes – 0:35:34 Finding Big, Old, Reclusive Bears – 0:42:29 Ryan & Brian’s New Films & Hunting Summit – 0:56:29
May 20, 2020
This weeks episode of Wapiti Wednesday Joel Turner 2x World Elk Calling Champion share more about why he stoped using cow calls completely. Last year Joel was able to take a gigantic Roosevelt bull Joel share how his system of calf calls and bulls calling cows played out to get him a 10 yard shot on the bull of a lifetime. We also talk about shot sequence which is Joel’s specialty. Joel has developed an amazing system for helping people work through their shot sequence and we talk about why this is important for every hunter to have even if you don’t have target panic. Become a Patreon supporter of The Rich Outdoors for this exclusive podcast. Show Notes:  Intro – Joel Talks WA vs. OR – 1m 6s Keeping Your Cool & Shot Timing – 6m 48s Calling Scenarios & Joel’s Big Bull – 15m 13s Shooting Sequences & What Joel Teaches – 27m 15s Shooting Groups & Looking Back at Mistakes – 51m 56s Joel’s Online Course at ShotIQ.com – 57m 49s
May 14, 2020
This episode of the podcast is brought to you by FHF and Backcountry Fuel. Which is funny because that who’s on the podcast. Today I sit down with Paul Lewis the founder and owner of FHF Gear. I had pretty much force Paul to come on the podcast because he is almost humble to a fault. I have a ton of respect for Paul who has built an amazing company pretty much entirely on the side while also being a full time LEO. In this podcast Paul shares some of the highs and lows of building FHF out of his garage. We talk about career moves and knowing when to take opportunities vs when to stick with whats working. Paul also shares some hunting stories and in fact this podcast kicks off with a story Paul was telling before we were recording but I just had to hit record mid story because it was too good to miss. Show Notes:  Intro – Paul Lewis – 0:04:04 How Paul’s Hunting Evolved – 0:21:49 Starting FHF – 0:27:25 Work Life Balance & Design Process – 0:38:23 Advice – 0:45:51 Risk Assessment – 0:50:37 US Production – 0:57:38 Looking Back – 1:04:03 Closing Thoughts – 1:10:15 FHF Gear Info & Deals – 1:13:21 I’ve said this before, but now you get to hear it first hand. FHF Gear is an awesome company and I really enjoy everyone who is a part of it. FHF makes the best chest harness I have ever used and I love its modular design. Go support a great company and a great team, and get yourself a new FHF harness. Use Code TRO to save 10% off your order. Thats WWW.FHFGEAR.COM This podcast is also brought to you by Backcountry Fuel. The Subscription box that you will are going actually use every month. Funny story, Paul and told me he thought it was funny that I say on the podcast ads, “stock up and save for hunting season” because his boxes go straight into his truck and never make it more than a week. Whether you just want a secret truck stash of tasty snacks or you actually want to stock up your food supply for hunting season, go sign up for Backcountry Fuel Box. If you aren’t satisfied with your first box I will give you a 100% refund.
May 11, 2020
Welcome to another episode of Muley Monday! In this episode, Jaden sits down with Josh Kirchner, otherwise known as the Dialed in Hunter, as they talk about Josh’s foray into high country mule deer hunting with a bow. Josh has often hunted muleys in his home state of Arizona, but his hunts there takes place in the rut. In the 2019 season, Josh hunted both Utah and Colorado’s high country with a bow. The guys cover how Josh chose his spots, the trials and tribulations of getting a shot, and how Josh went full struggle-bus in Utah. After returning home and diagnosing multiple issues with his bow and his shooting, Josh returned to the high country and wound up finding success in Colorado. It’s a great podcast discussing everything from archery gear to mindset while spot and stalk archery hunting mule deer. We hope you enjoy! Show Notes:  Intro – About Josh Kirchner – 1m 7s Josh’s 2019 Archery Deer Season – 11m 5s More Arizona Bear Talk – 31m 51s Back to Colorado Hunt – 35m 0s Epic Colorado Backcountry Hunt – 42m 49s Post-Story Questions – 62m 50s Talking the 2020 Season – 72m 57s Josh’s Book “Becoming a Backpack Hunter”- 75m 26s
May 7, 2020
This weeks podcast I got the pleasure to sit down with Terry Houin a retired Navy Seal and all around solid gentleman. I love that Terry is so humble but we did get some great stories out of him like his journey to becoming a Navy Seal despite not really knowing what the Seals even were. Terry shares his journey of becoming an elk hunter and the ups and downs of being a Seal and an outdoorsman. Terry is now helping Redcon1 build their outdoors program. Show Notes: Intro – About Terry Houin – 0h 3m 0s Career Highs & Lows – 0h 9m 34s How Hunting is Terry’s Escape – 0h 13m 42s Redcon Outdoors – 0h 20m 1s Quality Nutrients on the Mountain – 0h 28m 27s Upcoming Hunts, Gear, & Archery Focus – 0h 32m 12s Terry’s Archery Intro Advice for Vets – 0h 44m 12s Dream Hunts & Career Adventures – 0h 46m 33s Self Accountability & Independence – 0h 54m 34s Improving in 2020 – 1h 2m 16s Redcon Giveaways & Social Media – 1h 5m 32s This episode is brought to you by ON X maps and goHunt.com. my two favorite tools for planning hunts and this time of year I spend a lot of nights scouring these two services to plan all of my epic adventures. If you want to start doing epic trips and hunts. Maybe you have never hunted outside of your home state before. Get yourself a goHUNT and an ON X accounts and just spend one hour a night checking things out. Thats how it all starts, pretty soon you will be planning epic hunts and having too many more hunts that you don’t even have time for. Again, if you want to do epic trips, push yourself out of your comfort level, and become to type of person you hunts new areas, sign up for goHUNT Insider and get yourself an On X Hunt account. Use the code TRO and you will save 20% off On X and you will get $50 to the gear shop on GoHunt.
May 6, 2020
Welcome to another episode of Wapiti Wednesday. On this weeks podcast, Matthew Weaver joins me to ask all kinds of questions about specifically targeting bigger bulls. Matthew has been working with me for almost a year now and after picking my brain off the podcast we decided to have him on to work through his learning curve. Last year Mathew’s hard work paid off and he killed a respectable bull with his bow. Though it was a bit of a sh!t show, I was pumped he stuck with it and got the bull killed. I was also pumped we didn’t get eating by grizzlies getting it out either. That story at the end of the podcast. While scouting last year Matthew turned up a really big bull. Throughout season that bull was nowhere to be found and many of  Matthews frustrations surround how to find a bull like that during season. I do my best to answer how I would approach this scenario and situations like this but turning a bull up in summer and killing him in fall is tricky business. In this podcast we cover those tips as well as overall ways to approach elk hunting that will yield opportunities and bigger bulls. In my opinion, killing big bulls is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. If you want the box, and you want access to our exclusive Patreon Content, you can get the a monthly box with essentially free Patreon by going directly to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and signing up for the Fuel Box tier. It is literally the cheapest option for the box and you get access to ad free listening, plus the extensive elk and mule deer podcasts only available through Patreon. Feel free to change tiers and cancel at anytime no questions asked.  Check it out at patreon.com/therichoutdoors, or sing up for the box directly at Backcountryfuelbox.com Show Notes:  Intro – About Mathew Weaver – 0m 34s Finding Bigger Older Bulls – 2m 40s Choosing Area Based on Findings – 12m 45s What to Look for Scouting & In-Field – 21m 25s Open Areas & Small Pockets – 43m 7s Getting a Tough Response – 49m 8s Mathew’s 2019 Bull – 52m 37s
May 1, 2020
Lady’s and gents, the master is back. This time he has a big announcement as well. Mark Livesay is thee most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to planning and mapping out a hunt from a computer. Mark has year and years of experience and has a system that is dialed. Our first two podcast are some of the most downloaded episodes we have done and now Mark comes on to answer  many of the questions you guys had after those podcasts. Marks 1st podcast – EP 240 Marks 2nd Podcast – EP 370 Mark has also finally put together an e-scouting course that will BLOW YOUR MIND. If you think what could Mark possibly add that hasn’t been on the 3+ hours of podcast? This course is 30+ hours and Mark has done a great job laying the information out in a very organized manner. Whether you you are still trying to figure out how to use google earth or you have been doing this for year, I guarantee there is valuable information. The Best E-Scouting Course Ever Made  Show Notes:  Intro – Mark Livesay Overview – 0:03:05 Really Digging In – 0:09:55 Goal & Focus of Mark’s Course – 0:17:21 Benefits of Mastering E-Scouting – 0:22:04 Concepts for “Finding Elk”- 0:37:30 Rifle Hunting Specifics – 0:45:10 Time Spent – 0:59:25 Patreon Questions & Map Tips – 1:11:26 Mark’s Course: Where & When – 1:21:18 This episode is brought to you by ON X maps and go hunt.com. my two favorite tools for planning hunts and this time of year I spend a lot of nights scouring these two services to plan all of my epic adventures. If you want to start doing epic trips and hunts. Maybe you have never hunted outside of your home state before. Get yourself a goHUNT and an ON X accounts and just spend one hour a night checking things out. Thats how it all starts, pretty soon you will be planning epic hunts and having too many more hunts that you don’t even have time for. Again, if you want to do epic trips, push yourself out of your comfort level, and become to type of person you hunts new areas, sign up for goHUNT Insider and get yourself an On X Hunt account. Use the code TRO and you will save 20% off On X and you will get $50 to the gear shop on GoHunt.
April 27, 2020
On this Muley Monday, Duke Wasteney joins host Jaden Bales to talk about big bucks and how Duke has found them over the years. Jaden and Duke originally met in the backcountry when Duke was scouting for an elk tag for his dad – in the middle of archery season nonetheless! Duke spends more time outdoors and scouting than most die-hard hunters and gave excellent information on how he scouts to find big deer, as well as a handful of stories on how he’s killed them these past few years. Enjoy this episode to get you daydreaming about summer scouting and looking for bucks in October. Show Notes:  Intro – About Duke & His Background – 0m 36s Duke’s Self Evaluation & Progress – 10m 31s Off-Season Approach & Preparation – 14m 54s Buck Terrain & Scouting Tactics – 26m 9s A True Success Story? – 32m 7s Duke’s Boom Sticks – 42m 26s Ammunition & Performance – 49m 3s Duke’s Epic Tale – 52m 24s Closing Thoughts – 60m 55s
April 23, 2020
This week I am joined by Brian Rhead, who has among many accomplishments, managed to get his entire sheep slam (all 4 North American Sheep) by making trades and working his side hustle. That alone is a feat that I really look up to, but Brian has one of the most impressive trophy rooms I have seen. In this podcast, we also talk solo elk hunting as Brian has taken 30 bull elk with his bow as well. I love this conversation and I really appreciate those who go and chase down their goals. So many people will tell you that Sheep hunting is a rich man’s game, maybe it is but that is the beauty of this country if you want it bad enough it is 100% within reach. Show Notes:  Intro – About Brian Rhead – 02:44 A Bit on Strategy – 12:01 From Elk to Adventure Hunting – 17:56 High Dollar Hunts on a Budget – 27:15 Love of Bow & Rifle Hunting – 37:22 Advice & Side Hustling – 44:25 Preparation & Discipline – 51:47 Brain’s Instagram & Mounts – 57:51 This episode brought to you by FHF Gear, more than just a bino-harness FHF makes a modular system that brings tactical efficiency to your hunting setup. I have been running FHF harness for about three years now and this is by far my favorite harness that I have used. The minimalist design doesn’t feel like I am wearing a front backpack, and the modular abilities allow me to add storage or pieces depending on what kind of hunt I am on. If I am heading into Grizz country for an archery hunt I can mount my Razco holster to my harness and have my pistol available. If I am rifle hunting I will probably run my bear spray or If I am nowhere near grizzlies I will run my bipod on my harness. I love that, depending on the hunt I can add or subtract pieces to fit the hunt and everything I need is right there within reach. The FHF bino harness is a solid piece of gear and really everyone at that company is just really good people who I am more than happy to support. Check them out and if you have an FHF harness already check out all of the new accessories Paul has been designing. Use Code TRO and get 10% off your order.
April 23, 2020
This week Gabrio and I wanted to do a podcast about the 10 most common mistakes in archery elk hunting. First and foremost Gabrio and I completely acknowledge that we make most of these as much as anyone out there. We kick off the podcast with Jon’s epic story of his Montana bull from 2019 and his crazy encounter wit a heard of 300 head of elk. Let’s just say it is one of those insane days in the elk woods and they had multiple opportunities. Jon ended up taking a really great bull out of that heard but it wasn’t without its ups and downs. The 10 most common mistakes.  *     Not being ready *     Selecting a unit/area *     Lack of effort *     Not aggressive enough *     Knowing when to make a move and when to wait for a better option *     Wind *     Giving away your position *     The Draw *     Miss judge range/ Sight failure *     Positioning/movement Show Notes:  Intro – About Jon Gabrio – 1m 7s Jon’s 2019 Bull – 3m 12s Lack of Effort – 32m 49s Selecting Unit & Big Enough Area – 37m 14s Aggression – 41m 7s When to Make a Move & Not – 45m 43s Wind & Calling Your Position Away – 49m 6s When to Draw – 54m 51s Misjudging Range – 59m 21s Surprise Stories – 64m 56s
April 16, 2020
This week I am stoked to bring you a podcast that I have wanted to do for a while. Scott Carney wrote a book called What Doesn’t Kill Us and when I first read this book I realized that so many things Scott was talking about were things I was thinking about in regards to hunting and pushing my own limits in the mountains. I am fascinated by Scott’s ability to control his mind in so many significantly uncomfortable situations. As hunters, we tend to embrace the suck, and many of us have learned to love those miserable situations. In this podcast, Scott dives into his new book The Wedge and he explains how to utilize “The Wedge” in a myriad of situations. From extreme cold to concurring the unknown we have a great conversation about tools to experience life and become a better person along the way. https://www.scottcarney.com/ Show Notes:  Intro – About Scott Carney & Book – 0:02:55 Scott’s Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb – 0:14:20 Testing Your Limits to Know Yourself – 0:26:41 The Wedge for Everyday Life – 0:55:07 Where to Find Scott’s Work, Website, & Books – 1:02:18 This episode of the podcast is made possible by Backcountry Fuel. Backcountry Fuel box is the one subscription box you are actually going to love getting. Whether you are a hard-core backcountry hunter or a mom who doesn’t like to go to the store. Having snacks delivered to your door is great for hunting, or just taking the kids on a bike ride. It simple, always have great snacks, you get to try out new things, and you never have to leave the house, its a win-win-win really. If you want the box, and you want access to our exclusive Patreon content, you can get the monthly box with essentially free Patreon by going directly to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and signing up for the Fuel Box tier. It is literally the cheapest option for the box and you get access to ad-free listening, plus the extensive elk and mule deer podcasts only available through Patreon. Feel free to change tiers and cancel at anytime no questions asked.  Check it out at patron.com/therichoutdoors, or sing up for the box directly at Backcountryfuelbox.com
April 13, 2020
On this podcast, Kyle Williams and Jaden sit down to talk Kyle’s 3 great bucks he took with 3 different weapons in one season. He was followed up in 2019 by his buddy Ace’s similar three-peat, and they dive into the stories behind both years. Kyle is an excellent storyteller, and though he admits hasn’t been killing big deer for too awful long, he really has a great grasp on what it takes to be successful. He is especially complimentary to the mentors he’s found in hunting who have shared keys to being consistent, which he clearly follows to a “T”. This Muley Monday is a phenomenal podcast full of great storytelling and tactics to improve your deer hunting. Show Notes:  Intro – About Kyle – 1m 2s When Things Started to Click – 7m 18s 2018 Season & 3 Nice Bucks – 17m 15s High Country WY Hunt vs. Muzzleloader – 26m 25s Composure – 41m 0s Kyle’s Buddy Ace – 52m 0s Colorado Hunt – 62m 45s Plan for 2020 Season – 81m 28s
April 9, 2020
Over the years I have been lucky enough to meet some of the best hunters from around the world. I have also been lucky enough to get the opportunity to bounce ideas and tactics off these guys and it has helped me significantly. Today is one of the times. Cam and I met through Adam Foss his brother a few years back at Sheep Show. Over the last couple of years, I have picked Cam’s brain on sheep hunting as I have virtually zero experience in the matter and cam is a very seasoned sheep hunter. This podcast is basically a normal conversation with me asking cam 1,000 questions like I am a 5-year-old wrapping my head around a completely foreign subject. Cam is not only a great sheep hunter but has mountain hunting experience all around the world. One of my biggest takeaways from this podcast was the same thing I beat into young elk hunters. Sometimes you just have to go for it. Mountian hunting is oftentimes so much about being patient and making the right calls, but you also have to know when to push your luck because success in the mountains will never just walk up and let you take it. Show Notes:  Intro – About Cam – 03:43 Cam’s Routine & Sheep Tactics – 10:25 Bighorn Patterns & Range – 19:51 Efficiency & Old Ram Behavior – 27:22 Hunting Rams in Timber – 33:10 Cam’s Bicycle Hunt Story – 37:32 Late Hunts, Tracks, & Sheep Country – 39:44 Escape Routes, Stalking, & Top vs. Bottom 47:00 Cam’s Average Day Approach – 52:33 Peak Times & Slow Times – 56:57 Unlimited Hunt Advice – 01:03:50 This episode brought to you by FHF Gear, more than just a bino-harness FHF makes a modular system that brings tactical efficiency to your hunting setup. I have been running FHF harness for about three years now and this is by far my favorite harness that I have used. The minimalist design doesn’t feel like I am wearing a front backpack, and the modular abilities allow me to add storage or pieces depending on what kind of hunt I am on. If I am heading into Grizz country for an archery hunt I can mount my Razco holster to my harness and have my pistol available. If I am rifle hunting I will probably run my bear spray or If I am nowhere near grizzlies I will run my bipod on my harness. I love that, depending on the hunt I can add or subtract pieces to fit the hunt and everything I need is right there within reach. The FHF bino harness is a solid piece of gear and really everyone at that company is just really good people who I am more than happy to support. Check them out and if you have an FHF harness already check out all of the new accessories Paul has been designing. Use Code TRO and get 10% off your order.  Check out FHF Gear here!  Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. The Backcountry Fuel Box is the subscription you actually look forward to getting. No scams no trickery we just want to introduce you to awesome snacks and food products that are perfect for hardcore hunting trips or just to have in the truck on the next scout trip. Stop buying junk food, sign up for the backcountry Fuel box and you will have quality products on hand and ready to go. Elk season is only 5 months away get signed up now and start stocking up your food cache for this coming season. Like I’ve said before I started this company because it was a service that I wanted to have, and I continue to run it as a company that I would want to be a part of. That’s why you are free to cancel any time, pause your subscription, or hell if you get your first box and absolutely hate it we will refund you your money back. Check it out and sign up at
April 8, 2020
In this week’s Wapiti Wednesday we have a long time elk hunting guest Zach Bowhay. In this episode Zach and I break down a very common complaint amongst elk hunters, “how do I get away from all these peoples!” Zach has hunted Idaho his whole life and we talk about how in recent years he has had to change his approach and adjust tactics on the fly constantly. We talk about ways to not only find the voids in people but how Zach and I have changed the way we think about elk country. Show Notes:  Intro – Overview – 1m 5s Zach’s System for New Areas – 8m 28s Camp Options, Mobility, & Calling – 25m 35s Closing Thoughts & Advice – 35m 33s Zack’s Upcoming Film & Content – 39m 51s
April 3, 2020
With the world virtually at a standstill and many wishing, they had more survival skills. James Nash and Lampers join me today for a conversation about how we as sportsmen can up our skills to be better prepared for chaotic times such as these. So many things are unknown right now and we talk about some issues as it pertains to both spring closers affecting bear hunts and also what fall hunts might hold. One big take away is that you must be flexible and be able to adapt as things change and evolve. We talk about how this hunting season for many will be much more about filling the freezer as times are very uncertain. Ryan gives some great tips on canning meat and we also cover freezer management ideas. This episode is brought to you by On X maps and go hunt.com. my two favorite tools for planning hunts and this time of year I spend a lot of nights scouring these two services to plan all of my epic adventures. If you want to start doing epic trips and hunts. Maybe you have never hunted outside of your home state before. Get yourself a goHUNT and an ON X accounts and just spend one hour a night checking things out. That’s how it all starts, pretty soon you will be planning epic hunts and having too many more hunts that you don’t even have time for. Again, if you want to do epic trips, push yourself out of your comfort level, and become to the type of person you hunts new areas, sign up for goHUNT Insider and get yourself an On X Hunt account. Use the code TRO and you will save 20% off On X and you will get $50 to the gear shop on GoHunt. Show Notes: Intro – Episode Topic – 0:02:53 2020 Season & COVID-19 – 0:07:14 Food & Storage with Few Skills & Funds – 0:16:39 Skills to Have & Improve – 0:39:48 Current Self Improvements & Skills – 0:53:34 Ryan’s Homestead Advice & Podcast – 0:57:35 Closing Thoughts – 1:02:08
March 30, 2020
On this episode of muley Monday, Jaden sits down with the gear guru herself, Jordan Budd. Jordan not only gets after it in the mountains both hunting and filming but as the host of the Rokcast, she has a ton of conversations strictly about gear and gear function. On top of that, she went on an epic muley hunt with the big buck legend, Robby Denning. Her experiences watching and learning from him brought out tips and tactics for killing big deer never before pulled from Robby himself. We talk glassing, choosing areas to look for deer, as well as specific optics. Robby’s optic of choice for their hunt may just surprise you. If you want to check out the hunt with Robby, be sure to watch Hunting Big Mule Deer on Youtube. For more gear, go give Jordan’s podcast, the Rokcast a listen. Hope you enjoy this episode! Show Notes:  Intro – The Rokcast Podcast – 0m 34s Jordan Talks Game Changing Gear – 5m 32s Packing In vs Truck Camping – 10m 24s Strategies & Approach – 18m 22s Out of State Options & 2020 Plans – 27m 20s Burning Points: Quantity Or Quality – 41m 43s Still Hunting – 46m 4s Footwear – 53m 46s Jordan’s Online Content – 58m 44s
March 26, 2020
I always enjoy having Micah on the podcast and this episode was no exception. Micah is a former Navy Seal who now makes a huge impact on the lives of many veterans with his program Heroes and Horses. Micah is one of the more introspective humans I have ever met and we chat a lot about purpose and meaning as it gets wrapped up in this thing we call identity. We talk about the current events and Micah gives his take on the Coronavirus situation. Not just the bad but also all of the good things that could come from what’s happening. Micah is well-traveled and has a myriad of experiences that make him so well rounded and honestly just a fascinating character. Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. The Backcountry Fuel Box is the subscription you actually look forward to getting. No scams no trickery we just want to introduce you to awesome snacks and food products that are perfect for hardcore hunting trips or just to have in the truck on the next scout trip. Stop buying junk food, sign up for the backcountry Fuel box and you will have quality products on hand and ready to go. Elk season is only 5 months away get signed up now and start stocking up your food cache for this coming season. Show Notes: Intro – Coronavirus Talk – 0:03:28 Pandemic, Family Time, or Panic? – 0:19:03 Woke – 0:30:37 Life Obstacles – 0:34:12 Meditation – 0:41:21 Finding Your Identity – 0:54:45 Heroes & Horses New Adventures – 1:04:56 Closing Thoughts on Heroes & Horses – 1:17:27 Like I’ve said before I started this company because it was a service that I wanted to have, and I continue to run it as a company that I would want to be a part of. That’s why you are free to cancel any time, pause your subscription, or hell if you get your first box and absolutely hate it we will refund you your money back. Check it out and sign up at backcountryfuelbox.com use the Code TRO and you will save 10%. Again get signed up now so you have plenty of snacks to last you through hunting season. Also shout out to our Patreon supporters, you guys are the best if you want to get free Patreon only episodes and the Backcountry Fuel box head directly to Patreon and sign up for the Fuel Box level supporter which will get you a backcountry fuel subscription and access to the 120+ Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday episodes.
March 25, 2020
Jonathan Metcalf is one hell of a good guy. He introduced himself a few years ago and it’s been cool to follow his journey along the way ever since. In 2019 Johnathan took one of the cooler Roosevelt bulls I have ever seen but what I love about this story is his journey and learning curve to get to that point. To say he earned that bull would be an understatement. Jonathan has put in an hour and hour and mile after mile to figure out this whole elk hunting thing. He is very intuitive when it comes to elk hunting and that is very evident throughout this podcast. I love success stories but I really love success stories from people who are passionate about elk hunting. Jonathan may have only taken a couple of bull elk but it is very clear to me that this is a student of the game if you will. He has done his homework and I think time will show that he is a great elk hunter. Jonathan also runs a group called Kong Valley Collective which strives to inspire people to get outside no matter what you call success. Do me a favor and check it out or give it a follow on IG if this looks inspiring to you. Show Notes: Intro – Johnathan’s Massive Rosie – 1m 6s Accomplishments & Appreciation – 31m 12s Persistence, Tracking, & Patterns – 42m 4s Another Good Kill Story – 57m 17s Advice to Ones Self – 78m 52s “Kong Valley Collective” – 88m 0s
March 19, 2020
This past week I headed to Bend Oregon to host a fundraiser on behalf of Raise em Outdoors. While I was in town I got the invite to tour the Nosler factory. This ended up being way cooler than I thought it was going to be and I highly recommend do it. On top of the tour, one of our listeners, Justin Moore actually set up a podcast with The President and Grandson of the Founder, John Nosler himself. John is an avid hunter and together with hunting partner Garrett Wales they have been on many adventures around the world with more stories than we had time for. Garret’s background is equally impressive and after the podcast, Garrett, Justin, and I chatted for 2 more hours about business and entrepreneurship. Garrett was one of the founding partners of 10 Barrel Brewing a very popular brewery in Oregon. Garrett ended up selling 10 Barrel to Anheuser Busch in 2016 and has now gone on to launch new projects that are doing well. I love the passion in this podcast, and it is easy to tell that they both love to hunt and love the memories that are being made. I am all about working hard to achieve your goals and pushing the limits of what you think is possible. This podcast is about that and there is some great tidbits of wisdom scattered throughout. Hope you enjoy. Show Notes:  Intro – About 10 Barrel – 0:03:19 Mexico Sheep Hunt & Other Stories – 0:12:19 The Journey, Entrepreneurship & Goals – 0:56:16 The Story & Man Behind Nosler – 1:02:06 Advice From the Guys – 1:19:13 The “27 Nosler” & Future Innovation – 1:34:56 Closing Thoughts – 1:46:48 This episode is brought to you by On X maps and go hunt.com. my two favorite tools for planning hunts and this time of year I spend a lot of nights scouring these two services to plan all of my epic adventures. If you want to start doing epic trips and hunts. Maybe you have never hunted outside of your home state before. Get yourself a goHUNT and an ON X accounts and just spend one hour a night checking things out. That’s how it all starts, pretty soon you will be planning epic hunts and having too many more hunts that you don’t even have time for. Again, if you want to do epic trips, push yourself out of your comfort level, and become to the type of person you hunts new areas, sign up for goHUNT Insider and get yourself an On X Hunt account. Use the code TRO and you will save 20% off On X and you will get $50 to the gear shop on GoHunt.
March 16, 2020
In this episode, Jaden sits down with Ben Gorman of Shednecks to talk about shed hunting for mule deer. Jaden has been itching to get out and start pounding the hills and figured Ben would be the right guy to tell him to get out and start finding some now, but his advice was not exactly that. These guys talk about when the best time to pick up deer sheds, where you can have the most success, and what it might mean for your hunting next fall. The guys also dabble into applications, fitness and much more on this super informative Muley Monday.  Hope you enjoy! Show Notes:  Intro Ben & Shedneck’s Background – 0m 35s Intro to Shed Hunting & What to Look For – 4m 27s Shed Season, Scouting, & Migration Zones – 17m 40s Wyoming Low vs. High Country – 24m 35s Conditioning & the Stair Climb Challenge – 28m 28s Winter/Off Season Prep – Tags & Apps – 33m 26s The Hunt Planner Service – 40m 37s Ben, Shednecks & Hunt Planner Contact Info – 46m 59s
March 12, 2020
In this episode, I catch up with Mark Nichols who has turned into a bit of a mentor all through the podcast. I love these conversations as I could sit and listen to stories and life advice from guys like Mark all night. Mark, who might be the best storyteller I have ever had on the podcast, was on this past summer to talk about old school guns and the history from some of his collection. This time we catch up on his crazy year. To be exact the last time we chatted Mark had ten fingers, this time not so many. Mark also drew a very coveted sheep tag that turned into quite the adventure as most of Marks trips do. Once we got Mark on a roll we got some great stories about crazy mountain goat hunts to French-Canadian guides chasing caribou. After the stories, Mark shares some sound wisdom as we talk about advice, direction, regrets, and opportunities. I hope you all enjoy this conversation with Mark Nichols and Ty Leary. Show Notes:  Intro – 0:04:11 Mark’s Sheep Hunt & Fishing Stories – 0:11:03 It’s the Challenge Not Just the Trophy – 0:37:42 Screaming Bulls & Ram Down – 0:42:46 The Pack Out Story – 0:57:22 The French Men’s Caribou Hunt – 1:11:25 The One Hunt to Do Again – 1:24:48 Mark’s Story – Here There Be Dragons – 1:34:41 Life Talk – 1:45:29 Planning for the Future – 2:07:43 Today’s podcast is brought to you by Backcountry Fuel Box. Backcountry Fuel Box is the subscription you actually look forward to getting. No scams no trickery we just want to introduce you to awesome snacks and food products that are perfect for hardcore hunting trips or just to have in the truck on the next scout trip. Stop buying junk food, sign up for the backcountry Fuel box and you will have quality products on hand and ready to go. Elk season is only 5 months away get signed up now and start stocking up your food cache for this coming season. Like I’ve said before I started this company because it was a service that I wanted to have, and I continue to run it as a company that I would want to be a part of. That’s why you are free to cancel any time, pause your subscription, or hell if you get your first box and absolutely hate it we will refund you your money back. Sign up at backcountryfuelbox.com Use the Code TRO and you will save 10%. Again get signed up now so you have plenty of snacks to last you through hunting season. Also, shout out to our Patreon supporters, you guys are the best if you want to get free Patreon only episodes and the Backcountry Fuel box head directly to Patreon and sign up for the Fuel Box level supporter which will get you a Backcountry Fuel subscription and access to the 120+ Muley Monday and Wapiti Wednesday episodes.
March 11, 2020
In this week’s Wapiti Wednesday we follow Jaden’s lead with his Mule Deer Biology Series to elk. Justin Gude of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks joins the podcast to discuss elk in the fine state of Montana. Justin gives us a 30,000-foot view of current management objectives for elk within the state of Montana and shares some great insights that all hunters should understand. In this podcast, we discuss population objectives, wintering ground, habitat and much more. Show Notes:  Intro – Justin’s Background – 0m 38s Montana Elk Herd Overview – 4m 42s Elk Plan Changes & Objectives – 10m 13s Issues: Hunter Access & Harvest Numbers – 17m 7s Eastern MT Elk & Population Growth – 26m 1s SW MT Archery Hunting & Growth – 33m 38s Hunter Days – Info & Data Usage – 37m 16s Antler Growth & Migration – 44m 1s Interesting Upcoming Studies & Programs – 50m 7s Closing Thoughts – 56m 32s
March 5, 2020
In today’s episode of the podcast, I sit down with a fellow hardcore hunter and someone who has done very well for himself throughout the years. Tyson has an interesting story and a great outlook on life, him and routinely chat about business and hunting and in this podcast Tyson shares some valuable insights into decision making and risk. Tyson recently had quite the scare when he and his boy ended up putting his Razor UTV through the ice while ice fishing on Fort Peck. Tyson shares that experience and the crazy story of the panic to get his boy out of his seatbelt as than were sinking into the darkness. Crazy story! This episode is brought to you by On X maps and gohunt.com. my two favorite tools for planning hunts and this time of year I spend a lot of nights scouring these two services to plan all of my epic adventures. If you want to start doing epic trips and hunts. Maybe you have never hunted outside of your home state before. Get yourself a goHUNT and an ON X accounts and just spend one hour a night checking things out. That’s how it all starts, pretty soon you will be planning epic hunts and having too many more hunts that you don’t even have time for. Again, if you want to do epic trips, push yourself out of your comfort level, and become to the type of person you hunts new areas, sign up for goHUNT Insider and get yourself an On X Hunt account. Use the code TRO and you will save 20% off On X and you will get $50 to the gear shop on GoHunt. Show Notes:  Intro – Tyson’s Background – 0:03:28 Let’s Talk About Risk – 0:14:18 Saying Yes and No to Opportunity – 0:33:58 Tyson’s Intense Ice Fishing Incident – 0:39:57 Tysons App – The Ultimate Hunter – 1:04:37 App Release Teaser – 1:07:53
March 2, 2020
In today’s episode, Jaden wraps up the mule deer biology series with one of the most requested states – Colorado. He sits down to talk with JT Romatzke, the NW Regional Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado offers some of the highest quality deer hunting in the west and the guys talk a lot about how mule deer have been traditionally managed in the state. Also, they go deep into Chronic Wasting Disease, the research from on the ground, and what Colorado is doing to change management strategies in response to new CWD data. This is a great podcast for anyone looking to hunt Colorado or find out more about CWD research. Show Notes:  Intro – 0m 55s Colorado Muley Management Overview – 6m 44s Ideal Buck to Doe Ratios & CWD – 11m 21s CWD Effects & Management Proactivity – 21m 22s Public Reaction, Awareness, & Engagement – 27m 41s Hunter Numbers & Management – 31m 59s Effect of Archery Season Date Changes – 37m 14s What to Ask a Biologist for Info on New Areas – 41m 29s Closing Thoughts & Ask of Audience – 45m 44s
February 28, 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 28, 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  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 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 ...
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