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Jun 14, 2018

Mike Massey and I share an epic drive after our Texas Turkey hunt to my home in Colorado. Mike and I dig into our love of hunting Turkey, and Mike shares his STORIES about being bite by sharks. Thats plural folks, as in more then once.

Jun 12, 2018

I sit down with the guys at ESSEE to discuss how they went from a wilderness survival training company to one of the best knife companies out there.

Jun 12, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Sam Soholt. We talk about conservation, Sam's renovated "Public Lands Bus" and what it's like to live in a tiny space.

May 31, 2018

Matt Davis and I sit down with MT OPS in house camera man Keith Ailes and talk about our recent black bear hunt in BC with our good friends of primitive outfitters

May 25, 2018

Sidney Smith was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a disease which causes structural foot damage and muscle wasting through the leg. Sid made the tough choice to have both his legs amputated rather than spend the rest of his life in a wheel chair. While in the hospital he decided if he ever got out of there, he was going to compete in an Ironman Triathlon. We talk about how it felt when he woke up and both his legs were gone. How life has changed since then and how he is giving back to help someone else receive a new prosthetic leg. Follow the link to find out how you can help. #LendALeg

Watch the documentary film by and MTN OPS at MTNOPS.COM/SID


May 22, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Double Amputee and Triathlon Runner, Sidney Smith. Coby Coonradt of collaborated with MTN OPS to make a documentary film of his Triathlon running. Watch the film at MTNOPS.COM/SID


Every Day was a battle – Giving up was never an option. Born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a disease which causes structural foot deformities and muscle wasting throughout the leg, Sidney Smith refused to surrender. With a family to provide for and a desire to live life to its fullest, Sid made the decision to forego the risk of bone fusion in both legs and became a double amputee.” 


Want to help someone run? Follow the link to help someone receive a running leg! #Lendaleg 

May 18, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Casey & Jordan Harbertson of MTN OPS. We talk about the secret to their success and the life altering moments that shaped who they are striving to become. 

What makes Casey & Jordan / MTN OPS so successful? 
4:10 Casey what experiences shaped your youth? 
Buffalo hunting
13:00 9th Grade Skateboarder
15:00 Wakeboarding Crash
19:43- Jordan what experiences shaped your youth?
Dad Teaching How to be an Entrepreneur - Baseball Cards
30:00 Jordan seems so happy, but it wasn’t always that way. 
35:00 Jordan 2.0
EPISODE 290: Olden Times with Grandpa Joe 

45:00 parents taught us fiscal responsibility 
Delayed Gratification benefits
Return of the King - Xbox
52:00 Casey and The Cell Phone
56:00 Competition pushes you. You need to continually adapt. 
Brian - Kids with cell phone tangent.
1:03:00 How can people achieve what you’ve achieved?
Fear of failure fuels Casey. 
1:10:00 What’s your daily routine? 
1:14:00 Hiring the right kind of people
1:22:00 Creating a culture at your business
What is your why?
1:35:00 Mission Japan
1:41:00 Encourage you to incorporate God in your business

May 16, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Adam Janke of the Journal of Mountain Hunting. We talk about hunting Billy Goats in harsh weather conditions. Adam shares his 3 STEP Process of shooting a goat.

May 10, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I'm turkey hunting in Texas at Sloane Brown's (Backbone Media) family ranch. I'm joined by The Turkey Whisperer, Mike Massey and Jordan Harbertson of MTN OPS. We talk Turkeys, Lightening Strikes & Shark Bites.

Apr 30, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I visit with Heartland Bowhunter at the Western Hunt Expo.


Video editing, Cameras
Telling your hunting story
Time Lapse Video - Sony A7Sii or GoPro 4
Heartland Bowhunter - Staying relevant in an ever changing industry
16:00 Whitetail hunting - Oklahoma with Tim Burnett
Whitetail Rutting Behavior
21 Elk Hunting in New Mexico
23: Coues Deer Hunting in Arizona
24: Suburban Bowhunter Downtown Atlanta
29:00 Bear hunting
How do you decide what goes into an episode and doesn’t go?
33 Bart Lancaster - Banned Bear Hunting
Bear Charging
48: predator hunting
GRITTY BOOK CLUB books mentioned in this podcast:
American Serengeti and Coytoe America by Dan Flores
@heartlandbowhunter on Instagram
Photo Credit: Outdoor Channel

Apr 26, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with friend and Tradlife enthusiast, Matt Davis. Matt is the VP of Sales & Marketing at MTN OPS. Matt began working in the hunting industry for Hoyt Archery about 7 years ago and as a result of that interaction he developed a fondness for traditional archery.


Mixing MTN OPS Flavors
All About Matt Davis
Tradlife, Fitness,
What would you like to see change in the hunting industry?
Tom Clum Sr. Social Media post split finger
Post authentically, be genuine. Don’t contribute to the noise.
If Matt Davis were fish and game how would you manage our wildlife resources?
Bonneville cutthroat trout
Hunter Dollars
Gap in what Fish & Wildlife do and the public’s knowledge of what they do.
Which states do a good job of educating?
Arizona stands out. Arizona Game & Fish loves what they do.
What has been one of your most rewarding business relationships?
Jeremy Eldridge, Trevor Farnes, Shane Prescott
GRITTY BOOK CLUB UPCOMING SELECTION: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
36:00 What motivates you to get outdoors and share your hunting story?
The great oudoors is my therapy. It recharges me. I share it to help educate and shed a positive light.
42:00 How to become a better archer? Traditional archery story began at Hoyt. Fortunate to have the best teachers at fingertips
Compound more consistent than recurve.
How can you become a person that can make the shot in the moment?
Muscle memory.
54: John Dudley Releases and visualization
Ryan Lampers
58: What in your hunting arsenal are you bad at and you would like to change?
1:00 What motivates you to get out of bed and work out every morning?
1:06 Testosterone and swagger
1:09 What 3-5 exercises do you feel are vital?
Back Squats, Deadlifts,
1:13 building a base over a long period of time
1:19 managing stress
What are some mistakes people make in getting fit?
Shane Prescott
1:27 Fitness injury?
stress under load increases mobility
pain cave
Jocko Willink
Hunting Heroes/Influencers
Cameron Hanes - Backcountry Bowhunting
Steven Rinella - Meat Eater Podcast, Intellectual message
Jim Shockey, Aron Snyder, Tim Burnett
@matthew.b.davis on instagram

Apr 18, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down at the Western Hunt Expo with Jim Heffelfinger. 


Heritage - Swiss German

Coatimundi - behavior, meat, hunting Arizona
Bear meat, heart meat, liver 

whitetail evolution, fossils, 

Gritty Book Club Recommendation: American Serengeti - Dan Flores

Columbian Blacktail, Nocturnal, Genetics

Mule Deer hunting, Coues Deer Hunting

Remi Warren - How do you kill a Coues Deer? Find rocky canyon to cover the sound of your approach.

 Mule Deer Working Group - Landscape, Migration, 

CWD - infected deer

Hunting is the best management for deer population 

Deer of the Southwest 

Arizona Game & Fish

Apr 11, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about Civil Liberties. 

Gritty Bowmen is about more than just hunting. We cover a wide range of topics. From health & wellness to Gritty Book Club reviews. 
Not much point in having a voice if you don’t use it. If you believe in something I think you need to stand up and talk about it. 
Gun violence and Parkland school shooting. 
Getting at the TRUTH of things. What are the FACTS? 
Be open to knew information, like Joe Rogan. 
Last week I posted in regards to 2nd amendment. Engaged in really good discussions. 
Are these statistics accurate? I thought there was a school shooting in the United States. 
Media - Chicago Tribune “This is how common school shootings are in America”. 
Washington Post - School shootings are extraordinarily rare, why is fear of them driving policy?
Ben Shapiro 
11: 46 - How much risk do you want to eliminate in the world we live in? What is the goal? 
The Business Insider - agenda driven content 
“How likely is gun violence to kill the average American?”
Nearly 64% of their numbers are suicide. 
We should all strive to be better as a society and reduce suffering in the world. 
20:00 Fear mongering in an attempt to scare or intimidate people into giving up their rights. 
Fight against tyrannical government. Right for self defense or self preservation. 
Do you really think we need to fight our United States government? 
23:00 Gun History Lesson 
30:00 Slow erosion of civil liberties that brought about Nazi Germany. 
34:00 Keep your guns to ensure the government doesn’t enact tyranny and to protect you rights. 
Benjamin Franklin Quote 
“Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 
Founding Fathers Government to serve the people, the people to direct the government 
42:00 Deerfield Illinois 
Our country is founded on INDEPENDENCE! 
Place your faith in the individual rather than the government. 
Extreme ownership. Not a victim. Take charge of your life. 
50:00 -  
Grizzly Ban in BC 
AR-15 Assault Rifle 
Nazi Germany, Holocaust, The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich, Hitler, 


Apr 7, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Branden VanDyken of Be The Decoy.

Be The Decoy - Bozeman, Montana
Technology & Hunting
Tips on using the Decoy
Spot & Stalk techniques
Don’t be a gopher. Don’t pop up. Resist the urge to “play peekaboo”.
Hunting Antelope in Montana
Taking wind for granted
Gritty Bowmen Goat Hunt Film discussion
Goat Hunt Cliff Safety
Rock Climbing - The advantages of bringing rope and paracord while goat hunting
Controversy of showing “too much” on Goat Hunt Film
Arrow weight in the wind
“Just get closer.” 50 & under
Goat Hunt Review
Aron’s Tradbow Elk Hunt
Total Archery Challenge benefits archery skills
Choosing to archery hunt, longbow, tradbow, Traditional Archery


Apr 5, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with the legendary, Hank Shaw. Hank is a phenomenal cook! He is the author of Hunt, Gather, Cook. We talk cooking techniques, sauces, side dishes, and common mistakes people make when cooking wild game. Checkout his blog and stay tuned for Hank's return to podcasting as well! 

hank_shaw on Twitter

@huntgathercook on instagram  closed group - say you heard about it on Gritty Bowmen 

Hunt, Gather, Talk podcast 


Mar 29, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with friends Corey Jacobsen & Ryan Lampers. We discuss the book "Make Your Bed" by retired Navy Seal, William McRaven.

Mar 23, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with good friend, Corey Jacobsen of Corey shares his 2017 Elk Season and common mistakes people make while tracking an animal.  What makes his hunt successful when others are not, and how persistence pays off. He shares some insight on the "Land of the Free" project with Born & Raised Outdoors. Finally, he shares the story of his hunt with, Austin, a boy with brain cancer and how his hunt was definitely providential.
I am also joined by Ryan Lampers, Sthealthy Hunter, of the Hunt Harvest Health podcast.  I hope you enjoy this podcast and glean some helpful information for your next hunt.  

Mar 23, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, I sit down with “Blood Origins” founder Robbie Kroger. Robbie is kind of a big deal in the conservation world, but not as widely known in the hunting world. Robbie grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, one of the largest urban areas in the world. He did not hunt. Guns were banned. Hunting was just a bunch of stories and antlers on the wall. But, he had a hunting past that he could not deny. From that heritage grew an idea —Blood Origins, a way to connect the past with the present.

“When I look at the liberties afforded to you in the United States of America, I consider it incomprehensible. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this liberty is likely lost on most of you, that it is very often taken for granted. I say that only from a perspective of someone who came from a place where there was no opportunity to connect with something that pulsed within me.” —Robbie Kroger

Photo Credit: @bloodorigins

Mar 20, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen get to know Adam & Kimmi Greentree. Kimmi shares the story of how they met and reveals some secrets about Adam's 90's look. They talk about their cabin in the mountains that they've built and how it connects Adam to his Grandfather. He also relates how he managed to snag Kimmi and how they're even more in love every year. Kimmi and Adam are all about spending time with their family in the outdoors. It's good stuff. Check it out.

Mar 16, 2018

The Bone Collector Crew, Michael Waddell, Travis "T-bone" Turner, & Nick Mundt are on this episode of The Gritty Bowmen Podcast. They talk about how we should come together as a hunting community and not be so divided, how they got introduced to hunting and how we should mentor a hunter to keep hunting alive. They are a bunch of humble guys that are out to have a good time and share that joy with others. Check it out.

Photo Credit:

Mar 13, 2018

Have you ever had to knock on doors to gain hunting access? My guests today are Lee Ellis and Drew Carroll of Seek One Productions, and they take "going door-to-door" to a whole new level. They're hunting in suburban neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out their videos of their hunts on their Facebook and Instagram Channels. @seek1productions

Mar 12, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with The Hunting Public's Aaron Warbritton, Greg Clements & Zach Ferenbaugh. These guys are becoming experts on navigating public land whitetail hunting in Iowa, Nebraska & Missouri. They share some insights on buck beds, spot & stalk vs. tree stand hunting and how to avoid those other public land hunters.


Mar 6, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I talk with Randy Newberg of Hunt Talk Radio and Jim Heffelfinger, Wildlife Science Coordinator and former Arizona Regional Biologist for the SE region. We discuss Arizona Hunting Opportunities, Coatimundi, Coues, Mule Deer, Junior Jack Rabbit Kamp, Predation and the Mule Deer Working Group. 
Junior Jack Rabbit Camp
AZ Regulations Second Weekend in March! 
Deer of the Southwest Book by Jim Heflefinger


Mar 1, 2018

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with John Dudley of Nock On Archery. John is a Professional Archer, Coach, Podcaster and Technical Expert. We talk about the new 2 Smooth Hinge Release, Shot Visualization, Basic Archery Skills and Mainstream Businesses that we need in Hunting.

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