Gritty Bowmen - Talking Bowhunting, Outdoor Filmmaking, Interviews & Fitness

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Jul 25, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with MMA fighter, Chad Mendes and former MMA fighter, Luke Caudillo. This is just a bunch of guys hanging out and having a good time. Aron and Luke go way back and they like to talk smack. It's funny stuff. 

Jul 21, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with CrossFit Games Athlete, Chris Spealler. Chris recently qualified for the 2017 games in the newly formed 35-39 year-old Masters Level Men’s competition. We at Gritty Bowmen will be rooting for him in August! 


Chris and I discuss exercise myths, his experience with over training and how to prevent injury and still maintain your fitness if you are working through an injury. 


Chris is a former college wrestler from a family of standout athletes, Chris Spealler quickly became one of CrossFit’s leading ambassadors, impressing and inspiring newcomers to the sport with his underdog spirit, unequaled work ethic, and warm personality. A competitor at the very first CrossFit Games in 2007. He was the only performer from the ’07 Games who was also in the 2014 games.


Spealler continues to train and coach at CrossFit Park City in Utah, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their two children. 


Chris has just started his own podcast called Icon Athlete Podcast. If you want to learn more about fitness or just like Chris Spealler, do me a favor, and go and subscribe to his podcast. Check it out!


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Jul 18, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder talks about how to improve your shooting. Brian and Aron also talk about some of the recent events like the Total Archery Challenge and Alpha Bowhunting Challenge.

Previous Gritty Bowmen Episodes mentioned in this podcast:
Episode 86 : The Arrow Podcast with Cory Miller
EPISODE 152: Aron Snyder Shot Process For Compound & Traditional
Episode 153: Iron Mind Hunting with Joel Turner
EPISODE 197: ARROWS with Aron Snyder

Jul 18, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Joel Turner of Joel has helped a lot of people improve their shooting. He's a proponent of controlled process shooting and we actually discuss the idea of "auto-pilot shooting" vs. controlled process shooting. It's good stuff! I LOVE talking to Joel about this stuff. Heck, I enjoy talking with Joel about anything. Check this one out! As usual with Joel, this podcast gets a little deep and philosophical. I hope you absorb some key shooting concepts that help you to develop an ironmind!!! For more information visit his website or checkout Gritty Bowmen Episode 153: Iron Mind Hunting with Joel Turner.

Jul 12, 2017

Hello folks, on this episode of Gritty Bowmen I was able to hang out with my friends from Rockhouse motion--Aaron Hitchins, Dustin Lutt and Logan Ross. Sometimes you meet someone who’s work you’ve admired. Or an individual you’ved looked up to because of the message they’ve shared or the principles they stand for. And so in your mind you’ve built them up into something special--and then you meet them and you’re utterly disappointed. They’re not who you thought they were and you feel totally let down. BUT, then there’s the opposite… you meet that person and they’re even cooler than you expected. They’re a breath of fresh air and you feel fortunate to have met them. Well… that’s how I feel about Rockhouse Motion--they’re remarkably talented, quirky, creative, deep-thinking, down-to-earth folks that I feel blessed to know. On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about Logan’s hunting season--being a new hunter who has never killed an animal; we talk about her thoughts and experiences from this past season. Dustin shares his thoughts on having a wife how hunts. And we learn a little more about the stark differences in personality between Dustin and Aaron and how they hunt differently. This is a late night conversation in a hotel room after pulling some long days at the ATA Show earlier this year. I thoroughly enjoy these late-night conversations with excellent people. Sit in and take a listen. And if you haven’t seen their films or are not familiar with their work, go check out the film, Beyond The Roar ; you’ll be glad you did.

Jul 6, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Jana Waller & Jim Kinsey of Skullbound TV. We talk about how they met and fell in love and how they began Skullbound TV. Jana and Jim are two very down-to-earth people that love what they do and share a passion for hunting, conservation and working with wounded veterans.

Jun 29, 2017

Hello friends, on EPISODE 251 of the Gritty Bowmen podcast we had the pleasure of hanging out with my friends Ryan and Hillary Lampers from the Hunt Harvest Health podcast to talk testosterone, gut health, diet and more. That same evening, Ryan and Hillary joined me in a discussion with my good friend, and backcountry food aficionado, Heather Kelly, the maker of Heather’s Choice Backcountry Meals. The 4 of us nerd-out on backcountry food and discuss our shared passion for good eating in the backcountry. Heather is a nutrition expert in her own right and she spares no expense in the creation of her backcountry meals and it shows in her products. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview both Heather Kelly and Ryan and Hillary all together on the same AWESOME episode of Gritty Bowmen. Check it out! If you like this episode and you want more like it, let Heather and Hillary and Ryan know how you feel. I hope this episode gets you excited to try some of Heather’s products and to start experimenting with some of your own meals at home.

Jun 28, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with good friend and Head of Customer Support at Kifaru International, Frank (TortLife) Peralta. Frank and Aron talk about their latest hike in Colorado. They talk about navigation, fishing, survival, gear, shelters, cooking as well as manliness, mental toughness and how it can sometimes backfire on you if you're not careful. It's gritty.

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with good friend and Head of Customer Support at Kifaru International, Frank (TortLife) Peralta. Frank and Aron talk about their latest hike in Colorado. They talk about navigation, fishing, survival, gear, shelters, cooking as well as manliness, mental toughness and how it can sometimes backfire on you if you're not careful. It's gritty.  

Gear Mentioned in this podcast:

Kifaru Sawtooth

Hilleberg Anjan GT 2 

Hilleberg Soulo 

Fishing Gear:

Panther Martin

Pistol Pete

Daiwa 4 piece ultra light reel

Shakespeare  Pole #Walmart Special

Abu Garcia Reel

Torpedo bobber

Blue fox spinner

rooster tails

cast masters

bead headed brassies

bead headed princes

copper johns

Traeger Grill seasoning


REI quarter dome tent

Kifaru Sawtooth

Hillaberg Staika

Primus Micron Lantern


MSR Aquatabs

Gravedigger Broadhead

Amy’s Clothing:
Fanatic Hoodie Sitka

Lightweight Core Crew Sitka

Timberline Pants

Prana Halle Pants

Timberline Jacket

Aron’s Clothing:

Core Medium Weight Sitka

Fanatic Hoodie Sitka

Kuhl Renegade Pants

Sitka Ascent Pants

Jetstream Beanie


Slick Bags 20 degree Regular Length, Wide

Quilt Long Wide 

Kifaru Lost Park Parka

Kifaru Woobie


Jun 22, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about communication devices. Aron talks about some of the different types of communication for different situations. The times they've been used in the field and his dealings with Delorme. 


Gear mentioned in this podcast:

Iridium GO 

DeLorme InReach 

SPOT device 

Global Star 9505A  

Garmin Rhino 650

Garmin Wristwatch GPS 401 foretrex

Jun 20, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with my good friend Duane, The Rock, Sessions and his brother, Wes Sessions. Wes shot the Montana State Record Non-typical Bull Elk this year, on PUBLIC LAND. This episode will make you feel like you're sitting around the campfire swapping hunting stories. It's good stuff. 

Jun 16, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang with my good friend, Train To Hunt Champion, bowhunting phenom and archer extraordinnaire, Phil Mendoza. AKA Backcountry Bowhunting Cholo. AND we hang with my Trash Talking, hyper-fit, Crossfit buddy, Shanely Brezen and my friend, veritable strongman, Brian Horton. Phil Mendoza owns No Limits Archery in Denver, CO and is the Director and owner of Alpha Bowhunting and the Alpha Bowhunting Challenge. And Shanely and Brian direct and operate Fit4TheHunt. On this podcast we talk fitness and hunting, we talk about mental toughness--how to develop it and whether you’re just born with it or not. It’s good stuff--it’s got me striving to dig deeper and push harder when things get tough. But before we dive into this show, allow me to present a quick backcountry hunting tip from the Backcountry, Bowhunting Cholo, also known as Phil, big sexy, Mendoza.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Episode 24: Phil Mendoza - Trophy Country Big Horn Part 1
Episode 30: Phil Mendoza - Trophy Country Big Horn Part 2
Episode 43: Train to What? Hunt! with Phil Mendoza 

Jun 15, 2017


On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron goes over his Archery Tool Kit. 

Gear List:
Extra “D” loop material 
Allen Wrenches (depending on how far packing in)
2-Gorilla Glue or Locktite 
levels (doesn’t always pack these)
extra nocks (3 minimum)
extra inserts 
field tips
Big tube of glue  (leave in my truck)
Bowstring Wax Scorpion Venom  (leave in my truck)
Halo Serving 5-10ft in my pack (Leave the roll in my truck)

Jun 12, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder goes over the gear in  his "Possibles Pouch". 

Gear list: 
Medium or Large Kifaru Pull Out
Steripen Classic
Small ziplock with:
Disinfecting wipes
alcohol wipes
big band aids

Waterproof Cell phone E Case
MSR Aquatabs
Gore tex patch kit
alcohol wipes for the patch kit
Seam Grip Gore Tex Gear Aid
Seam Grip Sealer & Adhesive
Adhesive Knit 2nd Skin Spenco
Sleep Aids
Petzl elite headlamp with batteries
extra blades for Tyto knife
Mantles for Primus Lantern
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
Duct tape
Compressed gauzesingle use 6 play cotton white

Pill case
migraine pills

Small ziplock with:
fire starter kit
trioxane tabs
waterproof match kit

Headlamp Black Diamond 250 lumens Touch side 
Zip Ties
reflective paracord 2.1mm - 50 ft.
Garmin 401 foretrex
Suunto M9 compass
Backup batteries for headlamp

Tyto knife
Esee Izula 
Fizz Endurolytes from Hammer
Leuko Tape
Ferro Rod



Jun 9, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Tim Burnett of SOLO HNTR. Tim talks about solo hunting safety and what you should avoid while hunting solo and the things you can do to help yourself stay out there longer.  We also talks about some of the gear he uses and his sleeping system and what sleep aids are doing to your body.  

Gear mentioned in this podcast:
Thermarest NeoAir
Therm-a-rest LuxuryLite Ultralite Cot
DeLorme InReach
Adventure Medical Kits - Survival Medic

Trioxane tablets
Spot Sat Phone
Meridian SAT phone

Books/Podcasts mentioned in this podcast:

1 Quick Way To Naturually Increase Testosterone: Sleep w/ Dr. Kirk Parsley – EPISODE 113
What is Melatonin?
SouthCox Full Draw Full Time Podcast Bear Attack
Aron Ralston Story - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Jun 8, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Ryan and Hillary Lampers of Hunt, Harvest, Health. 

So… about a month back--Aron Snyder hit the big 4-0. And I’m well on my way to 43. We’re not exactly old, but we’re not spring chickens either. We’re fit for two older guys--in fact, we’re in better shape now than we were in our early 30s--and we’re pretty happy about that. But father-time isn’t backing down and it’s more important than ever to live well--both physically and emotionally. And that’s why I’m pleased to have Doctor Hillary Lampers and my good buddy Ryan Lampers, aka Donnie Vincent Lampers, on today’s episode of Gritty Bowmen. Ryan is an absolute stud when it comes to bowhunting public lands. And his wife Hillary is a doctor--but not your regular, everyday, run of the mill doctor that I generally mistrust except in the case of dire emergencies; Hillary is the kind of doctor that actually treats root causes of physical distress instead of simply prescribing drugs to treat symptoms.

Hillary and Ryan started a podcast this past December called Hunt Harvest Health--and I’m so glad they did! I’ve been listening to their podcasts on backcountry meal prep, gardening, testosterone, cortisol and other hormones, gut health and the second brain, hunting and more.  This past year has been a whirlwind of life-changing events for me. Admittedly, I’m not as fit or feeling quite as froggy as I did a year ago. 

If you’ve got little kids around while you’re listening to this podcast, you may want to revisit this episode when they’re not around. This is a talk about health--it’s not time to be squeamish. We talk about things like poop, S.E.X., how to increase testosterone, love languages, etc. You’ve been warned. 

Some of you may be thinking that this “health stuff” is boring or that this medical talk is way too complex--but it’s really not--and I truly believe it is life-changing information. So I encourage you to buck-up and take notes. And when you’re done with this podcast, go subscribe to the HUNT HARVEST HEALTH PODCAST and continue learning how to feed your Temple of Power.


Jun 7, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Casey Harbertson of MTN OPS and Corey Jacobsen of They've teamed up to offer you a chance to win an  archery hunt in the rugged mountains of Montana. There are TWO WAYS to enter.

Every $5 spent at or at an authorized dealer gets you one entry into the VAULT.

The second way to enter is by purchasing a membership to Elk University 

Hurry and enter before this promotion ends! Enter now and keep your fingers crossed. September is calling!

May 30, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we answer listener questions and share Aron Snyder's backpack hunting tips and tricks. 

May 29, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we show you EXACTLY what is in our packs WHILE on the mountain. We talk about clothing, stoves, cook stoves, shelters, floor-less shelters, knives, lanterns, headlamps, first aid, fire starter, food, backpacks, fishing tackle, camera gear, sleeping pads and more.

May 25, 2017

Hello friends, on this episode of Gritty Bowmen we share our bear hunting stories from this month’s Prince of Wales Island bear hunt. I’ve inserted and overlaid a lot of video footage in this podcast. It's good stuff. I hope this episode gets you excited to get outdoors and to plan your next big adventure. Stay gritty.

May 18, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about Aron's recent Grizzly and Black Bear hunts with Primitive Outfitting in British Columbia.

May 17, 2017

This episode of Gritty Bowmen is coming at you from Whale Pass  on Prince of Wales Island in South East Alaska. Our guest is our friend Ken Brough. Ken is a quiet unassuming guy, but if you spend a little time with him you quickly realize there's more to this man than meets the eye.He’s an accountant by trade but an adventurer at heart. He’s been to some of the most remote areas of Alaska. He’s hunted brown bear, caribou, goat, and sheep to Sitka blacktail and big coastal black bears that Prince of Wales if famous for. A couple years ago Ken quit his accounting practice  and started a hunting outfit in whale pass on the island. He calls his outfit Prince of Wales Eagle Lodge. We purchased lodging at his place for two weeks. Ken caters to the DIY hunters who want to do everything on their own, as well as those who wish to be catered to. He basically set us up with a  place to sleep, a car to drive and a skiff to cruise the ocean shores with. On this episode we learn more about Ken. The enigmatic accountant/bush pilot. He tells us a few good stories about his adventures and the harrowing adventures of others who have explored Alaska’s wild frontier. Ken shares his knowledge about bears and about POW island and he talks about what drew him to the island. We talk bout the difficulty of judging the bears and the best time to fish the island. It’s good stuff. I hope you enjoy hanging out with this quiet unassuming man as much as we did. If you’re planning a trip to POW island give Ken and his lodge a look. You can find him on instagram @EagleLodgeAlaska. Give him a follow and checkout his website

May 12, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Aron’s long-time friend, Marc Smith, AKA The Muley Slayer. According to Aron, “Marc has killed more things than small pox.” Marc’s main focus is on hunting Mule deer although he is excited to get to hunt Elk this year. We also talk about judging yardage and whether or not it’s ethical to not use a range finder. Checkout Episode 102 to see more backstory of Muley Slayer, Marc Smith. He gives us a glimpse of a less experienced Aron Snyder and how he first cut his teeth on Colorado mule deer. And Aron shares some great stories from their past.

May 10, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about fitness with none other than Dan Staton. Dan is the current owner of Crossfit Spokane Valley and helped co-found Train to Hunt with long-time friend Kenton Clairmont. We talk about different fitness programs and whether just throwing on a backpack and hiking up a mountain is enough to get you into #ElkShape. You can follow Dan on his YouTube channel . or on Facebook or on Instagram @danthefitnessman

May 6, 2017


On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Bryan Marshall, founder of Wishes For Warriors and Erik Galvan a triple amputee and Ambassador for Wishes. These guys are doing stuff that matters and we ALWAYS have a great time when they are on the podcast. Eric talks about the first time he met Bryan on a Tough Mudder course that took them 7 1/2 hours to complete. It’s straight-up inspiring and hilarious at the same time. I really enjoyed this podcast and we love what the Wishes For Warriors organization is doing for our wounded veterans. To learn more about Wishes For Warriors and how you can be a part of it, checkout out Gritty Bowmen episodes 66 & 106 or follow the links below. 


Tough Mudder Erik Galvan, USMC





May 5, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Valkyrie Archery founder Brent Hahn. Valkyrie Broad heads are moderate weight, extreme weight forward delivery systems. "Your material is tougher, more precise and the center pin portion is more accurate compared to a standard shaft." ~Aron Snyder 

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