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Jun 25, 2015

“You think 100 sit-ups is a bunch? Hike 4 miles with that gorilla hanging off you. Your abs are so burnt!”

 

This week on Gritty Bowmen, shockingly! Aron Snyder and I talk about backpacks. Aron gives his tips on how to properly wear and fit a backpack. Aron tells me that “the chest strap is not a come-along choker strap” and shares other such nuggets of information. And as usual, Aron does not keep his opinions to himself and neither do I. So, we tried not to offend anyone but we probably failed. As Aron said, “For the most part you’re going to lose something with heavy weight hauling with an ultra-light pack.”

 

The audio on my microphone was a bit off and there are a couple of glitchy spots but they don’t last too long—Aron’s audio comes across loud and clear. 

Featured in this Podcast:

https://youtu.be/3gomjnc26ig  - Duplex Frame Adjustment

http://www.rokslide.com/forums/showthread.php?9413-Kifaru-pack-No-No-s-and-tips-on-fit

Kifaru Pack No No’s and tips on fit.

Backpack videos on Rokslide: https://vimeo.com/channels/backpackinggear/page:1

Jun 18, 2015

This week on Gritty Bowmen we meet again with Aron Snyder of Kifaru International to talk about why your pack is so freakin’ heavy.  At the end of this podcast you will know what Aron does to lighten his backpack.  As Aron explains in this podcast, most guys pack for Siberia but go to Africa.  Aron will also teach you how to modify your gear to make it lighter without sacrificing function. But you’ve got to be carful doing this. As Aron said, “Brian, “When you start hacking parts off your pack and you think you ‘might’ be wrong--you’re probably wrong. One of my army instructors told me that. But if that thing has been in your pack or part of your pack for 3 years and you’ve never used it... hack that thing off like Hannibal Lecter!” 

This podcast is chalk full of what I call Aron Snyderisms.  Like, “ounces make pounds and pounds make pain.” And “usually it’s the bad-ass person who goes too ultralight and turns out to be the dumb-ass person.” 

The podcast has some glitchy spots but it’s not too bad and the content is well-worth the time. In the last 30 minutes of theis podcast Aron and I go off on a tangent and talk about sponsorships in the hunting and outdoor industry--we talk about what we don’t like about sponsorships and why.  And Aron tells me what his favorite clothing choices are right now, right down to the brand name.  Which, will probably  make some people in the hunting industry mad at him.  Sorry Aron. 

Featured in this Podcast:

How to shed useless, dead weight-- pack lighter without sacrificing your comfort.

5 WAYS TO LIGHTEN YOUR PACK:

  1. Assess the situation. Don’t pack for Siberia when you’re going to Africa.
  2. Cutting and modifying your gear--shed useless weight.
  3. Splitting gear with your hunting buddies.
  4. Buy the lightest weight gear that you can afford that fits your style of hunting.
  5. Lose the weight off your ass. 

When you’re pushing the envelope to save weight you can’t have our cake and eat it too. “My wife wants a gun that shoots down trees, doesn’t make noise and doesn’t kick -- and they just don’t have that...” 

“It’s kind of like building a building... you can have quality, quantity, and cost-efficiency and you can have any two of those you want but you can’t have all 3.  It’s the same with paying the piper for lightweight.” 

“First Lite makes a jacket we call the “unpronounceable”... the oounncompadre.” 

Question: “What is a woobie and when do you use it?”
Answer: “Oh I know. And what’s horrible is Kifaru also makes a Doobie, which is probably because Patrick was a hippie.”

Jun 11, 2015

This week on The Gritty Bowmen Podcast we share the bear hunting tactics we used hunting Prince of Wales Island in South East Alaska along with some of the challenges of hunting there.

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Featured in this Podcast:

Shelter Cove Lodge 

Log Cabin Sporting Goods Store

Alaska Fish and Game Bear Hunting

Kifaru International Backpack

 

May 27, 2015

EPISODE 11: 200 Days In The Field What Are You Eating? With Aron Snyder

 This week on Gritty Bowmen we meet again with Aron Snyder of Kifaru International. Aron is the previous owner of Rokslide, which is an internet hot spot for all things related to DIY backcountry hunting. 

In this podcast you’ll hear Aron’s strategies for taking care of his physical health--like how he eats in the backcountry and how he tries to sleep.  You’ll hear why these things are important. And perhaps you’ll gain some valuable insight on how you can improve our own experience on your next backcountry hunt.

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Featured in this podcast: 

Butt hole Sandwich-Bagel, Almond Butter or Peanut Butter, Honey and Bacon
“Sticks to your stomach like Wooly Mammoth”
Crockpot: Steak, Olive Oil, Veggies. Cook until done.
Spread onto a plastic Food Dehydrator tray and dehydrate. 
Throw into Big Ziploc bags and freeze. When you’re ready to go take 8oz of food per day in a separate Ziploc.  When you’re ready to eat add a cup of boiling water and let it rehydrate it self. 
Angel Hair Pasta with Elk Burger
Idahoan Potatoes and Dehydrate Elk Burger, Peas and Carrots
Breakfast: Aron’s Homemade Granola, Sliced Almonds, Craisins, Branched chain amino acids and glutamine, Chocolate Chips
Whey Protein Powder
MTN OPS | Outdoor Performance Supplements --Enduro
Costco - Propel Zero Flavored Water, Variety, 16.9 oz, 24 ct
Multi-vitamin, Emergen-C®, 90 Packets - Costco Fish Oil Pills
Aron wakes up and eats something to take the edge off. Protein Bar, Snack Bar etc. After he hunts he eats his breakfast. 
Lunch: Salami, gouda cheese, ciabatta bread, honey mustard. Plus some veggies.
Ramadan Sandwiches Pork Cheese bacon and sausage on ciabatta bread 
Candy: Snickers, Payday, 87% dark chocolate bars 
Make your own jerky in the oven. 
Top Ramen: Remove Seasoning Packet. Make your own with Mrs. Dash and EVOO Tuna Fish
LÄRABAR | Simple. Pure. Delicious. LÄRABAR
Meta Fiber Wafers - Metamucil

Common Food Mistakes:
Not eating enough. Not eating often.

Sleep: 
Melatonin 
Barbell Shrugged Podcast on Sleep and Testosterone Levels with Dr. Kirk Parsley former Navy SEAL.  *Note this podcast is EXPLICIT. They drop F-bombs constantly. However, the sleep and testosterone information is invaluable. Sleep w/ Dr. Kirk Parsley - Barbell Shrugged Episode 113

Aeros Pillow Ultra Light | Sea to Summit

Aron’s one-liners featured in this podcast:
“It does stick to your stomach like a Wooly Mammoth”
"It has enough salt to kill a donkey"
“I could talk Bin-laden out of hiding”. 
“You Cameron Hanes leg humpers, don’t get mad at me.” 
“Cameron is harder then woodpecker lips. He’s a tough guy”
“REI- Return Everything Incorporated”

MeatEater with Steven Rinella on Sportsman Channel

May 21, 2015

In this episode of The Gritty Bowmen Podcast we are back with Aron Snyder discussing what he caries in his backpack--his favorite gear and why.  This podcast is packed with useful information for all backcountry hunting junkies and weekend warriors alike.

SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE 10: What's In Your Pack? With Aron Snyder

Water Purifier: 
SteriPEN Water Purification | UV Water Purification
shemagh Turban thing that covers head and neck 
humangear - capCAP Lid for water bottle
Nalgene | The original water bottle. Made in the USA. BPA ...
msr dromedary MSR Bladder -4, 6, or 10 liter (Camp Water) 
MSR® Aquatabs® Water Purification Tablets or  
Aquamira® Water Treatment 1 oz.
Water Filters - Products - Katadyn Products Inc. 
MSR SweetWater Water Filter
sawyer squeeze filter

Chest Rig: 
Bino Harness Shop - Alaska Guide Creations
Auto Lock Mojave® Female Buckle - Tri-Point Hardware

Headlamps: 
Lighting / Headlamps - Black Diamond Red light and can lock in the off position.
petzl myo rxp 2
*e+LITE - Ultra-compact-headlamps | Petzl

Foretrex 401 | Garmin and a Compass

Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor Titanium Men's ... - Costco

*Micron Lantern – Primus (It’s HOT) 

New Trent PowerPak Xtreme 12000mAh Rugged Water/Dirt ...- There is a better brand than this that Aron suggests getting instead. We will try to get that info from Aron. 

Havalon Knives

Fire Starter Kit:
Trioxane Fuel at Amazon - Amazon.com‎, Long Burn Matches, Flint and Steel and a Bic Lighter

Patch Kit:
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape - Amazon.com‎, Gear Aid Patches, Gear Aid Seam Grip,

Possibles Pouch:
Patch kit-Gear Aid Tenacious Tape - Amazon.com‎,
SteriPEN Water Purification | UV Water Purification
Havalon Knives
Foretrex 401 | Garmin
Aquamira® Water Treatment 1 oz.
Hot Hands, Spoon
Pills (Vitamin i, Ibuprofen, Vicodan, Oxyconton, Migraine Pills, Energy Pills, Sleeping Pills, etc.)

First aid Kit- surgical glue- AAE Fastset Gel at Amazon - Amazon.com‎suture kit, disinfecting wipes, sunscreen, band aids, *Leuko Tape at Amazon.com‎ QuikClot® - Stop Bleeding Fast | Hemostatic Agent

Kill Kit-Rokslide Backcountry Kill Kit BOMB 1.8mm cord, rubber gloves, T.A.G. Bags - Pristine Ventures  Havalon Knives in a Kifaru International medium pull out

Fozzils Solo Pack Plates, Cup, Bowl 

Explorer satellite sat phone florida 9505 $450 Explorer Satellite Communications - Sate Phones for rent ...
Iridium Satellite Phone Communications | M2M Solutions ...
SPOT Global Phone

Stoves:
Eta Pot – Primus
OmniLite TI – Primus
Fuel Bottles – Primus
ETA Lite – Primus

Camera Gear:
SER.1 6X TRAVELER 4S G-LOCK GT1542T ... - Gitzo.com, Sirui ball head, Outdoorsmans Pan Head | The Outdoorsmans, Siri Tripod and suri ball head $225, SLIK CORPORATION - The most copied line of tripods today preferred with flick lock or a SIRUI T-025x at Amazon - Amazon.com‎

Walking Sticks and Trekking Poles:
GRIVEL Condor Pole - Eastern Mountain Sports ,Black Diamond® Whippet - BlackDiamondEquipment.com‎Trekking Poles | Easton Outfitters

Sleep System:
Pullouts – Kifaru Intl. Online Store SuperTarp – Kifaru Intl. Online Store 
Rab Alpine Bivi - CampSaver.com 
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm - Amazon.com‎
Amazon.com : Thermarest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad ...,
Big Agnes Three Wire Bivy - Bivy Sacks | Backcountry.com
Rab Ridge Master Nestor Bivy | Backcountry.com 
Sleep System – Kifaru Intl. Online StoreWestern Mountaineering or Feathered Friends - Down Sleeping Bags, Down Outerwear ...Sleeping Bags | Montbell America

*Everyone should have in their pack

May 14, 2015

In this Episode of The Gritty Bowmen Podcast we talk to Aron Snyder. Aron is the R&D (research and development) guy at Kifaru Internation and a well-known backcountry hunting enthusiast. Aron is also the previous owner of Rokslide, an internet hot spot for all things related to DIY backcountry hunting.

As you listen you'll be wondering if you should shave your body smooth like an olympic swimmer (OR NOT), you'll learn about chaffing while in the backcountry and what you can do about it, you'll learn about Aron's preferred fire starter and what types of wood and gas stoves he likes to use and why and back country shelter options that he uses in extremely wet conditions like those found in SE Alaska and much more.

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Featured in this podcast:  

http://www.kifaru.net
Monkey Butt Powder
Body Glide
Therma-Rest Luxurylite Ultralite Cot
YouTube Therma-Rest Luxurylite Ultralite Cot Assembly
Gear Review Therma-Rest Luxurylite Ultralite Cot
Trioxane Fire Starter
Primus Omnilite Stove
Kifaru Smith Cylinder Stove
Youtube Review Kifaru Smith Cylinder Stove
 

May 1, 2015

This week on Gritty Bowmen we talk about some of the camera gear we use to film our hunts and make our movies. We don’t claim to be professional cameramen at Gritty Bowmen. There are a lot of guys out there who know a lot more than we do about filmmaking. And that’s great. But when I was getting into filmmaking I had difficulty finding the resources I needed to step up my game. By the end of today’s podcast you’ll have a clear understanding of the equipment we use and we’ll provide you with some useful links to training materials we’ve used as well as links to the equipment we prefer. 

There is some footage that was taken with a Canon DSLR 70D, a Sony 4K camcorder and a consumer grade Sony Handicam. You can compare the footage between the cameras for yourselves at the end of this podcast. All the footage will be raw and will not have any image correction done on them.  

Thanks for watching.

If you like this Podcast, please go to our website at gritty bowmen.com and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes or our Youtube Channel. If you’re listening to this podcast on itunes, you can see the video version of this podcast on our website, www.grittybowmen.com.

Links:

Why use a DSLR?:

http://brokenpineoutdoors.com/why-i-choose-to-film-with-a-dslr/

Why and how to use a Beachtek Audio Mixer: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0La0rO9xrw

Gear we use:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008YL8GLW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/your-account/order-history/ref=oh_aui_pagination_1_2?ie=UTF8&orderFilter=months-6&search=&startIndex=10

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FKGGQDO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C63Z86A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003QKBVYK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G3XY3I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQXL8BU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/Tamron-70-200MM-Telephoto-Canon-Cameras/dp/B00A34GQEC/ref=sr_1_2?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1430493582&sr=1-2&keywords=tamron+70-200mm+f+2.8+sp+di+vc+usd

http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-210101-18-35mm-Canon-APS-C/dp/B00DBL0NLQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430493837&sr=8-2&keywords=sigma+art+lens+zoom

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Squid-Audio-Lab-Omnidirectional/dp/B00HWMG44U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430494343&sr=8-1&keywords=giant+squid+mic

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1021282-REG/rode_ntg_3_rf_biased_shotgun_mic.html

http://www.amazon.com/Rode-WS7-Deluxe-Screen-Filter/dp/B001GVTTM2/ref=pd_cp_MI_2

http://beachtek.com/dxa-slr-pro/

Training: 

http://www.canontrainingvideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=63

http://finalcutking.com

http://www.rippletraining.com/categories/final-cut-pro/

https://larryjordan.com

 

Apr 17, 2015

This week on Gritty Bowmen we hear from Brian Call. He takes us to where he grew up and where he now chases big Blacktail deer. He shares his love of Blacktail Deer and gives some insight about their behavior, as well as the tactics he has utilized to draw more deer to his small acreage.  

Please take a moment to leave us a rating or a review on iTunes and or our Youtube channel. And as always, Stay Gritty.      

Apr 7, 2015

This week on Gritty Bowmen we go back to Rainier Oregon to talk archery shooting with our friend Cory Miller, owner of triple-x archery shop. We chat with Cory about common archery shooting mistakes that guys make and how to improve your shooting. We talk about his struggle with trigger-panic, a common problem among avid archers. Cory tells us some of the strategies he used to overcome the problem. And we talk about buck-fever. How do you  overcome it? And how do you make that critical shot in the heat of the moment when it’s all on the line.  

http://www.kifaru.net

http://themeateater.com

http://xxx-archery.com

 

Please take a moment to leave us a rating or a review on iTunes and or our Youtube channel. And as always, Stay Gritty.      

Mar 26, 2015

That’s it for EPISODE 4 of the Gritty Bowmen podcast. Part 2 of Are you a Stalker? Stalking Monster Mule Deer w/South Cox & Stalker Stickbows.  

I got a lot of information out of these two podcasts with South on how to kill a monster mule deer. In summary, South explained the need to have a positive attitude and Mental Toughness. Another key to his success is that South gets remote with a focus on wilderness areas. 
And South looks for hunting grounds with what he calls “Micro Topography” .
South likes to stalk from above. This helps him with wind. Because deer bedded on hillsides tend to face downhill and therefore don’t see you coming. South also finds it easier to sneak in on the animal from above when you need to stay low or crawl. Unlike some hunters, South likes to wait until the animal beds down before he stalks his deer. South recommends buying the best glass you can afford. South stressed the importance of mounting your binoculars to a tripod. And when glassing, don’t just glass from the main ridgeline. Walk out on the finger-ridges that branch off the main ridge line and glass to the end of the finger ridge. South likes lightweight boots that have soft soles—he finds them quieter and they help him when hopping through a boulder field. He mentioned Solomon boots, the Lowa Zephyr, Lowa Renegade, and one of his favorites, the Ahnu Elk Ridge Mid. At 70 to 100 yards from his quarry, South sheds his boots and dons a thick pair of socks to silently close the distance. But he recommends marking the location of your boots somehow so you don’t lose your boots. And South likes Smoke in a Bottle brand wind checker. South carries 3 things in his front right pocket. Chapstick, lens cloth, and  Smoke in a bottle.

 

www. stalkerstickbows.com

http://www.ahnu.com

http://moccasinjoedist.com/store/unscented-smoke/43-smoke-in-a-bottle.html

http://www.lowaboots.com


I hope you enjoyed this podcast as much as I did. Please take a moment to leave us a rating or a review on iTunes and or our Youtube channel. And as always, Stay Gritty.      

Mar 17, 2015

Hello, and welcome! I’m Brian Call. This is episode 3 of the Gritty Bowmen Podcast. 

On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen podcast we talk with South Cox of Stalker Stickbows. South talks about the things every hunter needs to succeed; Getting Remote, Positive Attitude, Physical Preparation, Mental Toughness/Tenacity and Terrain. 

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Featured in this podcast:  

www. stalkerstickbows.com

westernbowhunter and elk hunter magazine

eastmans hunting journal

http://www.ndow.org/Education/Publications/  - Nevada Dept of Wildlife

Feb 26, 2015

Hello, and welcome to the Gritty Bowmen podcast. I’m Brian Call. This is episode 2 of the Gritty Bowmen Podcast. 

On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen podcast we talk about elk calling strategies with Jason Phelps, owner of Phelps Game Calls and we talk to Cory Miller, owner of xXx Archery about elk calling strategies and what it takes to be a "Dragon Slayer."

If you like this Podcast, please subscribe on our website. You can listen to the audio-only version of this podcast on iTunes

Featured in this podcast:  

http://xxx-archery.com
http://phelpsgamecalls.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlies-Taxidermy-Tenino-Washington/118342931527511

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