On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I travel to Boise Idaho and visit with friend, Russ Meyer and his wife Carole. This podcast is about relationships--it’s about life AND hunting. It’s about balance. The balance between the drive to be outdoors, often away from the ones we love most, and time at home with family. Many couples struggle when one person in the family has a passion for hunting that the other doesn’t understand. And it goes both ways. Sometimes the passionate hunter alienates their loved ones in the pursuit and fulfillment of their own personal interest to be in the mountains, in the deserts, or on the water. Many relationships have crashed and burned in the unreconcilable void between the hunter and those he or she leaves at home. How does a couple reconcile their differences? Why do these differences strengthen some relationships while destroying others.
In this podcast, we talk to a couple who seems to have figured out how to reconcile their differences. We are going to find out what works for them. You will hear about the struggles they’ve had as a couple and how they’ve overcome them.
The more I get to know a person, the more I realize how much we’re alike as human beings. We all have fears and doubts. We all struggle--life isn’t always easy. But life is awesome. The journey is awesome. And in this podcast we get to know Russ and Carole on a more intimate level. I want to thank them for sharing their lives so openly. I tend to talk too much in this podcast. For those of you who don’t know Russ, let me tell you something about him--he’s a man of few words. Let’s just say he’s not going to dominate the conversation. That said, my goal is to understand him--to get to know him; to find out what he thinks and why he does the things he does. As a result, I find myself talking quite a bit about my own experiences in this podcast. And as Carole gives me insight into their lives--I cannot help but share my own thoughts on the subjects discussed. So please indulge my excessive input. And I hope, in some small way, that this podcast helps you strengthen the relationships in your own life.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I travel to Boise Idaho and visit with friend, Corey Jacobsen, multiple time world elk calling champion and owner of ELK101--ELK101.com. In this podcast, we have a good time answering elk-hunting questions that new, and old, elk hunters commonly ask. It’s GRITTY stuff.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder shares his latest Turkey Hunt in Kansas with his Trad Bow.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Jason Phelps shares more of his Elk Nuggets of wisdom. What is Jason's go-to calling sequence? How can you set the scene Bob Ross style?
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out with Heather Theresa Kelly. Heather Kelly is an evolutionary sports nutritionist. She is the owner and operator of OPENutrition and the creator of Heather's Choice. She attended college at Western Washington University, where she was a two time NCAA National Champion in women's rowing. She was born and raised in Alaska and she loves adventuring in the backcountry; she is an all around badass. And a nerd. A food nerd. And that’s how Heather’s Choice was born. Heather has created her own, epic backcountry meals and they’re now available to all of us. All of the recipes Heather has developed for Heather's Choice are meant to be nutritionally balanced, and made with the highest quality ingredients available. Heather believes that everyone deserves to have a healthy + satisfying relationship with food, which comes from eating nutritious + satiating foods. If you like what Heather is doing, support her company. Go online to HeathersChoice.com and buy some of her products and give them a try. I recommend Heather’s Packaroons; I especially like the Orange Vanilla Bean packaroons. They’re rad. But order more than one package. Because you’ll want to eat another package of them as soon as you finish the first.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we recap the highlights of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana. I’m joined by Jesse Wise, our friend from Train to Hunt, Justin Klement, the man behind the Gritty Bowmen Newsletter, the Gritty Scotsman, a.k.a. Mark Brownlee, my brother B-Rent and my brother in-law Bryce Lofts.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and myself visit with Ryan Callaghan and Kenton Carruth of First Lite at the annual BHA Rendezvous. Since 2007, First Lite Clothing has been dedicated to building the best hunting gear on the market out of the most reliable materials and fabrics. Aron Snyder has been a long-time proponent of First Lite gear and for good reason. Not only do they make top quality technical clothing--the company is also ran by some of the coolest cats in the hunting industry--guys and gals who actually get outside and use their gear--and perhaps most importantly, guys who give back to the hunting industry and to nature by proactively investing in conservation efforts year-round. Kenton and Ryan are the kind of guys you want to hunt with; entertaining, hard-working, and gritty.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and myself visit with Randy Newberg and Jeff Sposito. Randy Newberg is the host and producer of the TV show Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg--a show about self-guided hunting on public lands. Randy is also the host of Hunt Talk Radio, aka, Randy Newberg Unfiltered. As an avid conservationist, Randy advocates on behalf of hunters, educating his audience in the role hunters have played in restoring wildlife to America in what he calls “The greatest story never told.” Randy shares his passion for our public lands, a place for all hunters, “whether they are, or are not, a man of means.” Jeff Sposito is with Sitka Gear and he is also an avid conservationist and with a little help from Randy has launched a new conservation program titled, “2% for conservation.” It was my pleasure to have them on the podcast. And if you’re not already, I hope each of you who are listening will take the time follow Randy. He’s kind of an old dude--sorry Randy--but Newberg has been around awhile and he knows a bit of history that most young hunters don’t have a clue about. And I’m grateful he’s on our side--that we’ve got someone like Randy advocating on behalf of public lands and the animals that live on them. And do what you can to support Jeff’s project, 2% For Conservation. Call him up, get on his website, follow him on Instagram--ask him how you can help. Remember this quote by Shane Mahoney; because it’s true: “Wildlife and wild places no longer exist by accident or without the intervention of those that truly and deeply care.”
Okay Friends on this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Aron Snyder and we talk about sleeping bags and pads. We get into some stuff about water bottles vs. nalgene bottlesand so on. It’s a pretty good podcast, but we screwed up on the audio and when I say we I mean I screwed up on the audio. So it’s not as crisp as it usually is. So forgive me on that. But, it’s a good podcast so I hope you get some good info out of it. I did. -Stay Gritty
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Tim Burnett of SOLO HNTR.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Amanda and Jesse Wise share their story of competing in Train to Hunt competitions. Amanda shares how competing in Train to Hunt helped her and Jesse to communicate and be more unified in their marriage.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I visit with Mark Kephart and Kevin Merrow of Tradgeeks—http://tradgeeks.com and the Tradgeeks podcast. These guys have a passion for traditional archery and I always enjoy hanging out with them. Currently, Mark and Kevin have some films in the 2016 Kuiu Film Festival. Look-up Kuiu Film Festival and find their films and watch them. I particularly enjoyed their film titled, TWENTY FIFTEEN in the Pro-Long division of the film festival. Go there and vote for your favorite film. But before you do that, sit back and join us as we talk traditional bow hunting on today’s podcast.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Anthony Spencer and myself visit with our friends Bryan Marshall and Cameron Stuart of Wishes for Warriors. These guys are always fun to be around. They inspire us to make a difference in the world we live in—because they gave it all… wishes is giving it back. If you haven’t already, go to Wishes for Warriors and find out how you can make a difference. http://www.wishesforwarriorscorp.org
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, I took a break from running the show, and in my place, Aron and Anthony interview Aron’s long-time friend, Ryan Avery, co-owner of Rockslide. These two have know each other for years, and can rib each-other like only good friends can. If you’re not already logging on to Rokslide and checking things out, give it a look. The site is packed with top-notch backcountry hunting information.