On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out at the home of Jesse Wise in Salem, Oregon. This podcast is just a good old fashioned get-together with friends. Jesse’s wife, Amanda, gets back on the podcast along with my sister Katie and her husband Bryce. The five of us talk about Train To Hunt, Shooting Traditional Bows vs. Compounds, and more all while our kids play in the background. Jesse gives us a recap on the first Train To Hunt event of the year and it’s good stuff.
I’ll be hanging out at the next Train to Hunt event this weekend in Enumclaw, Washington--June 4th & 5th. If you want to attend a Train To Hunt event or just want to go and watch one, go to http://traintohunt.com to find out when the next event is happening near you. In the month of June, there are events being held in Colorado, Texas, and Utah. And for July, events are being held in Oregon, Montana, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Minnesota. With Train To Hunt you get friends, 3D shoots, meat packs, and challenge courses--just go for it!
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder shares his recent bear hunt, his introduction to Alone TV and some insight on being Naked & Afraid.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I travel to Boise Idaho to visit with friend Corey Jacobsen, multiple time world elk-calling champion and owner of ELK101.com. On this episode Corey and I talk more about #PROJECTSUCCESS--an exciting ELK101 initiative. We get into solo-hunting and solo-calling for elk. This topic leads us to more discussions about the controversial face-on frontal shot, and Corey drops some bonafide measurements regarding the frontal shot opening. We talk about the moon-phase and its effect on elk hunting. We discuss some of the current threats to our public lands and we get into scent-control and cover-scent products for elk hunting. It’s GRITTY stuff!
Okay friends! On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out with our Central Oregon friends Randy and Candy Yow. Randy and Candy are not “show” names--they’re real names. Randy and Candy have been on the show once before and we had them back again because we like them so much. Randy and Candy are down-to-earth cowboy and cowgirl cattle ranching type folks who love hunting. Together they created a TV show called Extreme Desire TV. New episodes of their show will be shown on the Pursuit Channel the 3rd week of June on Friday evenings at 8:00PM Pacific Time.
But today’s podcast isn’t about their TV show. It’s about a super cool event that Candy puts on that helps female hunters learn new hunting skills. The event is called the North West Ladies Hunting Camp--and it’s awesome! The camp offers firearm training for pistol, rifle, and shotgun. You can learn archery, fire starting, field dressing, map and compass reading, backcountry safety, wildlife photography, self-defense, concealed weapon carry, and more. This camp is for the city-slicker who has never been camping or the advanced hunter who wishes to learn some new skills. On this podcast we talk about the camp. Krissy Hay Knox, Bowtech Ambassador, shares her experience being an instructor at last year’s camp. And we hear from Asha Aiello. She’s a relatively new female hunter and she describes the barriers that some women feel about getting into hunting and how this camp can make the difference. Asha is the Tualtin Cabelas Marketing Manager and a major supporter of this Women’s camp.
You can learn more about the camp online at www.ladieshunting.com. If you want to attend a camp like this, but can’t make it to this year’s camp or the camp was sold out when you tried to register, send Candy Yow an email and tell her you want to go. Seriously, like fill her inbox up with requests for a camp you can attend. Candy’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like what Candy and Randy are doing, send them a note. Tell them thank you. And if you are in a position to support their work, give them what you can.
Okay friends! On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Mark Brownlee and myself hang out with our friend Greg Munther at the annual (BHA) Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. Greg is from the older generation… like he’s 72 years old. But he doesn’t seem that old--he’s still getting out and killing big horn sheep, coues deer, mule deer, and elk with his stickbow, which he’s been shooting his entire life. Greg tells us how he uses Llamas to help him get things done in the backcountry. He’s an inspiring person. And his passion for the outdoors and for hunting is infectious. In his younger years, Greg Munther was a Forest Service biologist, District Ranger and natural resource consultant. He has been roaming the hills, streams and lakes of Montana continuously since 1976, with passions split between bowhunting, bird hunting and flyfishing. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Sherry, of 35 years and their German Shorthair Pointer Lucy, and their 3 llamas. Greg is the BHA Montana Chapter Chairman. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Greg Munther.
This episode of Gritty Bowmen was recorded a year ago on the ferry ride home from Prince of Wales island Alaska on the Alaska Marine Highway System--traveling from Ketchikan, Alaska to Bellingham, Washington. On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I am joined by my long-time friend and college roommate, Chad Nelson and by my brother, Brent. We talk about some of the logistics in getting to POW island and returning home again with hundreds of pounds of meat and bear skins. We talk about meat care and our experience traveling on the Alaska ferry system. This podcast is packed with video from this hunt--and I highly recommend that you watch this podcast on our Website, Youtube Channel, Podbean or through iTunes on Gritty Bowmen TV. I sincerely hope that this episode gets you excited about your upcoming outdoor adventures. And for those of you who are chasing bears this spring--good luck to you! Shoot straight and stay gritty.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and I do a little Heather’s Choice taste test. Heather’s Choice is owned by Heather Kelly. Heather was on episode 114 of the Gritty Bowmen podcast--and on that episode we geeked out on nutrition and talked about her backcountry meals. On that episode, the Gritty Scotsman and I said that we would do a little taste test of Heather’s Choice meals and report back to you. We also said, we would go one step further and perform a poop test--you know… validate whether Heather’s food exists the body without causing undue harm.
We are happy to report that Heather’s Choice does not cause any stomach cramping, bloating, farting, or other gastrointestinal miseries. We did not film the results of the poop test--you’re gonna have to take our word for it.
In this podcast I read from an article in Elk Hunter magazine about Heather’s Choice meals. But I mistakenly say the article is in Western Hunter magazine--it’s not. Just to be clear, the Heather’s Choice article is in the recent summer 2016 edition of Elk Hunter magazine.
If you’re one of those people who can’t stand it when people talk while eating--this podcast isn’t for you. We did not record this video with the intention of it being a formal podcast--so it’s a unpolished. Listen at your own risk. Better yet, go watch it on our website or through Gritty Bowmen TV on iTunes.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Jason Phelps shares a few more choice bits of Elk wisdom. How to Call Elk with Jason Phelps.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder, Anthony Spencer, and myself hang out with the veritable, authentic, what-you-see-is-what-you-get, sheep hunting adventurer Bryan Martin of Asian Mountain Outfitters. Bryan has hunted all over the world--from Canada and the U.S. to the Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and more. On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we discuss rugged mountain hunting--our topics range from dealing with such things as swamp butt to whether or not women are as tough as men. A fair warning: things get dicey in this podcast--Bryan is a little like Donald Trump--not too worried about saying things that offend people. And Bryan isn’t shy about his opinions either. Like I said, what you see is what you get--Bryan is direct and too the point. We have attached a copy of Bryan’s gear list to the show notes on our website for this podcast episode. You can learn more about Bryan and Asian Mountain Outfitters at www.asianmountainoutfitters.com
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we hang out with our friend Cory Miller, owner of xXx Archery, at his bowshop in Rainier Oregon. We talk to Cory about compound-bow tuning. This podcast has some visual footage that you will want to watch if this stuff is new to you. At the very end of this podcast we inserted some video footage of Cory teaching my cousin Ben how to properly grip and hold a compound bow when shooting. In Cory’s experience as a tournament bow shooter for PSE and an archery shop owner--improper grip is one of the most common mistakes that he sees in archery shooters. Checkout the video at the end of this podcast for a brief lesson from Cory on how the grip should be done. If you live in the area, check-out xXx Archery--it’s worth the drive. And now, Cory has a super-cool Techno Shoot that’s a blast to play with. Go to our website or to our Youtube channel to see a video of Cousin Ben and the Gritty Scotsman go head-to-head in a Techno Shoot-out. It’s good, gritty fun.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we hang out with traditional archer, conservationist, and film producer Clay Hayes of Twisted Stave Media. On this podcast we on location at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Annual Rendezvous. Clay makes his own bows and hunts with them--he carves them out of a piece of wood. He’s a “real” hard-core traditional archer. He and I and Mark Brownlee get to know each-other on this podcast. We talk about his films, which I highly recommend. And I think Clays films are especially good to share with your non-hunting friends. You can find his films at http://www.twistedstave.com/ I really like Clay. He’s a deep and thoughtful person. And his films are the same.