On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we visit with Andy Ponce and friend Robert Bourland. Andy is the owner of Addictive Archery and a master arrow-maker. Andy is a real craftsman when it comes to building arrows. His arrows are works of art. And he makes these incredible arrows out of wood; although he does build beautiful arrows out of carbon shafts too--it’s the wood arrows that really get your attention. According to Andy, wood arrows have a bad rap due to the fact that the majority of wood arrows on the market are poorly made. Andy geeks out on wood arrows. He pays attention to detail--ensuring that his arrows all weigh the same and have the same spine from batch to batch. And he builds some amazing footed arrows--where the front of the arrow is built out of Ironwood or some such hardwood while the main shaft is built out of cedar or fur--making the tip of the arrow very strong while ensuring the overall straightness and weight of the arrow shaft is ideal for accurate and effective shooting.
You can go to addictivearchery.com to see pictures and pricing for Andy’s arrows. And you can look him up on Instagram at addictivearchery--all one word. Whether you shoot compound and want some sweet, custom carbon arrows for your rig or you shoot traditional and want the creme de la creme of wood arrows; give Andy Ponce a jingle and get yourself some.
In winter 2014 I decided I wanted to learn how to make a good outdoor film. I bought a computer, some editing software and some online tutorials. I started teaching myself how to make a movie. It didn’t take me long to realize I needed help. I stumbled across a 3-day film school hosted by the Full Draw Film Tour. Little did I know, this school would have a profound influence on my life and the advent of the Gritty Bowmen. On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen, I visit with a most excellent friend of mine, Grady Rawls. Grady was one of two instructors at the Full Draw Film School--Kody Kellom was the other. I drank from the proverbial firehose that weekend and I learned more about outdoor filmmaking in those 3 days than I had learned at home in the previous 3 months combined. But it wasn’t what I learned that would change the direction of my life--it was the confidence and the encouragement to follow my passion, given to me by the people I met over those 3 days. People like Grady, Kody, South Cox, Kristy Titus, Ty Stubblefield, Jason Phelps, Josh Keller and more. The Film School dumped gasoline on what previously had been just a spark of a flame. In the subsequent months, I began producing GRITTY content. And whenever I posted a video or a podcast and it seemed that nobody was watching or listening, Grady Rawls was ALWAYS there. He was a teacher and a mentor--but more than that, Grady believed in me and never stopped heaping gasoline on my fire. And for that, I am deeply indebted to him.
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Grady's Wedding Videography Living Sky Productions
Grady on Facebook
Grady on Instagram
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we travel to Roseburg Oregon to the “quote, unquote” “Kellom Ranch” and we talk elk hunting with Trent Fischer and Kody Kellom of Born and Raised Outdoors. I’ve been a huge fan of Born And Raised Outdoors since I got my hands on one of their early DVDs, “The Reason.” I own every one one of their DVDs and every July, August and September I watch them over and over again. I like to run their show in the background in my basement while I’m working out. My wife and kids are sick of Born and Raised but I never get tired of them. They’re real. They are genuine. What you see on camera is who they are in real-life. To me, the Born And Raised crew represents the quintessential public-land, over-the-counter-elk hunter. They find a why to kill elk with a bow year after year. AND, they capture it on film in a way that’s real. Just like how it is for me with my hunting buddies. I’ve come to know these guys on a personal level--with Kody Kellom and Ty Stubblefield becoming what I consider close friends.
On this podcast they tell us about their secret sauce for consistently killing elk. We share hunting stories and we talk about how they got started. It’s all GRITTY stuff. Do me a favor and go and follow Born And Raised Outdoors on Instagram if you aren’t already. They are the good guys--good ole’ fashion Oregon boys who love to hunt. And check-out their Youtube Channel and subscribe. They’ve got some killer elk-hunting video on there and they’re adding new stuff weekly. Finally… for those of you wondering if Born And Raised Outdoors is EVER going to produce another DVD--you can stop wondering. They FINALLY did another DVD--it will be available on July 1st at www.bornandraisedoutdoors.com
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we hang out with Corey Jacobsen of Elk101, Kody Kellom of Full Draw Film Tour and Born And Raised Outdoors, and our mutual friend Clint Radford--elk hunter, blacktail hunter, high school teacher, Sitka gear-junky, and family man. On this podcast we finally talk about #PROJECTSUCCESS or rather, UEH. The University of Elk Hunting--this is Corey’s new online elk hunting course. This course is the culmination of 30-years of elk hunting experience. In fact, the course is more than 120,000 words, has more than 70 video components and hundreds of diagrams and images. This course is seriously awesome. On this podcast, Clint tells us about his thoughts on the training courses. This podcast can’t help but come off as a giant sales-pitch to get you to buy this online course--and even though that’s kinda what this podcast is--it’s also way more than that. I really do believe that the course is worth every penny to every elk hunter out there. And, shamelessly, I would love to see Corey get wildly rewarded for the work he’s put into this course and for the knowledge he freely shares to help elk hunters across the world find greater success year after year in the elk woods. Corey has worked his butt off to make this online course come to life. So sit back, listen to the show and if you like what you’ve heard--do yourself a solid, and enroll in UEH.
The discount code is GRITTY40--the word GRITTY, G R I T T Y and the number 40--with this discount code you’ll save 40% off the University of Elk Hunting online course. The code expires on Halloween night. It’s $59 bucks with the code and $99 dollars without it. It’s worth every penny. Stay GRITTY friends!
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Brian gets some schooling on how to adjust a backpack for running a race with 100lbs. vs. hunting and packing your meat out. Brian also gives us the run down of the recent Train To Hunt event in Enumclaw, Washington where he decided to run the 100lb. meat pack event “for fun”. Aron shares his knowledge on the ins and outs of pack adjustment and weight distribution.
For more information on properly adjusting your backpack check out Episode 14: Is this pack adjusted right? http://www.grittybowmen.com/gritty-podcasts-blog/2015/6/25/episode-14-is-this-pack-adjusted-right
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, I visit with friend Josh Nordwick of Mountain Fitness: The Hunters Fitness Solution. I know many people who exercise regularly but are plagued with pain in their low-back, hips, knees, shoulders, and more. And I have friends and family members who have lived sedentary lives behind computers or behind the wheel of a truck and now suffer with chronic back and neck pain and more. In this podcast Josh and I talk a little about how to get your body back--how to get your back pain, knee pain, neck pain... to go away. It’s about proper body movement to build strength and correct bad movement patterns. If you’re body feels like it’s falling apart, learn how to fix it and make it strong again. Josh is a young dude who geeks out on health and fitness. He loves to help people who have lost hope. Who don’t think they can live an active, outdoor lifestyle any longer--who think that age has caught up to them and it’s time to cash in their chips and just watch the young hunters get it done without them. I hope you like Josh and you learn something new from this podcast--and maybe, just maybe some of you will find a way to get your body back. Connect with Josh at joshnordwick.com and on Facebook at Mountain Fit: The Hunters Fitness Solution.
Disclaimer: Before you start any exercise talk to a medical professional.
Okay friends! On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and myself visit with Rachel Vandevoort, of Kimber Firearms, at the annual (BHA) Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. Kimber is an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for individual, sporting, and law enforcement and military markets. Basically, Kimber makes sweet guns. And Rachel is the Trade Relations Manager at Kimber.
Rachel shares her thoughts on guns, calibers, conservation, hunting and more. She talks about bear spray vs. guns and she’s adept at helping people rationalize the purchase of new firearms. Rachel is fun! And she’s a wealth of knowledge. We like her because like because we think she’s pretty dang GRITTY. We had a great time visiting with her--and we think you will too.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder and myself hang out with the Eastmans, Guy and Ike Eastman of the Eastmans’ Hunting Journal, Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal and Eastmans’ TV.
The Eastmans’ tradition began in 1956 with Gordon Eastman. Gordon was a true pioneer in adventure hunting and outdoor wildlife cinematography. His first project was in the wilds of Alaska. He was also among the first to ever film in the North Country, and built such a solid reputation that Walt Disney himself hired Gordon to film outdoor productions in the 1960s.
Today Mike, Guy and Ike carry on Gordon’s legacy by producing the industry-leading publications of Eastmans’ Hunting and Bowhunting Journals in combination with the award-winning Eastmans’ Hunting TV show that airs 52 weeks a year and showcases fair chase rifle and bow hunts on all western big game.
This is just a fun podcast with some solid dudes! If you’re not subscribed to Eastmans’ Hunting Journal and/or Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal you should go to www.eastmans.com
and get signed-up. Eastmans’ has been around for a long time and continues to be a powerful influence for good in the hunting industry. Get involved, support their work and get yourself a sweet western hunting magazine to boot.
On this podcast Aron Snyder and I talk about some upcoming events that we'll be attending, as well as some gear list items that slide under the radar.
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Total Archery Challenge
July 15-17 Snow Bird Utah
July 29-31 Big Sky MT
Full Draw Film Tour coming to a town near you
June 8th Loveland CO
June 9th Denver, CO
June 10th SLC, UT
June 11th Idaho Falls, ID
Aron’s Gear List
Dark Energy Charger - Supports Hunting -
Sugru - (Silly Putty Repair)
Black Eagle Arrows