Gritty Podcast

This is the GRITTY podcast where we talk about ALL things GRITTY. Life is not easy… life isn’t fair, it never was and it will NEVER be. A good life takes GRIT--because the best things in life come from hard work, sacrifice, resolve, determination, and perseverance--because GRIT means never quitting, it means coming back time and time again until you succeed. So on this show we talk hunting, we talk outdoors, we talk conservation, we talk family and life. We talk fitness. And we talk strength. Strength of body, strength of mind and strength of character. Prioritize who you are and who you want to be. Get GRITTY--because life isn’t fair and a little GRIT can make all the difference.
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Aug 18, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I talk with Shane Mahoney. Shane Patrick Mahoney is the President and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc.. A Newfoundland native, he holds both an Honors and a Masters of Science degree in Zoology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mahoney has over 30 years experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic advisor.

Shane is a brilliant and passionate conservationist. And he has been working on a massive project called “The Wild Harvest Initiative.” Shane explains it like this: Safe, healthy food is important to everyone. Every year, some 40 million citizens in the United States and Canada take to the fields, mountains, forests, streams, and lakes, returning with a harvest of wildlife and fish to feed their families and share with friends. Just how much of this natural, organic food do these two nations provide annually, and how valuable is it to our societies? At this point, no one really knows. “It’s time we did know,” said Shane Mahoney, founder and CEO of Conservation Visions, Inc., a private conservation organization focused on building broader coalitions in support of biodiversity and the natural world. “We’ve known for well over a century that conservation of the world’s ecosystems is critical to human well being and that the sustainable use of wild resources brings enormous and unique benefits to human beings everywhere.”

On november 30th of this year, British Columbia says it will no longer allow the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Canadian province.

Of the approximately 15,000 grizzlies in British Columbia, about 250 are killed by hunters annually, according to government figures.

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson characterized that level of hunting as “sustainable” in an interview with the CBC.

However, he says the decision to end trophy hunting is “not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”

The key word in the above statement is “trophy.” As stated, the population of Grizzly Bears is robust and the harvest rates are sustainable; but regardless of these facts, Grizzly Bear hunting has been banned by the voice of the people. And something that was “legal” is not legal anymore. I’ve been saying this for a long time, legal is not an argument for hunting. As Steven Rinella recently said, “it’s legal for a man to cheat on his wife but nobody believes that makes it okay.”

Why did 90% of the electorate vote against “trophy hunting Grizzly bears?” If you’re a hunter, are you surprised by this vote? Is hunting even a relevant activity in today’s world? Why do people despise trophy hunting? What is trophy hunting? How have hunters in the United States and Canada portrayed hunting in the last 20 to 30 years? What motives and values do we display and promote on our TV Shows and Social Media Outlets? Does it matter? If we send the wrong message, what’s at stake?

These are the sorts of questions that Shane tackles on a regular basis. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to personally visit with Shane and have him as a guest on this podcast.

I hope you listen to this entire podcast and that it causes you to feel an increased measure of concern for wild animals and wild places. For, “hunters of have an inseparable relationship with nature and a responsibility to protect it.”

Aug 18, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with my good buddy, Jason Phelps of Phelps Game Calls. Jason shares some of his elk hunting experiences and what he's learned along the way.

Aug 17, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Sthealthy Hunter, Ryan Lampers and I review the book, "Boone: A Biography" by Robert Morgan. We talk about Daniel Boone's life as he helped bridge the gap of westward expansion in the United States, his love of the frontier and how he felt as it started to become "over populated", how he was captured by Indians and managed to escape, his daughter's capture and much, much more.

If you liked this podcast you may also enjoy our other Gritty Book Club reviews:
EPISODE 196: Extreme Ownership with Corey Jacobsen and Jordan Harbertson
EPISODE 223: Ego Is The Enemy with Corey Jacobsen and Jordan Harbertson

Additional Book Club Suggestions based on this book:
American Serengeti by Dan Flores
The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph Marshall
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

#GrittyBC #GBC

Aug 15, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk broadheads with Aron Snyder. He talks about mechanical vs. fixed blade and pros and cons to both. 

Broadheads reviewed on this podcast: NAP Kill Zone, Grave Digger Cut on Contact, Grave Digger Chisel Tip, Iron Will. 

Aug 11, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron and I talk about our experience at the Total Archery Challenge in Big Sky, Montana. We discuss some exciting new things coming up for Aron, as well as our upcoming 2017 hunting season.

Aug 10, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Dustin Roe and Cole Kramer at the Sitka Converge in Bozeman, Montana. Dustin and Cole are backpack sheep, moose, bear and mountain goat hunting guides in Alaska and BC. They are a wealth of knowledge. We also talk about Dustin's pack dogs and the pros and cons.  Dustin owns Backcountry BC and Beyond. Cole owns Kramer Kodiak Guide Service and  Adventure Mountain Hunts.  I hope this episode makes you as excited for hunting season as it does for me. -Stay Gritty

Aug 9, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I hang out at xXx Archery in Rainier Oregon with good friend, Jason Phelps. I asked Jason to give me some elk calling lessons and decided we might as well throw on the headsets. I hope you find this information valuable and good luck on your hunts. 

More podcasts like this:
EPISODE 26: Get'em Close Elk Hunting Seminar with Jason Phelps & Aron Snyder
EPISODE   99: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #1
EPISODE 101: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #2
EPISODE 105: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #3
EPISODE 115: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #4
EPISODE 118: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #5
EPISODE 126: Phelps' Elk Nuggets #6


Aug 9, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with my friend Mark Livesay of Treeline Pursuits. I first met Mark at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana. On this podcast we talk about hunting with Llamas; Mark's new obsession. Check it out. It's good stuff. You can follow Mark on social media @treeline_pursuits on instagram or Treeline Pursuits on Facebook. 

Aug 2, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Brandon Bates, Casey Harbertson and Brian Brian McElrea to talk technology and hunting. 

Jul 30, 2017

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk with Corey Jacobson about his film, "The Linguists". 

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.


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