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Aug 6, 2015

In today’s podcast we travel to Hoodoo Oregon for the second-leg of the NW Mt Challenge. We meet up with Kody Kellom of Born and Raised Outdoors and Jon Walusiak, joint owners of the Full Draw Film Tour. Jon is also the owner of W- Design company. These two guys are the engine that run the Full Draw Film Tour. Now... some of you may be asking, “what is the Full Draw Film Tour?” To quote the Gritty Scotsman, “If you donn’a know what the tour is, you need to climb out from under the rock you been livin’ under and listen to this podcast.”   

In this podcast you’ll learn all about the Full Draw Film Tour. You’ll learn about Jon and Kody’s vision behind it. As Kody said: “Our goal with the FDFT is to capture them, move them, and change them.” You’ll hear Kody and Jon’s opinion on the 3 ingredients that make a good film based on their combined years of experience running the tour and literally observing nearly 100 different audiences--learning what they like, what captures them, what moves them and what changes them.  

I first met Kody at the FDF School. Where I met South Cox, Kristy Titus, Born and Raised Outdoors, Joe Sanchez, Grady Rawls, Walt Ramage and more. We were put into teams of 3 and I was grouped with Kristy Titus and Josh Keller who were a TON of fun. And these people inspired me.

And for this reason and many more, I have a special affection for this tour and these guys. It’s undeniable that the Full Draw Film Tour has had a huge impact on my life.

So it was pleasure to sit and talk to Jon and Kody about the tour. To hear about the money they’ve raised for charities like hunt of a lifetime and Wishes for Warriors. To hear how the tour has inspired people and changed lives. I STILL think the tour should have been called The GRITTY Full Draw Film Tour, but whatever. 

I’m Brian Call, and I’m your host, Mark Brownlee--the Gritty Scotsman--is my co-host and without Further ado, here is today’s podcast.  


Wishes for Warriors

FDFT Gritty Tip & It's Not About The Horns Movie Trailer 

It's Not About The Horns Movie Trailer- FDFT Official Selection

I really hope you enjoyed today’s podcast and it’s got you motivated to go and check out the film tour and see what it’s all about. 

For a behind the scenes look at the Full Draw Film tour, stay tuned for the following videos: The Full Draw Film Tour Gritty Tip and the trailer to the Gritty Bowmen Film, It’s Not About The Horns. 

Stay Gritty out there!

Jul 30, 2015

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder decides to do a Kifaru backpack giveaway to Gritty Bowmen podcast listeners. I’m not so big into advertising or offering promotional stuff or into sales. But I’ve been receiving emails and PMs daily from people who cannot find our podcast on iTunes under the hunting or outdoors category searches. Our listeners have found us by word of mouth or on Youtube, FB or Instagram. In fact, when you go to iTunes and do a category search for outdoor podcasts, the Gritty Bowmen podcast does not show up in the search. Apparently, only featured podcasts by Apple are shown. According to apple, they couldn’t show all the outdoor podcasts or there would be thousands. So the chances of someone finding the Gritty Bowmen podcast by browsing in iTunes for a hunting podcast is very slim until Apple recognizes our podcast and features our content. And apparently, our Gritty Bowmen cover art in iTunes is too gory for apple so we’re thinking about changing that. 

I want the Gritty Bowmen brand to grow organically, to be made up of genuine fans with an interest in what we’re doing. I want every review on iTunes to be obtained because someone is genuinely into the show—and NOT because we’re giving away a pack or doing some other promotional offer. So until now, we have avoided promotional offers. But then I got to thinking, do I leave reviews for the podcasts I listen to, and really like? The truth is, before I started my own podcast I rarely left reviews for the podcasts I listened to and thoroughly enjoyed. So I realized, a little motivation can go a long way. I’m sure you folks are just like me—you’re busy, you have jobs, family and life tugging at you. And I remember the first time I tried to leave a review on iTunes—after 30 minutes of effort and still no review I gave up. It wasn’t until I was sufficiently motivated to leave a review that I stuck with it until I figured out how to do it. So… hence the backpack giveaway. What kind of hunter wouldn’t want a chance at a free backpack anyway! I hope the possibility of winning a free backpack can justify the time it will take for you to leave us review. 

In this podcast you will learn why Aron Snyder is NOT in charge of this  backpack giveaway. His bleeding heart is just not as unbiased as mine. A-Aron just needs to leave this give away to the professionals at the Gritty Bowmen. Aron just needs to donate the pack—we’ll take it from here. 

Aron seems to think that our listeners in Djibouti should be left out of the giveaway. But we, at the Gritty Bowmen will not discriminate. Which brings up another point, the giveaway is not restricted to Apple users. You android and apple-haters can participate in the giveaway by leaving us a review on Stitcher. And while you’re leaving us a review on Stitcher or iTunes—be sure to subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already. This way, you can have all of the episodes automatically download to your mobile device so you can enjoy them anytime, anywhere. And for people like Tom Ryle or my college roommate Chad Nelson, who are struggling with leaving us a review on iTunes or Stitcher, Mark Brownlee and I will be creating a little “Gritty Tip instructional video on “how to leave a review and how to subscribe to a podcast.” So look for that Gritty Tip in the next week or so. The deadline to participate in the giveaway is September 10th so don’t worry, you have some time to wait for our little instructional video to do your review. 

Lastly, the giveaway extends to everyone who has EVER left us a review. 

And without further ado, here is today’s podcast. 

Alright folks, 

As you can see, Aron is not qualified to manage this backpack giveaway. Although he is very qualified to donate the pack to the give away. in all seriousness, I want thank Kifaru International for supporting our show and what we’re doing. And I want to personally thank Aron Snyder for being a regular on the show and graciously sharing his expertise. And I want to thank all of you out there listening and supporting the show—your feedback is awesome.

Stay tuned for our instructional video on how to leave a review and how to subscribe to a podcast. I wish you all great success in your lives and in your hunts this year. Stay Gritty!

A-A-Ron Substitute Teacher Video

Jul 27, 2015

Episode 19: Dude! Don't Be an Idiot! Sex, Drugs and Fitness w/Aron Snyder

Show Notes:

Aron History fat kid joined the army and then got skinny. After the army he got fat again. Kept eating Butterfingers and Pepsi.

Aron got skinny again and started doing races. He wanted to bench over 500lbs. He weighed 270lbs --"with some drugs that weren’t legal." He dealt with super human aggression and emotion. He said he got so big I couldn’t hardly hunt and he dealt with depression. 

Muscle can be built in different ways. Puffy muscle. Doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re stronger. It’s not dense. He got back into backpack hunting. But the drugs caused Arrhythmia. He got depression and battled "Bigger-exia." 

Clarity to exercise with the end goal in mind. Aron exercises with a pack on because he wants to be able to hunt with a pack. What’s your end goal? What do you want to be good at? Exercise and train for that.  Longevity - Overall health in life. 

Aron’s Workout Program: 
Lift in the morning at 5. for 30-45 minutes at the most.
Super sets and drop sets. Super sets curls and abs immediately one after the other not a real break in between. Maybe 15 seconds.
Incline bench 15 Crunches 
Do one muscle group per day. 
Dips and pull ups back country fitness workout. 
Afternoon: Climb a mountain. 100m by 100yd. pace. 15-30 sec. break  
4-8 mile loop.
Aron’s optimal caloric intake 2650
120-150 oz. of water per day with supplements or electrolytes 
65% of your muscle is water 15% of your bones are water

Brian’s Take:
3 legged stool: Sleep is 1 leg, Diet is another and Exercise is third.
Diet- Anti Inflammatory foods - Modified Paleo. Meat, Fats, Vegetables

“I don’t play basketball to get into shape. I get into shape so I can play basketball. Because if you play basketball to get into shape—that’s a recipe for injury. You should get into shape so you can DO basketball.” 

Mobility is where injuries come from. 
Ibuprofen like it was a vitamin. 

The Primal Blueprint 

The Paleo Solution 

Mark's Daily Apple Blog

Robb Wolf Blog


Navy Seal Dr. Kirk Parsley- "Barbell Shrugged" Podcast on sleep and testosterone. 

Eat Meat and Fat and keep carbs low. Eat as many vegetables and fruits. Pound the vegetables.  
“Number 1 mistake people make with diet and finances is to not write it down and track it.”
“6000 calorie dinner hooks onto your ass and won’t let go.” Snyderism
M,W,F Brian- Deadlift, squat, over head press
T,TH -power clean, snatches, clean and jerk

How to Get Fit
Stop eating processed carbs
no soda
no sugar
track your intake
eat fruits and vegetables
drink water! 
If you’re hungry-eat!
Cut out enriched flour
Cut out the grains and replace with veggies and fruit.
Under 100 grams of carbs per day for quick weight loss.
Eat fat. Gets full differently
Eat good quality protein.
My fitness pals App.

“you need fat to poop.” Aron Snyder 

Fish Oil- Omega 6-20 to 1 ration Omega 3

Testosterone increases by 30% by going from 6 hours to 8 hours per night. 

Sex drive increases with sleep. 

“We have to have our special time in the morning because after 9 o’clock it would take a bolt of lightening to get an erection—because I’m tired.” 


Jul 23, 2015

“Backcountry Meat Care,Tips and Tactics”

    - In this podcast Aron Snyder shares his tips and tactics for caring for game meat in the backcountry. This is not a ground-breaking podcast—there are literally thousands and thousands of resources for backcountry meat care. This podcast consists mostly of common sense. But if you’re new to hunting or haven’t spent much time caring for meat in the backcountry in warm weather this podcast is for you. And for you seasoned  

“Don’t grab an apple-scented Glad bag and start cramming meat in there…” “Pretend like you’re gonna serve that meat in two hours and so you do everything you can to keep it clean.”

“Don’t have the bi-polar meat processing issue…” 

Avoid bi-polar meat processing issues. Don't move it from shady spot to shady spot throughout the day. Pick a spot that will be shady all day. 


Tag Bags 

Larry Bartlett pristine adventures spray with Citric Acid

Video on deboning by Aron Snyder —Outdoorlife

Step 1: Keep the meat clean

Step 2: Keep it Cool and drain blood

Step 3: Submerge it

Jul 16, 2015

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we are back in Tamarack Idaho for the annual NW Mountain Challenge Archery Shoot and we talk to Ty Stubblefield and Josh Keller of Born and Raised Outdoors. We discuss Ty’s new role with BackCountry Hunters & Anglers as Chapter Coordinator and the importance of conservation, the threat against our hunting lifestyle and how we can join the fight to preserve our traditions, values and way of life. If you’re not familiar with Born and Raised Outdoors you should take some time to get to know these boys through their films which are some of the most real, honest and entertain elk hunting films I’ve seen. 

I really hope you enjoy this podcast because it’s important—the opposition facing hunters today is very real—and Ty Stubblefield is one of those people who is on the front-lines battling to keep our public lands public. As you listen to today’s podcast, please consider what you’re doing to make a difference in preserving the way of life you believe in.  

I am Brian Call and I’m your host. My fellow Gritty Bowmen, Anthony Spencer is my co-host.

Featured in this Podcast:

Full Draw Film Tour Schedule

Gritty Bowmen Film Trailer

Josh Keller's Bugle Challenge Video

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Ducks Unlimited Conservation

Mule Deer Foundation

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 

Okay friends. If you aren’t already a member of BHA—please go to the show notes above and sign-up to be a member and do what you can to support the efforts of this great organization. And don’t just stop there, support other organizations like MDF, RMEF, Ducks Unlimited, etc.. Hunters are conservationists—we make a huge difference. Get behind these organizations and support them if you believe in what they’re doing.  Check-out the links above and do what you can. 

As always, thanks for all of your support for our podcast. A huge thanks to all those who have left us a review on iTunes—those make a difference. And a huge thanks to the Full Draw Film Tour for selecting our film and sharing it in their tour this year. If you haven’t seen it yet, find out when the tour is coming to a city near you and go watch it. Take your whole family. It’s an awesome time with kids and friends. The film tour will be in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 16th, Fort Collins CO July 17th, Denver CO July 18th, and Hoodoo Oregon July 25th, and in Hays Kansas July 25th. These are just a few of the cities the tour is traveling to in the next couple of weeks. You can see the complete tour schedule on the Full Draw Film Tour website. Go to   Go to the tour—take your family—and tell us what you think of our film. 

Thanks again for listening! The fall hunting season is fast approaching! Good luck this season on your hunts and Stay Gritty! --Brian


Jul 7, 2015

This week on Gritty Bowmen we travel to Tamarack Idaho for the annual NW Mountain Challenge Archery Shoot and we talk to Corey Jacobsen, 7-time world champion elk caller, elk killing machine, and Owner of Extreme Elk Magazine, and most importantly, Husband and father to 3 awesome kids, Isaac, Jessi, and Samuel. Young Isaac is quite the elk caller—here he is giving my hunting partners, Ben and Anthony a lesson on how to bugle with attitude. 

The NW Mt. Challenge was a total blast. After Corey graciously spent the late-afternoon shooting this podcast with us, we had the pleasure of spending the evening shooting our bows on the night course with he and his family. We met is lovely wife Jennifer, who is super cool for many reasons, not least of which because she’s an archer and shoots a cool bow. The night shoot at Tamarack was super cool and was fun for the whole family. Donnie Drake, Corey’s longtime friend and hunting partner shot the night course with us and we were able to get a glimpse of the brotherhood these men share. 

In today’s podcast you’ll hear about what makes a good hunting partner. Corey will tell you how long he’s hunted with his hunting partners and why. And you’ll learn about things such as Corey’s dream situation for killing big bulls. 

If you missed the NW Mt. Challenge in Tamarack ID you can still attend the NW Mt. Challenge at the Hoodoo Ski Resort in Oregon July 24th, 25th, & 26th. There are 4, 3-D courses on the mountain, including a kids course. There are archery competitions. Raffles and more. The Full Draw Film Tour will be at Hoodoo Saturday night with a presentation of the film tour on a big outdoor screen. And you can see our film there. We hope to see you at Hoodoo! 

Jul 1, 2015

In this podcast I have a lot of fun talking with Aron Snyder about Fieldcraft. Aron shares some valuable bits of advice and some deep insights such as the following:  

What is fieldcraft you may ask? 

Although snares and mushrooms are discussed briefly in this podcast the focus is more on what you need to know to survive in a wilderness, survival situation. We talk about how to start fires, how not to get lost but how to handle the situation if you do. We talk about Aron Ralston and whether you should chop your arm off like he did and if you do, how should you do it? In a moment of vulnerability I confess that I carry two GPS units to which Aron has a difficult time not saying something snarky. Hey, I’m easily lost. 

Of course, the podcast would not be complete without a few tangents, which, this week, includes discussions about non-hunters, photography, film and our upcoming hunts this year. 

Main Points:
Be prepared. 
Physical fitness.
Know your limitations.

"Generally panic is what kills you in a survival situation." 


I'm not going to go into what twigs and berries and mushrooms you should eat because if you get to that point you're in deep caca. 

If you’re going to be Jeremiah Johnson and start a fire with flint and steel, I highly suggest you practice said task in multiple environments, starting with your backyard and some gasoline because that crap ain’t easy. 

My wife can get lost in a phone booth.

People leave with a T-shirt and a smile.

It’s good to stay alive — you don’t want to die. 

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:  - Duplex Frame Adjustment

Kifaru Pack No No’s and tips on fit.

Backpack videos on Rokslide:

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.


  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.

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

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 -‎, Long Burn Matches, Flint and Steel and a Bic Lighter

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

Possibles Pouch:
Patch kit-Gear Aid Tenacious Tape -‎,
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 -‎suture kit, disinfecting wipes, sunscreen, band aids, *Leuko Tape at‎ 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

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

Camera Gear:
SER.1 6X TRAVELER 4S G-LOCK GT1542T ... -, 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 -‎

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

Sleep System:
Pullouts – Kifaru Intl. Online Store SuperTarp – Kifaru Intl. Online Store 
Rab Alpine Bivi - 
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm -‎ : Thermarest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad ...,
Big Agnes Three Wire Bivy - Bivy Sacks |
Rab Ridge Master Nestor Bivy | 
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:
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.

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Why use a DSLR?:

Why and how to use a Beachtek Audio Mixer:

Gear we use:



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.  

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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.


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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.



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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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westernbowhunter and elk hunter magazine

eastmans hunting journal  - 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."

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