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Nov 5, 2015

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron and I were supposed to talk about Ethical Shot distance. But instead, we got side-tracked on a few tangents and completely left the reservation. In this podcast we actually talk about hunting industry camo patterns--Aron makes a few jokes--no offense intended. We talk about what’s going on at Kifaru lately. And we promise that our next episode will, in fact, cover ethical shot distance. Please excuse the poor audio quality of my microphone in this podcast--I screwed up.

Nov 1, 2015

In this episode of The Gritty Bowmen Podcast we talk with Corey Jacobsen. Corey is an 8 time Elk Calling Champion. He owns Elk101.com an Elk Hunting website with all things related to hunting elk. We talk about Corey's Elk Hunting Season this year. Corey reveals he shot his elk with a frontal shot and we delve into that for a bit. Corey shares a few tips and tricks and what types of arrows and broad heads he used this year. 

Featured in this podcast:

G5 Striker Broadhead
http://www.g5prime.com
http://www.elk101.com

Oct 29, 2015

On this Episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out with my uncle Kevin Call--joint owner of High Point Outfitters in Arizona. Kevin runs highpoint with his son Blake and their longtime friend John Adams. Kevin knows Arizona--he’s been hunting Arizona since the 70’s. 

I grew up watching my uncle Kevin hunt all over the West killing monster mule deer, elk, antelope and more. I grew up seeing photos of his hunts and his hunting stories in magazines and hearing hunting stories at family reunions. I can still remember the first time I walked into his giant garage--there were deer and elk antlers from floor to ceiling of all the animals he’s taken. To me, those antlers represent a mountain of time spent in the outdoors and a vast amount of collected experiences. In this podcast Uncle Kevin shares his thoughts on hunting AZ. My Dad and Kevin share some special memories of hunting Arizona in areas like the Kaibab and the Arizona Strip when they were younger. We talk about guiding and being an outfitter and why he does it. 

And we learn about Kevin’s favorite game camera--after all, High Point Outfitters runs about 200 game cameras all year. Coincidentally, I bought a couple of the cameras recommended after recording this podcast and I’m quite pleased with their performance.

If you’re listening to this podcast you might want to take a moment to watch the beginning to see some pictures of some amazing Arizona elk, deer and antelope.

Featured in this podcast:

High Point Outfitters

HPO Youtube Channel 

Stealth Cam G30

Oct 27, 2015

EPISODE 39: Gaps In Our Fitness & What We're Doing To Fix It.

Aron Snyder (Kifaru Int.) and Brian Call (Gritty Bowmen) talk about their fitness and nutrition plans. They share what worked this hunting season and what didn't and set some goals for improvement in the upcoming year. 

Featured in this Podcast: 

The Paleo Solution 

The Primal Blueprint 

The Glycemic Index

Oct 21, 2015

In this episode Brian and Aron talk about some of the mistakes they made this hunting season and in season's past. 

Oct 16, 2015

In this podcast Brian Call and the fellow Gritty Bowmen, Ben Morris and Anthony Spencer share the story of their 2015 Elk Hunt. They ultimately end up with a Warrior. The antler in his shoulder and missing antler were just a few of the clues to this old bull's life.  - Stay Gritty 

Oct 14, 2015

Which type of Hunting Partner are you? In typical Aron Snyder fashion he has come up with some different types. For example "The Grass is Always Greener Than Syndrome Guy" - There is always going to be something better over the next ridge. Or "Mr. Rogers" - He's always happy and positive to the point of annoyance for some. Or are you the "Through Hiker"? All go, no quit. Or "The Hunting Nazi"? He shoots everything out from under you. He's the first guy to break rank. Find out which one you are and which type of partners you have. 

Featured in this podcast:
The Five Love Languages

Oct 10, 2015

Join us for today’s podcast as Mark Brownlee and I visit, backstage, with the boys from the full draw film tour and some chuckleheads from the audience while on location at the Portland show. This podcasts consists of 4 20-minute interviews.  First we interview Joe Sanchez and Morgan Gregory. Joe drops some helpful tips on using Instagram and explains how he’s pretty sure that he was the first hunter ever to post on Instagram. Morgan shares some insight on filmmaking tools and they both answer questions about filmmaking. 

Next up we visit with Brad Minzey and Josh Marvin. And they share their passion for the Full Draw Film Tour and why they got involved in the tour. We have a great time getting to know these two guys and they inspire us to get involved and support the tour. 

Next we visit with two of our good friends and audience members, Cory Miller of XXX archery and Jason Phelps of Phelp’s Game Calls. These two jokers talk about the pink hat and how Portland raised more money for the Wishes For Warriors charity than any other city to that point. The share the story of how Chris Pascua of Is It September Yet, donated his raffle prize --a brand new Hoyt bow--to Wishes For Warriors. The bow was auctioned off that night and raised more than $1,000 for Wishes for Warriors--adding significantly to the total dollars that evening. And Jason and Corey share a few parting elk hunting tips before the conversation is over. 

Lastly, we sit down with our good friend Kody Kellom and huge FDFT supporter, Mike Crawford. These two men share their passion for the tour and why it’s more than just a collection of movies for them. And they tell us what they think makes a good film and more.

I hope you enjoy this podcast. Sit back, grab a drink, and listen-in as a group of good guys talk about their love of hunting, their desire to give back to veterans, and how things like the FDFT are changing the world’s perception of hunting in a positive way.  

Oct 9, 2015

Join us for today’s podcast as Mark Brownlee and I visit, backstage, with the boys from the full draw film tour and some chuckleheads from the audience while on location at the Portland show. This podcasts consists of 4 20-minute interviews.  First we interview Joe Sanchez and Morgan Gregory. Joe drops some helpful tips on using Instagram and explains how he’s pretty sure that he was the first hunter ever to post on Instagram. Morgan shares some insight on filmmaking tools and they both answer questions about filmmaking. 

Next up we visit with Brad Minzey and Josh Marvin. And they share their passion for the Full Draw Film Tour and why they got involved in the tour. We have a great time getting to know these two guys and they inspire us to get involved and support the tour. 

Next we visit with two of our good friends and audience members, Cory Miller of XXX archery and Jason Phelps of Phelp’s Game Calls. These two jokers talk about the pink hat and how Portland raised more money for the Wishes For Warriors charity than any other city to that point. The share the story of how Chris Pascua of Is It September Yet, donated his raffle prize --a brand new Hoyt bow--to Wishes For Warriors. The bow was auctioned off that night and raised more than $1,000 for Wishes for Warriors--adding significantly to the total dollars that evening. And Jason and Corey share a few parting elk hunting tips before the conversation is over. 

Lastly, we sit down with our good friend Kody Kellom and huge FDFT supporter, Mike Crawford. These two men share their passion for the tour and why it’s more than just a collection of movies for them. And they tell us what they think makes a good film and more.

I hope you enjoy this podcast. Sit back, grab a drink, and listen-in as a group of good guys talk about their love of hunting, their desire to give back to veterans, and how things like the FDFT are changing the world’s perception of hunting in a positive way.

Stay Gritty

Sep 30, 2015

In this Episode you'll hear about Aron Snyder's insane 2015 Elk Hunt with his buddy Colton. Colton and Aron went "where no man has gone before" - and lived to tell the tale.  This is Part 1 Be sure to check your Gritty Bowmen Library to hear the second part. 

Sep 29, 2015

In this Episode you'll hear about Aron Snyder's insane 2015 Elk Hunt with his buddy Colton. Colton and Aron went "where no man has gone before" - and lived to tell the tale.  This is Part 2. Be sure to check your Gritty Bowmen Library to hear the first part. 

-Stay Gritty

Sep 18, 2015

SHOW NOTES: 

Friends, I highly recommend that you watch this podcast, if you can, as I have video and photo images from the hunt overlaying much of the conversation. As for this hunt, as Aron Snyder says, I’m not gonna church it up. We made some dumb mistakes on this hunt. And I guess that’s part of why I love hunting. There are no guarantees--just like in life. We all work hard to perfect our skills--our shooting, our calling, our fieldcraft, our fitness... but at the end of the day things can and do go wrong during a hunt as they do in life and you’ve got to improvise. Sometimes it’s not skill that you need, it’s grit. It’s determination. And Anthony Spencer has that. He’s as gritty as they come. 


I wish I could say that Anthony’s bull felt no pain and went down easy. But it didn’t work out that way. Taking the life of another sentient being is not something we take lightly. Yet, it’s an everyday part of the natural world we live in. Animals hunt to eat and eat to live--including humans. And this endeavour results in pain and death to animals everyday. An ethical and compassionate hunter will always do his best to make the death as swift and painless as possible. But sometimes, despite our best efforts we fail in this. There are no guarantees--no gimmees in hunting--nor in life. Things will and do go wrong if you hunt long enough. I’m okay with that. Because that’s how life is. I didn’t want my wife to have cancer, but it happened. Sometimes, we don’t get to choose how it goes. The Hunting TV industry likes to pretend that mistakes don’t happen and animals don’t suffer. But that’s not reality. The Gritty Bowmen isn’t on a TV network, we don’t have anybody telling us what we can and cannot show. So what you get is the gritty truth. And I’m sorry to those who imagine that bliss is normal. Because as Jenkin Lloyd Jones said, “you’re going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that you’ve been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop. most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people… most jobs are more dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey… delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”  

 In this episode you'll find out what makes the Gritty Bowmen so gritty. The mental toughness and determination and sacrifice it takes to get the job done. "Those things are good for ya. It's always good to challenge yourself a little bit and not quit." - Anthony Spencer 

"I know you could never tell by looking at me... but I'm not an endurance athlete. So it's not that I was in such phenomenal  endurance condition that I could chase him down. What it took was a mind set. Ya know, I am stubborn. That was the other thing I learned this week. I'm really not that great of an elk hunter. I can screw up a lot of things really quickly.  But I am stubborn and I am persistent and I had made up my mind I wasn't going to quit running that bull. If I had given up on him that wouldn't have happened." - Anthony Spencer 

Sep 16, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! In this episode the lucky Devldog that won the Kifaru Backpack is announced! 

Sep 15, 2015

In this Episode of The Gritty Bowmen Podcast Aron Snyder and Brian Call talk Cecil the Lion, Trophy Hunting, Poaching, Flat Brims and more. 

Sep 14, 2015

In this Episode of The Gritty Bowmen Podcast Aron Snyder tells the rest of the story of Phil Mendoza's Sheep Hunt. If you missed the first part please go to Grittybowmen.com and click on podcast EPISODE 24.

Sep 8, 2015

EPISODE 29 ARON SNYDER Q&A - SHOW NOTES

FEATURED IN THIS PODCAST:

BOOTS - Don’t buy Aron’s boots. (Unless they fit your foot.) “Get the right type of boot for your foot.”

Three different styles. 

Light Hiker (or backpacking) -soft boot. i.e. Lowa Zephyr 

http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/zephyr-gtx-tf/3105370411/4

Trekking-medium stiffness boot. i.e. Lowa Sheep Hunter or Kenetrek Hardscrabble

http://www.kenetrek.com/KENETREK-HARDSCRABBLE-HIKER/productinfo/KE-420-HK/

http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/hunting/

Mountaineering-Stiff boot.

Scarpa Triolet, Monte Blanc, Charmoz, Lowa Mountain Expert 

https://www.scarpa.com/triolet-pro-gtx

https://www.scarpa.com/mont-blanc-gtx

https://www.scarpa.com/charmoz-pro-gtx

http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/mountain-expert-gtx-evo/2100293099/1

Other Boots Mentioned in the podcast:

Danner Pronghorns http://www.danner.com/product/hunt/pronghorn/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwsb-vBRCLj7TvqpGx_MoBEiQALgFGnjyqd86_jcN7nnBzHZitEWiP6ceoT2V-_kTJ2CTqh5caAm4V8P8HAQ

Chocco’s -“Jesus Sandals” 

http://www.chacos.com/US/en/home

INSOLES & SOCK LINERS

Smartwool Sock Liner and Sock - http://www.smartwool.com/socks/mens-socks.html

Lathrop & Sons -Synergy Footbed 

https://lathropandsons.com/synergy-footbeds.html
Superfeet 

http://www.superfeet.com/en-us/insoles-and-sandals?SID=&gclid=Cj0KEQjwsb-vBRCLj7TvqpGx_MoBEiQALgFGnuaeK-X36q6bCVl8tWgSa8aQk2YjWPWCPpB2Zs0AgWgaApcg8P8HAQ

Spenco 

https://www.spenco.com/category.aspx?catid=2

ARON’S PEANUT BUTTER BAR

Perfect Peanut Butter Bars

http://perfectbar.com/products/

ARON'S ADVICE:

Go somewhere that has a great return policy like Zappos. http://www.zappos.com or REI. Try stair climbing in them at home. You don’t have to “break them in” to know if they’re going to fit right. Clean them and treat them with what they recommend.  

CLOTHING - 

You want a Nylon Pant with 4-way stretch. It is better than Polyester & Spandex. 

Kuiu- Attack, Tiburon 

http://store.kuiu.com/attack-pant-p/40001.htm

http://store.kuiu.com/tiburon-pant-p/11001.htm

First Lite- Corrugate Guide

http://www.firstlite.com/corrugate-guide-pant.html

Prana - Zion

http://www.prana.com/stretch-zion-pant.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwsb-vBRCLj7TvqpGx_MoBEiQALgFGnkR8YCIun5eKSWqu60uc-xy5qvOpNUokMGa9nbPRyRAaArNj8P8HAQ

Kuhl - Renegade

http://www.kuhl.com/search/?q=renegade&gclid=Cj0KEQjwsb-vBRCLj7TvqpGx_MoBEiQALgFGntkXv1-6ov95cs3ldUN93KH8JQ4coVHT5QeZ0RVIs4UaAgVz8P8HAQ

Sitka - Ascent 

https://www.sitkagear.com/products/solids/pants/ascent-pant

Swazi 

http://www.swazi.co.nz/product-category/mens/pants/

Mammut Courmayeur “Stove-pipe Skinny Jeans”

http://www.backcountry.com/mammut-courmayeur-advanced-softshell-pant-mens-mam0661

RAINGEAR - 

“You need pit zips in your rain gear.” -Aron

Firstlite - Cocona    

http://www.firstlite.com/cocona-technology/

eVent    

http://www.eventfabrics.com/products#waterproof

^Breathe Better than Gore Tex     

Kuiu Chugach

Marmot- Precip http://marmot.com/search/precip?&mkwid=s5APGyzcY_dc%7Cpcrid%7C83677948960%7Cpkw%7Cmarmot%20precip%7Cproduct%7C%7Cpmt%7Ce&gclid=Cj0KEQjwsb-vBRCLj7TvqpGx_MoBEiQALgFGnvNaE_wI0KiRM77MRwV88yhLnE1AGtbchnRJVhmK7OoaAsZN8P8HAQ

OTTE

http://www.ottegear.com

Kryptek - Koldo

http://www.kryptekstore.com/Koldo-Rain-Jacket-Charcoal-P60.aspx

Sitka - Cold Front

 https://www.sitkagear.com/products/solids/jackets-vests/coldfront-jacket

Swazi - Tahr - http://www.swazi.co.nz/shop/jackets/tahr-anorak/

Helly Hanson - http://shop.hellyhansen.com/us/products/men/rainwear/

Rivers West - like a dry suit. “Only wear it if you’re not moving.” - Aron

http://www.riverswest.com

WHEY PROTEIN - 

Progenex - http://progenexusa.com/product-category/supplements/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PaidSearch&gclid=Cj0KEQjwsb-vBRCLj7TvqpGx_MoBEiQALgFGnqqfupLLxkh_YrNT6NC4DWmKnBzcdyhPUQeSa2YNFisaAooG8P8HAQ

MTN OPS -  Magnum - http://getmtnops.com

 

Sep 1, 2015

Episode 28: Conservation with Ty Stubblefield. How are the current fires impacting our hunting ground? How can you help? Why should you help? All of these questions and more are answered in this podcast. Thanks to Ty Stubblefield and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers for their work. 

RMEF
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

 

Aug 31, 2015

EPISODE 27: Elk Hunting-How Corey Jacobsen Does It! Part 1

Show Notes: 

Elk Hunting Tactics - Strategies

What is the most important think you can’t fake you have to put effort into for Elk Hunting? What’s the one thing you need to be focusing on? "Confidence."

Which you gain from experience.  That killer instinct comes from experience.  

  “It’s all about channeling that adrenaline rush.” “Channel that excitement into the thrill of the hunt.” Corey Jacobsen

Corey’s Typical Setup

“I want a fight! I want him coming in hot.”

Closing the distance- Get as close as you can get. When you hit that point you can’t go any further, stop and set up. 

Shooting lanes- We say, “This is where we want the bull to come in.” 

Caller moves back 30-40 yards.  Just to a point where the bull has to come into the shooters lane before seeing the caller. 

The Caller lets out a simple cow callOnce the bull responds- as soon as he responds- no matter what he responds with the caller hits him with a challenge bugle. Be immediate. In fact we usually cut him off. Put that aggression and emotion into it. 

“It works!”

 

Aug 28, 2015

EPISODE 27: Elk Hunting-How Corey Jacobsen Does It! Part 1

Show Notes: 

Elk Hunting Tactics - Strategies

What is the most important think you can’t fake you have to put effort into for Elk Hunting? What’s the one thing you need to be focusing on? "Confidence."

Which you gain from experience.  That killer instinct comes from experience.  

  “It’s all about channeling that adrenaline rush.” “Channel that excitement into the thrill of the hunt.” Corey Jacobsen

Corey’s Typical Setup

“I want a fight! I want him coming in hot.”

Closing the distance- Get as close as you can get. When you hit that point you can’t go any further, stop and set up. 

Shooting lanes- We say, “This is where we want the bull to come in.” 

Caller moves back 30-40 yards.  Just to a point where the bull has to come into the shooters lane before seeing the caller. 

The Caller lets out a simple cow callOnce the bull responds- as soon as he responds- no matter what he responds with the caller hits him with a challenge bugle. Be immediate. In fact we usually cut him off. Put that aggression and emotion into it. 

“It works!”

 

Aug 26, 2015

This is second part of a two part episode. Please check your library for the first available part. Thanks! 

 

Show Notes Episode 26:

Kifaru International

Phelps Game Calls

Bowtech

MTN OPS

OnXmaps

Aug 25, 2015

On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder & Jason Phelps share their elk calling & hunting techniques LIVE at the Bowtech Factory Pro Shop in Eugene, OR. This is a two part series. Please check your library for the next available part.  

 

Show Notes Episode 26:

Kifaru International

Phelps Game Calls

Bowtech

MTN OPS

OnXmaps

Aug 24, 2015

SHOW NOTES:

This week on Gritty Bowmen we meet with Jordan and Casey Harbertson of MTN OPS. These two guys are salt-of-the-earth, good guys who LOVE what they're doing. 

Performance and fitness are very important to me. But I care less about performance and more about long-term health and wellness. I want to be elk hunting in the mountains when I'm 70 years old-- and I'm not kidding. So I'm not willing to sacrifice my health at the future age of 65 for increased performance today. I'm a huge skeptic when it comes to supplements. Instead of buying supplements I have tried my best to get all my nutrition from healthy foods. I really don't like meal replacements or performance enhancing products. I prefer a good elk steak with a pile of veggies, high fiber fruit and some water. 

MTN OPS

Aug 23, 2015

SHOW NOTES:

This week on Gritty Bowmen we meet with Jordan and Casey Harbertson of MTN OPS. These two guys are salt-of-the-earth, good guys who LOVE what they're doing. 

Performance and fitness are very important to me. But I care less about performance and more about long-term health and wellness. I want to be elk hunting in the mountains when I'm 70 years old-- and I'm not kidding. So I'm not willing to sacrifice my health at the future age of 65 for increased performance today. I'm a huge skeptic when it comes to supplements. Instead of buying supplements I have tried my best to get all my nutrition from healthy foods. I really don't like meal replacements or performance enhancing products. I prefer a good elk steak with a pile of veggies, high fiber fruit and some water. 

 

 MTN OPS

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