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
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 email@example.com. 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.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Brian and Aron meet with Tom & Danny Clum of Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I travel to Boise Idaho and visit with friend, Russ Meyer and his wife Carole. This podcast is about relationships--it’s about life AND hunting. It’s about balance. The balance between the drive to be outdoors, often away from the ones we love most, and time at home with family. Many couples struggle when one person in the family has a passion for hunting that the other doesn’t understand. And it goes both ways. Sometimes the passionate hunter alienates their loved ones in the pursuit and fulfillment of their own personal interest to be in the mountains, in the deserts, or on the water. Many relationships have crashed and burned in the unreconcilable void between the hunter and those he or she leaves at home. How does a couple reconcile their differences? Why do these differences strengthen some relationships while destroying others.
In this podcast, we talk to a couple who seems to have figured out how to reconcile their differences. We are going to find out what works for them. You will hear about the struggles they’ve had as a couple and how they’ve overcome them.
The more I get to know a person, the more I realize how much we’re alike as human beings. We all have fears and doubts. We all struggle--life isn’t always easy. But life is awesome. The journey is awesome. And in this podcast we get to know Russ and Carole on a more intimate level. I want to thank them for sharing their lives so openly. I tend to talk too much in this podcast. For those of you who don’t know Russ, let me tell you something about him--he’s a man of few words. Let’s just say he’s not going to dominate the conversation. That said, my goal is to understand him--to get to know him; to find out what he thinks and why he does the things he does. As a result, I find myself talking quite a bit about my own experiences in this podcast. And as Carole gives me insight into their lives--I cannot help but share my own thoughts on the subjects discussed. So please indulge my excessive input. And I hope, in some small way, that this podcast helps you strengthen the relationships in your own life.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen I travel to Boise Idaho and visit with friend, Corey Jacobsen, multiple time world elk calling champion and owner of ELK101--ELK101.com. In this podcast, we have a good time answering elk-hunting questions that new, and old, elk hunters commonly ask. It’s GRITTY stuff.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron Snyder shares his latest Turkey Hunt in Kansas with his Trad Bow.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Jason Phelps shares more of his Elk Nuggets of wisdom. What is Jason's go-to calling sequence? How can you set the scene Bob Ross style?
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out with Heather Theresa Kelly. Heather Kelly is an evolutionary sports nutritionist. She is the owner and operator of OPENutrition and the creator of Heather's Choice. She attended college at Western Washington University, where she was a two time NCAA National Champion in women's rowing. She was born and raised in Alaska and she loves adventuring in the backcountry; she is an all around badass. And a nerd. A food nerd. And that’s how Heather’s Choice was born. Heather has created her own, epic backcountry meals and they’re now available to all of us. All of the recipes Heather has developed for Heather's Choice are meant to be nutritionally balanced, and made with the highest quality ingredients available. Heather believes that everyone deserves to have a healthy + satisfying relationship with food, which comes from eating nutritious + satiating foods. If you like what Heather is doing, support her company. Go online to HeathersChoice.com and buy some of her products and give them a try. I recommend Heather’s Packaroons; I especially like the Orange Vanilla Bean packaroons. They’re rad. But order more than one package. Because you’ll want to eat another package of them as soon as you finish the first.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we recap the highlights of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana. I’m joined by Jesse Wise, our friend from Train to Hunt, Justin Klement, the man behind the Gritty Bowmen Newsletter, the Gritty Scotsman, a.k.a. Mark Brownlee, my brother B-Rent and my brother in-law Bryce Lofts.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and myself visit with Ryan Callaghan and Kenton Carruth of First Lite at the annual BHA Rendezvous. Since 2007, First Lite Clothing has been dedicated to building the best hunting gear on the market out of the most reliable materials and fabrics. Aron Snyder has been a long-time proponent of First Lite gear and for good reason. Not only do they make top quality technical clothing--the company is also ran by some of the coolest cats in the hunting industry--guys and gals who actually get outside and use their gear--and perhaps most importantly, guys who give back to the hunting industry and to nature by proactively investing in conservation efforts year-round. Kenton and Ryan are the kind of guys you want to hunt with; entertaining, hard-working, and gritty.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and myself visit with Randy Newberg and Jeff Sposito. Randy Newberg is the host and producer of the TV show Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg--a show about self-guided hunting on public lands. Randy is also the host of Hunt Talk Radio, aka, Randy Newberg Unfiltered. As an avid conservationist, Randy advocates on behalf of hunters, educating his audience in the role hunters have played in restoring wildlife to America in what he calls “The greatest story never told.” Randy shares his passion for our public lands, a place for all hunters, “whether they are, or are not, a man of means.” Jeff Sposito is with Sitka Gear and he is also an avid conservationist and with a little help from Randy has launched a new conservation program titled, “2% for conservation.” It was my pleasure to have them on the podcast. And if you’re not already, I hope each of you who are listening will take the time follow Randy. He’s kind of an old dude--sorry Randy--but Newberg has been around awhile and he knows a bit of history that most young hunters don’t have a clue about. And I’m grateful he’s on our side--that we’ve got someone like Randy advocating on behalf of public lands and the animals that live on them. And do what you can to support Jeff’s project, 2% For Conservation. Call him up, get on his website, follow him on Instagram--ask him how you can help. Remember this quote by Shane Mahoney; because it’s true: “Wildlife and wild places no longer exist by accident or without the intervention of those that truly and deeply care.”
Okay Friends on this episode of Gritty Bowmen I sit down with Aron Snyder and we talk about sleeping bags and pads. We get into some stuff about water bottles vs. nalgene bottlesand so on. It’s a pretty good podcast, but we screwed up on the audio and when I say we I mean I screwed up on the audio. So it’s not as crisp as it usually is. So forgive me on that. But, it’s a good podcast so I hope you get some good info out of it. I did. -Stay Gritty
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