On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we visit with friends Russ Meyer and Christopher Claunch, post Train To Hunt event at Cascadian Bowmen, in Noti Oregon. On this podcast we talk about all sorts of things; we talk about Claunch’s fitness journey. We talk about the Gritty Bowmen early days, which aren’t really, all that long ago. We talk about bow shooting. Claunch and I geek-out on entrepreneurship and some of the many influences that have impacted our lives, and more. Christopher Claunch and Russ Meyer couldn’t be more opposite. And yet, they are friends. I like that. And these two men inspire me; albeit in different ways. I hope there are a few bits and pieces in this podcast that positively impact your life, like they impacted mine.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen Aron and Brian talk about the tradlife, the recent British Columbia Bear Hunt, the Total Archery Challenge in Snowbird UT, Aron's hunting style preference and previous hunting experiences and more.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we visit with Matt Anderson, his wife Sharon, and Brian Fraiser and his wife Kara. This is just a fun discussion among friends. Matt and Brian competed against each-other at the Enumclaw Washington Train To Hunt event, but partnered-up and competed in the Team Event for Oregon. I have a fun hanging out with these two couples and getting to know them a little better. Matt Anderson won the Washington TTH event and Brian Fraiser came in 2nd place. Together, they took second-place in the Team division in Oregon. In this podcast we talk about how they prepare for Train To Hunt--both have very different preparations; but each of them have achieved a high-level of fitness. We also talk about supplements and we laugh a lot.
It was a pleasure meeting their wives, Kara and Sharon, and gathering their input too. Whether you are into Train To Hunt or not, I believe you’ll enjoy this podcast. At the end of the day, we’re all hunters and we have a passion for the outdoors. I hope you laugh; I hope you learn something new and I hope feel inspired by these gritty people.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we visit with Shannon Mobbs and Cory Ford of Angry Spike Productions and we talk Roosevelt Elk hunting. I remember when I bought my first Angry Spike Productions DVD more than 10 years ago. I bought the DVD from good friend Cory Miller, who was in a couple of those early DVDs. I remember watching these guys call-in elk, on over the counter tags in thick coastal, rain forest country--Shannon Mobbs can hunt Roosevelt elk. He’s a Roosevelt killing machine and his wall at home displays some amazing coastal bulls, which I have included in the video version of this podcast. He’s also been blessed to shoot a Rocky Mountain Bull Elk, on a draw tag, that scores just shy of 400 inches. Shannon knows how to hunt elk. He’s been consistently getting it done in the elk woods for multiple decades. On this podcast he shares his opinions and experiences calling-in elk. It’s a fascinating show whether you’re into Roosevelt elk hunting or not--in many ways, an elk, is an elk, is an elk. Angry Spike Productions quit producing DVDs a few years ago. So, we got them set-up online and now you can digitally download their old DVDs on a link on the Gritty Bowmen Website. Just go to grittybowmen.com and click the VHX link and follow the prompts from there. Type in the coupon code ‘GRITTY’ at checkout and you can get 50% off each DVD download. It’s a cool thing. I tremendous much respect for anybody who attempts to film and produce video content from their hunts--these guys have done it. The footage is a little old but the call-ins and the bugling are solid. I learned a lot from watching these guys hunt on these old films. Listen to this podcast and see what you think. And then go download one of their videos from our website and enjoy some raw and real roosevelt elk hunting. And hopefully, these guys will produce a new film this year--get on Instagram and follow them at AngrySpikeProductions. And feel free to send them your questions and to ask them about producing a new and updated elk hunting film for 2016--rumor has it they’re sitting on tons of great elk hunting video.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we visit with Andy Ponce and friend Robert Bourland. Andy is the owner of Addictive Archery and a master arrow-maker. Andy is a real craftsman when it comes to building arrows. His arrows are works of art. And he makes these incredible arrows out of wood; although he does build beautiful arrows out of carbon shafts too--it’s the wood arrows that really get your attention. According to Andy, wood arrows have a bad rap due to the fact that the majority of wood arrows on the market are poorly made. Andy geeks out on wood arrows. He pays attention to detail--ensuring that his arrows all weigh the same and have the same spine from batch to batch. And he builds some amazing footed arrows--where the front of the arrow is built out of Ironwood or some such hardwood while the main shaft is built out of cedar or fur--making the tip of the arrow very strong while ensuring the overall straightness and weight of the arrow shaft is ideal for accurate and effective shooting.
You can go to addictivearchery.com to see pictures and pricing for Andy’s arrows. And you can look him up on Instagram at addictivearchery--all one word. Whether you shoot compound and want some sweet, custom carbon arrows for your rig or you shoot traditional and want the creme de la creme of wood arrows; give Andy Ponce a jingle and get yourself some.
In winter 2014 I decided I wanted to learn how to make a good outdoor film. I bought a computer, some editing software and some online tutorials. I started teaching myself how to make a movie. It didn’t take me long to realize I needed help. I stumbled across a 3-day film school hosted by the Full Draw Film Tour. Little did I know, this school would have a profound influence on my life and the advent of the Gritty Bowmen. On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen, I visit with a most excellent friend of mine, Grady Rawls. Grady was one of two instructors at the Full Draw Film School--Kody Kellom was the other. I drank from the proverbial firehose that weekend and I learned more about outdoor filmmaking in those 3 days than I had learned at home in the previous 3 months combined. But it wasn’t what I learned that would change the direction of my life--it was the confidence and the encouragement to follow my passion, given to me by the people I met over those 3 days. People like Grady, Kody, South Cox, Kristy Titus, Ty Stubblefield, Jason Phelps, Josh Keller and more. The Film School dumped gasoline on what previously had been just a spark of a flame. In the subsequent months, I began producing GRITTY content. And whenever I posted a video or a podcast and it seemed that nobody was watching or listening, Grady Rawls was ALWAYS there. He was a teacher and a mentor--but more than that, Grady believed in me and never stopped heaping gasoline on my fire. And for that, I am deeply indebted to him.
Featured on this podcast:
Grady's Wedding Videography Living Sky Productions
Grady on Facebook
Grady on Instagram
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we travel to Roseburg Oregon to the “quote, unquote” “Kellom Ranch” and we talk elk hunting with Trent Fischer and Kody Kellom of Born and Raised Outdoors. I’ve been a huge fan of Born And Raised Outdoors since I got my hands on one of their early DVDs, “The Reason.” I own every one one of their DVDs and every July, August and September I watch them over and over again. I like to run their show in the background in my basement while I’m working out. My wife and kids are sick of Born and Raised but I never get tired of them. They’re real. They are genuine. What you see on camera is who they are in real-life. To me, the Born And Raised crew represents the quintessential public-land, over-the-counter-elk hunter. They find a why to kill elk with a bow year after year. AND, they capture it on film in a way that’s real. Just like how it is for me with my hunting buddies. I’ve come to know these guys on a personal level--with Kody Kellom and Ty Stubblefield becoming what I consider close friends.
On this podcast they tell us about their secret sauce for consistently killing elk. We share hunting stories and we talk about how they got started. It’s all GRITTY stuff. Do me a favor and go and follow Born And Raised Outdoors on Instagram if you aren’t already. They are the good guys--good ole’ fashion Oregon boys who love to hunt. And check-out their Youtube Channel and subscribe. They’ve got some killer elk-hunting video on there and they’re adding new stuff weekly. Finally… for those of you wondering if Born And Raised Outdoors is EVER going to produce another DVD--you can stop wondering. They FINALLY did another DVD--it will be available on July 1st at www.bornandraisedoutdoors.com
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, we hang out with Corey Jacobsen of Elk101, Kody Kellom of Full Draw Film Tour and Born And Raised Outdoors, and our mutual friend Clint Radford--elk hunter, blacktail hunter, high school teacher, Sitka gear-junky, and family man. On this podcast we finally talk about #PROJECTSUCCESS or rather, UEH. The University of Elk Hunting--this is Corey’s new online elk hunting course. This course is the culmination of 30-years of elk hunting experience. In fact, the course is more than 120,000 words, has more than 70 video components and hundreds of diagrams and images. This course is seriously awesome. On this podcast, Clint tells us about his thoughts on the training courses. This podcast can’t help but come off as a giant sales-pitch to get you to buy this online course--and even though that’s kinda what this podcast is--it’s also way more than that. I really do believe that the course is worth every penny to every elk hunter out there. And, shamelessly, I would love to see Corey get wildly rewarded for the work he’s put into this course and for the knowledge he freely shares to help elk hunters across the world find greater success year after year in the elk woods. Corey has worked his butt off to make this online course come to life. So sit back, listen to the show and if you like what you’ve heard--do yourself a solid, and enroll in UEH.
The discount code is GRITTY40--the word GRITTY, G R I T T Y and the number 40--with this discount code you’ll save 40% off the University of Elk Hunting online course. The code expires on Halloween night. It’s $59 bucks with the code and $99 dollars without it. It’s worth every penny. Stay GRITTY friends!
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Brian gets some schooling on how to adjust a backpack for running a race with 100lbs. vs. hunting and packing your meat out. Brian also gives us the run down of the recent Train To Hunt event in Enumclaw, Washington where he decided to run the 100lb. meat pack event “for fun”. Aron shares his knowledge on the ins and outs of pack adjustment and weight distribution.
For more information on properly adjusting your backpack check out Episode 14: Is this pack adjusted right? http://www.grittybowmen.com/gritty-podcasts-blog/2015/6/25/episode-14-is-this-pack-adjusted-right
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, I visit with friend Josh Nordwick of Mountain Fitness: The Hunters Fitness Solution. I know many people who exercise regularly but are plagued with pain in their low-back, hips, knees, shoulders, and more. And I have friends and family members who have lived sedentary lives behind computers or behind the wheel of a truck and now suffer with chronic back and neck pain and more. In this podcast Josh and I talk a little about how to get your body back--how to get your back pain, knee pain, neck pain... to go away. It’s about proper body movement to build strength and correct bad movement patterns. If you’re body feels like it’s falling apart, learn how to fix it and make it strong again. Josh is a young dude who geeks out on health and fitness. He loves to help people who have lost hope. Who don’t think they can live an active, outdoor lifestyle any longer--who think that age has caught up to them and it’s time to cash in their chips and just watch the young hunters get it done without them. I hope you like Josh and you learn something new from this podcast--and maybe, just maybe some of you will find a way to get your body back. Connect with Josh at joshnordwick.com and on Facebook at Mountain Fit: The Hunters Fitness Solution.
Disclaimer: Before you start any exercise talk to a medical professional.
Okay friends! On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Mark Brownlee and myself visit with Rachel Vandevoort, of Kimber Firearms, at the annual (BHA) Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. Kimber is an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for individual, sporting, and law enforcement and military markets. Basically, Kimber makes sweet guns. And Rachel is the Trade Relations Manager at Kimber.
Rachel shares her thoughts on guns, calibers, conservation, hunting and more. She talks about bear spray vs. guns and she’s adept at helping people rationalize the purchase of new firearms. Rachel is fun! And she’s a wealth of knowledge. We like her because like because we think she’s pretty dang GRITTY. We had a great time visiting with her--and we think you will too.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder and myself hang out with the Eastmans, Guy and Ike Eastman of the Eastmans’ Hunting Journal, Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal and Eastmans’ TV.
The Eastmans’ tradition began in 1956 with Gordon Eastman. Gordon was a true pioneer in adventure hunting and outdoor wildlife cinematography. His first project was in the wilds of Alaska. He was also among the first to ever film in the North Country, and built such a solid reputation that Walt Disney himself hired Gordon to film outdoor productions in the 1960s.
Today Mike, Guy and Ike carry on Gordon’s legacy by producing the industry-leading publications of Eastmans’ Hunting and Bowhunting Journals in combination with the award-winning Eastmans’ Hunting TV show that airs 52 weeks a year and showcases fair chase rifle and bow hunts on all western big game.
This is just a fun podcast with some solid dudes! If you’re not subscribed to Eastmans’ Hunting Journal and/or Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal you should go to www.eastmans.com
and get signed-up. Eastmans’ has been around for a long time and continues to be a powerful influence for good in the hunting industry. Get involved, support their work and get yourself a sweet western hunting magazine to boot.
On this podcast Aron Snyder and I talk about some upcoming events that we'll be attending, as well as some gear list items that slide under the radar.
Featured on this podcast:
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.